Instrumentation, SCADA, LIMS: Tools for efficient management the operational process of the water treatment.
by ISA Interchange, Membership Organization at International Society of Automation on Jul 14, 2011
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Sanitation plants generally involve low rates of automation, especially in Brazil. This review article...
Sanitation plants generally involve low rates of automation, especially in Brazil. This review article
makes an attempt to change this scenario by demonstrating the importance of the automation of
these plants. This article describes the efficient operation of a plan submitted for the automated
control systems of a Water and Sanitation Company. Several properties and issues are observed
during the execution of the project. The properties observed include the integration of automation
systems, instrumentation, PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), SCADA (Supervisory Control
and Data Acquisition) and LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems). On the other
hand, issues observed include the lack of precision in the processing of data, difficulty in system
integration and security issues among other things. The aim of this paper is to analyze the
importance of process measurement and control in the operational management of the Company.
The results indicate that the use of measurement and control systems leads to improved quality of
processes and laboratory data. This study suggests technological tools to monitor the specific
parameters of the process and presents network topology automation telemetry currently in use for
executing critical analyses of the topology and security policy information employed in this
environment. It describes and analyzes the automation project, from implementation issues,
including justification, to aspects concerning purchasing and validation. Furthermore, it details
benefits of automation, such as standardization of technology, economies of scale, time savings,
increased productivity, reduced errors, increased reliability of results and the available and
accessible production of knowledge, thus transforming it into a tool for decision making.
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