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June 28, 2018by matt

Omron Solution Partner

AR Controls are pleased to announce that they have been appointed as an official Omron Solution Partner. We will carry out and manage a range of services on behalf of or in conjunction Omron. This will include mechanical design, electrical panel design and layout, machine programming, integration to third party equipment, testing and commissioning. In conjunction with the Omron sales force we will deliver faster implementation of new Omron products and technologies to the market place, covering the following ranges of Omron equipment:

 PLC/ HMI/ networking
 Sysmac (NJ)
 Motion and drives (inverter and servo)
 PC applications (SCADA, VB, databases)
 Sensing and vision systems
 Industrial Machine Safety

Robot systems and solutions

We very much look forward to working closely with the team at Omron, future projects and joint successes.


March 13, 2018by matt

Chris Droese


Chris Droese joined AR Controls in January 2018 to further his career in a wider range of Automation Applications, solutions and equipment.

He attained a Master’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2011 at Bristol University. That year he joined the Graduate Engineer Scheme at Nissan Manufacturing UK at Sunderland and worked within the IFA (Integrated Factory Automation) department in Bodyshop for 2 years and then on to Trim and Chassis IFA for 4 years.

Chris brings a wealth of experience to AR Controls. During his time at Nissan he became proficient at using the Omron CX-One programming software, configuring and programming PLC’s, HMI’s, Motion Control and Networks.

In addition, Chris was responsible for the design, build, programming, installation and commissioning of a range of in-house designed AGV’s, associated systems and conveyors for a large line side part delivery system.

He also has a wealth of knowledge using the Sick range of Machine Safety products and software such as Flexisoft, S300 safety laser scanner and is experienced in the CE Marking of equipment.

We wish Chris the very best of success in his new career at AR Controls!


December 15, 2017by matt

Electrical supervision Required For Large Industrial controls and Automation Company, managing various commercial projects within the Automotive sector.

Due to the significant growth of our business, we have created a new role which we require filling immediately. We are currently seeking a highly organised, motivated and competent Electrical Supervisor with specific responsibility for the safety, technical standards and quality of our electrical installation work. The Electrical Supervisor will be required to liaise with the Engineering Team and coordinate the work load, staffing and site activities across multiple sites including the company’s own facility.

Expected hourly rate £17.00 to £25.00 per hour dependent on experience.

For further information please visit our vacancy page.


September 28, 2017by matt

AR Controls apprentice employee Connor Goodfellow, 20,  was recently awarded The Manufacturing and Engineering Apprentice of the Year by Sunderland college. Connor is finishing his second year of his apprenticeship at AR Controls and starting his third year shortly.


August 10, 2017by matt

After several months of preparation AR Controls have successfully completed £500k  of work on time during Nissan NMUK Sunderland summer shutdown period. All projects had a limited amount of time to be completed within and it was imperative that everything went to schedule without any delays.

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