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Control system Integration challenges

Five Industrial Automation Challenge

Tips to manage and execute them with success

Control System integration technologies are changing rapidly, and manufacturing automation projects are becoming a challenge due to the complexity, scope and human intervention.

Manufacturers need to cope and carry on with the constant changing in the way manufacturing process technologies is moving forward. Therefore, as an integrator, we can identify five manufacturing automation challenge:

Tips No. 1

Control System Components:

When building a control system need to consider several components from different suppliers. Furthermore, the project manager must ensure that all these components can communicate with each other without any setback. Industrial engineering knowledge is crucial to deliver a top-performing integrated system.

The operator interface (OI) is one main component for automation system. For instance, it is essential for the operator understand interface between all automated equipment in a plant to achieve the operation successfully. In addition, a system integrator can help the operator to get an accurate understanding of the whole operation system. Hence, it is important to update the interfere need according to the latest technology, it is crucial to get the operator embrace the changes by incorporating the latest technology.

Tips No. 2

Technology Interfaces:

New technology represent a challenge for any automation project. However, updating the equipment with the constant changing of the software is a challenge, electronic technology or others automation equipment can make the different in implementing a functional and high-performance control system integration or a poor performance system. Likewise, it is important to train the staff with the latest automation technology to keep the system running smoothly.

Tips No. 3

Control and Field Instrumentation Documentation:

Engineering expertise must follow documentation standards. In Fact, to successfully work with and well-structured design control systems, it is essential to understand the documents that are typically used to illustrate process control.

System integrator provides a very detail documentation that include all requirements from the automation control system. In short, the documentation of the control system does not follow standards that for process control and instrumentation, then it may be necessary to manually create this documentation. For example: tag numbers may easily identify the field device when ordering and shipping, as well as installing in the plant.

Tips No. 4

Process Flow Diagrams:

The project manager is responsible for the selection of the devices that best matches the process design requirements. This includes the selection of the transmitters that fit the operating conditions, the type and sizing of valves, and other implementation detail specified in the process flow diagram. Some of these diagrams are:

panel electrical wiring

  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagram – On the diagram describes all decisions or changes concerning field instrumentation, the assignment of device tags, and piping details. (P&ID)
  • Loop Diagram – Drawing that shows field device installation details including wiring and the junction box (if one is used) that connects the field device to the control system.

Tips No. 5

Future Expansion:

Companies need to plan when develop a complex or even simple automation control system projects before jumping into execution. Searching for the right system integrator team early in the process and designing appropriate engineering design is key.

Performing an appropriate scope is critical to getting the project started and for future expansion. Consider company growing when implementing a control system including control panel expansion, industrial electrical wiring and software upgrading capabilities.

Maximise the ROI

Industrial automation projects have so many challenges, find a right partner with enough knowledge and extensive technological expertise to integrate the automation system and its components. For instance, searching the right control system integrator can help guide the project to success and maximise the ROI from an automation project.

Phoenix installs and integrates industrial control panels. We can customise a single or multiples control panels as well as provide the electrical wiring design and documentation. In addition, we offer our project management and commissioning solutions.

HMRC letter provides the latest guidance to businesses about the UK leaving the EU

Industrial Automation in UK are leading and helping UK economy, therefore they play an important role when talk about UK Leading the EU. HMRC keeps industry informed about steps to follow on the near future.

HMRC have published HMRC latest letter to UK businesses that trade only with the EU, with details of important actions they need to take and changes to be aware of in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. It is our third letter to businesses on preparing for the leaving.

The letter asks businesses to take a number of actions to prepare for no deal. These include:

  • registering for a EORI number at Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU
  • deciding if they want to hire an agent to make import and/or export declarations for them or if they want to make declarations themselves using relevant software
  • registering for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), which is a new process to make importing easier than it otherwise would be for the initial period after the UK leaves the EU, should there be no deal – registration opens from 7 February on GOV.UK.
    • There are also important updates on the way businesses trading with the EU pay import VAT and use EU VAT IT systems if we leave with no deal. You can read the full letter at Letters on ‘no deal’ Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU.

      These changes do not apply to trade across the Northern Ireland-Ireland land border. We will set out information about the arrangements for trading with Ireland as soon as we can.

      New Guidance

      HMRC have also published new guides on GOV‌.UK

    • Customs procedures
    • Moving goods to and from the UK
    • VAT IT systems rules and processes

        The guides provide further information explaining what these changes mean for all companies including the industrial automation in the UK that trade with the EU. You can find the guides at Trading with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

      • New ‘Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’ tool

        HMRC have also published a this tool to help UK businesses find out:

      • what they need to do to prepare for this event
      • what’s changing in their industry
      • information on specific rules and regulations
        • All businesses need to do is answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to them and their sector.

          System Integrator

          Phoenix, Industrial automation companies in the UK, is very pleased to contribute with this important news. A reliable system integrator must keep informed about all news related to the market. See also The Future of Robotics.

          By Deputy CEO and Second Permanent Secretary –