Automation systems and SCADA allow real-time monitoring and control of devices and processes. Data management solutions such as operational or process historians collect and store this data in a database by date and time. This allows organisations to review processes, events and alarm histories and collate data from different sources. Historian data management systems are a logical and essential progression for almost any industrial, utility or manufacturing application. Historians are an enabling technology; if SCADA allows you to control your equipment and processes, then historians gather data from devices which leads to additional technology solutions such as visibility of your data, insights and optimisation.
Why You Should be Managing Your Data?
Monitoring and control of remote devices or site systems is at the core of what we do at Catapult; whether it is substation automation, control room SCADA, process or industrial automation systems or building energy management. A solution area customers are increasingly exploring is data archiving and reporting. SCADA systems establish real-time communications with your equipment and gather that data. But, what do you do with that data? Do you keep it? Where do you keep it? How long do you keep the data and what do you do with it once you are recording it?
These are questions that we routinely encounter. The answers depend entirely on your needs and desired business or operational outcomes. However, the answers always start with data archiving, most typically with some form of historian. Historians allow your organisation to manage your data recordings and consolidate that data into a centralised database, from here you can apply additional technologies such as reporting and analysis tools.