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We love all things industrial automation. It’s what we do. We are a team of smart people that have made automation a passion, not just a career. When it comes to automation, you want the best team of nerds you can find, and you’ve landed on the right web site.

We provide expertly engineered automation and information solutions for industrial clients. Automation assets are just that, assets, and we work with you to understand how to maximize the value for your business through reducing total cost of ownership and integrating your automation systems into your business systems to maximize efficiency. Our team works with you to understand your big picture including your business needs, your process needs, and your particular ways of doing things, and then we work our magic to design, program, build, and commission your world class automation system.

 

Vertech is a control systems integration firm providing world class automation solutions for industrial clients.

Using standard hardware components and intuitive software design, our team of engineers and programmers designs and implements complex yet elegant control systems to automate industrial equipment, processes, and data collection and analysis. Our systems are developed using industry standard PLC and HMI/SCADA products to maximize your long term return on investment.

While we are somewhat “jacks of all trades”, the majority of our projects tend to be in the following industries: water/wastewater, alternative energy, manufacturing, mining, baggage handling, and food & beverage processing. Our industry-specific knowledge allows us to provide better, faster, and more comprehensive control system strategies for your systems.

Our Services

Industrial Control System Design and Integration

Industrial Control System Design and Integration

Using readily available off-the-shelf components and software, we design custom systems to meet the unique needs of your automation project. Our systems are developed using industry standard PLC and HMI/SCADA products to maximize the long term return on your investment. Our systems incorporate network design, PLC panel design, PLC programming, HMI/SCADA programming, control panel fabrication, commissioning, and service of your system.

Systems Upgrade and Migration

Systems Upgrade and Migration

Unfortunately most automation systems only last 15-20 years. Fortunately, our team is experienced in the unique technical and logistical challenges of a control system upgrade. Our project experience will minimize the risk to your current operations, and our industry knowledge can help you take full advantage of new technology to bring additional value to your system, not just put lipstick on a pig.

UL-508a Panel Fabrication

UL-508a Panel Fabrication

Vertech’s 8,000 square foot panel fabrication shop offers unmatched quality and competitive pricing. We are certified to provide UL-508a (industrial), UL-698a (intrinsically safe), and UL-1203 (explosion proof) panels. Our facility is capable of power testing up to 480VAC, and we can handle very large enclosures as well as the more traditional two door and smaller size cabinets.

Field Service, Support, and Troubleshooting

Field Service, Support, and Troubleshooting

Our knowledgeable and friendly team provides field service, support, and troubleshooting services 24 hours a day, year round. We troubleshoot and service control systems and the related instrumentation. We do respond to emergencies, but we’re not cheap. Most of our service clients purchase an annual support plan that reduces costs and response times.

Latest & Greatest

Designing Intuitive SCADA Systems

Do you hate the software you have to use every day at work? It’s probably because of its poor design, and not functional problems. User experience is everything. Incorporating classic, user-centric design principles in SCADA systems creates software that is easy and even fun to use. Easy and fun are important because they tangibly affect operator's ability to control the process and respond quickly when things go awry. In this first post of our user interface design series, we investigate the long-term monetary and user benefits of excellent software design to enhance your high-performance automation systems.

Information Pangaea

In the early 1990’s when I started my career in automation, one of our industry’s Bid Ideas was eliminating Islands of Automation. Plant control efforts up to that point had successfully automated indivudual machines, and operations personnel were beginning to imagine the possibilities of centralized monitoring and coordination. SCADA and Historians were the solution, and they largely delivered the imagined productivity gains. Today the manufacturing sector is on the doorstep of an even bigger opportunity as we begin to eliminate Islands of Information.

Making Industrial Automation Successful

Modern manufacturing businesses continue to achieve ever higher levels of productivity through automation. A recent Harvard Business Review article estimated that between 1993 and 2007, robots alone contributed 0.36% of US labor productivity annually. That translates to 5.5% total productivity gain over 15 years. That kind of financial impact is hard to ignore, especially for long-term growth strategies. Here are a few things to keep in mind when evaluating the impact industrial automation can have on your business.

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