Engineering

Electrical Engineering

VERUS delivers design, engineering and troubleshooting services to ensure proper, high-quality industrial automation integration. An integrated instrument and electrical (I&E) system may include motor control circuits, power supplies, PLCs and other system components.

​Front-end engineering design (FEED), also called detailed design, is the second phase of an engineering project. FEED follows the feasibility study and often happens prior to final process automation project approval. The phase is useful because it can be used to generate bid tabs, which can then be used to develop an investment quality cost estimate. 

Revision 0 P&IDs are usually generated during FEED for process automation projects that involve the instrumentation and control system — for example, for grassroots projects, major unit revamps and control system upgrades. 

Our engineers have taken responsibility for FEED generation on many process automation projects over a wide variety of industries, ensuring that they stay within the approved scope and budget.

Control System Design

When your existing control system reaches the end of its useful life, VERUS can provide the control system design expertise you need. We provide a range of process control design services as part of our Automation Solutions offering — delivering a sustainable, integrated solution that will meet your operational needs for decades to come. 

We listen to you carefully so that we can fully understand your process and design around it, ensuring an integrated process automation solution that meets your long- and short-term needs. 

We start with your end goal in mind — producing the best possible product every time — which sets the project scope. In designing your solution, we focus on the parameters critical to your success – which may include sustainability, total cost of ownership and supportability.  

Our vendor-independent business model allows us to use the right technology for your needs, and ensures that we meet your objectives.

Risk Assessment and Mitigation

Electricity is extremely dangerous in manufacturing settings, where personnel work on and around live electrical systems.  

Arc flash prevention is key. Even when your systems are well maintained, the very nature of power distribution can put your facility at risk of arc flash — a quick burst of energy with potentially fatal and destructive results.  

Changes to your controls, design, operations, assets or the utility supply increase your risk over time, especially if these adjustments aren’t reflected in a holistic plant electrical distribution model. And the hazard can develop in any facility at any time. Avoid the risk with VERUS as your arc flash consultant.

Arc Flash Consulting Expertise

VERUS brings special insight and expertise to all OpCon projects, particularly arc flash prevention. We understand the challenges you’re up against, and we’ve got ample solutions to draw from. And based on our robust process knowledge and experience working in a variety of industries, VERUS has developed a proven methodology for implementing arc flash prevention programs that ensure the safety of employees and the bottom line. With VERUS at your side, you’ll always operate with confidence.

The Steps We Take

On-site evaluation — We meet with your team, review your current operating settings and assess any existing documentation.

Data analysis — Our team analyzes the data from the on-site evaluation and creates a dynamic model of your electrical distribution system that can be maintained and referenced for years to come. After finalizing the model, we generate reports to determine your equipment’s incident energy levels and to recommend the right personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to guard against injury.

Report and review of the findings — VERUS presents a final report and a list of prioritized recommendations, allowing time to address specific questions and clarify next steps. For example, we might recommend improvements such as coordinated trip times, selectable breaker trip settings, ultraviolet light detection and zone-selective interlocking.

System labeling — We produce and install arc flash labels in compliance with NFPA 70E. Each one communicates the hazard category, the flash hazard boundary and the incident energy for a particular piece of equipment. As a result, all of your personnel know the danger and the personal protective equipment (PPE) required for working on and around it.

Training — VERUS provides complete personnel training in compliance with OSHA and NFPA 70E requirements.Training topics include: how to read and understand the arc flash labels, howto wear and maintain PPE, and awareness regarding your facility’s particular danger areas.

Ongoing maintenance — VERUS will work with your team to maintain the developed plant model, reducing your risk and allowing for holistic modifications to your distribution network as future changes occur.