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Two Frakes Employees Earn Distinct Safety Training and Certification

download (1)INDIANAPOLIS—Frakes Engineering is proud to congratulations Project Manager, Brandon Isles, and Senior Controls Engineer, Cory Isles for successfully completing TÜV Rheinland Safety training this winter.

Brandon completed and passed testing for the TÜV Functional Safety Engineer. Each year less than a hundred engineers around the nation earn their TÜV Functional Safety Engineer certification. Cory completed and passed the testing for TÜV Safety Technician

“As Frakes Engineering continues to grow in the machine safety environment, providing our customers with the assurance our engineers are fully trained in the standards and methods of risk assessment and remediation is paramount.” Cliff Campbell, Vice-President at Frakes, said, “To this end, earning the certifications makes certain we are and continue to be the premier provider of Functional Machine Safety in the Midwest.”

The TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Program is the only worldwide extended vocational training program in the area of Functional Safety, where knowledge and competencies are approved by a third neutral party and where certification is issued. Certification requires an engineer to have three to five years of relevant experience in the field of Functional Safety, have earned a university degree certified by their employer and have successfully completed the Functional Safety Engineer Exam. Only 6,500 engineers worldwide have earned their FS Eng title since the training program started in 2004.

Frakes Engineering is passionate about helping companies protect their most valuable assets: their employees.

“In over 38 years of systems integration in various industrial and municipal facilities, our business has seen great strides in increased machine safety. Yet, we are not done. Accidents still happen. Machines still need more accident prevention.” Jim Frakes, President of Frakes, said. “Fortunately, the suppliers of safety devices have made great strides in applying greater capability and less costly devices. Application of those devices, however, requires knowledge and skills the average plant does not have. The three steps of Machine Safety; 1) assessment by a TÜV Machine Functional Safety Certified Engineer. 2) an Implementation plan developed. 3) the plan implemented.”

Brandon heads up Frakes Engineering’s safety solution initiative, where he conducts risk assessments of existing systems and incorporates safety measures into a system’s overall design.

“Frakes Engineering has invested in training resources to perform these services. Our latest additions to the Safety Assessment Team is Brandon Isles, Senior Automation Engineer, who has attained TÜV Functional Safety Engineer certification, and Cory Isles, Automation Engineer, who has attained TÜV-0 certification.” Frakes said, “With the addition of these two certifications, Frakes Engineering can assure our customers we have the skills to perform the three steps required.”

Founded in 1978 by two brothers, Frakes Engineering is one of the Midwest’s oldest and most experienced control system engineering firms. Frakes Engineering offers full service control and information systems integration to help companies with all their automation needs. Frakes Engineering is headquartered out of Indianapolis, Indiana with thirty-five engineers performing work nationally for a diverse range of clients.  For more information on Frakes Engineering, please visit or call (317) 577-3000.



Indiana Cybersecurity Seminars in October 2016 by Frakes Engineering

AIRW Cybersecurity SeminarsINDIANAPOLIS—Frakes Engineering will be conducting three one-day cybersecurity seminars across the state of Indiana this October in conjunction with the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water Association.

The dates for these cybersecurity seminars are October 11 in Lawrenceburg, IN, October 12 in Columbus, IN and October 13 in Danville, IN. Participants will receive 6 technical water and wastewater hours for attending these seminars.

Cliff Campbell, Vice President of Frakes Engineering, will conduct these 6 hour cybersecurity seminars to cover a basic overview of cybersecurity in industrial control systems before layering more advanced concepts onto the framework through lectures and examples. Discussion will include cybersecurity basics, threat assessments, cyber hygiene, risk assessment and CSET security guidance key points and best practices.

Campbell is passionate about working towards bringing cybersecurity awareness to water and wastewater plants. He is a founding member of the Indiana Critical Infrastructure/Cybersecurity Series, which brings together national, state, local and private partners to help train Indiana utilities to prevent cyber-attacks. This May, Cliff partnered with private and state agencies, including Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, to demonstrate the live hacking of a SCADA system on a fully functioning water plant.

The cost of each one day cybersecurity seminar is $125 for AIRW members and $155 for non-members. Register for the cybsersecurity seminars here:

About Frakes Engineering

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. Learn more about our cybersecurity services and capabilities here.

Frakes Engineering Proud to Be Apart of Indiana CICS

IN CICSINDIANAPOLIS--Frakes Engineering is excited to be a partner in the State of Indiana CICS (Cybersecurity/Critical Infrastructure Series)

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Indiana Office of Technology and the Indiana Army National Guard, announced the next phase in cybersecurity/critical infrastructure exercise planning. Indiana CICS is currently in its initial planning phase.

The project will continue the momentum of the previous state level exercise, “Crit-Ex 2016” with a focus on improved methodology, propriety protections, and improvement plans. This series will maintain engagement with the water, power, and emergency management sectors as we raise cybersecurity awareness, create incident plans, and exercise capabilities across all phases of emergency management.

Frakes Engineering will be taking part in Indiana CICS to help further their help to their partners and clients. Few smaller water utilitie4s, electric co-ops and EMAs have cyber response plans or standard operating procedures that factor in the cyber element. Frakes is dedicated to providing their emergency service and furthering their expertise by contributing to this event.

Few organizations have factored cascading effects and the needs associated with them into EOPs. Private-industry players do not understand basic principles of emergency management and are not well integrated into emergency response. The Indiana CICS 2017 platform is designed to begin mitigating these capability gaps through a series of seminars, workshops and functional exercises. While leading industry subject-matter experts will contribute best practices to planning, the exercises themselves will focus on building out the cyber capabilities of small to medium-sized organizations.

All exercises are designed to comply with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) requirements; this is to ensure standardization in metrics and quality so partners receive actionable feedback. For more information on these upcoming series, visit

Frakes Presenting at KY/TN WPC 2016

KY/TN WPCINDIANAPOLIS- Frakes Engineering's General Manager, Cliff Campbell, will be featured at the KY/TN Water Professionals Conference (KY/TN WPC) in Knoxville Tennessee for the 13th annual joint conference.

Campbell will be presenting a program titled “How to Secure Your Plant from Cyber attacks.” The presentation is scheduled to begin at 2PM on Monday, July 18

The KY/TN WPC conference will give you the chance to interact with more than 1,500 water professionals and utility leaders.  The exhibit hall will be open for more than 20 hours and will include competitions, networking events and demonstrations from industry leaders. Swing by Frakes Engineering's  booth 434 to see how you can protect your plant from cyber attacks.