SI In the Spotlight

Control Software Solutions
Certified System Integrator Partner

About CSS

Control Software Solutions was founded in 2002 and is a certified system integrator with both Wonderware and Schneider Electric. The company’s 10 Wonderware-certified engineers are well versed in the application of InTouch (SCADA/HMI), Industrial Application Server, Historian, Information Server as well as Schneider Electric’s Industrial Networks, Plantstruxture and Unity solutions.

The company offers a total engineering solution by “keeping it simple”. This ensures quick and efficient implementation of maintainable, easy-to-operate engineering systems. CSS forms long-standing relationships through meeting and exceeding customers’ project and production objectives. The company has specific expertise in S88-based batching applications and high availability systems with hot-standby control requirements.

CSS operates mainly in the SCADA/HMI, control and MES environments with the food and beverage, metals and mining, water & waste water, utilities & infrastructure, automotive and petrochemical industries.

The company implements complete turnkey projects in the industrial automation, control and infrastructure space which include one or all of the following: Design and Specifications, Energy Efficiency Audits, Control Strategy Development, Standards and Control Development, Field Instrumentation, Control Optimisation, Electrical MCC Manufacturing and / or MV and LV Installations.

But CSS is not just about business and believes in giving back to the communities in which they operate. CSS recognised the true spirit of Simunye and has partnered with Seed of Hope in the rural outskirts of Amanzimtoti and its community on various, some of which include:

  • Upgrade to the children’s playground
  • New toilet facilities
  • Supply of computer and network equipment
  • New sewing skills training room

A chat with Pieter Venter – Director

We asked Pieter about CSS, their relationship with Wonderware and their customers as well as his views on the current state of the industries they address. This is what he had to say:

  • How did you get started in the business of industrial process control and industrial IT?
    Back in 2002, after many years of industry experience and the early adoption of control and process technology, the founders of CSS decided to start a new company with dedicated service and commercial support teams to create a new level of service to industry.
  • What is the significance and importance of Wonderware certification to you?
    Implementation consistency conforming to industry best practices as well as reduced rework and downtime.
  • Why did you choose Wonderware as a solution supplier?
    We evolved with InTouch over time and Wonderware leads the industry with technology that provides the platform that enables us to add value to our customers’ businesses.
  • How will certification improve your business?
    When industrial organisations evaluate potential solution providers for their automation projects, they carefully weigh the technical capabilities of the companies they engage. They recognise that not all solution providers are equal. Some provide better services than others and some have more technical expertise. CSS understands this and takes advantage of certification programmes to offer an objective, quantitative means for measuring and rewarding our technical skills and ability to implement Wonderware solutions.
  • What trends and challenges are you seeing in your industry?
    With the unfortunate skills shortage and ageing workforce, end users are increasingly unable to specify their requirements in detail. Sometime lacking the experience to fully understand the value that could be obtained from an efficiently engineered solution with all the relevant components integrated.
  • How has CSS grown and changed in the past year and where do you see yourself in the next year or two?
    CSS has completed an empowerment deal during 2016 of which we are very proud. We have showed continual growth over the past year in both turnover and staff complement and we continue to position ourselves as a partner of choice to our customers.
SI Spotlight - CSS

Pieter Venter

Director

In a nutshell…

Material Handling
Conveyor, crusher, positioning, tippler and remote control, material tracking and mass balancing, batching and screening, stacking and reclaiming, feeder optimisation, equipment arbitration, reporting.
Automotive
Assembly line, lighting, positioning, lift station and HVAC control, unit tracking RFID, energy monitoring, Andon display, Pokayoke systems, inspection and quality control, reporting.
Municipality and Utility
Pump station and generator control, MV reticulation, remote MV switching, hot standby systems, CCTV, sludge separation, sand pumping systems, consulting, co-generation, vibration monitoring, reporting.
Food and Beverage
Packaging line, oven, boiler, compressor and recipe control, sugar mill automation, industrial networks, material tracking, S88-based batch applications, filling line upgrades, chocolate processing, brew house automation.
Petrochemical
Reactor, autoclave and mixer control, fire-fighting systems, gantry loading, production tracking, material blending, filling systems, barcode scanning, S88-based batching, packaging and dispatch, reporting.
Water and waste
Pump station and level control, MV monitoring, telemetry, CCTV, sludge separation, chlorination, load shedding, motorised valves, vibration monitoring, consulting and reporting.
Metals and Mining
Conveyor, crusher, positioning, furnace and tippler control, batching and screening, aluminium coil coatings, coke oven machines, by-product automation, stacking and reclaiming, reporting.

Case Studies

Here’s a brief list of where CSS has implemented Wonderware solutions and enabled customer success:

  • SAB Prospecton Project Lightyear
  • Resinkem – X-CHANGE Winner 2006
  • Toyota Paint Plant 3– X-CHANGE Winner 2013
  • Nestle T7 Dry Mix Plant
  • BHP Billiton Hillside Smelter SCADA Replacement
  • Transnet Port of Durban – X-CHANGE Winner 2015