Our Process Control Systems
Process control systems (PCS) are made up of equipment that controls, tests and gathers data throughout the various stages of a production line. At their most basic level, control systems can be composed of simple sensors that relay and process information, while more advanced systems can perform multiple tasks, including collecting and sending data to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) program or centralized company analysis software. The collected data is then compared to expected standards and alerts the appropriate parties if and when they are not met.
These systems are a subset of the larger umbrella group of industrial control systems that measure and evaluate different systems in facilities. There are also many types of process control systems available, each of which uses different components to collect information and perform tasks.
Flow meters - Measure the flow rate of liquids and gases to ensure they are compliant with safety and fabrication protocols.
Analytical Sensors - Measure everything from chemical conditions such as pH to physical considerations such as velocity, temperature or turbidity.
Specialized sensor systems - Including pressure sensors with diaphragms, proximity sensors, level transmitters, etc.
While we do not specialize in any single industry, our experience across a wide range of industries allows us to design and customize process control systems that can accommodate virtually any industrial setting or application, including:
- Wastewater treatment plants
- Conveyor systems
- Fabrication and finishing production lines
- Facilities that need precise power distribution, such as energy stations and server facilities
Remote Access Control Systems
Remote access control systems provide industrial facility managers with greater management and oversight capabilities. Depending on the requirements of the facility, remote access permissions can be provided only to internal operators or broadened to allow for external operators.
Internal plant remote access systems enable authorized personnel to access and control the system without having to access the control panel directly. Some of the methods of employing this type of system include integrating an additional control panel outside of the central control room, or a secured local wireless access point for personnel to connect to the system network. When integrating either of these internal access methods, it is crucial to designate the proper area classifications to limit contact with system or facility information to only the necessary employees.
External plant remote access systems allow authorized personnel to access and control systems from outside the facility. Some of the methods of employing this type of system involve using cell modems and VPNs. To combat security concerns, you can also integrate security switches to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to your secured modem or VPN or encryption methods to protect your information.
In addition to allowing for the remote access and control of information and systems, there are several benefits to employing both internal and external remote access systems, including:
Simple installation: Both internal and external remote access systems reduce the number of physical parts needed for systems control. They typically require fewer wired connections and are less affected by complex physical constraints, as many of the connective and security components are operate electronically or digitally.
Lower material and labor costs: The simplicity of the design and ease of installation also means that companies can save on equipment and maintenance costs for these systems.
Greater oversight and faster response time: Remote access systems allow authorized employees to manage and maintain facilities without direct contact with the physical systems. This characteristic is especially helpful in situations where immediate operator action is required to prevent system overload or damage while out of the facility. The systems can also be easily modified to include additional system monitoring factors to allow for even greater control and management.
More efficient data collection and transmission: Secured external remote access systems allow for more efficient information collection, transmission, and storage.
Remote access control systems are suitable for industrial environments that require operation at farther distances from the physical system or in situations where operators are unable to be in the facility. They allow for faster, secured data transmission and system control between the facility and authorized personnel, which enables a quicker response time to potential system issues.
Regular and comprehensive maintenance and security checks are crucial to maintaining the performance of your control system, as they can identify underlying operational issues, detect potential security vulnerabilities, and prevent data leaks and total equipment failure. Additionally, setting a preventative maintenance and network upkeep schedule can help indicate if and when the system is due for an enhancement or upgrade.
How We Implement Top Cybersecurity in Our Technology
When implementing control systems, there will always be some cybersecurity risks. Cyber attacks such as malware, ransomware, and data theft can make some companies hesitant to employ new industrial control standards as there is the risk of not only production and service outages but the loss of user data and intellectual property as well.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency establishes protocols to help facilities ensure that companies' control systems are operating securely and prevent cyber attacks. Additionally, the organization provides alerts, advisories, and other reports to help inform and spread awareness about potential attacks and disruptions.
Turner Integrated Systems also makes cybersecurity a top priority. Our cybersecurity best practices include:
- Offering comprehensive turnkey services to ensure cybersecurity measures are fully integrated into the system
- Full documentation for future system upgrades and alterations
- In-house software development
- On-site panel design and fabrication and testing to prevent third-party hardware vulnerabilities.
Contact Turner Integrated Systems Today to Receive a Quote
Turner Integrated Systems offers comprehensive industrial control system design, fabrication, and software development services. Our systems expertise can give your company critical insight into your control system design and provide a secure control solution. Contact us today with the details of your control system project to receive a quote.