Automated systems are a proven
team of electrical, instrument and automation engineers.
We design, build, test and commission
control systems for industrial applications.
Systems experience includes hands
on knowledge with some of the largest and most ambitious SCADA,
PLC & DCS projects within WA & Australia over the last
Buzzwords we believe
- Consistent, consistent and consistent
- Fit for Purpose – one button,
remote telemetry, batched, sequenced and otherwise
- Fault Tolerant – any single
E,I & A failure will not bring down your plant
- Fail Safe – for those bad days
– your plant will live to fight again, without your help
- Integrated – ensured by a through
approach to all aspects of design and implementation
- Reliable – only proven products,
used in local industries are recommended
- Excellence - quality engineering,
of both hardware and software solutions
- Elegant - everything as simple
as possible, and no simpler = low maintenance cost
- Intuitive – goes without thinking
Why plant automation?
The return on investment for any
plant is dictated by cash flow, ie; operating cost and profit
from product sales. Profit is driven by -
- Product quality - allow the
control system to operate the plant, your operators can concentrate
on monitoring and improving process, product quality, and
optimising cycle times. A deterministic control system
will always operate your plant in exactly the same method.
Quality can be studied using recognised statistical techniques
and improved scientifically and reliably.
- Plant safety - by requiring
the control system to run the plant, it must meet standards
for safe operation in both normal conditions and abnormal
conditions. Common HAZOP criteria such as failure modes,
common mode failures, safety interlocks, and process interlocks
will provide an immediate and more sophisticated level of
safety not available from mechanical systems.
- Fault Finding - the control
system and associated data acquistition systems allow detailed
process, mechanical, electrical and instrument faults to be
identifed early, and with certainty. This provides minimum
down time, maximum availablity and a steady, planned maintenance
- Slow and Steady - a control
system can operate your plant at it's maximum throughput 24hrs
a day. It can be taught to identify the limiting criteria
of the respective processes and will remain within those bounds.
It can do this for each single process in the plant simultaneously,
in effect allowing bottlenecks to be readily identified.
- Domino Effect - a single fault
will often trigger a chain of events the can stop the whole
plant. By the time the original fault has been identifed,
vessels have backed up, fluidised beds have slumped, lines
have blocked, and the process requires considerable cleanup
to restart. Adequate consideration of these events,
and incorporating "failure modes" into all control processes,
will ensure that the original fault does not result in lengthy
delays and otherwise avoidable costs.
This sounds simple - why make such
a big deal about it? The control system dicates all aspects
of the plant operation, it is the common interface for all mechanical
and process systems, vendor packages, diagnostics, production
reporting etc. If it is wrong, or difficult to use, difficult
to interpret, slow to use, unreliable, unstable, unsafe, not
fit-for-purpose, you will find yourself struggling (at least)
to achieve production targets. It is very important that
you and your staff be able to trust the control system to operate
To find out more about our buisness
and what we believe in, contact us for details on what we can
do for your plant.