Skills

The following practical skill and expertise topics are offered to Clients for system design, commissioning and consulting services.

Equipment Competencies

Modern industrial automation equipment is fully featured and complex. We are competent with the following equipment and software....

Modern industrial automation equipment is fully featured and complex. We are competent with the following equipment and software:

  • Siemens S120 and G120 drives.

  • Siemens S7 PLC and I/O systems.

  • Siemens HMI.

  • Siemens TIA Portal PLC and HMI.

  • Siemens TIA Portal Safety.

  • Siemens TIA Portal Start Drive.

  • Siemens Starter software.

  • Beijers HMI.

  • Beijers iX Developer software.

  • Parker SSD drive equipment.

  • Parker SSD fibre optic LINK equipment.

  • Parker SSD DSD and DSE toolsets.

  • National Instruments LabVIEW.

Some competency with the following:

  • Nidec Control Techniques drives.

  • Nidec Control Techniques CTSoft.

Other equipment always considered subject to complexity, available programming tools and user documentation.

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Variable Speed Drives

Operation and characteristics of LV variable speed drives and power converters.

Operation and characteristics of LV variable speed drives and power converters.

  • DC and AC drives

  • Characteristics of drives.

  • Ratings and losses.

  • Motoring and generating operation.

  • Rectifier and active line modules.

  • AC line harmonics.

  • DC bus coupled systems.

  • Dynamic braking.

  • Electric vehicle drives.

  • DC to DC conversion.

  • Microgrid forming systems.

  • Air cooled and water cooled systems.

  • Circuit protection components.

  • Open and closed loop operation.

  • Encoder and feedback devices.

  • Application of drives to motors.

  • Networked drive systems.

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Motors

Operation and characteristics of common types of motors.

​Operation and characteristics of common types of motors.

  • Theory and operation of motors.

  • Understanding of DC and AC motors.

  • Behaviour and characteristics of motors.

  • Induction and permanent magnet.

  • Speed range and field weakening.

  • Application of motors to machinery.

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EMC

A practical understanding of Electromagnetic Compatibility with regard to assembled systems.

​EMC with regard to drives, motors, power conversion and control systems to ensure systems are compatible within their electromagnetic environments.

  • Understanding of EMC.

  • European directives and standards.

  • Commercial and residential.

  • Emissions and Immunity.

  • Conducted and Radiated.

  • Harmonics and filtering.

  • Drives and EMC.

  • Screening and shielding.

  • Cable types and glanding.

  • Cable separation and segregation.

  • Earthing and grounding.

  • Overview of EMC testing.

  • EMC troubleshooting.

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Electrical Engineering

General electrical engineering design for variable speed drive and industrial applications.

​General electrical engineering design for variable speed drive and industrial applications.

  • Transformers and power supplies.

  • Short circuit ratings.

  • Fuses and protection components.

  • Enclosures, cooling and ventilation.

  • Wire and cable sizes.

  • Schematic capture with EPlan P8.

  • Parts lists and wiring schedules.

  • Enclosure assembly and construction.

  • Design to European and IET standards.

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Industrial Automation

Automation systems for industrial, renewable and other applications.

​Automation systems for industrial, renewable and other applications.

  • Application of PLC systems.

  • Remote I/O systems.

  • Industrial networks.

  • Application of HMI systems.

  • Object oriented and structured programs.

  • Machinery safety systems overview.

  • Hardwired safety systems.

  • Programmable safety systems.

  • ATEX equipment and systems overview.

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Machinery Applications

Control of industrial, renewable energy and other machinery and processes in all vertical sectors.

Control of industrial, renewable energy and other machinery and processes in all vertical sectors.

  • Gearbox and transmission systems.

  • Web transport systems specialist.

  • Unwind and rewind systems.

  • Spliced unwind and rewind systems.

  • Complex line drive systems.

  • High speed line systems.

  • Web tension control.

  • Paper making and conversion.

  • Plastic film manufacture and conversion.

  • Wind turbines.

  • Tidal turbine systems.

  • River hydro systems.

  • Other specialist applications.

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Other Skills

Associated useful skills.

​Associated useful skills.

  • Application data collection systems.

  • Machinery reporting systems.

  • Secure remote access systems.

  • National Instruments Labview programs.

  • Matlab Simulink for system modelling.

  • Ethernet switches and firewalls.

  • Windows operating systems.

  • Microsoft SQL databases.

  • Microsoft Access databases.

  • VBA programming.

  • Electronics design at PCB level.

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