Applications of DCS and SCADA
DCS systems are used to control production systems within the same geographic location for industries such as oil refineries, water and wastewater treatment, electric power generation plants, chemical manufacturing plants, automotive production, and pharmaceutical processing facilities.
For example, a petroleum refinery is a good example of safety-critical plant where many DCSs control safety-critical processes in which failure or outage of equipment could cause personal injury or loss of life.
SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are computerized control systems that enable companies to gather real-time data, make data-driven decisions or manage various industrial processes.
SCADA systems are used to control and monitor physical processes such as transmission of electricity, transportation of gas and oil in pipelines, water distribution, traffic lights, and other systems used as the basis of modern society.