Process programming has evolved to be increasingly complex with a wide range of platforms and new automation techniques. Finding the right integrator with programming expertise is essential to a successful project. The EPIC Automation Team effectively programs and upgrades control systems for a wide range of design/ build projects. We follow a practical approach to process automation and control systems implement the technique for faster production throughput, improved product quality, consistency, and reduced overall production costs.
Our capabilities range from PLC programming, instrumentation design, and electrical design to the complete automation of new plants and process system skids. EPIC’s controls engineers can automate even the most complex process manufacturing applications. We are brand agnostic, and integrate Rockwell, Siemens and Honeywell process control systems, or any other customer preferred control platform or programming, including:
- DCS Programming
- Logic Programming
- Operator Interface Programming
- PC Based Programming
- PLC Programming
Process Data Collection
EPIC collects and applies process data and chemical process technology at all levels in-plant. EPIC’s engineers understand how to log key process data parameters to develop comprehensive solutions based upon your needs.
EPIC configures data collection to log key statistics including:
- Inventory management
- Operational and production-related information
- Overall effectiveness of equipment (OEE)
- Product tracking
- Quality assurance
All objective-based information is harvested from your process control skid and exported in real-time to production monitoring systems, including custom ERP packages.
EPIC’s process control applications allow you to make changes to set up parameters directly from your supervisory scheduling system.
Real Time Data Can Be Exported To:
- Custom applications
- MES or SAP systems
- QA Systems
- Relational databases including Oracle and SQL Servers
- Upper-level reporting systems
Data security is important in the production process. EPIC implements backup strategies to ensure you have the information you need to make crucial business decisions. EPIC helps you access data to make decisions that increase efficiency, reduce costs, and decrease production downtime.
Process simulation uncovers the most favorable conditions for an examined process. It guards against the use of improper strategies, and ensures the correct equipment is selected, saving time and money.
Our engineers conduct industrial process simulation for highly complex chemical processes. They have thorough knowledge of chemical and physical properties to meet your objectives for process system and skid efficiency.
EPIC’S Technical Process Simulation Models Include:
- Caloric data
- Chemical reactions and kinetics
- Distillation column characteristics
- Equations and correlation experimental data
- Environmental information
- Vapor pressures
- Predictive means where properties are anticipated
- Properties of reactors
- Pump specifications
- Safety data
Process simulation can be completed for processes with multifaceted separations or reaction kinetics. EPIC primarily uses Aspen and MATLAB software programs. In addition to technical process simulation, EPIC is able to facilitate lab scale or pilot scale testing, prior to proceeding with production plant design.
Automatic process control applications rely on accurate, well integrated process instrumentation. PLC, DCS, and control system integration for automation and data collection from process instrumentation is a vital expertise at EPIC. Designed to meet your needs and fit your preferences, EPIC can integrate the following:
- Infrared or ultraviolet spectral response
- Level Measurement
- Refractory index
- Reserve alkalinity
Custom Automation and Control Systems
We build, program and integrate custom process control panels and programming for all our systems. Our automated process control system engineers are experts at designing scaleable, efficient controls that are user friendly and customized to your system. Our in-house panel fabrication shop builds FDA, ASME, and AWS standards. Our in-house cabinets features:
- Programmed and installed controller
- Optional HMI screen
- Simple design for easy installation and maintenance
- E-stop push button on front of process control panels for safety
- Wire and terminal labels for easy identification
- Parts list, electrical schematics, cabinet layout drawings, and PLC/HMI manuals included
Control Systems Technology Options Include:
- Thermocouple card
- RTD card
- NEMA 4 water tight enclosure for hose down applications
- UL 508 code certified panel
- NEC (NFPA 70) certified panel
- NFPA 79 certified process control panels
- Hazardous material classification areas with appropriate air purge system:
- Bebco X purge or
- Bebco Y purge