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  • Intrinsically-secure PLC and RTU control
  • 10 or 20 channels of universal I/O
  • Free IEC 61131-3 engineering software
  • -40ºC to +80ºC temperature range
  • Rugged, all-metal case 5.4 in x 8.9 in x 2.3 in
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Advanced Automation
 

Enhanced Security and Performance for Remote Site Automation

July 18, 2018
Robert Bergman

We asked one of our strategic high-tech distributors what was driving his customers’ strong interest in the Bedrock OSA® Remote. Here is what Joe Farren, principal of Process Control Dynamics, told us he is hearing from customers in the water/wastewater and oil & gas industries:
 
What’s not to like?
“Everybody we have spoken with about the Bedrock OSA® Remote likes the fact that the purchase-price is very cost-competitive with other PLCs or RTUs even though it is a superior product in just about every way. They don’t have to wait for a capital project to get value; they can buy it out of a maintenance budget.”
 
“For many, it is as easy as putting it on a purchasing card. And when they factor in the longer-term cost of ownership, including the security, programmable I/O, extended temperature specs and longer warranty, they see an even greater value and ROI. The beauty is that they get high-performance control at a very attractive price, and —at no additional cost — built-in security is just part of the package.”
 
“For some customers, migrating to OSA Remote would be a modernization play. In addition to the security, they are looking for the memory, horsepower, communications and protocol translation that can take them into the future. One customer described it as having DCS power in an RTU box.”
 
“In general, our customers are looking to OSA Remote to implement plantwide communications without exposing their control network to their HMI network. They want to keep the PLC network separate from the HMI network.”
 
Water treatment users
“In the water industry, customers are looking at OSA Remote to control pump stations. In high terrain areas, like Colorado, they are using it to control pressure-reducing valves (PRVs) that manage large pressure drops across changing terrains. Water treatment plant operators in the smaller districts are beginning to realize that they are part of the critical infrastructure; if their systems go down, they could be in a lot of trouble — not only with their customers but also with EPA or other regulatory bodies.”
 
“Some of our customers operating smaller plants think they are so small that no one will target them; in fact, they can be among the most vulnerable. They don’t have the IT departments to build out a cyber security infrastructure — like larger districts. Nor can they afford to pay a consultant to come in and install multiple layers of firewalls, VPNs and other after the fact solutions.”
 
“But they do know they must modernize. We say, ‘Why not save the cost of that added security infrastructure and upgrade to high performance controls that already have very high level of security built-in, especially when you can do it for less cost than unprotected controls?’
 
Wastewater treatment
“Wastewater treatment customers are considering the OSA Remote for controlling lift stations, managing pumping of wastewater or sewage from a lower to higher elevation and in transfer stations to manage temporary storage of water. They find the Bedrock control performance and low cost attractive. And there is interest in cyber security as well. In the event of a plant shutdown, for example, they would be concerned about back up and spills becoming sanitary issues. If you start backing up or overflowing wastewater into the streets, you could be looking at fines as well as cleanup costs.”
 
Oil & gas
“Our oil & gas industry users are finding the whole OSA Remote package attractive – the control performance, security, low cost, multi-protocol, and Class I, Div.2, non-incendive rating. The midstream guys are looking at it for tail-end pressure management, pressure monitoring, and data logging. Improving control over data logging is important at the wellhead as well as for data consolidation.”
 
“You can put OSA Remotes on all your wellheads and have them send data to a centralized facility for coordination by a SCADA system. Or, you can send that data to a tower where a PLC or RTU is consolidating it, running some algorithms, and sending it to the SCADA system, maybe via the cloud. Anyone trying to do this kind of data concentration without Bedrock’s built-in security would have to invest in building an infrastructure from the wells to the consolidation point; otherwise they are introducing significant vulnerability.”
 
Building and facility automation
“Most remote applications have buildings that can use OSA Remote with SCADA controls. Bedrock’s high-performance PLC functionality, multi-protocol support, and data consolidation, all come into play. There is a lot of interest in improving energy consumption. Why warm a whole floor on a Saturday when only two people are in their offices? With better building automation, you can make sure that those two people have comfortable temperature and ventilation without necessarily conditioning the whole building. And it all circles back to security. If you have a very large building — let’s say on the campus of a large refinery with maybe 20 buildings and millions of square feet — if somebody gets in there and starts messing with HVAC or ventilation systems, you could have many people unable to work productively.”
 
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