EPIC’s Vision Specialists believe better vision systems are created by following a specific project management philosophy. This management model closely follows the turnkey vision steps, but is focused on the key responsibilities of the project manager at each step:
- Step 1: Project evaluation: Is it a feasible vision system? What hardware is required? What vision concepts, plant visit and costs are involved?
- Step 2: Project Planning: Once receiving the client PO, the project manager schedules mechanical and electrical design review. A visit to the plant may be needed to determine expected build time, testing at EPIC and expected delivery of the system. Then the project manager determines who is involved and selects a team to get the project done efficiently.
- Step 3: Execution: Vision system is programmed and assembled. Project managers ensure that the project team stays on budget and critical tasks stay on schedule.
- Step 4: Delivery of the system to the plant where the project manager coordinates all aspects of delivery with the client.
- Step 5: Startup stage allows for a seamless transition from EPIC’s vision team to the client’s facility. The project manager ensures client personnel are trained and that the system is fully operational. This ensures delivery of what was promised.
- Step 6: Final documentation: Project manager completes final documentation of system as installed. If duplicates of the same system are planned for the future, engineers will evaluate modifications or revisions for the roll-out.