Services

Services

PLC

Since MDI was founded in 1987,our core business has focused on providing customers with PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and HMI(Human Machine Interface) systems tailored to their specific needs. We have over 35 controls engineers on staff and 24/7 tech support offered by our Bindbusters program, all ready to handle all of your PLC needs.

We have worked with all the major PLC and HMI manufacturerson the market today, including Siemens, Allen Bradley, GE, Modicon, Beckhoff, Mitsubishi, Omron,Proface, and Automation Direct. We also have automation engineers well versed in most legacy platforms.

Whether you need to convert your PLC from one hardware line to another, or upgrade to the latest PLC platform, MDI can provide all the design, programming, panel assembly, and installation services necessary for a complete and successful project.

Vision Inspection Systems

MDI has provided vision solutions from Cognex, Keyence, and Banner for a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Barcode scanning
  • Verification
  • QC inspections
  • Robotics

For a free consultation on your Vision application, please contact MDI.

Robotics

In today’s fast-paced environment, robots are quickly becoming a popular solution for manufacturers due to their reliability and accuracy.MDI has an experienced team of robotics engineers ready to assist you with any FUJI, KUKA, ABB, or Mitsubishi Robot.

MDI’s Robotics Application Experience Includes:

Palletizing
PickNPlace
Welding
Painting

Let MDI help you select, install, program, and maintain your robot.

Networking

Industrial networking paves the way for remote troubleshooting support, SCADA, and MES applications. Unlike many IT companies, MDI specializes in rugged industrial networks that allow wired or wireless communications to your plants equipment. MDI accomplishes this by expanding on your existing network infrastructure, working closely with your IT department to ensure all company network guidelines are followed. MDI can also install a secure isolated plant network to add a level of protection in case of a data breach.

MDI works on the following industrial networks:
Ethernet
Ethernet IP
Modbus
Profibus
Profinet
Data Highway
Data Highway Plus
Device Net
Control Net
Serial (232, 485, 422)
ASI
Field Bus

Validation Tech Writing

MDI has a staff of experienced Validation Engineers and Technical Writers available to help with your next project. Some of the services we can provide include:

Validation Services

  • Provide full or supplemental on-site engineering resources
  • PLC, HMI, DCS, Database, and computer validation
  • IQ & OQ document validation
  • IQ & OQ test execution and test result analysis
  • IQ & OQ remedial action determination

Technical Writing

  • Full or supplemental on-site technical writing resources
  • Document generation, editing, propagation, and proofreading
  • Experienced in producing templates, process engineering documentation, SOPs, and regulatory documentation

DCS

MDI was originally formed by a group of DCS engineers. We continue to expand our expertise and implement DCS systems for a variety of manufacturers (Emerson’s Delta V, Siemens PCS7, Novatech’s D3).

Sample project:
We completed a DCS-based batch project for a major biotechnology products company (capacity expansion for an injectable drug). MDI wrote and executed automation CTPs (Commissioning Test Plans), as well as Installation and Operational Verification for software and hardware components, including utilities.

For several automation subsystems, MDI executed phase logic testing against CTP and FRS. Our experienced personnel were also responsible for writing validation test procedures to challenge phase logic by performing dry runs in advance of executing validation protocols on the system.

The final phase of the project included carrying out punch list documentation, DDS (Detailed Design Specification) revision, and error correction under change control procedures.

MES

Go beyond simple data collection and analysis with a Manufacturing Execution System (MES). An MES works in conjunction with your existing SCADA and PLC systems to extract and process high level statistics. An MES can also act as a bridge to your company’s ERP system. Common Modules for an MES include:

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)/ Downtime Tracking
Statistical Process Control (SPC)
Recipe and Changeover Management
Product and Supply Track and Trace

MDI has experience implementing packaged software (such as Ignition, Wonderware, Factory Talk, etc.) as well as building custom packages.

Sample Project:

MDI provided a leading pharmaceuticals company with interconnectivity using an MES between their plant floor and their System Application Program (SAP).

The MES implementation was integrated with the control computers in the facility by utilizing the MS SQL server database as an interface layer. Downward and upward flowing data were organized into database tables to facilitate MES operations.

Panel Shop

Our dedicated Panel Shop team has over 25 years of experience designing, assembling, retrofitting, installing, and maintaining control systems. Through detail and teamwork we continually strive to exceed your expectations.

  • We design, build, and install UL508 rated enclosures, panels, and sub-assemblies
  • We specialize in field installations and upgrades.
  • We provide secure networking,LANs, WANs, Routers, Switches, Wireless and more.

MDI also has the ability to provide industry standard electronic CAD drawings and user interface manuals.

MDI will take your project through each phase of design, fabrication, assembly, installation, and final startup.By consolidating project resources,you save time and money, and you to have a single contact for your entire automation project. You can be confident in our assurance that you will receive first-rate industry-leading service and support.

Design Engineering

Do you have a plant, process, or machine you would like to automate but you’re not sure where to start? Does your large capital project require multiple bids? Are you struggling with writing a controls specification for an automation project?

MDI Design Engineering services can work with you to:

  • Prepare a design specification
  • Compare and select hardware to complete a Bill of Materials
  • Provide CAD drawings for Electrical and Panel Layouts
  • Design Screen Layouts
  • Supply a Detailed Systems Implementation Schedule
  • Write Acceptance Testing Procedures

SCADA

SCADA(Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition)is one of the fastest-growing segments of the automation industry. This demand is driven by companies’ need for data analysis and centralized control. MDI’s experienced team of engineers have completed SCADA projects on a wide variety of platforms, including Ignition, Wonderware, WinCC,CiTECH, FactoryTalk View SE, and SCADAPACK.

While the possibilities for SCADA Systems are endless, they typically fall into two categories:

Control Approach:

The traditional use for SCADA systems (and one of its primary uses) is to centralize control in a plant. The benefits of a centralized SCADA system include:

  • Less operator interface is required, which means fewer employees are needed to operate the plant process and packaging lines
  • The controlling operator can see the entire process on one screen, saving the time previously spent walking from machine to machine to view the same data

Data Processing Approach:

Many companies use SCADA to collect, process, and report data. SCADA systems excel at collecting plant floor level data from a variety of PLCsthat data canthen be written into a database such as SQL or Oracle, and the customer can produce useful reports.

Installing a SCADA system is a great first step toward a totally integrated plant. For the next step, see MES Systems.