One obvious benefit of SCADA monitoring in the oil field is better control of well site equipment. Better control means smoother operations, fewer failures, longer maintenance cycles, lower costs and so on. All very beneficial to pumpers and their employers.
Sometimes it is most convenient to interact with a drive through its physical interface right there on site. Other times it would be much more effective to interact with it using a smart phone, tablet or laptop somewhere away from the well. SCADA is the means to capture and communicate well data to a centrally available system in support of this remote monitoring and control. But how easy is it to put a drive on SCADA?
Pumpers are an extraordinary asset in the oilfield. They are the eyes and ears of the organization, spotting issues and fixing them—sometimes even before they become big problems.
There are many advantages to using SCADA to monitor injection pumps. Variable frequency drives provide precision control of pump operations for greatest efficiency. SCADA allows you to remotely monitor the pump and associated tank to ensure any problems that arise can be dealt with quickly.
The advantages of remote monitoring are many, and operators are increasingly deploying drive systems complete with SCADA. But what about the pumping systems already in the field? There is a solution for that too.
If you have a drive system—any drive system—you can add remote monitoring simply and easily. Here’s what it takes:
- MyBus conformance—SCADA remote monitoring can be connected to any system that conforms to MyBus.
- Weatherproof communications box—this unit mounts near the system.
- Private cellular network—the network is used to provide secure access to your data.
We have all heard of the usefulness of SCADA to oilfield operations but what does it really contribute to your bottom line? Does it really add value to your operations and affect profit? The answer is a definite yes.
SCADA can contribute to both higher production and lower costs. Both of these improvements flow to the bottom line. In addition, SCADA improves the sustainability of your operations. In other words, you can count on your pump to keep pumping efficiently and maintenance to be more proactive than reactive. We all know that emergency maintenance takes longer and has a greater impact on production than scheduled maintenance.