"I have worked with John on several large automation projects while he was contracting to Rockwell Automation. John's approach to all tasks is 'letís get the job done'. I do not know anyone who can work with the speed and accuracy that John does. He frequently completed tasks ahead of schedule and, astonishingly, with no defects.
Finally, and perhaps more importantly, John's attitude is a major asset in any project team. His enthusiasm for his work is infectious and more often than not rubs off on the rest of the team"
Senior Project Manager
"I am convinced that very few others would have made such a success from the products you have developed. Your practicality, expertise and pragmatism have been the driving forces behind them even nearing completion"
"I have worked with John on a large Oil & Gas project. When I need something done, I leave it with John as I can rely on it just happening, and it will work. John is one of those people who when given a problem works out how to solve it, rather than how to avoid it."
Network integration of bespoke product handling machines to fully automate the packaging and palletisation of product.
Real-time data transfer between systems was configured via a redundant ControlNet architecture using the Produced/Consumed tag data protocol within RSLogix 5000.
Design, production and commissioning of high speed palletisation plant for a national paper manufacturer based in the UK.
Integration of real-time product tracking system, automation of conveyor routing to warehouse distribution centre.
Development of a fully automated interface for ASCII data exchange with legacy robotic labelling machines.
Integration of system from palletiser outfeed to loading bay.
The migration of a bespoke deep trench silicon wafer etching system posed new challenges for accurate and deterministic logic execution.
The PLC (RSLogix 5000) application was required to be fully flexible to allow the integration of new or upgraded devices to any I/O point.
The gases used in the etch/deposition process had to be cycled to an accuracy that could only be determined by evaluating task scan periods in real time as a method for accumulating time.
The final solution gave an etch accuracy to +/- 0.1 microns.
The brewing industry has been a principal focus for many projects in the UK, mainland Europe and Asia.
These include the automation of the brewing process:
Dry Goods Systems
Key roles within the mainland European projects included the successful implementation of a design documentation system from initial consultation through to customer FAT
Projects within the confectionery industry of automation of high speed plant with full integration of RSLogix5000 and RSView SE.
The S88 standard to the modular software approach for batch processing included the full integration of plant floor data to the enterprise layer which allowed analysis of plant availability and
an increase in e iciency for production planning.
One of the most presitigious and challenging projects was the Shell GTL (Gas to Liquids) plant in Qatar.
Development of an OPC serial interface from all areas of gas analysis throughout the process to a fiscal metering/archive database was undertaken.
The development required close consultation with all projects from Air Separation, Feed Gas Preparation through to Liquid Processing Units.
OPC products from Matrikon, Kepware and Honeywell were used throughout the design, test and simulation stages of the project.
Project Lead Engineer
HP Heater Feedwater System
Fuel Oil Storage and Control Systems
Boiler Sootblowers Control
Water Treatment Plant Upgrades
Boiler WaterCannons Cleaning System
Budget planning, tracking and control. Personal responsibility for capital projects totalling £1.2m.
Project planning and scheduling using analogous and parametric estimation techniques.
Management and procurement of instrumentation and 3rd party installations.
Responsible for design review and approval processes with Competent Body peer review
System analysis, functional design and system development.
HAZOP studies, LOPA analysis, FMEA assessment, Risk Analysis to design Safety Instrumented Systems to IEC 61508 & IEC 61511.
System compliance to COMAH regulations.
Management of system implementation, installation and commissioning.