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Finding the Best Remote Terminal Unit for Your Oil and Gas Remote Sites

There's a famous black-and-white photo of Long Beach, California, from the 1920s. Beachgoers swarm the sands, and even without color, you can see it's a beautiful California day. Behind them, incongruent, are hundreds of huge oil derricks, mere yards from the people and the ocean. The derricks, like the people, are having a delightful day at the beach. Still, as any oil or gas person will...

by Andrew Erickson on March 5, 2020

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SCADA Programming and Training for Railroad Professionals Needing Remote Monitoring Solutions

Here's a fun fact about railroads. When they were first built across the country, there was a sudden need for time to be standardized. After all, if every town has their own idea of when "3:30" is, there would be chaos. Time zones, which impact so much of our lives, were invented because of the railroads. To say that railroads have always been important is understating...

by Andrew Erickson on March 3, 2020

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The Top 4 Applications for Remote Water Tank Monitoring

Many industries depend on their remote water tanks. Ensuring that they remain full and free from leaks requires continual visits. But visits to these distant locations cost money related to employees, fuel, and vehicle wear and tear. If visits are scheduled around average estimates of water use, they can fail to respond to actual conditions. This results in wasted drive time, without eliminating the chance of...

by Andrew Erickson on February 27, 2020

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Monitoring River Levels Today: How Communities Use SCADA Systems for Early Flood Warning

There's a critical period of only 12 to 48 hours between the time a flood watch is issued before it becomes a widespread disaster and before flooding occurs. Preventing people and property from bearing the brunt of water's power is one of the chief duties of modern society. Early flood warning is a way to save lives and save property, which is why more municipalities, states, and...

by Andrew Erickson on February 25, 2020

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Best Practices for Remote Monitoring in Wastewater Treatment Plants

Remote monitoring helps lower risk and improve operations at wastewater treatment plants. The large physical footprint of wastewater treatment plants renders human monitoring costly and difficult. By installing remote terminal units (RTUs) at the sites of important assets, managers gain insight into the real-time equipment and environmental conditions across their network. Armed with constant knowledge of network conditions, managers can more accurately schedule maintenance, allocate resources, and...

by Andrew Erickson on February 18, 2020

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Finding the Best Remote Monitoring System for Hydroponic Planting Media

In 1900, the population of the world was 1.6 billion. That was about a 50% jump from 100 years before. Fast-forward to today to 7.5 billion, and it's expected to reach 10 billion by 2100. While that's largely because of very positive things like disease eradication and plummeting child mortality, it also means there are a lot of mouths to feed. All of us need to...

by Andrew Erickson on February 13, 2020

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Remote Telemetry Modules for Real-time, Effective Monitoring and Control

In controlled facilities like medical and research labs, minor differences in conditions can result in major differences in outcome. Fluctuations in temperature or humidity can spoil the production of delicate products, or invalidate the results of experiments. Preventing the loss of costly products and experiments requires constant monitoring of both primary environmental conditions, and the systems which control them. Security and recordkeeping are also critical capabilities...

by Andrew Erickson on February 11, 2020

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Operating a Successful SCADA System for Utilities

Utilities, even when they are private, are designed for the public. The public relies on utilities for electricity, for water, for communications--in short, for everything that we use as a society. That's a lot of pressure. Utilities have to be on the ball, every day, every hour, and every minute, or else the public suffers - and so does...

by Andrew Erickson on February 6, 2020

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Implementing Advanced Remote Monitoring of Equipment

The basic purpose of remote monitoring of equipment is to provide companies the ability to know what their expensive, revenue-generating assets are doing at all times. Remote terminal units (RTUs) and other remote monitoring devices are installed near equipment and assets at remote sites. There, RTUs track equipment conditions, environmental conditions, and even site security. When warning indicators are detected, they alert employees, who can prepare...

by Andrew Erickson on February 4, 2020

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Capitalizing on Intelligent Remote Terminal Unit Offerings for Asset Protection

Imagine a corporation that takes all its revenue and decides to turn it into cash. Back at the office, they store the cash in a utility closet at the far end of the facility, where no one ever really is. There's a leaky pipe in the closet and a window that doesn't quite close. And, oh yeah, the lock doesn't work. Obviously, that's unimaginable. Everyone knows...

by Andrew Erickson on January 30, 2020

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