What technologies do you use?
We are often asked, what technologies do you use? To summarise, we use software and hardware technologies from most of the leading Industrial Automation companies, major ICT vendors, the two key cloud providers and bespoke IoT providers.
Which software or hardware to select is not always left to us to decide, however, specifically for advanced applications and enterprise class solutions the choices are fewer. To share our “resume” of everything we have ever touched would be counter productive. To share a list of “familiar with”, “experienced” or “expert” would also be subjective. Our recommendation is to discuss what we have experienced as what is fit for purpose based on the context of the specific requirements. This may present options or only one choice. Our recommendations may include an assessment of the risk attached with options available at that time or the risk attached with working with vendors to enhance their core technology offering.
Historically the Industrial Automation industry has taken a conservative approach to rolling out new features and technologies. There are many reasons for this convervatism, however as enterpise system integration is now occuring with other platforms (IoT, data lakes, ERP, EAM) to support digital transformation initiatives, a whole of solution approach is prudent. A whole of solution approach usually requires vendor accountability and full collaboration from suppliers realising someone needs to be accountable for overall multi-vendor integration and overall system performance and sustainability.
For our solutions, we build IT Networks, Communications Systems, Electrical Switchboards and IT Infrastructure. We recommend, configure and supply Control Equipment including PLCs, RTUs and instrumentation. This enables devices, equipment and plant to have a “digital twin”.