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What is SCADA?

Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) is a software and hardware system for industrial organizations to locally or remotely control industrial processes. SCADA can monitor, collect, and process data in real-time; interact with sensors, valves, pumps, motors, and other devices through HMI software; and record everything for future analysis.

SCADA Growth

SCADA systems show continued market growth. According to Allied Market Research, the global SCADA market size will see a 6% CAGR from 2017 to 2023, growing from$27, 900 million to $41, 603 million. The same report shows a higher CAGR of 7.20%for the Asia-Pacific region. Partly fueling this trend is the continued growth in developing nations, where economic conditions are prompting the migration from labor-intensive production techniques to more efficient and scalable automated systems. SCADA is at the heart of those systems.

With SCADA systems at the backbone of factory automation, the SCADA computer must be the most resilient computer possible. With expectations of 24/7/365 operation, the hardware and software must work together to handle any increased loads from additional machines, sensors, and inputs. Of course, the software side requires consistent upkeep and upgrades, but on the hardware end, upgrades are more difficult to perform after the fact, and specifying a rock-solid system off the bat is the best approach.

Problem

Slow Speed

System speed is critical when delayed processing can cause disruptions to processes, leading to defective products or other problems. Although system slowing can result from software issues, hardware that fails to leave room for expansion can run out of steam quickly.This is particularly true in systems designed for power savings, like mobile processors, or low-power options like Intel ATOM processors that provide insufficient power for varied workloads, especially for time-critical SCADA applications.

Storage Failure

Data is valuable, and storage failure destroys it. A large reliable storage option is a good choice at the start and can circumvent space issues. But what about hard drive failure? Even a super-reliable SSD, sometimes seen as the superior option, can fail unexpectedly, taking valuable data with it.

Non-standardized

Standardization, on the whole, is an undeniably valuable tool for keeping systems working together smoothly. Regular computers don’t fit into that mold. Designed for use on a desktop or tucked into a desktop computer space under a table, they tend to stand out rather than fit in with existing hardware structures.

No Screen

The HMI interface is standard for modern SCADA systems. Many rack-fi tted systems don’t come with multiple screen outputs as standard. With the requirement focused primarily on additional screens, most high-definition add-on graphics cards would be overkill for this task.

Solution

The IMBA-Q370 and RACK-360G provide the industrial-grade reliability and flexibility needed for a rock-solid SCADA control computer.

Expandability

Multiple points of expandability. The LGA1155 CPU socket supports processors ranging from Celeron to Core i9, providing the upgrade (and downgrade) flexibility to match processing power closely to system requirements. PCI slots are the legacy choice for expansion cards, and the installation of a new computer requires these for integration, and this computer has four of them. Although legacy support is a primary aim, modern expansion, like PCIe x8 and x4 slots, are available for newer expansion cards.

Reliable Storage

Quantity and reliability are the metrics for success. Six 6 Gb/s SATA ports support multiple RAID configurations, including ultra-safe mirroring or data over two drives using RAID 1 or faster access speeds using RAID 0. RAID 5 is a slightly more complex setup that spreads the data over three or more drives, and if one drive fails, it can be rebuilt through RAID tools. RAID 10 combines RAID 0 and 1 with two sets of two that are mirrored and striped, providing the speed benefits of RAID 0, the redundancy of RAID 1, and a simple reconstruction process for failed drives.

Rackmount

The case is a 4U rack-mountable unit that fits into a standard 19″ rack. The front panel provides access to the 12 cm fan for easy cleaning and replacement. There’s a power and HDD LED and two USB ports for easy access. The less frequently accessed parts are tucked behind a lockable front door, including the power switch, 3x 5.25″ drive bays, filter, and even 1x 3.5″ bay.You can lock the door to limit access.

Built-in Display Output

The Intel® Q370 chipset on the IMBA-Q370 supports dual independent displays. Display ports include VGA (up to 1920×1080@60Hz), HDMI (up to 4096×2304@30Hz), and DisplayPort++ (up to 4096×2304@60Hz).

Result

Expansion is a cinch

Storage using multiple hard drives and RAID technology means data is protected even if a hard drive fails.

Data is safe

Rack mounting is simple, and they can install it elsewhere if needed— plenty of options.

Installation is easy

Rack mounting is simple, and they can install it elsewhere if needed— plenty of options.

Everything is standard

Compatibility headaches are a thing of the past, and they can use the system with their legacy expansion cards with ease.

RACK-360G

  • Cost-effective, RoHS compatible design
  • Flexible drive combinations
  • Two USB ports on the front panel
  • 12 cm cooling fan with replaceable fan filter
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IMBA-Q370

  • LGA1151 Intel® 8th/9th Generation CoreTM i9/i7/ i5/i3, Pentium® or Celeron® processor
  • Dual-channel DDR4 2666MHz
  • Support VGA, HDMI & DP++
  • Support M.2 A key for WLAN expansion, M key for storage
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