Sensors and I/O deliver the data for control, but the human-machine interface (HMI) is the lens it passes through for users to optimize processes. The expanding role of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software and services was again demonstrated by the many user presentations delivered at Inductive Automation's Ignition Community Conference 2019 on Sept. 17-19 in Folsom, Calif. The process applications enhanced by Ignition software and highlighted at ICC 2019 include:
- Oil and gas midstream marketing and logistics provider ARB Midstream worked with INS Services to develop a SCADA system for a newly acquired pipeline in just four months. The asset included 35 RTUs and central gathering locations, 10,000 tags and 3,500 alarms, and required 12 overview screens plus one per site for a total of 115. They built a web-based SCADA solution with cloud-based reporting, management, visibility, control and communications with failover capabilities and store-and-forward technologies. It included Ignition Pro software hosted on Amazon Web Services, Moxa UC8100 computer with Ignition Edge MQTT, and Cradlepoint Netcloud Perimeter SD-WAN.
- H2O Innovation and Automation Station partnered to display data for close to 14,000 tags and 1,000 alarms on 36 screens for the first membrane bioreactor wastewater treatment plant in Decatur, Ark. Using Ignition, H2O Innovation and Automation Station upgraded the existing indicator light-board and push-button panels to a SCADA application, and added local control to multiple automation systems, real-time trending, reporting, and a data historian.
- Streamline Innovations uses Ignition to display data from 400 tags on 20 large screens and 25 mobile interfaces, and to optimize its natural gas treating units in Texas that convert hydrogen sulfide (H2S) into fertilizer-grade sulfur. Streamline is using Ignition as part if its Valkyrie process to automate three semi-autonomous, mid-sized units, one large-scale gas treatment facility, and several fully autonomous skids, all with full remote bidirectional control and historian data collection.