collection, reporting from production lines, material handling and
automatic testing is made simplified by using a SCADA system. It
allows authorized personnel to access data at any point in the production
cycle,to obtain performance figures and test results at every stage
on the production line; reports can be automatically generated on
production output and performance reports and created at specific
periods of the day, end of week or month, and all this is done in
The introductory level to SCADA used to be quite steep, several
thousand dollars, however - Mitsubishi have now joined with CITECTSCADA,
many years selling into the Australian market,
jointly they have now released MX4
HMI, this is a low end package costing a few hundred dollars
and allows the monitoring of production lines and reporting etc
that a SCADA package provides. The product is still young so expect
a steep learning curve, overall it is not bad ( interested in MX4
training at scantime
) The next level above MX4 HMI is MX4 SCADA.
All SCADA packages if developed correctly enable you to increase
your company's return on assets by delivering highly scalable, reliable
control and monitoring systems to reduce your operating costs and
There are several alternative SCADA packages also worth considering:
InTouch - a US product. Reliable & easy
to use, support is worldwide. Works with all PLC’s including
Mitsubishi. UK support is Pantek whose technical support was very
poor 2years ago and expensive, however they have claimed they are
now providing a much improved support to their customers. Wonderware's Industrial
InTouch applications on Industrial Tablets and Touch Panel Computers
can provide visualization and control in many automation scenarios
previously serviced only by closed proprietary 'dumb' terminals.
Wonderware Industrial Tablets and Touch Panel Computers work out
of the box, without additional configuration.
iFix32 - again works with any PLC, an improved
product based upon its most popular previous platform FixDemacs,
extensively used in a large Automotive manufacturer, which is a
good guideline for reliability. Support was excellent back in 2000
· Siemens WinCC,
German product, launched in 1997. Works again with all PLC’s,
a very powerful product but back in 1997 when it launched a difficult
platform to get to grips with, expensive and support was disastrous.
They claim to have a much improved product now. Siemens products
do have a good name for reliability, but their customer support
need serious attention.
another US product, works on any PLC, from what I saw in 2000 it
looked very good, however I have not used it since.
Rockwell claim it is an integrated, component-based HMI for monitoring
and controlling automation machines and processes. Available in
English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese,
Korean, and Spanish. RSView32 expands your view with open technologies
- Australian company one of of the world’s leading
industrial automation software packages, the development package
is quite good, fully integrated for ease of project development.
Used in a wide range of industries. CitectSCADA.
MX4 is the latest SCADA software from Mitsubishi and Australian
Software Giant Citect. It's designed to deliver real productivity
gains while reducing operating costs in a flexible, scalable and
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