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Factory Automation / Systems Integration / Industrial Automation 

What is a Systems Integrator?

A Systems Integrator (SI) is someone that integrates programmable controllers (PLC's), sensors, computer hardware and software, and mechanical equipment. Thus the name "Integrator".


Experience

Tools we use:

  • Programmable Logic Controllers - known as "PLC's" - which are the industry bread and butter.
    We have extensive experiece in programming Omron PLC's, Allen Bradley PLC's, IDEC PLC's,
    programming Opto 22 PAC controllers, programming AutomationDirect PLC's, and large projects
    using Beckhoff IEC 1131-3 open standard PLC's.
  • Software for: Opto22, Omron, Allen-Bradley, Automation Direct, IDEC, Beckhoff, Panasonic PLC's.
  • We specialize in Moog Animatics Smart Motor Servo motors - motor and electronics all-in-one
  • Computers, Networks, Servers
  • Bar code readers such as Keyence, and SICK
  • Radio Frequency (RF) Tags and Tag readers
  • Modbus communications
  • All manner of I/O devices including devicenet
  • Databases, data logging to disk, data trends, etc.

We Service Older, Legacy PLC's!

It can be very hard to find engineers who can service older PLC equipment.
We keep older software and programming hardware around in order to be able to service legacy PLC installations.
Some examples include Omron S6 and CXXK (C20K, C28K, etc), SP16, C200H, CQM1, CPM1, & CPM2 PLC's and software, Aromat / Matsushita / Panasonic FP-1 and M type controllers, and older Opto 22 G4 and Mystic® controllers that use the Cyrano or FactoryFloor® software. We of course have the latest PLC software and hardware as well.


Industries

We have experience in a wide variety of settings  - aerospace, marine, food service, pharmaceutical, laboratory, factory, enviromental remediation and cleanup, coffee roasting, packaging and shipping, brewery control, autoclave controls, hot bonders, automated aircraft radome testing, gate control, security systems, etc.

We are experts in systems integration.  You are an expert in your process.  We rely on you for knowing your process, and can you rely on us for knowing the tricks of the trade in automation systems design.


Sample integration & automation projects:

Coffee Roaster Automation and Remote Roast Reporting

 

The Client:
This client provides specialty coffees to the wholesale and retail markets. They manufacture a coffee roaster that is available to customers for roasting their product on-site.

The Task:
Provide the client with design, automation and systems integration assistance. Create a PLC program that runs the roaster, stores roast information, and transmits it's roast history via automated dial-out to a waiting MS Access appliction each day. Track inventory at each store in the Access app. Documentation. Training.

System Description:
A gas fired roaster that roasts beans in large batches. Operator selects bean recipe from touch screen and follows prompts to complete each roast. Scale weighs each batch to insure correct roast weight prior to starting. Automated movement of beans from scale to hopper and roast chamber. These roasters in total have roasted many tens of millions of pounds of coffee.

Controller:
Omron PLC ( C200HX ) connected to an Omron NT11 operator interface.

 

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