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Thomas Toppin

Tom Toppin is a Process Controls Engineer for Hallam-ICS. Tom started his career as an Electrician and has over 17 years’ experience designing, installing & troubleshooting electrical systems. Since becoming a Controls Engineer Tom has developed and commissioned a range of systems and his areas of expertise include continuous processing, batch processing, SCADA, water and wastewater.

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Nov 08, 2018 | Written by Thomas Toppin | Process Control and Plant Automation

Programming with PlantPAx - Program Structure & Controller Configuration


The beauty of the Library of Process Objects is that there isn’t much that the AOI’s cant do.  Rockwell has done a wonderful job creating pre-canned logic that can account for almost every application.  I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes it feels like overkill however knowing that all the features are available whether you use them or not is nice. 

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Sep 11, 2018 | Written by Thomas Toppin | Process Control and Plant Automation

Programming with Rockwell Automation's PlantPAx


For those of you that are new to PlantPAx I’d like to give a brief overview of the system and explain some of the features that truly make it a modern day DCS.  PlantPAx is a plant wide control system that utilizes a common automation platform to seamlessly integrate both process and discrete control as well as plant wide information. 

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Aug 23, 2018 | Written by Thomas Toppin | Process Control and Plant Automation

Programming Modicon Ethernet Messaging “The Right Way”


I recently had the opportunity to work on a project for a client of ours utilizing Schneider’s Unity Pro software and M340 PAC’s.  The project was a typical groundwater remediation site which included multiple treatment facilities and remote wells, all of which communicated with each other over a new cellular network.

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