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What is Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA)

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
It is a part of the control system, but focused on the supervisory level. As such, it is a purely software package that is positioned on top of hardware to which it is interfaced, in general via programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or other commercial hardware modules (Daneels & Salter,1999)
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Integration of MES and ERP
Vladimír Modrák (Technical University of Košice, Slovakia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch330
In the present manufacturing paradigm, manufacturing execution systems (MESs) play a significant role in effective manufacturing management. Offered software solutions simultaneously close the gap between Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and production equipment control or SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) applications. Current ERP systems usually contain modules for material management, accounting, human resource management and all other functions that support business operations. In the past years, the role of ERP has been extended to cross-organizational coordination. Nowadays, as optimization of production activities is increasingly topical, a cooperation of ERP and MES becomes a serious concern of manufacturing managers.
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