About Ryan

2009: Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering (mechanical + electrical + computer) from the University of Waterloo in Canada, one of Canada’s top engineering & science universities. While studying I found a love for systems integration because of the direct contact with customers and end users, and the practical nature of the work.  I developed a code generator tool for an Allen Bradley (ControlLogix) PLC upgrade project and lead the I/O checkout process of an entire coal processing facility in eastern British Columbia as a paid intern.

2009-2014: After completing a cycle trip across Canada I worked as an engineer for a major Canadian systems integrator. Projects were frequent and I had the opportunity to work with an amazing team. This included leading several $100k to $1mm+ projects using Allen Bradley, Wonderware, Modicon, and Siemens technologies, and the development of several reusable tools for code generation, PLC upgrades, and offline PLC testing. It was during this time that I learned the value of reusable code and systems/checklists for repeatable processes.

2013: With the same integration firm, I moved to West Midlands region of England

2014: Became a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) after documenting sufficient work history, passing a law and ethics exam, and providing references from other licensed engineers.

2014: Started my own business in order to grow as a professional. Reusable tools and checklists I’ve developed have been featured in various major trade publications (Control Engineering, Control Engineering Europe, and Automation.com). You can also download these from the “Downloads and Tools” menu above.

Over this time I’ve also done some exploring around Africa, Europe, New Zealand/Australia, southeast Asia, and North America. Some extreme sports (bungee, skydiving, canyoning), some strange foods (live crickets, snake, alligator), and some other amazing experiences (skiing in the Swiss Alps, cycling across Canada) have ensued. I’m just getting started.

But most importantly…

What can I do for you?

Your bottom line is important to me. That’s the reason for any automation initiative — more product out the door, less waste, fewer user errors, higher quality product, easier jobs for the operations staff, lower cost. When we work together making you more money in the long run is what I’m brought in to do. That’s it.

I solve some of your most complex technology problems in manufacturing. Your I/O stopped working, but only for some sensors? This actually happened to a plant I had never been to before. They didn’t know what to do. They called. Turns out, a single resistor on the PLC was damaged. Your HMI servers lose communication, but only after being up for 12-15 hours? A strange boundary case in the GE HMI code (a technology I’d never worked with) was the issue. My team and I figured out how, why, and how to prevent it from happening again…even though the system had worked fine for 3+ years before.

I test some of the largest and most detailed manufacturing systems. Or, the smallest. From single-system, single PLC systems through to facilities that you need a truck to drive around in, my organisational systems ensures the job gets done. Yes…even that part of the job. And that one. And that one somebody forgot about until now. Why? Because there’s nothing worse than a system that breaks down at 3am in the middle of a critical production run. It’s really boring, but writing things down and checking them off really works.

I develop some of the most standardised software systems. Software I’ve designed/developed is in use in Europe, Canada, the US, and Asia at multi-billion dollar manufacturing companies.

You get visibility into your process. Alarms, reporting, troubleshooting tools — all these are important so that you and your operations team can make the best possible decisions that get the line running as well as it can.

But….before we work together I insist on getting to know you first, finding more about your operation/project, and whether I can provide value (if I can’t, I’ll try to recommend someone that can).

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