Controls Engineering

Optimation provides controls engineering services for a wide variety of process and manufacturing industries. Our controls engineers are experienced in providing requirements definition, functional specification development, system prototyping, implementation, testing, documentation and training.

PLC Programming

We have an experienced group of highly proficient PLC programmers. Our team has developed a programming standard that provides for quick development, quality code and easy maintenance. Our PLC experience covers most of the available hardware and software programming environments including Siemens, Allen-Bradley, Modicon and GE. Our team is knowledgeable and proficient in the use of IEC 1131-3, the international standard for programmable controller programming languages:

  • Ladder diagram (LD)
  • Sequential Function Charts (SFC)
  • Function Block Diagram (FBD)
  • Structured Text (ST)
  • Instruction List (IL)

Distributed Controls Systems

Many industries rely on the power of distributed control systems. Our engineers have implemented solutions using a wide variety of DCS systems, including Siemens PCS7, Foxboro, Delta V, ABB and Legacy systems.

PC-Based Controls

Our engineers have experience with PC-based control toolsets. A real-time application engine on an open system is appropriate for a wide range of manufacturing processes, and can expand control capabilities by supporting ActiveX objects and custom user controls. Example environments include InControl and Think and Do.

Supervisory Controls (SCADA and HMI)

Our engineers are skilled in the configuration of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems. Common implementation environments include Wonderware Archestra System Platform , GE Proficy and iFix, Ci Technologies Citect, Rockwell FactoryTalk and National Instruments LabView. HMI skills include Rockwell, Siemens, Schneider and a variety of others used by OEMs. Current trends are to use third-party I/O drivers such as Kepware and Matrikon and convert PLC addresses to OPC addresses that can be utilized across multiple SCADA, Database, Reporting and Peer-to-Peer applications.

Vision Systems

A variety of complementary technologies have also been used to successfully meet our clients' needs, including the use of vision systems.

Bar Code and RFID Technologies

A variety of complementary technologies have also been used to successfully meet our clients' needs, including the use of bar code and RFID technologies.

Example Controls Applications:

  • Boiler Controls
  • Coating and Converting Controls
  • Power Distribution Design And Controls
  • Machine Design and Process Automation Controls
  • Packaging Controls
  • Pharmaceutical Controls
  • Pulp and Paper Controls
  • Sanitary Piping, Pumping and Storage/CIP Systems Controls
  • Water / Waste Water Controls