|We are available to assist in any or all phases of a project cycle, including:
Analysis and Specification - Putting together a concise Functional Specification is the
first step towards a successful implementation of any type. A well-written Functional
Specification should include an analysis of the existing system, definition of
the proposed system including data flow and component diagrams, and a specification
of the interface between the proposed system and existing components. This process
should result in a document that can be used for sizing the project, and and a vehicle
for obtaining competitive bids. We firmly believe that this is the most important step
in the development cycle of any project, and our experts have years of experience
in analysing a system and developing an accurate Functional Specification.
Design and Architecture - A well designed automation system should be one
that is reliable, scalable and easy to operate and control. The HMI should
provide valuable information to the production staff enabling them to streamline
their workflow and make best use of their resources. Our professional staff has
the skill, knowledge and experience to tackle this very important task.
Software Development - Software development is a critical task in the
evolution of an automation process, which if done improperly, can lead to
failures, and eventually, re-design. We believe in doing the job once and doing
it the right way. Over the years, we have developed a class framework that has
proven itself invaluable in creating well-designed solutions that avoid the
common traps often encountered in developing complex systems. These frameworks
implement central configuration, scalable network communications, event logging
and analysis, statistics gathering, and hierarchical state machines. This
enables us to build a system from existing generalized components in as short a
timeframe as possible.
Integration - Often times, an automation project involves many hardware
or software vendors, all making the claim that their components function as
designed. What often is overlooked until the last minute is enabling components
to interface with each other, with the Business Application, or with the Real-time
processes. We at Copperline have over 60 combined years of experience of
successfully integrating a wide range of components into functional systems.
Implementation - We consider the implementation phase to include
extensive system and volume testing, preparation for turn-over, and post turn-over
onsite and remote support. Paramount to our success is carrying out successful,
Documentation and Training - We can provide both online and hardcopy
documentation to support our products. In addition, a training program tailored
to the specific needs of the customer can be arranged.
Followup Support - A critical aspect of a functional automation process
is the ability to provide timely resolution of problems that may arise. Our
experience is that designing into a system as much data collection, statistics
and logging as possible facilitates this process. We take pride in our ability
to use our sophisticated analytical tools to perform problem analysis and
resolution. Our promise is that no problem will go unresolved.