Cimview, the forerunner of SCADA
In the late 1980s, with successive restructurings, more and more large companies drastically reduced their facility management teams.
This lack of resources was compounded by an additional difficulty. Indeed, each new automation project went hand in hand with the addition of its own control tool, parallel to the existing systems.
As a result, the site manager was faced with the lack of vertical integration allowing the permanent linking of management information with field data. As for the operator, they were confronted with a major difficulty in monitoring significant data from totally heterogeneous systems, through disparate man-machine interfaces.
Finally, the production manager had to be able to monitor their installations in real time and access historical data to analyse, understand and certify.