• Craig Drabyk

Filling In the Design Details: Choosing the Right Controls Contractor Makes All the Difference

Updated: Jan 30


When it comes to project planning regarding controls interface with various systems, from process to HVAC, utilities, and vendor equipment, it is not uncommon for instrumentation and controls contractors to encounter project plans that are lacking in detail. This means choosing the most capable contractor is more important than ever.


Design gaps are typically the result of planning decisions made due to project budget constraints. As a result, vendor-fabricated remote control panels and instruments are increasingly shipped to the jobsite to be configured, mounted and wired in the field with minimal information as to how. It is left up the instrumentation and controls contractor to identify terminations on equipment to pick up discrete and analog points, and to determine wiring for remote control panels and transmitters outside of equipment boundaries.


Quality contractors like Omni know to effectively identify missing design details and take appropriate measures to fill them in. To start, a contractor must partner with the owner and engineers to thoroughly assess P&IDs, system architecture, network layout, instrument specification, and user considerations. Obtaining all as-built controls and coordinating all interface with vendors is critical, as well. A highly capable instrumentation contractor can effectively chart missing details and head off potential problems, finger-pointing contests, change orders, and project delays.


The end result: smoother startup and commissioning, improved user satisfaction, and a better overall project.

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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