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Engineering & Design


At Focal Automation we utilize a combination of advanced computer-aided design systems and years of experience to engineer and manufacture with the design of power distribution, communication networks, I/O and panel layouts to a significant portion of control-panel manufacturing such as enclosure modifications, panel layouts, cable runs and wire routing.

Document Control

Over time, facilities upgrade, make changes to document control, ownership changes, years pass and the current set of documentation either becomes unreliable or unattainable.


This is where it becomes necessary to as-build the electrical drawings, communication architecture, shutdown keys and control narratives. With these documents our clients have the proper details to determine the best migration plan.

Automation Document Control model

Trusted Team

Focal Automation encompasses a full team of experienced electrical designers, drafters, and engineers. These talented individuals are supported by our internal Engineering division, assisting us in identifying issues before they hit the field. We have the extensive field experience to know what’s needed on site.

We can assist you with:

  • Computer selection (virtual or physical server and client setups)

  • Network equipment and cable selection

  • Process Suitable Controller, IO selection

  • Field Communication Cables selection

  • Actuator and Instrument selection

  • Configuration of Selected Equipment

  • Determination of Process Page Standards

  • Preparation of Process Logic Libraries

  • Using our Suite of tools we populate the program with the engineered drawings information

  • Determination of the Graphics Standards

  • Implement Graphics based on control system, engineered drawings and standards

  • Factory Acceptance Testing, Site Acceptance Testing as per approved engineered drawings

  • Site Installation

  • Site commissioning

  • Site start up and tuning

  • Operational training and alarm rationalization


Services include:

  • Intools Implementation & Support

  • Distributed Control System (DCS) Design & Programming

  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Design & Programming

  • Field Bus Segment Design

  • Check-Out – Commissioning/Start-Up Support

  • Check-Out – On-Site Programming

  • Control Loop Tuning

  • Instrumentation Diagram Development

  • Instrument Specification & Selection

  • Emergency Shutdown (ESD) System Design

  • Alarm Management Design & Implementation

  • Advanced Control Design & Implementation

  • Control System Selection

  • Control System Documentation & Database Customization

  • Field Survey, Analysis & As-Building

  • Data Collection & Storage Systems Design

  • Human Machine Interface (HMI) Design & Programming

  • Interlock & Automated Sequencing Logic Design

  • Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) Design

  • Statistical Process Control (SPC) Implementation

  • System Networking

  • In-House Staging/Simulation/testing

  • Batch Sequence & Recipe Development

  • The Instrumentation & Controls team is equipped with the latest technology in engineering, design and PLC/DCS programming utilizing the following tools:

  • Microsoft Excel (Custom Visual Basic programming for various DCS platforms)

  • AutoCAD

  • Blue Beam

  • Inventor (3D Modeling)

  • SolidWorks (3D Modeling)

  • ProEngineer (3D Modeling)

  • Navisworx

  • ISA SpecForm (instrument datasheets)

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