What is SCADA?

SCADA, or supervisory control and data acquisition, is a system comprised of hardware and software components used to monitor and control industrial processes. With a SCADA system, manufacturers are able to collect and analyze real time production data, monitor and manage alarms, and program automatic control responses triggered by certain events or system parameters. 


The core functions of SCADA include:
  • System monitoring
  • Automated control of industrial processes and machines
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Event and Alarm Notifications
  • Reporting
To perform these functions, SCADA integrates with sensors and other measuring devices, which can be in either digital or analog form, to collect data. The collected data is then sent to  remote terminal unit (RTU) or programmable logic controller (PLC) to be translated to usable information. Finally, the information is relayed to a human machine interface (HMI) or other types of displays for operators to analyze and interact with.

SCADA systems also enable the ability to automate the control of industrial processes and machines that would otherwise be too complex for manual human control. Through the use of sensors and measuring devices, SCADA systems can detect abnormal parameters or alarms and automatically respond with a programmed control function. For example if an alarm occurred signaling to much pressure in a line, the SCADA system would trigger a programmed response to open a pressure relief valve to return pressure levels to a normal amount.

SCADA Platforms & Applications

There are numerous SCADA platforms on the market; however, the most popular platforms include Rockwell Factory Talk, Siemens WinCC, Wonderware Systems Platform, and Ignition. Each of these platforms can be programmed with modern web languages such as HTML5, Python, and PHP, and integrated with generalized database software such as SQL.

Energy-use monitoring and metrics is a common application for a SCADA system. In this application, the SCADA system can help operators analyze energy use data taken from connected equipment and use that data to cut costs and energy waste. SCADA is also often used for water/wastewater treatment plants to manage the various stages of water treatment, as well as in food and beverage facilities to optimize production rates and increase product quality.

Who Uses SCADA Systems?

Process Solutions has completed SCADA projects for clients across a wide range of industries:

  • Food and beverage processing
  • Pharmaceutical/Bio-tech
  • Water/Wastewater management
  • HVAC and commercial building management
  • Energy pipelines and utilities
  • Seafood processing
  • Sorting and fulfillment
  • Energy management and refrigeration

How Can SCADA Help You?

Applying a SCADA system in your facility can help decrease production waste and boost overall efficiency by providing useful production insights to operators and management. The information derived from a SCADA system can facilitate data-driven decisions and lead to increased output, reduced costs, and greater control of your processes.

Another benefit of SCADA is instant notification and automated response to system alarms. With the immediate knowledge of issues in the production process, operators and back-up systems are able to respond quicker to reduce equipment downtime and wasted product.

At Process Solutions, we have a team of certified SCADA engineers that work with our clients to develop custom systems to match any manufacturing environment. For more information about SCADA software, or to request a demonstration, please contact us below to discuss your requirements.

About Process Solutions, Inc.

Located near Seattle, Washington, Process Solutions has over 30 years of experience providing high quality and reliable control systems. With over 100 engineers and technicians on staff and an output of over 3,000 control panels per year, Process Solutions is the Northwest largest control systems integrator. Process Solutions’ control systems services include custom control panel design, build, and commissioning, PLC and HMI programming, robot system integration, energy management and refrigeration systems, SCADA software, and machine monitoring software.

Vaclav Mydlil
Sr. Director of Advanced Automation
Vaclav leads the dynamic Energy Management and Refrigeration Division at Process Solutions. With an impressive 20 years of experience in power demand management and refrigeration control systems, Vaclav is the driving force behind one of the company’s most innovative systems.

His expertise extends to PLC and cloud-based systems, ensuring seamless integration and optimal performance. Vaclav’s commitment to excellence is underscored by his Master of Science degree, specializing in control systems and electrical engineering, which he earned from the University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic.

Beyond the office, Vaclav’s passions include kayaking, snow skiing, and woodworking. Most of all, he enjoys moments spent with his wife and three kids.
Steve Pelton
Vice President of Sales
With over 20 years at Process Solutions, Steve Pelton has held various roles, including Sales Engineer, Sales Director, and his current position as Vice President of Sales.

In addition, Steve oversees Process Solutions’ Energy Management and Refrigeration Division — ensuring the company remains at the forefront of energy-efficient solutions that cater to diverse food production applications. Steve also spearheads the strategic development of the company’s machine monitoring solutions, aligning them with client needs and market trends.

Steve’s background includes mechanical engineering, but his career trajectory has mainly focused on control systems marketing and management. His ability to bridge technical expertise with business acumen has been instrumental in Process Solutions’ growth.

Outside the office, Steve passions include conquering rugged trails on his mountain bike, perfecting his golf swing, and exploring new destinations with his family.
Matt Barnes
Chief Financial Officer
Matt, with 28 years of financial strategy and accounting experience, plays a pivotal role at Process Solutions. As the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), he spearheads the company’s growth strategy, ensuring financial stability and health.

Beyond traditional financial management, Matt also oversees strategic initiatives aimed at optimizing Process Solutions’ on-hand inventory costs and availability. By fine-tuning inventory management, Matt ensures the company can meet client needs efficiently and maintain a healthy bottom line.

Matt graduated with a degree in accounting from Western Washington University and previously served as a financial executive at a large retail corporation. Outside of work, Matt enjoys traveling, soccer and spending time with his family.
Kevin Orr
Executive Vice President
Kevin boasts an impressive tenure of over 25 years at Process Solutions. His position in the company has been multifaceted, spanning roles as a project engineer, engineering manager, and Process Solutions’ first Executive Vice President.

Under Kevin’s leadership, the food processing division has flourished, earning its reputation as of the most respected in the industry. Today, Kevin closely collaborates with executives from leading food processors and food processing equipment manufacturers across the country.

Kevin is a devoted husband and father with a passion for international travel.
Todd Busby
Chief Executive Officer
Todd has dedicated over 30 years to Process Solutions, where he has worn multiple hats—from panel builder to project engineer and sales representative.

As the CEO of Process Solutions, Todd has spearheaded significant transformations. Under his leadership, the company has diversified into new industries, acquired a world-class facility, and more than doubled its size.

Todd, a native of the Puget Sound region, is a devoted husband, father, and avid outdoorsman. When he’s not at work, you’ll find him supporting his three kids in all their pursuits or hunting and fishing in Eastern Washington.
David Crumpley
David has dedicated over 15 years to Process Solutions, where he has served as a Senior Engineer, Vice President, and now Chief Operating Officer. His multifaceted experience spans technical expertise, strategic leadership, and operational efficiency.

As the head of Process Solutions’ Water/Wastewater division, David orchestrated the modernization of the company’s internal systems and boosted operational efficiency across the organization.

In his current role as President, David continues to drive innovative initiatives aimed at expanding the company’s reach and further streamlining internal processes.

Outside of work, David enjoys spending quality time with his family and pursuing his passions as an avid outdoorsman.

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