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Automation beyond the Manufacturing Sector

Automation in a broader context

iconsys has extensive experience in the automation of machines and systems whose prime purpose is not a manufacturing process. With automation and control at the core of our business, we have experience of every major Drive, Servo, SCADA/HMI, DCS and PLC available in the marketplace today.

We optimise your existing infrastructure and/or augment your new design concepts to implement automation solutions designed for your operational needs. Our automation expertise encompasses such diverse applications as material handling (e.g. cranes, conveyors, automated warehousing, AGVs and ASRS), smart cities, transport systems and their signalling, power generation and distribution, dynamometers, test rigs, wind tunnels, extraction/ventilation plants and marine equipment.


iconsys provides full scope electrical, instrumentation and control design of integrated control systems, including variable-speed drives (VSDs), servos, motor control centres (MCCs), robotics, distributed control systems (DCS) programmable logic controllers (PLCs), SCADA/HMI systems, machine vision and safety systems. Being platform-independent, we offer expertise in third-party hardware to find the optimum automation solution for your process and business needs. We also serve as a main automation contractor for project-based execution, from initial specifications to all the normal electrical deliverables (e.g. single line diagrams, schematic diagrams, cable schedules, conduit schedules, contractor specs etc).


We manufacture high quality, bespoke control panels, desks and operator stations, cable looms, mechanical assemblies and sub-assemblies under strict quality control in our modern UK workshop.


Our platform independence means that we have the flexibility to integrate a wide range of technologies to meet your needs. Uniquely able to recognise and integrate your capital and maintenance activities, we can bring the right resources into play at the right time. Plus with multiple UK locations, we can respond promptly and provide ongoing remote support following completion.


At iconsys, we tailor our commissioning services to meet the requirements of your specific project, organisation and operations. Taking a platform-independent approach to every project, allows us to work on any new or existing technology in your facility. If you want help selecting equipment for your operations, we’ll make recommendations without pushing technology for the sake of it. And if you need resources to step in and help, we’ll send them directly to your facility from one of our multiple locations across the country. From accurate cost estimates to quality assurance, you can count on Iconsys to deliver, with the proven project management methodology to meet your objectives on time and on budget.

The iconsys Strategy

Business Process

Our operational consultants use Iconsys business systems to analyse your processes and provide actionable insights for streamlining the flow of business information to realise measurable benefits. Combining people, processes and technology, we work with you to ensure that the requirements for your targeted automation technology implementation produce the desired results. We connect your enterprise from the plant floor to the boardroom, with the business and operational processes in place to support the implementation.

Data Management and Historian

Collecting, storing and distributing real-time production data as part of an automation system allows identification of the causes of operational problems and quality issues. Iconsys works with customers to implement data management systems and historians as part of continuous improvement with initiatives, helping managers use these tools to analyse their production data and make smarter decisions for increased productivity, quality and compliance.

Preliminary Engineering Design

This second phase follows the feasibility study and often happens prior to final process automation project approval. It can be used to generate Requests for Quotation (RFQ), which can then be sent to potential suppliers and contractors in order to develop an investment-quality cost estimate. Preliminary equipment layouts and schematics may be generated during the phase for automation projects that involve the instrumentation and control system — for example, in greenfield projects, major equipment updates and control system upgrades. Iconsys engineers have been responsible for preliminary engineering design on many automation projects within different industries, ensuring they stay within the approved scope and budget.

Control System Design/Engineering

A facility’s process control systems are critical to every automation project. Iconsys provides design, engineering and troubleshooting services for these systems to ensure the quality and proper integration of the system components, drives, motor control circuits, power supplies, PLCs and SCADA systems.

Process Analysis

To develop a sound automation system design with improved operation and productivity, a clear understanding of processes is critical. Process analysis includes reviewing the electrical and mechanical drawings, together with operating data, and gathering input from operations personnel through key interviews. This uncovers the key operating goals and targets and important product quality variables, as well as the constraints, limitations and bottlenecks that challenge operators. The best automation system designs create the tools that empower operators to overcome the challenges and meet key goals and targets. Our process control engineers apply sound process analysis on all automation projects.

Programming and Configuration

Bringing to life the detailed design of the instrumentation and control system, our control engineers have extensive experience working with every major DCS, PLC and SCADA system. They apply this process automation knowledge in using the latest engineering tools to convert logic diagrams into PLC ladder and functional block logic, to write generic and custom code and to build I/O and control applications using standard system function blocks and other features. With the features available in modern control systems, even the most complex advanced control strategies can be configured and programmed.

Project Management

Project management is one of the most important factors in a successful automation project. Iconsys employs a proven structured approach to project management at every stage, eliminating many of the problems that can keep an automation project from meeting its scheduled requirements.


Iconsys understands that in today’s business world of enterprise-wide facility integration, many companies are concerned about the risk of exposing process control systems to networks that have connectivity beyond the facility’s boundaries. We work closely with automation customers, ensuring that every network is protected sufficiently to maintain its integrity and confidentiality, and minimise the risk of unwanted intrusion.

Systems Design

Throughout each automation project, Iconsys provides top-to-bottom design of integrated control, manufacturing and business systems. Our design expertise spans the spectrum, including electrical, DCS, PLC, HMI and SCADA implementations; I/O point configuration; advanced process control; and control and business networks.

Systems Development

Our systems development service offering is based on a robust project methodology. This ensures that we follow best engineering practices during all phases, including system configuration and setup; control, HMI and SCADA programming and configuration; historian configuration and database programming; business interface development; and documented testing. All phases of software development are subject to revision control and documentation.

System Implementation

The comprehensive implementation of our engineered solutions includes technical services at all stages of the project, installation, system commissioning and start-up, as well as ongoing support.

Consultative Services

Expert manufacturing consultation from Iconsys can provide immediate, effective automation solutions. Our team can help you identify and eliminate the specific operational constraints that impact your profitability. Everything from distribution inefficiencies, outdated, underutilised or inappropriate technologies and capacity bottlenecks, to organisational resource levelling, manufacturing, scheduling and planning issues, and inadequate strategic vision.

iconsys enhance performance through integration of automation technologies.
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