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The Process Functional Ecosystem

Companies that operate in multi-step, multi-ingredient batch processing operations employ a combination of complex procedures, business and operational systems, and communications.  The range of tools and machinery used to process a potentially vast array of ingredients and process steps are what it takes to make processors successful.  Entire working cultures emerge from these operations that foster a focus and achieve positive outcomes.

The more specialized the market and operation, the lower number of people who operate within that domain. This doesn’t always allow for regular interaction with a broad spectrum of manufacturing peers, which can leave individuals and organizations feeling they are so unique that they are relatively isolated.  They frequently feel little confidence that people outside their close-knit internal group can effectively understand, let alone support them.  The possibility exists that they are rare, but they are not entirely unique and there are outside firms that are also closely aligned and, in fact, true peers as well.

ECS Solutions (ECS) operates upon this landscape. They have established a collective corporate consciousness that is aligned with the DNA of their core clients: batch processors.  ECS is immersed in the behaviors and characteristics of these clients, and it is reflected in nearly every aspect of their operation. (more…)

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ECS Continues to Grow!

We are so excited to introduce you to new ECS team member, Jim Herwig, Systems Engineer 3.

Jim brings 45 years of professional experience and extensive technology expertise. Jim’s specialties are in process control systems using both PLC (Rockwell) and DCS (DeltaV & PROVOX) platforms. He also has extensive experience with data historian software and control system networks. In addition, Jim worked as an adjunct instructor at Muscatine Community College in Iowa for 20 years. Jim is working for us on a part-time basis as he moves into a “semi-retirement” stage in his career.

 

ECS is thrilled to welcome Jim to the family!

 

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ECS Continues to Grow!

 

Welcome Noah Hurt, Systems Engineer 1.

From Co-Op to Full-time!

Noah started as a Co-Op student with ECS in January 2021.  He recently completed his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and joined ECS as a full-time Systems Engineer 1 in early 2022.

Noah works primarily in our Bowling Green office.

Glad to have you on the team, Noah!

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Dynamic Perspective Objects with Sepasoft’s Batch Module

 

One of the most exciting things about Sepasoft’s Batch and Procedure module is that it enables tight integration between the process cell (as it is functionally defined) and the graphical interface (how it is presented to the user). By using the various tools in the Ignition toolbox (creative scripting, querying, and binding), it is possible to create dynamic views that represent the ISA-88 objects of a process cell. As the process cell definition changes (new units, new phases, etc) these dynamic objects automatically update as needed. This allows for less development time, a consistent user experience, and a lower maintenance control system. (more…)

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ECS Continues to Grow!

 

 

Please say hello to Brian Grossman, Systems Technician 1!

 

Brian joined ECS in 2022 with 8 years of professional experience that includes AC/DC control circuitry, blueprint interpretation, hardware diagnostics, wiring schematics, soldering, relays and pressure switches, fork truck, and programming. Brian obtained his BS in Electronics Engineering from Excelsior College in 2019.

 

ECS is pleased to welcome Brian to the team!

 

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ECS Continues to Grow!

 

ECS is pleased to welcome Santiago Gonzalez!

Santiago is joining our team as a Systems Engineer 3, bringing over 30 years of expertise in industrial process controls and experience in numerous industries worldwide. After doing contract work for ECS since 2018, we are thrilled to have him on board full-time.

Growing up in Spain, Santiago obtained his education in Electrical Engineering. After college, he owned and operated a systems integration business in Venezuela for nearly 25 years. His motion control and packaging experience will expand ECS’s expertise in those areas. Santiago also has extensive experience in Safety Systems (TUV FS Engineer Certified), HMI development, controls design and development, batch management, and project management.

 

Welcome to ECS, Santiago!

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ECS Earns Sepasoft Gold Certificate for the Batch Procedure Module

ECS is proud to have earned a Sepasoft gold certificate for the Batch Procedure Module!

The Batch Procedure Module adds batch processing, continuous processing, and general procedure control, based on the ISA-88 Standard, to the Ignition® Platform. Recipe management is simplified by combining sequence control with parameter values in an intuitive graphical user interface. Real-time data collection of batch details provide analysis and electronic batch records.

You can view our company profile in the Sepasoft Integrator Directory here.

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ECS Continues to Grow!

We are so excited to welcome Rich Crow, Systems Technician II, to the ECS family!

With over 40 years of experience in the engineering and technical fields, Rich’s extensive background will prove to be an asset to ECS and to our clients. After graduating from ITT with an AS in Electronics Engineering, he spent the first part of his career in the power generation industry at local Vectren and Alcoa power plants. He then worked for 13 years at PCI/Skanska doing controls work as a systems integrator where he performed project work in a variety of process industries.

ECS is thrilled to have him on board!

 

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ECS Solutions named on of Indiana’s “Best Places to Work” for a third year in a row!

 

ECS Solutions was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. This 17th annual program was created by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

The statewide survey and awards program is designed to evaluate participating organizations and honor those with the highest levels of employee satisfaction and engagement in the workplace. This year’s list is made up of 125 companies.

“We have many tremendous employers in the state, so it’s great to see more and more companies take part in this effort to evaluate their workplace cultures and gain the recognition they deserve,” says Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar. “These companies consistently demonstrate to their employees how much they value their contributions.”

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government organization
  • Be a publicly or privately held organization
  • Have a physical operation in Indiana
  • Have at least 15 full- or part-time permanent employees working in Indiana
  • Have been in business for at least one year, at the program registration deadline

The final rankings will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 12, 2022, and then published in the Indiana Chamber’s BizVoice® magazine after the event.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Indiana program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkIndiana.com.

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Flexible and Modular CIP and SIP Automation Enables Continuous Improvements

 

The ISA-88 and ISA-95 approach allow you to combine automated and manual operator activities required to perform consistent Clean-in-Place and Steam-in-Place processes in a procedural model, while also verifying required activities were performed.

Clean-in-Place (CIP) and Steam-in-Place (SIP) constitute critical aspects of the bottom line of a manufacturing process—just as important as the products manufactured with the assets. CIP and SIP play a very important role in the product quality, as well as the overall availability of the equipment to manufacture these products. Being able to consistently execute the required cleaning step regardless of the equipment level of automation is paramount—and being able to clearly specify and enforce the steps required are critical regardless of how these tasks are executed. Operators and equipment should seamlessly perform their task to ensure the desired cleaning procedures are executed in an optimum manner.

Read the article, written by ECS Solutions CEO Randy Otto, on Automation World now!

 

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