Controls & Automation

Controls Engineering

Hardware Design

Helix’s staff of seasoned engineers provide electrical hardware designs that extends from the transformer on the pad to the sensors on the machines. Whether your needs are the design and implementation of a simple machine control, documentation of your current systems or the design of drives systems for a process line, Helix is qualified.


  • Development of electronic drawings for existing systems
  • Process control electrical designs
  • Drive systems – coordinated, 3 contactor bypass, etc.
  • Cabinet design, layout and construction
  • Complete machine installation and start up including wiring, installation of conduit, power wiring, programming and commissioning.
  • SCADA system design, including server configuration

PLC and PC

Helix has staff qualified to provide programming, system design and troubleshooting in the following PLC and PC based platforms. The skills of the majority of our engineers have been honed in the industrial environments of automotive, metals and mining, steel and process controls. The same high level of quality and commitment required in these industries is applied to every project we undertake.

PLC and VME based Systems

Hardware: Contrologix, Siemens S5/S7, Omron, VME Controllers, Simadyn D, GE Innovation, GE 90-70.

Software: RSLogix, CLICK, STEP 7, VersaPro, Proworx NxT, LM90, GE Toolbox

Sample Services/Projects

Siemens Based

  • S5 Programming Modifications and Troubleshooting
  • Step 7 Programming Modifications and Troubleshooting
  • TI to S7 Upgrades, S5 to S7 Upgrades
  • Combine Safety and PLC Code with Distributed Safety
  • Integration of Drives Systems using Drives ES

Rockwell Based

  • RS Logix Programming and Troubleshooting
  • Control Logix Programming and Troubleshooting
  • Integra Programming
  • Click Programming

SMS Specific

  • Pro-Bas programming, Use of PDA high speed data tool for troubleshooting


Helix provides complete drives support including system design, commissioning, programming and troubleshooting. Chances are Helix has experience with your equipment whether it is a medium voltage pump drive or a servo system. Review our experience below or call us for more information.

Drive System Experience


  • Advanced AC, DC and Motion - Sinamics S series, Simoreg, 6RA24, 70 , 80
  • General Purpose AC - G series, Micromaster
  • Medium Voltage: GM series, Robicon Perfect Harmony

Parker: AC, DC and Servo Drives Drives, Aries, Compax, 890

AB: Kinetics

Motion Control Experience

  • Siemens - Simotion, Masterdrive MC
  • Parker - ACR9000, Compax drives
  • AB - Kinetics

Sample Services/Projects

  • 6RA24 and 6RA70 upgrades
  • Masterdrives to Sinamics Migration
  • Ride Thru Systems
  • Power Factor Correction and Harmonic Mitigation
  • Static Var Compensation (Medium Voltage)

Engineered Drives in a Box

  • 3 contactor bypass, additional door controls, PLC in cabinet, common bus solutions



What good is your automation system if you can’t see the results?

Helix implements Supervisory And Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA) from manufacturers including Rockwell, Wonderware and Siemens. Systems include key components such as birth certificating, product tracking, RFID and barcode implementation, MES connectivity and video integration.


  • Wonderware
  • AB View Products
  • WinCC
  • iFix
  • VB
  • SQL and Crystal Reports