ICAD has been in the business of almond hulling automation for 20+ years.  Our customers choose us because we combine our extensive experience with the latest proven technology and then tailor the whole package to each project’s custom requirements.  Where many integrators and electrical contractors claim to work in the almond industry, few can say they have been doing it as long as we have.

almond hulling automation control panel

A control panel for various motors in almond hulling automation.

Our role in these projects typically starts with the initial design of the electrical and automation systems long before ground is broken.  Unlike many of our competitors, we use in-house professional engineers to design these systems.  This ensures compliance with the latest standards and easy construction permit approval.   Additionally, during this time we coordinate heavily with OEM manufacturers such as (Beeler, Buhler and GSI) of the mechanical equipment to ensure all of the inputs and outputs that they require are accounted for.  We also handle all coordination with the electric utility company, which is typically a tedious and extended process that customers dread.

HMI station on a pedistal in front of sorting equipment.

Human Machine Interface (HMI) panels can control the entire factory from a single screen.

Upon permit approval, our sister company, Lighthouse Electrical installs both the electrical and automation infrastructure.  PLC’s, Motor Control Centers (MCC’s), SCADA systems and lot tracking–we integrate it all into one complete package. As typically happens with projects of such scale – we rely heavily upon our experienced engineers who knew exactly how each component worked due to specific customized client needs and unique business processes.  Our seasoned engineers design intricate, yet easy-to-use systems including Rockwell Automation PLCs. Ignition and other suppliers like Eaton ABB, Siemens and Schneider Electric.

Not only do we provide almond hulling automation…  We also automate processing too!  Commonly we provide control systems that control all conveyance with one touch while interfacing with color sorting and packaging equipment.

Our customers appreciate that we handle both the design and build of the system.  This eliminates the finger pointing and excessive change orders that can happen between engineers and contractors when they are from different companies. Our remarkable team is able to handle any electrical or automation project, no matter how intricate. From start-to-finish they ensure timely delivery and 100% accuracy at launch. These are the types of project our team enjoys that put our expertise to the test and create lasting client relationships.