The energy consumption of one plant taking up only a very small geographical area can easily correspond to that of a mid-size town. The reliable supply of power is therefore critical.
Tough requirements – tough products
In metal production, as an example, with the use of arc furnaces, the electrical environment is very harsh and the automation equipment is put to quite a test. Here, as in paper mills and oil refineries, the Netcon 500 and Netcon 100 RTUs and gateways have proven to be a reliable solution. This is not a surprise, since RTUs were designed according to IEC standards and all its cards have passed EMC tests performed by an independent testing and certification agency.
A high level of cyber security as well as an extremely reliable SCADA system are other rational demands in the industry sector.
Problems in the electricity supply of the plant or failed cyber security will quickly cause large losses due to the production process being stopped or disturbed.
To avoid these problems, several big companies have chosen a redundant SCADA system like Netcon 3000 and gateways such as the Netcon GW Server and the Netcon GW502.