In-House Skills

We maintain critical skills in-house to ensure the successful and efficient completion of a project.

Conceptual Design

Conceptual Design

We invest time developing the concept at the proposal stage to ensure the optimum performance, reliability and ergonomics within the budget. Once we receive the instruction to proceed, the concept will be evolved through the design stage. We will generate and issue model drawings (e-drawings with free viewer software) for review.

Customer Requirements

Key Customers

We invest our time and energy in our key customers, developing close working relationships so we gain a deep understanding of their specialist manufacturing processes and the intricacies and demands of their particular industry. With a better understand of their requirements, we can provide a more effective solution.

Mechanical Design

Mechanical Design

We use SolidWorks 3D as our primary mechanical computer aided design tool. The Mechanical Design team is responsible for:
  • The generation of the mechanical design pack for the equipment
  • The risk assessment
  • The design review meetings to achieve design approval
  • Liaising with the build teams during the assembly and commissioning process
  • Generating the supporting documentation pack. Typically this will include general assembly drawings, sub assembly drawings, detailed drawings of all manufactured parts, parts listings for all manufactured and proprietary items and a recommended spares listings

Autocad

Control Systems Design

AutoCAD® Electrical is our primary controls and fluid power computer aided design package. Our Control System Design team is responsible for:
  • The generation of the electrical and pneumatic circuits design packs and selection of suitable component parts
  • Conducting design review meetings and achieving design approval
  • Ensuring any risks identified by the risk assessment are designed out
  • Generating the supporting documentation pack which typically includes electrical circuit diagrams, pneumatic and hydraulic circuit diagrams, back plate layout diagrams, operator interface layout diagrams, parts listings, operating instructions and recommended spares list
A hard copy and electronic version of the finished design pack will be provided. Further PDF copies can be accessed via a secure customer log in area within Workflow.

Software

Software

We have the experience and the necessary software tools to support the four principle PLC types; Omron Electronics, Mitsubishi Electric, Rockwell/Allen Bradley and Siemens. We also have experience of various PC based solutions which are typically used for SCADA type applications or where it is necessary to store a large amount of data. Our software team is responsible for:
  • The generation of the PLC/HMI/PC software to the agreed specification, suitably commented and documented
  • The commissioning of any sophisticated hardware (specialist drives, vision equipment etc.)
  • Uploading the software to the equipment and commissioning to a sequential state
  • Generating the equipment operating instructions

Workflow MS Project

Project Management

We use a combination of our in-house Workflow process software and Microsoft Project Management. Once an order is placed, key milestones will be set up within Workflow. These are typically:
  • Design
  • Procurement
  • Assembly/Commissioning
  • Condition and Sign off
  • Shipment and Install
Customers are given secure logins and these key milestones can then be monitored online. You can also access a more detailed Microsoft Project time plan document.

Mechanical Fitting

Mechanical Fitting

The Mechanical Build team is responsible for:
  • The mechanical assembly of the equipment modules (prime movers and tooled parts)
  • Aligning the machine tooling and ensuring any moving elements operate effectively
  • Mechanically commissioning and conditioning the equipment
If the fitters need to use general fitting skills (polish, press fit, chamfer etc.) as part of the assembly, we consider that to be a non-documented process. If it is necessary to modify a component part, the fitter has to agree the change with the design team/assembly supervisor. The change will be electronically documented so the design pack can be updated before the final documentation is released.

Systems Build and Integration

Systems Build and Integration

The Systems Build team is responsible for:
  • The mechanical layout of the control panels and wiring/piping
  • The installation of the control panel onto the machine/equipment and the integration wiring and piping
  • Powering up the machine, undertaking an IO check and checking the emergency stop network is valid
  • Generating the sign off electrical checks and getting the machine ready for the software install
During the assembly stage of the project, the build documentation acts as the ‘Master Set’ and the team marks any agreed changes or revisions onto the drawings. On completion of the build, the documentation set is then passed back to the design office for the updates to be formally recorded before the final documentation is released.

Machine Conditioning and Commissioning

Machine Conditioning and Commissioning

The Mechanical Build team is responsible for:
  • The mechanical assembly of the equipment modules (prime movers and tooled parts)
  • Aligning the machine tooling and ensuring any moving elements operate effectively
  • Mechanically commissioning and conditioning the equipment
If the fitters need to use general fitting skills (polish, press fit, chamfer etc.) as part of the assembly, we consider that to be a non-documented process. If it is necessary to modify a component part, the fitter has to agree the change with the design team/assembly supervisor. The change will be electronically documented so the design pack can be updated before the final documentation is released.

Training

Training

Training is generally undertaken at our factory during the equipment sign off trials. Follow up training will be conducted at the customer’s site once the installation is complete. A more detailed training programme can be organised upon request.

Field Support

Installation and Field Service Support

For our more complex machines, we believe it is essential we undertake the installation. The customer will generally locate the machine within their factory and provide the primary service connections (electrical/pneumatic/exhaust extract etc.). Our engineers will then level off, check alignment, power up and recommission the equipment before formally handing over to production. We can provide on-going support contracts.