CONTROL SYSTEM ENGINEERING

Control systems:
the brains of industrial automation

Our capabilities span individual machine control to large network manufacturing controls systems with MES interface. Our controls team is responsible for designing, developing, installing, and maintaining systems which are used to control and monitor automation machinery. ABCO control systems engineers will analyze your requirements and the mechanical design of the machine to design a controls system that will function in the desired manner.

Our team of controls engineers, technicians, and designers are well-rounded with all major controls suppliers, like Allen-Bradley, Siemens, and Beckhoff to name a few. ABCO is a recognized Systems Integrator for Rockwell Automation. We are also experienced with many other systems such as Fanuc, Cognex, Wonderware, and Kuka. See a complete list of partners below.

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CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGN

The controls team at ABCO develops quality design packages for controls and systems integration. Our process includes:

  • Safety risk assessment
  • Defining data structure layout and data flow models
  • Selecting the physical communication media, network architecture, and protocols
  • Developing a functional description of the automation solution – control scheme, alarms, HMI, reports – using the rules established to guide development and programming

As part of the design process, we will perform safety and/or hazard analyses, security analyses, and regulatory compliance assessments by identifying key issues and risks in order to comply with the applicable standards, policies, and regulations of each client. All system design documentation includes control panel layouts, bills of material, electrical schematics, detailed functional control specifications, operations manuals, and all source code.

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SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT & PROGRAMMING

Our processes for development and programming of controls systems include:

  • Development of HMI, database, and reporting functions in accordance with the design documents to the functional requirements
  • Developing control configuration or programming
  • Reviewing configuration and programming using defined practices in order to establish compliance with functional requirements
  • Implementing security methodology to mitigate loss and risk
  • Designing a testing plan to execute appropriate testing relative to functional requirements
  • Assembling required documentation and user manuals created during the development process in order to transfer essential knowledge to our clients and end users

ABCO engineers provide extensive client support during testing and debugging of the systems and on-site support for start-up and training. Read more about field support.

Panel construction takes place in ABCO’s UL Certified Panel Shop and performed under the supervision of licensed electricians. Read more about our panel building capabilities.

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BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH ABCO
  • ABCO has vast engineering knowledge and capabilities
  • Our teams are reliable and responsive
  • We thrive on complex automated machine design
  • We are experienced robot integrators
  • ABCO is a qualified machine vision integrator
  • We excel with conceptual equipment and systems controls strategies
  • We provide detailed engineering & design
  • Detailed documentation is provided with every system
  • ABCO provides source code for every job
  • Annotated and blocked code is to modify as your needs change
  • Detailed schematics included with documentation package
  • Clients receive machine assembly & startup support
  • Our field support is always available as a value-added service
  • Our teams possess a broad range of services
KNOWLEDGE BASE
  • PLC programming
  • Robotic systems
  • Vision systems
  • HMI design
  • Machine vision applications
  • Conveyor tracking applications
  • Visual conveyor tracking applications
  • Simulation and testing
  • Programming of controls systems
  • PLC hardware specification
  • I/O layout
  • Program development
  • Motor control systems and networks
  • Instrumentation and electronics
SYSTEMS
  • Allen-Bradley
  • Siemens
  • Mitsubishi
  • Beckhoff
  • Automation Direct
  • Omron
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Fanuc Robots
  • Kuka Robots
  • Nachi Robots
  • ABB Robots
  • Denso
  • Motoman
  • Epson
  • Adept
  • Wonderware
  • Parker
  • Banner
  • Fanuc IR Vision
  • Cognex Vision
  • Keyence Vision
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