OUR APPROACH

DRAWING DEVELOPMENT

Drawing development is the first step in the detailed engineering and design process. Here, we show you how your automation system will be powered, controlled, and networked. At the end of this stage, you’ll have several detailed drawings at your disposal, and all will serve as great resources for installation, commissioning of your system as well as for long-term maintenance and troubleshooting.

DRAWING DEVELOPMENT

Drawing development is the first step in the detailed engineering and design process. Here, we show you how your automation system will be powered, controlled, and networked. At the end of this stage, you’ll have several detailed drawings at your disposal, and all will serve as great resources for installation, commissioning of your system as well as for long-term maintenance and troubleshooting.

P&IDs: THE FOUNDATIONAL PROCESS AUTOMATION DRAWINGS

Since we tailor your automation solutions and system to your plant, we base all of our control system drawings on your process equipment, making use of the all-important Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (or P&IDs). P&IDs depict process flow and specify your control system’s discrete and analog devices including such components as valves, pumps, motors, instruments, and control loops. These items are the foundation for a detailed device list that is used as the basis for sizing of the automation system including I/O count, processor type and memory size, automation server sizing, and even network capacity planning. P&IDs are also the basis for our HMI process graphics that your operators interact with. If you do not already have P&IDs, we can provide them for you. If your in-house process designers have P&ID generation capability, we can partner with them using our extensive knowledge and experience to ensure they capture the pertinent information related to the control system.

CONTROL PANEL DESIGN

We use the P&IDs as a reference to count the number of devices that your system will control or monitor. In the control panel design, we select the components that will power your control system and communicate with your field devices. Then, our skilled CAD designers lay out those components so we can safely work on them, optimize space and provide future-ready scalability. If you ever need to expand or update your system, our designs not only have spare I/O specified, but also have spare space for additional control equipment down the road.

Our panel design drawing package includes panel layout and elevations, I/O electrical schematics including field termination detail, and traditional loop drawings if required.

The control panel CAD drawing sets are then issued for construction and are built by one of our preferred UL508A panel builder partners.

POWER DISTRIBUTION DESIGN

Once we’ve designed the layout of your electrical cabinets, we’ll show you how we bring power to them in our power distribution design. Here’s where we provide your engineers with detailed drawings that show how we take the facility or area incoming power and step it down to usable voltages/phases for your area or facility, including wire and cable sizing, short-circuit analysis and branch circuit protection to meet current electrical code requirements. We can also include in the design metering of your power at both the incoming power and at the various usage points for effective power monitoring and power management.

MCC SPECIFICATIONS & LAYOUTS

With the cabinets and power distribution designed, we can also specify and lay out your Motor Control Centers (MCCs). These important devices power and control the motors that run in your process control system, and you’ll see them on equipment such as homogenizers, evaporators, separators, pumps, agitators, blowers, vacuum pumps and vibrators throughout your facility. In many cases, we specify intelligent motor controllers that use a variable frequency drives along with ethernet communications to control your motors while improving the efficiency and consistency of your production.

NETWORK DRAWINGS

Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) networks include drawings for both the physical and logical layers. We provide constructible physical network drawings depicting space-planning, overhead pathways, cabinet elevations, and typical labeling and connectivity references. Our logical network topology drawings depict Cell/Area Zone network components as well as interconnections to the distribution and core layers of the Manufacturing Zone. In addition to topology drawings, we also provide detailed switchport connection and VLAN reference documentation.

INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION FOR RESULTS

In our more than 20 years of helping manufacturers, we’ve intelligently applied automation for hundreds of companies across a wide range of industries. And we’ve earned repeat business from 90 percent of our clients.

Have a question or do you want more output, fewer lost batches and better reports? We can show you how to improve your production and maximize your successes through industrial automation.

500 N BROADWAY SUITE 1600 ST LOUIS, MO 63102

(314) 621-2921

500 N BROADWAY
SUITE 1600
ST LOUIS, MO 63102

(314) 621-2921