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SCADA with Smarts

A classic SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system typically consists of a host PC and one or more networked PLCs. The PLCs handle local control, and the PC provides the HMI, data logging, and any custom computation requirements.

The role of traditional SCADA systems is being redefined as Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) emerge in the market. A PAC combines the functions of both a PC and a PLC in a single device, and is arguably a more robust and capable solution for many applications that would traditionally be handled by a SCADA system. If you are considering the installation of a new SCADA system, talk to ICON Technologies about whether a PAC-based system may better suit your needs.

Notwithstanding the emergence of PACs, traditional PLC-based SCADA systems will continue to play a role in many sectors of the measurement and automation market. ICON Technologies can integrate new PLC-based SCADA systems, and upgrade or extend the functionality of legacy SCADA systems.


Project Examples

We have limited the examples here to projects where we have implemented a system that closely matches a traditional SCADA system, with a PC or PAC host supervising one or more PLCs. For contempory SCADA projects we would be more likely to recommend that both the host and local measurement/control functions of the system be executed on a single PAC Controller:

For other examples of SCADA with Smarts projects go to our Projects Page and select "SCADA with Smarts" from the drop down "Project Type" menu. Projects may be indexed under more than one category.