Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson
Vice President/Marketing and Sales Director
Email Mark
P: 816-822-3812
F: 816-822-3416

Turnkey Controls Technology, Backed by Experience

Turnkey Controls Technology, Backed by Experience

Your controls project requires specialized skills.

You need to trust that someone will see the project through completion.

Specialized knowledge with the support of a large engineering firm. That’s Burns & McDonnell.

Controls System Design That Works from Startup

Burns & McDonnell provides controls systems utilizing the latest technologies.

We bring to each project the experience built by more than a century of making our clients successful. We use ladder logic, function block programming and human machine interfaces (HMI) in ways that best work to your project’s advantage. We make sure your turnkey systems work at startup and beyond. That’s part of our employee-owned culture: keep costs down and quality high with a can-do attitude.

  • System upgrades
  • Energy-saving projects
  • Emergency shutdown systems
  • Control systems networking and data collection
  • Hydraulic/pneumatic to distributed control system (DCS)/programmable logic controller (PLC) conversions
  • Systems integration
  • System audits and analysis
  • Factory acceptance testing
  • Calibration, startup and training
  • Control system design
  • Instrumentation specification
  • HMI upgrades
  • HMI development and startup
  • Network Architecture and Design
    We can design, document and install device networks in all protocols and interface with manufacturing execution systems (MES) to give you maximum plant control.
  • Panel Design
    Our group has experience designing panels in every constraint including price, size, schedule and space. Every panel designed and purchased by Burns & McDonnell undergoes our thorough factory acceptance testing before being shipped to the site.
  • Programming
    We provide programming on every level including custom batching and recipe building in almost every platform from Delta V DCS systems to Allen Bradley PLC systems. We have experience in upgrades from older PLC platforms to the latest Allen Bradley or DCSs. We have developed cost-effective migration strategies for companies wishing to bring their plants up to date with minimal downtime. We also provide process descriptions and controls function charts that outline the process being programmed.
  • Operator Interface Design
    Our controls automation group has experience in user interface graphics design software including Wonderware, RSView, Factory Talk ME and SE, and Emerson. Our graphics design can consistently flow with plant standards or take on a more operator friendly functionality.
  • I/O Checkout and Startup Services
    Our commissioning and startup services are unsurpassed. Our controls engineers are capable of meeting even the most stringent startup schedules and provide a variety of startup documentation. Our startup team works with electricians to troubleshoot issues during I/O checkout and procure any last-minute parts. Our group will work around the clock if necessary to ensure a timely startup and does not leave until the system is running and fully commissioned.
  • Documentation
    All of our services come with the highest level of documentation, provided to the client on a flash drive at the end of each project. We can document existing safety and control systems and make professional recommendations. We also can provide guidance on setting controls programming standards and develop programming guides for plant controls specialists.
  • Controls Design Services
    Our design team designs and develops cause-and-effects, logic diagrams, wiring diagrams, controls hardware panel fabrication details and control narratives. We can also perform process safety reviews where needed.
  • EPC Project Management
    Experienced project managers are available to manage a control project from start to finish, including engineer-procure-construct (EPC) project delivery.
  • Controls
    • Allen Bradley PLC5, SLC 500,Control Logix
    • Allen Bradley ProcessLogix DCS
    • GE Fanuc
    • Delta V DCS
    • Modicon/Telemecanique
  • HMI
    • Wonderware
    • RS View
    • Fox Draw
    • Test Point
  • Networking
  • Allen Bradley ControlNet, DeviceNet, Remote I/O
  • Ethernet
  • Modbus
  • Profibus
  • Data collection systems
  • OSI PI