CHARLOTTE, NC – 980-224-0051

Control Systems Integration

BlackStar Automation will custom engineer your system from the ground up; either built to your exact specifications using the vendors you prefer, or applying methods and products that we have proven to be reliable.

No matter what size or level of complexity, BlackStar Automation will design a reliable, safe (NEC Conformity), and cost-effective system utilizing the latest in proven technology.

BlackStar Automation will adapt to and use your existing inventory database and system-drawing schemes, or provide our own parts list and CAD drawings. See CAD Services

PLC Programming

BlackStar Automation has extensive experience writing and testing PLC programs through every phase of development, from the initial concept to final debugging at the customer site. BlackStar Automation can develop your PLC program in any of the IEC 61131-3 international standard programming languages, which include:

  • ladder diagram
  • sequential function charts
  • function block diagram
  • structured text
  • instruction list

Experience includes, GE, Allen Bradley, Siemens, Keyence, and Klockner Moeller. 

HMI/SCADA Development

BlackStar Automation will design a graphically rich, easy-to-use operator interface that will work flawlessly, look professional, and help the operator understand and take complete control of the machine. Recipe management, alarm logging, and data acquisition functions can be integrated as required.

Experience includes GE Fanuc’s Cimplicity, Intellution’s FIX, Wonderware InTouch, Siemens’ Protool, Red Lion’s Crimson, Allen Bradley (Panelview, Panel View Plus, Panel builder 32 and factory talk) and EXOR’s Designer software.

Industrial PCs and Networking

BlackStar Automation has years of experience working with personal and industrial PCs, using every Microsoft operating system from DOS to Windows 2000 Pro. BlackStar Automation can purchase, set-up and install the hardware for one PC or an entire network of PCs, and install the required software for any application.

AC and DC Drives

BlackStar Automation specializes in the art of AC and DC motor control. We have successfully commissioned hundreds of custom engineered drive systems incorporating:

  • DC Converters (analog or digital)
  • AC Inverters (analog or digital) – Vector Control, Sensorless or V/Hz
  • Servos/Steppers
  • DC Bus Supplies
  • Braking Units

Precise tension and position control, dancer control, elevator and crane control, surface and center wind applications, are all second nature.

Experience includes, but is not limited to, GE, SIEI America/Amicon, Magnetek (Yaskawa), Siemens, and Eurotherm drives.

Drive Application Software Development

BlackStar Automation has developed and successfully put into service many drive control systems using graphical drive application software and related stand-alone processor boards.

Applications have involved:

  • tension, dancer and position control
  • winder control with diameter calculation and taper
  • flying splice applications
  • accumulator and turret control
  • drive and system logic

Experience includes, GE’s Win+Drive graphical programming software, Magnetek’s MAG300 software, Magnetek’s PAC software, and Eurotherm’s Drive System Designer software.

Commissioning and Field Service

BlackStar Automation provides the best start-up assistance and on-site troubleshooting in the business. Start-ups are performed methodically and thoroughly. Detailed reports and software backups are generated daily. On-site troubleshooting is executed quickly and accurately with unmatched perseverance.

BlackStar Automation is fully insured with liability coverage, and workers’ compensation. We are equipped with the best laptop computers, hand tools, and electronic test equipment available.

CAD Services

BlackStar Automation provides the highest quality electrical and mechanical CAD services available. All CAD work can be done at our location or yours.

We are trained and experienced using the following CAD software packages:

  • AutoCAD R10 through 2000i
  • Promis-e
  • MicroStation