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SCADA AUTOMATION SERVICES IN CALIFORNIA

At Telstar, we understand that finding certified staff to provide on-budget automation services isn’t always easy.

USING HIGHLY-TRAINED EXPERTS, WE CAN PROVIDE AUTOMATION SERVICES FOR YOUR SCADA SYSTEMS, HMI, AND PLC.

SCADA and Automation Services

To ensure your project remains within budget, we offer several types of service. Lump sum, time and materials, and not-to-exceed purchase order plans are available. As a result, you obtain the SCADA experts you require, without facing financial strain. With a fully comprehensive service, we at Telstar aim to remove the headaches that come with both small and large automation projects.

Whether you require design builds only, on-site training, or everything in between, we’ll deliver the highest level of service in a time-friendly manner. Our approach to automation ensures you receive all services under one roof. We don’t contract with outside engineers and our certified staff can handle everything from the design to on-site startup training, which ensures your project runs smoothly. It can be difficult to find a quality SCADA company in California; when you choose Telstar, though, you can get as much as you want or as little as you like. And with offices in Concord, Sacramento, and Hanford, CA, we make it easier than ever to solve your automation needs.


 

Telstar Instruments is pleased to present its Antenna Mast Trailer.  This machine is used to facilitate Radio Path Field Surveys to validate computerized path predictions and for troubleshooting of existing path problems.  It can quickly determine optimal antenna mast height, azimuth, and down-tilt by testing the radio environment at the precise spot where the final antenna installation is planned to be located.

Today’s modern SCADA systems employ wireless technology to transmit information between the computers at the central office and the remote station PLCs.  Wireless technologies used include Cellular, Microwave, Licensed VHF/UHF/900 MHz, Unlicensed 900 MHz, or even Wi-Fi.  Selecting the best wireless technology for your system depends on many factors such as local terrain, urban vs. rural, distance between stations, cost, number of remote stations, bandwidth required, required polling speed, etc.  Once a wireless technology is selected, a computerized model of the wireless system is generated in software to predict the performance for each path. Since a computer is being used, several studies can be quickly generated and compared to each other to help determine the best method of obtaining a reliable radio link.  It can also be used to confirm required antenna height, type, and size, as well as determine power and other feed line requirements.  However, the computer model does not take into account all building and trees in the radio path, nor any local sources of RF interference, so field testing for each prospective radio path is necessary to validate the path predictions of the computer model to take into account all of the real world effects.  Just because the computer model says a path will work satisfactorily doesn’t mean it will in reality.  Field testing will ensure that the performance of the installed system will meet your expectations.

Field testing using the Telstar Antenna Mast Trailer is accomplished by temporarily installing a radio at a master and/or repeater site and testing connectivity from the master/repeater to the remote sites in the predicted coverage area of the master/repeater radio.  We measure signal strength, signal to noise ratio, data throughput, RF noise, azimuth & down-tilt, take measurements are many different antenna heights, and look at the installation environment to make note of any physical concerns.  If all of the remote sites connect to the master/repeater, then the testing is complete.  If one or more paths fail to establish satisfactory connectivity, then alternate configurations must be identified in order to secure the necessary connectivity paths.  Telstar then provides our client with a survey report.  If requested, Telstar can also provide a detailed installation recommendation.

The Telstar Antenna Mast Trailer is the latest technology created to perform radio path field testing both quickly and efficiently.  It has a narrow footprint which enables it to fit into the smallest sites.  Antenna heights up to 65’ above ground can be tested with ease.  Antenna heights are measured with precision instrumentation, leaving no guesswork. (No hand held mast!  No man-lift mounted mast!) The system has been designed and built by Telstar to be rapidly deployed.  It takes just minutes for a path test to commence after arriving onsite. Rapid deployment means that many more sites can be surveyed in a single day than through other methods, saving our client’s money.  Complex networks can be accurately tested rapidly.

The Telstar Antenna Mast Trailer includes automated controls and safety systems that allow radio path testing to be accomplished typically by a single Engineer, saving labor costs.   The system can be used to test RF signals in any SCADA RF band, typically VHF, UHF, 900 MHZ, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, Microwave, Cellular, etc.  Its onboard video camera can be used to provide a birds-eye view of the radio path and the surrounding area.

This unique purpose-built trailer is fully self-contained and includes:

  • high capacity batteries and charging system
  • AC & DC air compressors and high capacity air reservoir
  • Military-spec pneumatic telescoping mast. A hydraulic actuator is used to rotate the mast into vertical position for surveying, and then stowed horizontally for travel
  • Fully automated trailer leveling jacks
  • Mast height measuring instrument with accuracy to 0.065”
  • High resolution video camera at top of mast
  • Remotely controlled pan/tilt motorized antenna positioning system at top of mast

Contact a Telstar Engineer about how we can help with your telemetry and SCADA needs.  You can reach us at 925-671-2888, and ask for our SCADA radio department.

 

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WHAT IS AUTOMATION AND SCADA?

Automation and SCADA are not always easy to understand. SCADA is a set of systems that automate systems in power-related industries. That may then lead to the question, “What is automation?” In its simplest form, automation supervises the control of power systems and automatically acquires data relating to their use. SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) is a centralized system that controls and monitors sites in their entirety.

AT TELSTAR, WE BELIEVE THAT SCADA’S DEFINITION HINGES ON HOW SIMPLE IT MAKES OUR CUSTOMERS’ DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS. THE SYSTEM ACHIEVES SIMPLIFIED OPERATIONS IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

  • It feeds the centralized data back to a human interface. By directing the data to humans quickly, it makes it easier for those at the management level to direct repairs.
  • With remote terminal units, those who manage power systems are less likely to miss expensive mistakes in various locations.
  • Using the supervisory system, it’s easier to identify weaknesses, address them promptly, and prevent unnecessary costs.
  • While producing the highest level of data, site, and human monitoring, SCADA ensures all resources are allocated adequately and used appropriately.

WHY IS AUTOMATION AND SCADA NECESSARY?

For many, it isn’t difficult to understand why we need SCADA systems. Here are some of the reasons why the team at Telstar believes it’s necessary:

  • It feeds the centralized data back to a human interface. By directing the data to humans quickly, it makes it easier for those at the management level to direct repairs.
  • With remote terminal units, those who manage power systems are less likely to miss expensive mistakes in various locations.

Using some examples of the way the technology operates, it’s easier to appraise why we need SCADA systems.

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ARE SCADA SYSTEMS IMPORTANT?

NO MATTER YOUR INDUSTRY, YOU KNOW THAT MONITORING PROCESSES THROUGHOUT YOUR BUSINESS’S BRANCHES IS CENTRAL TO YOUR SUCCESS:

  • With monitoring, you’re able to spot small mistakes that can snowball into large costs. You also identify whether you’re allocating resources appropriately, and therefore maximizing your profits.
  • In addition to ensuring you can reinvest profits adequately, this gives you the chance to purchase new technologies that enhance your day-to-day workings further.
  • SCADA systems are important as they allow you to monitor all resources and activities using one central system

At Telstar, we understand that HMI, PLC, and SCADA rest at the heart of our clients’ data processes, especially when they work in waste and water. When problems arise at remote sites, the SCADA system flags them automatically. With this automation, you can control machine responses centrally, reducing the need to send others to do the job. While SCADA allows you to retain human interfaces, your central branch can execute greater control over what happens there. With fewer mistakes, you automatically spend less money that could have otherwise been wasted.

While other automation systems are available, none will match SCADA in terms of functionality. Critical incidents are brought to your attention, immediately. Plotting data onto graphs happens rapidly, allowing you to expedite reports in time-sensitive situations. With the ability to calculate formulas using the expertise of the Telstar engineers, automation happens at the click of your fingers.

If you’re already sold on the idea of the automation processes we provide, Speak with a
SCADA/Automation expert today!

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HOW DOES INSTALLATION WORK AND HOW CAN I GET STARTED?

At Telstar, we understand that finding certified staff to provide on-budget automation services isn’t always easy. Using highly-trained experts, we can provide automation services for your SCADA systems, HMI, and PLC.

To ensure your project remains within budget, we offer several types of service. Lump sum, time and materials, and not-to-exceed purchase order plans are available. As a result, you obtain the SCADA experts you require, without facing financial strain. With a fully comprehensive service, we at Telstar aim to remove the headaches that come with both small and large automation projects.

Whether you require design builds only, on-site training, or everything in between, we’ll deliver the highest level of service in a time-friendly manner. Our approach to automation ensures you receive all services under one roof. We don’t contract with outside engineers and our certified staff can handle everything from the design to on-site startup training, which ensures your project runs smoothly. With Telstar, you can get as much as you want or as little as you like.

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SCADA FAQS

Who makes SCADA systems?
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Which industries use SCADA?
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Which is better, SCADA or PLC?
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Why are SCADA systems implemented?
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Can SCADA work without PLC?
It isn’t possible for SCADA to work without PLC. If PLC isn’t currently operational in your business, you need to use it for SCADA to be implemented. SCADA monitors and produces data, while PLC allows you to perform logic operations.
Where is SCADA data stored?
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ARE YOU READY TO BRING SCADA TO YOUR BUSINESS?

At Telstar, we’re passionate about helping our clients access SCADA and use it to their advantage. From the start of the design process, we’ll listen to your needs and shape your system accordingly. Whether you want to monitor remote branches with ease or your aim is to rapidly accumulate data, SCADA is right for you.

Once we’ve installed your system, we’re happy to engineer it on site and provide training to your workforce. With an all-in-one service, you can use SCADA as quickly as you need. Thanks to our business-friendly approach to financing, we’re happy to help you remain within your budget.

To learn more about how SCADA will work for you and to start the installation process, view our three California locations:

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