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System Integrator with Four Decades of Experience

Utilizing 38 years of firsthand plant floor experience, control system integrator expertise and deep industrial IT understanding, Frakes Engineering solves automation challenges for our customers in the automotive, water and wastewater, paper and pulp, food and beverage, metals, glass and plastics, and pharmaceutical markets. As a premier control system integrator, our solutions help you employ new technologies that enable better business decisions by giving plants global data access, increased security and safety, and lower error margins all while running with better efficiency and productivity.

Frakes Engineering has a commitment to providing quality, system independent solutions to our clients with an eye towards long-term relationships. This philosophy has allowed Frakes Engineering to prosper over the last three decades with an average tenure of thirteen years for our engineering staff. It is our belief that this experience is what sets us apart from other control system integrator companies. Here's our areas of expertise:

  • Plant Automation
  • PLC/SCADA/HMI
  • Machine Vision and Quality Control Applications
  • Functional Machine Safety
  • Custom Automated Machine Builds
  • Control System Migrations and Modernizations
  • Network Design and Cybersecurity
  • Material Handling Robots
  • Machine Tending Robots
  • UL Panel Build
  • I&C Calibrations

Our History as Indianapolis’ First System Integrator

Bill and Jim Frakes were working as engineers in automotive plants in the 1970s when they saw the rise in technology of control and information systems. Having firsthand knowledge of the challenges in manufacturing, Bill and Jim founded Frakes Engineering in 1978. Frakes Engineering was the first control system integrator in Indianapolis and one of the oldest and most experienced control system engineering firms in the Midwest. Our company is headquartered out of Indianapolis, IN with thirty-five engineers performing work regionally, nationally and globally to a diverse range of clients.

 

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