REAL Controls provides turnkey automation and control systems for industrial, commercial and research applications. Each project starts with identifying the client’s wants and needs for the new system. Then we develop the design documents including wiring schematics, panel layout drawings and a bill-of-material. These documents are provided to our clients for review and approval.
Once the design has been approved, we purchase the new hardware and fabricate the electrical panels to house the control hardware. As the panels are being built, we develop sample HMI screens for our clients. This gives our clients a chance for hands-on interaction with the system before any significant amount of code is written.
Once the hardware and software has been finished we go to the customer’s site for installation and commissioning. Once the system is working properly, we provide training on the use and operation of the new system.
At the end of the project we provide complete documentation for the project including as-built drawings and the source code for any software that we’ve developed. Our clients always have the option to come back to us for future system changes but they also have the option to give the documentation to another control system integrator if they so choose.
Our automation and control system capabilities include the following:
- Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) including Allen Bradley, Siemens and Automation Direct brands.
- Human-Machine-Interfaces (HMI’s) which includes all major brands, PC based systems and conventional switch and indicator light systems. Each HMI is customized to the specific needs of our clients.
- Data Acquisition systems for both low data collection rates and very high speed rates. We’ve done systems approaching one-million data samples-per-second acquisition rates.
- Custom PC based systems that we develop with National Instruments LabVIEW software.
- Real Time and Floating Point Gate Array (FPGA) systems including the high speed cRIO systems from National Instruments Corporation.
- Conventional, hard-wired relay logic systems because sometimes a PLC is overkill.
- Third party equipment integration for clients who want to interface their serial or Ethernet based test equipment into the control system.