A management station is a desktop computer with a SCADA program which connects to the process stations and processes the historical and alarm data. The management station thus does not execute any control or regulation processes; if it goes to standby, it does not influence the controlled technology immediately. (This does not apply if the management station is used as a time scheduler source or control script machine for 3rd party systems, which may not have their own time schedulers, etc.).
The management station is a personal computer with minimum requirements as follows:
- processor min. 800 MHz
- 512 MB RAM
- 40 GB HDD
- Ethernet to connect to the process stations and other interfaces
- OS Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8.
The standardized hardware for management station may be ordered as Domat item PCD1, however, any PC which complies with the specifications above would do. When the management station is part of the local IT infrastructure, it may be required that the local IT department is supplying the PC. Remember to specify all necessary I/O ports when configuring the PC, e.g. serial ports for 3rd party integration.