December Newsletter

Reliable Controls is dedicated to transforming the engineering and consulting industry through Safety, Quality and Expertise. Our outlook is global, and we embrace employees from all over the world. We work with purpose: forging Innovative Methods, Processes and Technologies. Through our passion and unified vision, we create the greatest solutions of our generation.

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Earlier this year, Reliable Controls completed an As-Built and detailed assessment for eight natural gas compressors at a facility in Wyoming.  The project involved red-lining 32 drawings for P&ID review and correcting tag names and symbology. Our team also updated cause & effect drawings resulting from PLC code cleanup, ensured that tag names matched the wiring and were consistent with PLC code statements, identified shutdown trip points and how to bypass or disable them and added I/O assignments to each cause & effect. 

The RCC team developed an instrument index that listed tag number, manufacturer, model, description, P&ID reference, I/O reference, range, span and engineering units. They also wire traced all I/O devices from field to PLC points and created AutoCad drawings to document all findings.

Eight individual compressor document binders were delivered to the client that included updated I/O loop drawings and an instrument index. The team also completed PLC program cleanup and field verification on all instrumentation and cause & effect validation.
An action item list was provided to the client identifying deficiencies for each audited component throughout the project, along with recommendations for improvement. The project was completed successfully thanks to our hardworking RCC team! 

For more information on projects completed by the RCC Team, click the link below!

Meet the Team!

This month, we’d like to introduce you to Gaosong Yi! Gaosong joined Reliable Controls in 2015 as a Metallurgical Engineer Intern. He has his Masters in Metallurgical Engineering from Northeastern University in China and his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah.

Gaosong explained that the Universities taught the metallurgical and mining processes in a specific way and through is experience with our company, he has learned how to apply the knowledge he acquired in school to optimize our processes for future clients.

Gaosong appreciates Reliable Controls' history and experience with process controls and optimization and enjoys working with so many talented colleagues who are always ready to help. This, he said, is his favorite part about working for Reliable Controls and why he would highly recommend it to others.

Gaosong is always interested in learning something new and would consider this his most powerful weapon in the last 10 years of his life. He’s inspired by reading and living through the experiences and thoughts of those in stories. Reading provides Gaosong endless motivation to keep moving forward and continue learning. His advice to others:

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."

Outside of work and school, Gaosong enjoys the outdoors! He loves hiking, biking and fishing, and enjoys many of these activities with his girlfriend who lives in East Chicago. They also enjoy traveling and trying new foods!

“I’m thankful for her company while I’ve been so far from my family these past four years,” he told us.

We asked Gaosong to tell us a fun fact about himself and he disclosed that he’s secretly very good at ice-skating! We’ll have to see this for ourselves, Gaosong! He also told us that if he had to choose one food to eat for the rest of his life, that food would be Kung Pao Chicken, as it’s a perfect combination of meat, vegetables and nuts, and it’s very easy to cook. 

Thanks for sharing with us, Gaosong! We're lucky to have you as part of our team! 

The importance of proper PPE

Did you know? Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition in the United States, just behind arthritis and heart disease, and more prevalent than diabetes or cancer. Nearly 13% of U.S. workers suffer from hearing loss. The mining sector has the highest percentage of affected workers with 17% having some form of hearing impairment, while 76% are exposed to hazardous noise that can lead to impairment.

Hazardous noise exists any time you have to shout to be heard by someone an arm’s length away, which occurs quite frequently on a job site. Being conscious of the noise level around you is important. Many people do not realize when they are at risk because, unless accompanied by tinnitus (ringing in the ears), hearing loss is typically painless and does not seem like it requires immediate attention. Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is permanent, and many people don’t recognize the value of hearing until it is already gone.

NIHL may be irreversible, but it is also 100% preventable. Wearing proper protection, promoting awareness and implementing training routines to ensure all measures are taken to avoid or reduce exposure to hazardous noise will significantly reduce the risk of hearing loss. The CDC estimates that mining workers lose 3.45 healthy years per 1,000 workers due to hearing loss from occupational noise.

Wearing hearing protection devices such as earplugs and earmuffs whenever the possibility of hazardous noise exists is the best way to maintain optimal hearing and avoid loss of hearing. Employers can encourage ear protection by offering a variety of options workers can choose from to find one that is most comfortable for them. The more comfortable PPE is, the more likely workers are to wear it correctly and without dispute.

Also, all employees should be trained on the risk of noise exposure, how to avoid or reduce exposure and how to recognize hazardous noise. Ongoing training and continuous reminders of the risks and possible outcomes associated with hearing loss would also help with preventative measures. Some training programs even use a hearing loss simulator so employees can get a feel of life with a hearing impairment in the hope they approach this topic with all necessary seriousness.

WTAL uncheon
Reliable Controls Hosts WTA Luncheon
On December 6th, Reliable Controls had the opportunity to host a Company Tour and Luncheon for The World Trade Association of Utah. We had around 30 guests join us for the event. Lunch was provided while President and CEO, Ed Macha, delivered a short presentation highlighting our company, brand beliefs and vision for the future. We have a lot of exciting things planned for the coming years and enjoyed sharing with peers and colleagues.

After the presentation, Ed held a brief question and answer session where guests could delve into our experiences and success in the global market. The World Trade Association of Utah holds these luncheons periodically as a way to learn about industry leaders and network with others interested in global business. It was a great pleasure hosting this event and we look forward to many more in the future.                                     
Reliable Controls has the ability to mobilize anywhere in the Americas within a week to provide services in plant automation, plant commissioning and plant optimization. Within each of these services, we aim to deliver best-in-class work, consistently and efficiently. 


Our engineers are experts in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and Distributed Control Systems. They are continuously learning to stay on top of new technologies and systems so we can offer the best, most efficient service to our clients. We have extensive project experience in designing operator interface screens and logic diagrams, specifying equipment and infrastructure and implementing configuration and programming. Our team also performs physical and functional Factory Acceptance Testing and provides onsite support through pre-operational testing, commissioning, start-up and ramp-up.  


Our commissioning team has provided services on some of the biggest projects in the world. Whether you need Commissioning Plans, Pre-Operational Testing, Dry and Wet Commissioning or Start-up and Ramp-up, our experienced "hands-on" management team has the ability to meet your project needs. Our expert engineers, technicians and craftsmen work professionally, with safety and quality at the forefront. Regardless of the complexity of your project, we have the expertise to achieve your goals efficiently and seamlessly.   


Our team of optimization experts focuses on process evaluations from cradle to grave -beginning to end- and helps develop solutions to improve your plant’s throughput, recovery, mass & energy balance, energy efficiency and even help meet sustainable development goals. We complete thorough assessments to create an overview of a plant's current status. In these assessments, we review all process-critical components, performance and effectiveness to create a plan that will have any facility running at the most optimized version of itself. 
2016 Reliable Controls Christmas Party

The 2016 Reliable Controls Christmas Party was a huge success! We had an amazing turnout, including guests from all around the world. By the end of the evening, the RCC Friends & Family raised $10,000 for The Christmas Box International, reaching our goal and even exceeding our 2015 donation amount!  We want to thank all of our guests for attending and donating! Also, thank you to The RCC Team for making 2016 a great year! We expect 2017 to be even better! 

Employee Award Winners 

Mike Sawka- MVP

Geithel Gore- Excellence in Dedication

Manuel Villanueva-Excellence in Teamwork

John Moody- Excellence in Leadership

Ron Pyatt- Excellence in Safety

Lindsay Lake- Excellence in Quality

The link to the full photo album from the party is below. Enjoy!