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What to Expect During a PLC Migration Kickoff

April 17, 2015

Once you accept the proposal, we move into action. During a kick-off meeting with all stakeholders, a project manager is assigned to your migration project. This engineer’s role will be to oversee the entire process on our side, as well as interact with you. Ideally, you designate one person as the main contact to answer technical questions and make key decisions on your behalf, helping ensure the project runs smoothly and meets all your expectations.

In the initial kick-off meeting, the following will be established:

- Master schedule for project – this includes the dates for hardware to arrive onsite, the time required to wire and install the system, and the dates for troubleshooting and debugging and final commissioning. Additionally, any acceptance tests or intermediate milestones you would like along the way are determined.

- We'll collect any CAD-generated drawing files for the existing system. This will facilitate creation of new drawings and will help ensure that standard notation will be followed on the new drawings.

- We'll also determine what data registers are being polled from any remote SCADA or HMI so that these same data points can be placed in the right registers in the new system. This aids in the installation process and ensures the data is in the right place for the SCADA system to find it.

After the kick-off meeting, we design the final electrical layout, including new panels or sub-panels, and make preliminary electrical drawings. All designs are provided in AutoCAD so they can be passed back to you in a useable format and changes can readily be made throughout the project.

Once the panel is laid out, the new PLC Bill-of-Material (BOM) is developed and procured. All the necessary hardware parts are purchased and ordered, and any physical assembly that can be done beforehand is completed in our in-house, UL-rated panel shop.

At the same time, we start to rewrite your PLC program, cleaning it up and making it more efficient. All software is tested in a controlled environment in our lab before we take it on site.

Close contact between our engineers and you is maintained during this phase. We continually update you while the programs are written and panels built, ensuring that you are on board with the project as it unfolds. You also keep us apprised of what is happening on your end, such as any events that could delay installation. Close and open communication is crucial during this time.

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