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  • Writer's pictureCraig Drabyk

Asking the Right Questions Saves Money, Time, and Reputations

One thing we pride ourselves on here at Omni Instrumentation & Electrical Services, Inc., is always asking the right questions to reach the best solutions. For example, at the very beginning of a project we do a cross-check between drawings, specifications, and data sheets to verify that all instruments and equipment match. We determine whether particular systems, equipment or instruments are sole-sourced, or whether they need to be, as sole-sourcing tends to drive up pricing considerable.

Omni works closely with electrical and instrumentation vendors to identify existing instruments and equipment and when it was manufactured to determine whether it is still reliably usable or nearing the end of its lifecycle. Vendors are also asked whether options or features are recommended for the application but not clearly specified. Not asking these questions can lead to buyer’s remorse and costly add-ons and replacements at the last minute, usually during startup and commissioning.

When equipment and vendor wiring diagrams become available, Omni always asks whether there will be a separate 120V power requirement, or should it be a POE. Unnecessarily mixing different data highways can require expensive interface, programming and testing. And last but not least, we ask field installation questions early on, such as whether network layout and certification is required, where best to locate instruments, VFDs and local interface/HMIs for field functionality with operators and maintenance personnel.

Asking the right questions separates Omni from our competitors, which is why our clients come back to us time and again for all of their instrumentation and electrical projects.

About Omni

Omni Instrumentation & Electrical Services, Inc., located in New Jersey and Maryland, is a premier instrumentation and electrical contractor, providing superior total care solutions since 1986. Services include instrument installation, tubing installation, instrument calibration, control loop testing, startup and commissioning, power and lighting, process control wiring, BMS wiring, telecommunications and data wiring, fire alarm wiring, security wiring, process network wiring, and control panel fabrication. Omni Instrumentation & Electrical Services, Inc., is certified in Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, DeviceNet and ASI-Bus installation.

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