Industrial control system (ICS) is a collection of several types of control systems and associated instrumentation used for industrial process control. For the past several years there has been a significant rise in knowledge and interest in industrial process control systems. Manufacturers are now much more aware of their needs and know to trust technology to help them on all production levels. They willingly seek software that would fit their needs, which opens a whole new market for software developers. There are several systems and solutions on the market, but there are three significant system architectures that can become a base for future industrial software.
Short for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, is a control system architecture that uses computers, networked data communications and graphical user interfaces for high-level process supervisory management. It allows control over processes and automatization systems, alarm and user management, data logs etc. Systems operating with SCADA are often used in large industrial spaces, connecting all the necessary sectors together. They’re also usually connected to database systems like Historian. Historian has risen to be one of the most popular systems in the recent years. It’s used to analyse data and create reports and often operated in tandem with SCADA systems.
Human-Machine Interface is the second most popular industrial control system. It’s a visual software that allows basic data transfers, data visualisations and machinery control. HMI is one of the easiest, most universal control systems that fits all industries and production lines. Thanks to the HMI systems, manufacturers gain access to trends, can communicate with other instrumentations and register data to MES systems.
Manufacturing Execution Systems allow the management on the production line itself. Optimising manufacturing processes, quality control, scheduling tasks in real time – MES systems do it all. Due to its complexity and exploitation costs, it’s much closer to solutions like ERP, short for Enterprise Resource Planning. It’s the best choice for any companies in FMCG and food industry where meticulous quality control over multiple complex processes and lines is necessary.
Developing software based on the control system architectures mentioned has a bright future ahead. Industrial process control is getting more and more complex, as are the production processes itself. Any manufacturer would agree it is necessary to have complete control over the machinery and have it preferably via one integrated system that does it all. If you are interested in software development in your own company we strongly recommend contacting https://pro4people.com