Software Engineering

Companies operate machines to make money, not stress. We engineer our control systems so that the people that run and maintain the machines can do so efficiently and profitably.

We design our control systems with machine ownership in mind and writing good, well structured and commented software is integral to those objectives. Our engineers think beyond the design and commissioning stage and consider the long and critical period of machine ownership. So our clients can optimise their machine productivity, availability and profitability.

Isn’t that why companies run machines?

A vitally important part of the systems that we engineer is the functional software – the software that resides in SCADA systems, PLC’s and intelligent drives. Well constructed and commented software is a given, however, the sequential PLC code that we write is done using state transition techniques. This system allows us to express the functionality of a machine independently using graphical methods then to implement that functionality using traditional ladder tools. The upshot is an efficient, easy to follow structured software product. This has three significant benefits:

  • The machine functionality can be confirmed before software is written
  • Thorough testing of the software is possible prior to shipment
  • Ownership of the system is made much easier due to the ease of fault diagnosis should the system suffer a field component failure.

Need more information? Browse various projects here. Our industry-specific pages also provide details about the control system projects we have completed over the years.

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All the support you need… when you need it

Here at Optima we are always looking at ways at which we can better support our customers. If the problem can be identified remotely and and fixed without requiring a visit to site, then there are cost savings to be made, both in terms of engineering time saved and production downtime losses.
Of course, not every problem can be fixed remotely, but if a more detailed prognosis can be made in the first instance, then preparations for any site visit will be more focused on the problem area. Read our Remote Access Brochure for more information.

Cloud Remote Access

Cloud Access

With this remote access system:

  • Our engineers use the same software they would use if they had travelled to the remote site. The customer does not need to purchase the specialist programming tools or laptop
  • The system uses the existing, broadband Internet connection on site, whether wired or wireless
  • If this is not available (for example at a remote operating plant or location) our 4G Mobile Data Sim configuration provides the communication link required. 
  • Depending on network coverage, the most appropriate mobile telephone network provider can be selected. Our range of high-gain antennas ensure that a reliable data link is always available
  • The system can be configured to send e-mail notifications, when machine faults / alerts occur

We would be pleased to provide you with a custom quotation for your remote access requirements.

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