Across a range of industries connected to oil and gas or water and wastewater, companies are experiencing a worrisome trend. As a great number of long-time technical experts retire, they are not being replaced by an equal number of younger skill workers. However, companies’ requirements to manage assets dispersed over large areas has not diminished, and Schneider Electric has recognized the growing need for integrated and automated control systems that today’s workforce can operate reliably and efficiently.
SAVING ENGINEERS TIME
Schneider Electric’s new open and scalable software for telemetry and remote SCADA applications, SCADA Expert ClearSCADA, controls budgets throughout each project, captures relevant and reliable data from remote and challenging locations, and also minimizes system security risks. This software improves the user experience with better maintenance tools, improved data accessibility, and enhanced security in telemetry and remote SCADA applications.
Cementing its position as a global specialist in energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, has also announced the release of StruxureWare, an add-on to SCADA Expert ClearSCADA that continues to improve on the user experience and provide functionality based on customers’ needs. Template expressions save engineers time during implementation; alarm summaries help pinpoint maintenance issues faster, and the seamless integration with a tier-2 historian facilitates data accessibility across the entire enterprise.
EcoStruxure Web Services-ready, SCADA Expert ClearSCADA seamlessly integrates products and systems from the Schneider Electric business segments.
EXPANSIVE FUNCTIONALITY, REDUCED OPERATING COSTS
These functionalities are part of a software platform that is designed to lower the overall operating costs of remote assets while providing a complete, comprehensive overview of site operations. Other features include:
- Enhanced WebX user interface–Process information is available anytime, anywhere through any device with HTML5 cross-browser support for trends, alarm lists, event lists, and queries.
- Extended integration of telemetry hardware–Enhanced integration with the Realflo software, a flow measurement application, now including support for Realflo Liquids 6.91, plus native support for well-known third-party flow computers via a new oil and gas EFM Driver suite.
- Increased system security–A substantial increase in security features includes enhanced user account security, auditing of the system security through a dedicated security event list and dedicated security logging queries.
By providing remote configuration capabilities and collecting data from multiple ClearSCADA systems into a central enterprise repository, ClearSCADA software helps reduce costs while providing crucial, business-relevant data across all operational levels.
SCADA EXPERT CLEARSCADA
The SCADA Expert ClearSCADA system foundation is built using open standards, naturally providing industry-leading integration with external business and IT systems. Critical infrastructure management business systems, including GIS and ERP, can share data with SCADA Expert ClearSCADA using open SQL ODBC and OLE-DB standards.
Interchanging data with a wide range of controllers and PLCs, and other process systems can be done seamlessly using extensive OPC interfaces. SCADA Expert ClearSCADA client and server API facilities provide ultimate flexibility using the latest in OLE and .NET software technologies.
All SCADA Expert ClearSCADA facilities can securely interoperate with business and IT systems to turn asset and infrastructure SCADA data into valuable business information. Additionally, SCADA Expert ClearSCADA is EcoStruxure Web Services-ready, which has the goal of seamlessly integrating products and systems from the Schneider Electric business segments. This enables quick and easy exchange of information such as real-time data, historical data, and alarms.
The combination of template configuration and object-based architecture simplifies scalability for oil and gas and water and wastewater installations while also establishing a relevant system for the entire system lifecycle. With the increasing regulatory compliance, ClearSCADA software helps provide continued operations and uses integrated tools that maintain the integrity of data records, even in the event of interrupted field communications. ◆
Brad Shaw is the ClearSCADA software product manager at Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries. Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in non-residential and residential buildings, industries and machines manufacturers, utilities and infrastructure, and data centers and networks. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 170,000 employees achieved revenues of $30 billion dollars in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy. For more information, visit www.schneider-electric.com/us.
MODERN PUMPING TODAY, October 2015
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