FAQs

FAQs

FAQs

How do you decide what technology to use for a project?

We place you and your needs at the centre. Total Automated Solutions are independant of instrumentation, plc, control and automation manufacturers. We use a number of factors to determine the most appropriate technology. These include: 1. Understanding of client requirements, through a review of a URS (user requirements specification) or close co-operation/consultation with the client 2. Previous experience and deployment 3. Ease of installation, use and maintenance 4. Speed of deployment/length of process/plant life 5. Preferred client technology 6. Through life costs. Do you have something we can help with? Just give us a call or send a message.

What industries do you operate in?

Throughout the past 15 years we have operated in many industries. Our strength is in taking lessons learned in one industry and using that experience to benefit clients in other industries. Industries covered include: Manufacturing, Water and Waste Water Treatment Utilities, Electrical Automotive Renewables, Dust Extraction, Chemical, Chemical Dosing, Marine Technology. Building Automation, Embedded Automation, Hospitality and Leisure Facilities, Food & Bererage Production, Machine Tools, CNC & DNC, Mining Material Handling, Oil & Gas, Packaging Pharmaceutical, Fine Chemicals Power and Energy, Transportation and Nuclear. We would be delighted to discuss any applications or challenges that you may have, to find a solution for you.

Can you provide instrumentation and equipment for Hazardous areas?

Yes, we have engineers qualified in intrinsically safe equipment and knowledge of ATEX systems and requirements. They all have an understanding and experience associated with deploying systems in hazardous areas. Typical capabilities include: ATEX Inspection & Installation Services, Training Services, Hazardous Area barriers and equipment.

Can you interface with existing/legacy systems?

Yes, almost all of the work that we carry out on-site involves working with upgrading or interfacing to legacy systems. Our knowledge and experience across a wide range of PLC, scada, DCS and PCS systems means that we have probably worked on a similar system in the past. Depending on a number of criteria (age of installation, OEM support for the product, the application, ongoing support, etc.), we can modify existing units, determine the most cost effective way to upgrade them or install a new unit to support the additional functionality. We work closely with our clients to optimise the overall solution according to thier needs. Are you thinking of an upgrade for improved efficiency? Just give us a call or send a message.

Can you upgrade legacy/existing systems?

Yes, almost all of the work that we carry out on-site involves working with upgrading or interfacing to legacy systems. Our knowledge and experience across a wide range of PLC, scada, DCS and PCS systems means that we have probably worked on a similar system in the past. Depending on a number of criteria (age of installation, OEM support for the product, the application, ongoing support, etc.), we can modify and upgrade existing units to the latest hardware and software standards. If the plc/system is obsolete we will determine the most effective way to upgrade them, or install a new unit with the additional functionality needed. We work closely with our clients to optimise the overall solution according to their requirement. Are you thinking of an upgrade for improved efficiency? Just give us a call or send a message.

What PLC 's do you use?

We have worked with, and have knowledge of, many plcs. At the foot of this web-page you can see some of our closest partners. It is worth noting that we are not limited to these systems. PLC Software includes: Rockwell RSLogix 500, Rockwell RSLogix 5, Rockwell RSLogix 5000, Mitsubishi Medoc, Misubishi GX Developer, Mitsubishi GX IEC Developer, Mitsubishi GX Works 2/3, Siemens Step 7, Toshiba Engineering Tools, Toshiba OIS-DS. PLC Platforms include: Allen Bradley Micro Logix, Allen Bradley SLC 500, Allen Bradley PLC 5, Allen Bradley Compact Logix, Allen Bradley Control Logix, Mitsubishi FX Series, Mitsubishi A Series, Mitsubishi Q Series, Siemens S5, Siemens S7, Toshiba S series, Toshiba V series, Toshiba NV series. LOI Software includes: Rockwell PanelBuilder 32, Rockwell RS View for Machine Ed GOT 1000/2000, SoftGOT 2000 Beijers E Designer Easyview

Can you provide design, installation and commissioning services?

Yes, it's what we do best! We have a range of design services that are used. Which we adapt depending on the project and client requirements. In addition, we are proud to have an experienced team of installation and commissioning engineers - who are authorised to work on multiple sites. After commissioning and handover, the project enters into support. Services typically include: Detailed Electrical Design, Electrical Installation, LV Power, Controls, Instrumentation, Hazardous Areas, Network/Data, Fibre Optics, Profibus, Ethernet, Field Bus, Radio, Telemetry Systems, Full Testing & Commissioning Services, Instrument Testing and Calibrations, and Hazardous Area/ATEX.

You are based in Yorkshire, can you supply systems anywhere in the UK?

Not only is Yorkshire at the heart of Britain, it is also geographically the best location - so the answer is of course - yes. We have provided solutions far into Scotland and are often called back. We carry out work in the South West of the UK on a regular basis, and have had projects in many places in between. Not quite Lands End to John O'Groats, Ireland to Norfolk, but not far off. You can find some of these projects described in the Portfolio section of this website.

Do you operate Internationally?

Yes, over the past 15 years we have provided a number of systems in Australia, the Far East and the Middle East for clients in the renewables, utility and water industries. No matter where you are located, we provide the same quality assured services for all of our clients. Moreover, we are proud to be one of 3 nominated service providers for the Toshiba range of control and monitoring solutions globally. This has allowed us to work on a number of International projects, partnering with Toshiba.

Can you provide Emergency/Breakdown support?

Yes, we know how important it is to keep your business running. We can provide emergency support in case of breakdown's, plant faults etc. We have engineers available to address your problems - please call +44(0)844 8004177. Important is that we are nimble and deliver solutions extremely quickly. For example, we completed one entire automation project in less than 15 days - including system design and configuration, MCC panels, PLCs and all installation.

Can you provide onsite training?

Yes, we provide training on all aspects of our services and technologies. This can be classroom based services or onsite. Instrumentation training courses always include real site work to ensure that participants benefit from our vast field experience. We have standard training courses, but can also produce bespoke packages for a project or application.