Avery has over 25 years experience in the design, development, and implementation of process control systems for industrial automation, as well as in the design and implementation of secure process control network infrastructures that provide vertical integration to manufacturing systems. He has worked with a variety of manufacturing processes, especially in the metals industry, such as smelting, casting, hot and cold rolling, and finishing. His installations include process control and plant information projects in Spain, Italy, Brazil, Norway, Mexico, Canada and the US, with a 2 year foreign assignment in Australia.
Areas of expertise include:
Project leadership on large capital projects User requirements definition and functional specification development
Network engineering and design of secure control system infrastructures
Technical leadership of project teams
Microsoft development platforms (.NET, VB6, ASP, C++, )
Process Control expertise
Avery's projects include
Design and implementation of computer control systems used for energy management and process optimization of aluminum smelting plants in Europe, Canada, Brazil and the US.
Architectural design and leadership of an engineering team to develop and implement a distributed control system consisting of PLCs and SCADA system to operate an aluminum atomizer facility.
Technical leadership of a process control and manufacturing shop floor team responsible for integration of PLC-based control systems with manufacturing and execution systems utilized to schedule production through a smelting and cast house facility.
Development and implementation of process control network security model utilizing router/firewall technology and Windows authentication to isolate and secure process control systems. The model has been successfully implemented in over 15 metals industry locations.
Design and implementation of LAN network topologies for process control applications that utilize dual path routing of fiber to build a high availability, resilient network infrastructure for Ethernet I/O implementation.
Design and implementation of a standard process control infrastructure platform, providing a common network, security, equipment and software architecture used to rapidly deploy and support standard control systems worldwide for a major metals company.
Project leadership for the hardware and software upgrade of an aluminum 6-stand hot mill control system and the implementation of a mill optimization and scheduling system for the hot mill facility.
Some other smaller projects:
Development of a software simulator for the aluminum smelting process used to test and validate control systems designed for energy management and optimization of the smelting process.
Development of a real-time graphics and reporting tool used to monitor smelting plant operation.
Development and implementation of control systems used in electromagnetic casting of aluminum.
Previously Avery worked for a major aluminum company as manager of infrastructure services for their smelting division process automation group. In this role he was responsible for the architecture of control systems, networking and security of these systems for facilities worldwide.
B.S./Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1974