SCADA systems tend to evolve and as such use a distributed architecture to spread the computers throughout the plant, or across multiple sites. This approach causes an issue of computer maintenance for multiple machines in a potentially harsh environment. Because of these harsh environments, system up-time becomes an issue, especially as the data becomes more valuable to the operation.
The costs don’t end at hardware maintenance. Rolling out software patches, or updates across multiple machines can also be costly. Think about how often in a calendar year those activities occur, adding to the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your SCADA systems.
Those are the realized costs for many manufacturers and industrial SCADA users. There are also opportunity costs associated with not being “thinner” in your architecture. A thin architecture can allow you to manage your SCADA system from a single server, while enabling SCADA visibility for other devices…particularly mobile.
Most every operation has an opportunity to modernize their SCADA architeure. INS assists clients in determining when the ROI makes sense to take action. We will analyze plant floor systems and the (SCADA) architecture, then propose a thinner approach with improved reliability, scalability and maintainability, while meeting
Modernizing Has Other Drivers as Well
Eliminating Your Obsolete Operating Systems. Older versions of Proficy iFix will cease to work reliably in 64 bit or on Windows 7 / 8 operating systems. Upgrade to the newest version to assure that reliability and to keep your total cost of ownership down.
Extending Historian Reporting. Extend your industrial data investment further by adding Proficy Historian and Proficy Historian Analysis to your architecture. Not only will you be able to complete more complex analysis and view key performance metrics; you will be taking the first step in transforming data into actionable information.
Enable Cloud and Mobile. Technologies used to eliminating the heavy architecture also provide an enabling benefit. Delivering information via the cloud, including onto mobile devices is possible, once the architecture is moved to a Thin/Zero-deploy client solution. So in addition to lower costs, thinning can provide an increase in information availability and a chance to add redundancy.