How We Do It
Avanceon is well-known for our comprehensive suite of automation standards. Developed and enhanced over the past 30 years, these standards not only guide our own PLC, HMI, and Electrical Design efforts, but have also been licensed to several Fortune 500 clients. For our clients who have their own automation standards, our engineers are already accustomed to complying with their practices. (Standards & Tools)
Fast paced projects don’t often allow for elaborate documentation, but Avanceon’s standard design documentation provides a roadmap for asking all the right questions and ensuring that the project has the ability to be supported long term. Typically our documentation packages includes a majority of the following:
Agile and Waterfall Project Execution
Traditional project execution follows the waterfall model from design to implementation, testing and commissioning. In waterfall each of these activities are discrete, and a prerequisite for the start of the next step. The traditional waterfall model has advantages (structure and gates) but sometimes adoption and ownership suffers at the expense of a rigid plan. Agile project execution recognizes that sometimes project constraints and the customer people’s bandwidth do not allow for a comprehensive set of design documents to be drafted prior to developing software. In the interest of driving to an outcome that allows for more inclusion, ownership, and ultimate success, we begin software and system development almost immediately, with frequent checkpoints at which the client can review the completed work. Avanceon engineers and project managers are trained to determine and adhere to the best approach on a case by case basis whether leveraging Waterfall or Avanceon Agile.
Measure twice, cut once. Testing and simulation are critical for every system. As a result Avanceon drives to ensure that before implementation occurs, the complete system is tested to assure interoperability and conformance to requirements. When appropriate the system is tested against the functional specifications to guarantee strong quality, identifying any potential problems. If a functional specification does not exist on a project, the test is conducted based on a separate test plan. All testing includes a complete plan with any needed specification generation and summary reports. Once Avanceon internal testing is complete, the customer is invited into our office (or web meeting) for a formal review and demonstration of the system operations.
Startup, Commissioning and Site Management
Avanceon transitions design and a successful FAT into a successful Site implementation through the management and planning of the startup activities and close coordination with the customer. At the completion of the in house portion of a project, Avanceon provides the correct resources to assist and implement start up activities ranging from installation, I/O check out, network configuration, device calibration and qualification, dry testing, wet testing, SAT execution, and production support.