31. August 2011
In today’s business environment, data monitoring and collecting systems like SCADA software are becoming more relevant day by day. SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) is a multi purpose system that is used by different businesses. The entire system basically comprises of a well planned interconnected computers network. There are many remote terminal units that are responsible to collect data from the field and send it to the central station master, via communication network system that is in place.
It is of great significance that SCADA software systems are used by competent staff that are experienced and well trained on using this system. However, there are times when companies do not really consider a meaningful role of this system in their organization. But in reality, the smooth running of this system simplifies many complexities that the business is facing. For example, having proper communication links is not enough. It is important for the control devices and transducers to work in perfect coordination with the rest of the system.
Well planned data monitoring systems form the lifeline of industries these days. It is important that businesses also take care of training their staff on SCADA software for it will help in maximizing profits and the overall smooth running of the business.
29. August 2011
SCADA software is a term usually used in reference to various control systems. SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) basically refers to different computerized systems that feature control and monitor infrastructure and industrial and facility processes. SCADA software as industrial will pertain to refining, production and manufacturing, and fabrication. Infrastructure describes public and private systems like water treatment systems, gas and oil lines, wastewater treatment and collection, large boarder communication systems (cable and phone are examples), and electrical power delivery. The facility process pertains to airports, ships and buildings.
SCADA software has key elements. The machine-human tech is the means by which data and information can be manipulated and monitored by a human technician. A system that uses SCADA software coordinates in real time, but does not control in real time. In simpler words, it will manipulate and manage data in dynamic and current real time, but this is however not possible to be used in real time. Various apparatus are used for the machine-human relationship. Again, this is an interface in which a human being can see and control a process which SCADA software is monitoring.
This vast and open-ended functionality makes it easier to monitor and distribute data across larger geographical areas.
This will also mean that SCADA software is accessible on the internet and able to be worked with through a variety of virtual networks.
26. August 2011
SCADA software (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and HMI software (Human Machine Interface) are considered much the same as there have been innumerable developments in automation products. At first, the difference was very evident. HMI software were created as dedicated electronics that had the ability of communication with other dedicated electronics while SCADA software were computer-based applications that were able to create a link between windows-based applications in the share of data with control systems.
However, this system was improved with time and it was quite clear how HMI also gives somewhat the same functionality as SCADA software i.e. at a fraction of cost and based on Windows system.
What makes a good SCADA or HMI? There are factors that make SCADA and HMI more effective and usable. When creating any operator interface, the end user should always be considered with any good system.
• Simplify your design – don’t use spinning graphics and animations as they detract from the basic information.
• Color association is important – use one simple color for complete navigation throughout the project but avoid red and green amber as they should be used for status indications only.
• SCADA software does not only belong to engineers. The operator functions should always take president.
• Use common face plates for devices and extended information – this can provide a lot of useful information but always apply the above design philosophies when creating them.
• Stick to one language, probably English. Always create messages in full length.
24. August 2011
Tired of managing your water requirements manually? Managing all of your water requirements can be overwhelming. Between inspections, monitoring, completing Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs), and renewing permits, you need to aggregate water data for other important reports, such as from compliance action and sustainability reports. You also need to make sure that you are in compliance with the obligations of your storm water pollution prevention control and counter measure (SPCC) plans. In order to save water waste and to control the management of water in an effective and efficient way, waste water management software was introduced.
Wastewater software works essentially like it sounds; monitoring the amount of wastes – whether it be fecal matter or chemicals- that go into our water resources to keep quality at acceptable levels. Wastewater management software also includes ensuring the proper method of disposal of wastewater. This serves as a vital role in maintaining the safety of environment and public health.
Water software system seamlessly integrates data input, collection, and reporting into one system to manage all of your wastewater problems. This system is reliable because it has the following features:
• Automatically track and respond to permit limit exceeds
• Calculation engine built right in
• Lab results input directly into the system
• Data and information available for review and reporting anytime, anywhere.
22. August 2011
In order to ensure efficiency, an organization must be able to administer and monitor accurately all aspects of its operations. To achieve its target, a company must set its benchmark and assess the performance periodically to distinguish between the actual operations with the planned ones. Given that energy is already an expensive resource, it is very important to manage it properly and save it from getting wasted. Energy management software and monitoring is important for any company’s decision makers to have important information on how to identify trending in energy use for its operations.
This software program and periodic monitoring further helps the business in making decisions and generating sound conclusions and preparing themselves for any consequences. Energy management software came into being with increasing awareness of how important energy is. In this day and age, energy control is a top most priority. With increasing awareness, companies which have very efficient energy management software programs working for them have very good chances of availing state grants and regional grants for efficiency in energy use.
Energy management software program and monitoring is a skill that every managerial team needs to understand in this era. Companies that fail to conform to energy efficient production will be heavily penalized through monetary penalties expressed in legislation.
19. August 2011
Energy conservation is something that every individual living in the world is called to get involved with. The state of affairs and the condition of the earth that involve its resources is something that everyone who sets foot on this planet is equally responsible for. A software program that culls information from a variety of sources and performs consolidation into one user-friendly location is known as energy management software. These software programs can be a helping hand when striving to go green and trying to decrease home energy consumption. Energy management software is available for a wide range of applications and from a variety of vendors.
In addition to saving calculators, these programs are efficient and let you perform an audit on the usage of energy on your residence in an attempt to locate the most problematic areas of your home. Moreover, energy management software programs will also calculate the amount you can save if certain repairs are affected and also pinpoint places where loss of energy occurs. This is very beneficial if savings are realized and proper measures are taken.
Furthermore, these energy management software programs are crafted to make your computer more energy efficient and also programs the monitor in a way that it goes into the most efficient state when hibernating. The majority of these energy saving software programs can be downloaded from the internet for free or a small fee and are well worth the effort to look into.
12. August 2011
A dramatic reduction in the country’s carbon footprint has been put at the forefront of the government’s agenda. Even individuals are sincere in putting their step forward in order to reduce their footprint. But the problem starts when they themselves are not aware of the actual amount of energy they are consuming in their daily lives. Since the identification of the usage is uncertain, it gets difficult to determine where and how much needs to be decreased. Companies have succeeded in identifying this interesting phenomenon and discovered energy management software systems to help businesses and individuals in understanding the amount of energy they must use.
The energy software systems monitor the various processes that use energy in a home or a business such as electrical appliances, lighting systems and HVAC. The energy management software systems have the ability to detect anomalies and patterns in order to help the business or home owner in identifying where energy usage can be cut down.
The management software can show the difference in the usage of energy with fluctuation in temperature by one degree every month. This further helps in setting up optimal climate controls. A one degree change in temperature may be very insignificant to the residents, however, these software recommendations create large long term energy savings.
The energy marketing systems industry is a growing market that has retained strong market presence as it offers systems that are modifiable according to customer’s requirements as well as those which play a vital role in helping managers monitor systems and ensure quality levels.
10. August 2011
The concept behind Energy Management Software (EMS) is not a completely new idea. There have been various softwares around for quite some time. Very simple early word processors lacked many essential features we take for granted today. As technology paced, more features were added. Now modern word processors have the ability to perform many new operations. Energy management software is very similar to word processing except instead of checking a document for errors you are checking a facility.
To decide which system is best suited for you, study the basics of making up an energy management software system. At the initial level, EMS should perform the task of collecting energy data in real time each minute and should report, engage and monitor the data in a comprehensive manner. A detailed EMS should not only facilitate operation personnel and engineers, but it should also have the capability of engaging those that reside in the building on a daily basis.
In addition to being able to report, monitor and engage, an energy management system must also look for errors. So if you ask whether there is an EMS that examines a user’s facility and checks for errors or ways the user could more efficiently use their energy, the answer is YES!
8. August 2011
SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. This system is basically used for collecting data and information from a variety of sensors installed at remote locations or at the factory. In order to get it stored after further process, the whole collected data is sent to the central or common computer. This term is used to control and symbolize management solutions in various large and small scale industries such as power sector, production units, environmental control and most importantly water management.
SCADA includes controllers, software and the hardware such as sensors, networks and signal transmitters. These sensors are used to collect data from the origin and send to the central system. The central system has the Remote Terminal Unit (also known as RTU’s) working like its brain. RTU's are programmed to a particular set of logics and then they process the data according to that.
As far as human interference is concerned, SCADA has the Human Machine Interface (HMI) as well. This is where the complete data that has been processed can be viewed by the human. If there are any changes required, those changes can be made by the end user through the use of programmable logic controllers.
SCADA software systems are extremely useful for large scare industries such as nuclear plants as well as small scale ones, such as weather management. These systems are widely available in the market and can be modified according to the requirements at a very affordable cost.
5. August 2011
The technology behind remote desktop software allows applications to be displayed and used on different places locally while being run and setup remotely on a server. In short, this software can be regarded as a ‘remote control’ of computers connecting them to other devices through another network or the Internet. This further allows desktops to be taken over and controlled by outside administration.
Just when broadband internet connections became widely available and increasingly demanded across the world, the need and desire for remote desktop technology also arose. People find it fun and sometimes necessity to control over any computer in the world as long as they were both connected with this technology.
Windows invented remote desktop protocol in 1999-2000 and, starting with Windows XP, every Windows version has included remote desktop protocol. The need for remote desktop software arose with the transition from in-person services to long-distance, often outsourced services.
Today, the usage of remote desktop software is no more limited. It is not only used by tech professionals, but is also used by the average computer user for sharing files, by business people for working on documents outside to office, and by educational institutes to allow communication between students across the world.
As broadband internet access becomes even more readily available across the world, and as individuals become more dependent upon computer communications, remote desktop software will likely play an even larger role in the world, and open up endless opportunities for communication, education, efficiency, and productivity.