About

Optima Control Solutions Ltd. is more than an expert industrial control systems company. We are a team of professional engineers who recognise that the services we provide must add real value to the businesses of our customers – and we enjoy doing it.

 

Optima is an independent variable speed drives company. This means that we are able to integrate any manufacturer’s variable speed drives in the systems we design. Having this flexibility allows us to offer products that you may have standardised on within your company, so helping you to minimise spares holdings and avoid training personnel on new products etc. Independence also means that we can recommend equipment best suited to your application, without the obligation of a manufacturers tie-up. This will ensure that optimum performance and reliability are achieved in your manufacturing process.

 

We feel that we offer the following advantages in the marketplace:

  • High-level technical expertise.
  • Disciplined project management.
  • Price advantage – we engineer projects normally associated with larger companies whose overheads are obviously higher.

Adrian West and Michael Hill formed Optima Control Solutions Ltd. in 1995 and began trading in August of that year.

Their founding principles of applying expertise skilfully, professionally and diligently have, since incorporation, been at the heart of our business. This characteristic is recognised by our customers, suppliers and employees, all of who have contributed significantly to the company’s success.

The company now operates from its new headquarters in Blackburn, Lancashire and currently employs 20 staff. Optima recognises that as a knowledge-based business, our engineering experts are the company’s most important asset and we regard their welfare as paramount.

Making a positive difference to our customers’ operations and enjoying this experience makes Optima Control Solutions Ltd. a good company to work for and with.

Recent Posts

Drive System Retrofit for MasterDrives

Because of their superior functionality, comprehensive performance range and application flexibility, the Siemens Simovert MASTERDRIVES in CUVC, CUMC, Compact form and other variants has been a very successful drive system for single motor and multi-motor applications. The established common DC bus system enabled it to be used on demanding production machine processes across a wide range of industry sectors.

All good things must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the end of the line for your production machine.

Optima’s innovative approach to upgrades significantly reduces the installation time and minimises risk to your site. All of our systems are thoroughly tested before they are shipped to site, completely eliminating any “out of box” failures.

Some of the benefits you will realise are:

  • Extended life span of your machine and increased availability due to continued spare parts supply with full support by Siemens
  • Improved productivity through lower energy costs and faster production cycles, through:
    • Simple operation monitoring using operator panel
    • User-friendly diagnostics with the STARTER tool
    • Additional interface options via PROFINET or PROFIBUS
  • Future-proofed due to access to the new world of TIA Portal

Optima’s approach for upgrades is to:

  1. 1.Analysis of your current machine configuration and potential further customer request
  2. Recommendation on the best replacement scenario
  3. Installation, configuration and commissioning of new  components and creation of circuit diagram and documentation
  4. Acceptance test and machine handover.

If requested, we can also provide training for all your relevant engineers and instruction of the operating personnel

Why Optima?

  1. We’ve been upgrading complex drive systems for over 20 years
  2. We are one of only 7 authorised Siemens Drives and Motion partners in the UK
  3. We provide a complete solution provided by one retrofit supplier including mechanical installation of motors and/or supply of adaptor plates and flanges to suit
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  7. Automax and PLC 5 to PowerFlex Drives and Control Logix Upgrade on Metalliser Leave a reply
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  9. Metal Decorating Press Upgrade using Siemens Simotion S120 + D425 controller + Simatic S7 PLC Leave a reply