Industrial Automation And Controls
WE DELIVER ADVANCED automation systems
At ControlX Engineering our focus is on optimum results for the application, it could be energy efficiency, increased production output or increased reliability. To assure achieving the planned result we follow along the entire project: from design stage to its implementation. Our advantage is that we connect diverse systems into one network. These systems include robotic arms, VSDs, PLCs, SCADA and ERP systems.
WE WORKED FOR
VARIETY OF INDUSTRIES
We have strong Electrical and Controls Engineering experience in the following industries: mining, manufacturing and robotics. We cover a wide range of skills from setting up a sensor to creating a cloud infrastructure for data gathering.
A few examples of project types below:
Process automation in hazardous areas
Robotic handling with video recognition
Underground belt conveyors and winches
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
"I have utilised Alex (from ControlX Engineering) on numerous occasions at Ulan Underground Coal Mine. The expert knowledge in many fields of Engineering has been an asset to our business in maintaining profitability. Introducing the “Bigollo’s” (VSD web monitoring system) onto our network that enable us to effectively control and optimise all of our VSD drives on site. I have contacted ControlX on many occasions for breakdown assistance and through utilising their experience we have limited downtime to a minimum on our Conveyor System."
"The grasp of the engineering principles, design criteria and legislative requirements of automated manufacturing in industry is of the highest calibre.
Alex (from ControlX Engineering) works hard to keep abreast of all new manufacturing technologies that may impact with our production needs. To date, he has worked on projects as widely diversified. ControlX Engineering can take projects from concept to full production."
WHAT EXACTLY WE DO
PLC and Control Systems
PLC programming (common brands)
SCADA/HMI screens development
Node.JS C# and web software programming
Electrical schematics, BOM
VSD selection and system design
On-site equipment testing and commissioning
Programming of robotic arms
Robot integration into manufacturing process
Image recognition with robotic integration
How we work
Typically, the automation solution delivery process based on the following seven steps:
1. Discuss the requirements
To start, we'll gain an in-depth understanding of your requirements. We'll work together with you - listening, asking questions, observing existing processes, and suggesting ideas - to understand your requirements and establish a feature set for the solution.
2. Project brief (proposal)
We will then create a project proposal document. It will describe how we will work together - either in a flexible or strictly planned approach - and outline the feature set, and show the estimated cost and time to develop the solution.
3. Engineering and design
After you let us know you want to proceed we will begin with the engineering of the solution. This is a collaborative process, and it may involve sending preliminary schematics, estimated Bill Of Materials, and/or software architecture, so that you can be sure what we deliver is what you wanted.
The core development will either be based upon milestones (in waterfall), or sprints (in agile). This is where the design is turned into the deliverables. PLC programs, SCADA screens, software development, and schematics are produced during this stage. Communication with the client on this stage is essential to continue monitoring the development as per agreed specification.
If it is PLC or SCADA development then we integrate testing into the development process. PLC logic and SCADA/HMI screens tested with a specifically designed software PLC Logic Prover. In some cases we will perform manual testing and process simulation to ensure the program performs as expected. Test reports are provided on the completion.
If this step is a part of the agreement we will make sure that the developed automation solution is integrated into the current production process smoothly. We will travel on site and assist with making the equipment working as initially scoped.
We provide comprehensive support options for the services we provided, which includes priority troubleshooting and assistance with abnormal functionality. But even if you would prefer not to opt-in for ongoing support, all our PLC programs and HMI/SCADA screens come with a 12-month warranty to fix errors.
LAST PROJECT WE ARE PROUD OF
REDUCING DOWNTIME RISK
We designed a control system upgrade for deselection of drives in 3 x 710kW ABB ACS800 multidrive system.
The upgraded control system now dramatically reduces downtime risk in event of drive malfunctioning. The control system allows to disable drives with a click of a button. Disabled drive can be removed from service while the application can continue operating with reduced capacity.
We managed the entire process from discussion of the upgrade with the client to its commissioning. We developed PLC logic, tested it in the workshop and implemented it into existing client's PLC.
Main challenge was to dynamically assign master/follower roles to the drives on demand.