In the UK, many manufacturers still run legacy systems which are susceptible to ransomware cyber security attacks, such as the high-profile WannaCry epidemic which impacted businesses in more than 150 countries in 2017.
In modern production networks, machines and plants need to be connected to one another. Processes can be aligned down to the smallest detail to allow for high automation levels and short lead times.
Tobias Antius, CEO of industrial control and automation specialist Novotek, explains why SCADA systems need to develop to meet the needs of the connected plant.
Connectivity is continuing to be required and implemented throughout industrial plants across different industries as the availability of data becomes ever more vital to companies.
In industry, a commonly held misconception is that variable speed drives (VSDs) are a cure-all for the majority of motor problems that can arise in a process plant.