Our Process

Industrial Control Engineering Ltd applies its well proven development process to your automation tasks so as to provide you with the best services possible. This enables us to focus our skills clearly on the needs of your project.

Our development process consists of the following steps:

Capturing requirements

Industrial Control Engineering staff will work with you to identify the requirements of your project. In addition to learning how you would like to interact with the plant or equipment, we will also consider the capabilities and limitations of all the components of the system in addition to your operational and financial constraints and priorities.


Evaluating options

The hardware and software packages chosen for your control system will probably influence your business for many years to come. Being simple and easy to use in everyday operation is only the one of the many relevant factors involved in a wise choice. The ability to quickly diagnose equipment failures and the ability to adapt to future requirements with minimal effort are both important criteria too.

Solutions often involve an existing database requiring modification or a new database.

For supervisory control of a plant, process visualization and the choice of human-machine interface (HMI) can have a significant effect on productivity and product quality.

For the design of automated equipment as a manufactured product, the cost of the automation hardware can be an important consideration. Industrial Control Engineering can devise and evaluate a range of solutions, from low-cost custom electronics using a microcomputer system through to highly flexible off the shelf programmable logic controllers.

Industrial Control Engineering's practise of collaborating with suppliers and contractors, each expert in their own technical field, enables us to consider a wide range of automation solutions. The result is a solution that offers the best possible match to your needs.


Agreeing on the solution

After discussing options with you, Industrial Control Engineering staff will write a specification detailing how the automation system is to be used and what it will do. Experience has shown us that this document not only provides a sound basis for agreement but also an excellent reference document when it comes to future improvements or changes.


Design

Industrial Control Engineering Ltd has the skills and experience to design control systems and man machine interfaces using a wide variety of technologies. From custom electronics with embedded microcomputers to off the shelf programmable logic controllers (PLCs), from a computer interface to just a knob or switch, ICEL can design the most suitable automation system for your application.

Industrial Control Engineering routinely collaborates with other suppliers and contractors, solving technical and scheduling details as they arise.


Implementation

In addition to implementing the automation functions, Industrial Control Engineering Ltd usually procures the required PLC hardware and HMI software and coordinates installation and commissioning with contractors or your own staff. We also offer a project management service if required.


Commissioning & Testing

All our automation software and database solutions are tested as fully as possible in our Lower Hutt laboratory before delivery to your site.

Industrial Control Engineering commissions and tests the automation systems it installs. We normally schedule this activity to avoid disrupting production while providing as comprehensive a test of the system as possible.


Training & Handover

Learning to operate a well designed automated system is never difficult. We do offer staff training, however, to ensure staff become familiar with recognising and diagnosing problems with the plant.

We offer on-line help for the systems we develop, either within the customer's automation system or from our own website.


Ongoing Support

At Industrial Control Engineering, we recognise that requirements do keep changing. We are ready and willing to help you improve your plant or product throughout the lifetime of the automation system.

Knowledge we have built up about your operation and plant becomes an asset that you can call on in the future.

Capturing project requirements

 + Capabilities

 + Limitations

Evaluating Options

 + HMI
(Human-machine interface)

 + Microcomputer / microcontroller

 + PLC
(Programmable Logic Controller)

 + SCADA
(Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition)

 + Database

Agreeing

 + Specification

Implementation

Training

Support

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