Industrial control panels are devices that are used in controlling processes, especially in a manufacturing unit. With the help of control panels, various tasks are automated and this reduces the need for labor and increases the productivity of a unit. The tasks are automated with the help of two types of interfaces known as Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). You can improve your processes with both these interfaces in the following ways:
Improving process with SCADA
SCADA works on a supervisory level collecting essential information with the assistance of industrial sensors. This integrated system controls and monitors individual parts of the plant. It uses Programmable Logic Controllers(PLC) to perform this task. Here are a few ways to improve your industrial process with SCADA.
Stores large amount of data
The SCADA systems can store a huge volume of information. Also, the data can be displayed in multiple formats. This allows you to retrieve the data as and when you require.
Helps optimize your time
With SCADA systems, you are able to identify any process issues that affect your productivity. You can use the information to rectify these issues so that they do not take place in future. Thus, it helps you to optimize your time by getting rid of issues that could affect your processes.
Reduces wear and tear of equipment and devices
As SCADA systems work on constantly monitoring equipment and the industrial processes, it will reduce the wear and tear of these pieces of equipment. This reduces the need for expensive service calls and technician requirements.
Improving processes with HMI
HMI is a part of a larger SCADA system. They are connected to the hardware at various points in a unit to communicate information to the user. It will show a graphics-based visualization of an industrial control system. Your industrial processes can be improved with this interface in the following ways.
Increases productivity and reduces cost
As HMI negates the need for human intervention in completing a process, the user can focus on other important tasks that require their attention. To add more, HMI will significantly reduce your operational cost as it does not require several selectors, indication lights, etc. So, you don’t need more cables throughout your industrial unit which will reduce the cost.
Provides real-time warnings
The users can view alarms immediately and react quickly to prevent any malfunctioning of the entire system. Moreover, Human Machine Interface HMI provides historical alarm logging which can be analyzed to optimize the process and reduce issues in the future.
Allows to accurately test with simulation
Using HMI with simulation allows the operator to test devices and equipment. To test the devices and equipment, you do not need to stop the process. Plus, testing can be carried out without needing a signal equipment or device.
Helps in recording data
HMI in industrial applications can record information about processes. This information or data can be extremely beneficial in troubleshooting future issues or understanding the prime setting of a system. This also ensures that the process flow is uninterrupted and constant.
HMI allows you to easily manage your plant. The operator can rely on the messages provided by Human Machine Interface HMI and it improves the overall communication with all types of equipment used in your process.
If you are confused about which solution would suit your industrial processes, get in touch with Rotaflow Controls. Our experts can help you select which system is the best for your industrial process depending on your requirements.