System Integration & Control Systems Design

End-to-end system integration from Hybrid Automation

November 2018 System Integration & Control Systems Design

Hybrid Automation, an engineering solutions company, was started in October 2005 by member Sachin Singh in response to the need for a Siemens systems integrator. The company’s workshop and office is situated in the hub of Briardene Industrial Park on Queen Nandi Drive, Durban, and employs project management, software engineering, instrumentation, electrical, installation, procurement and the finance teams.

This privately-owned business is personally supervised and managed by Singh, who also oversees the daily operations of the business. The company follows global industry trends and is renowned for its diversity, flexibility and efficient utilisation of cutting-edge technology.

As an approved Siemens systems integrator, Hybrid Automation is authorised to backup all Siemens automation, drives, process instrumentation and motion control equipment in an efficient and professional manner. “Our knowledge of robotics has allowed us to incorporate the use of cobots (collaborative robots) in the production environment,” explains Singh. “In addition, we supply and support any Siemens industry automation and process instrumentation products, such as PLCs, motors, drives, switchgear and field equipment. We also offer clients a range of world-class technology products, such as consumer IT electronics, electrical and related equipment, underpinned by our technical expertise.”

Hybrid Automation is a Level 1 BEE Contributor with a 100% ownership and is also registered with the Central Supplier Database (CSD) and the CIDB with a 5EP designation.

Singh sums up the company’s approach to business, “We focus on five key characteristics: professionalism, reliability, competence, honour and proactivity. We guarantee service excellence in everything we undertake and we will improve our effectiveness and efficiency by making use of the best products and parts available. We are committed to increasing our skills and abilities to ensure peace of mind and to remain reputable in the industry. We will conquer all challenges and opportunities to ensure our competitive edge in the market. Underlining these elements is our assertion that we have the highest integrity and honesty when dealing with our customers and suppliers.”

Hybrid Automation believes that training forms a critical part of its success. “We therefore offer our clients Siemens S7 quality training that is effective, flexible and value-based, at our fully-equipped training facility,” adds Singh. “Furthermore, since technology is changing the way we conduct our lives and connect with the world around us, we assert that our long-serving staff have to be highly qualified in their respective fields and undergo continuous training on new products and technology.”

The company also offers a 24-hour response service for breakdowns to its SLA customers, and currently manages all components of projects, with the exception of mechanical and rigging services.

Singh points out that due to its competent and proactive business approach, it has been able to acquire and maintain a high-end client base, consisting mainly of blue-chip companies in Africa. A number of projects recently completed include the upgrade of an ice cream forming and packing line; end-of-line solutions using a cobot for pick-and-place; case packing using a robot palletiser; oven plant electrical and burner automation; historian of temperature, humidity and running recipe trending; and water handling systems for factory utilisation.

The company’s list of services is extensive and includes PLC and HMI software development, scada development and reporting, automation design consultation, integration of shop floor to MES for production control and monitoring, automated scada reporting from WINCC to Excel, Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

For more information contact Sachin Singh, Hybrid Automation, +27 31 573 2795,,


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