Amusement Park Ride Control Systems

Amusement Technical is one of Europe’s leading specialists in the design and manufacture of amusement park ride control systems. Whether an upgrade to an existing plc is required, or the delivery of a complete control for a new ride, we can implement the latest proven hardware, software and safety products to current industry standards. Our cost-effective ride-automation solutions include ride safety systems, ride supervisory systems and sub-system controller interfaces systems for all types and sizes of theme park rides.

 

Mellors Group
Edward Mellors
Director

"Amusement Technical is our 'go to' technical services partner. We use the company for control system projects and any complex engineering issues, which can’t be handled in-house. Extremely knowledgeable and responsive, Amusement Technical will go to any lengths to ensure the brief is met and our rides work safely and efficiently."

Worldwide leader in theme and amusement park ride control systems

As a worldwide leader in amusement park ride control systems' design and manufacture, we are fully conversant with all PLCs (Programmable Logic Controller) and both AC and DC drive systems by all the main manufacturers. These include Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation (including Allan Bradley), Mitsubishi, Siemens and Pilz.

We have a reputation as the go-to park ride control system troubleshooter

We are frequently invited worldwide to deal with amusement and theme park ride control system issues both by parks directly and also on behalf of other large ride manufacturers.

Adaptation of rides to accept modern PLCs or drives (retrofit control systems) is a very common scenario for us and this can usually be carried out entirely on site in a short amount of time. Find out more about our Pirate Boat Retrofit solution by clicking here. And see the Canobie Park pirate ship in action here

We specialise in writing or modifying PLC software applications for all types of amusement park rides. We design all of the hardware circuits and we write every line of program code, so that we can tightly integrate the control system to your application.

All control system work produced is supplied with supporting documentation in accordance with EN13814.

amusement park ride control systems
amusement park ride control systems

Types of amusement park ride control systems

Whatever your ride, your automation challenges are similar: increase safety, improve reliability, and bolster profitability.

As a worldwide leader in theme park ride control systems' design and manufacture, we are fully. conversant with all PLCs (Programmable Logic Controller) and both AC and DC drive systems by all the leadingmanufacturers. These include Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation (including Allan Bradley), Mitsubishi, Siemens, and Pilz.

Our cost-effective ride-automation solutions include ride safety systems, ride supervisory systems, and sub-system controller interfaces systems for all types and sizes of theme park rides.

We have designed and implemented amusement ride control systems for a range of rides including:

Retrofit

We don't just work on new attractions. If an existing control system needs replacement, refreshing, or fine-tuning, we can provide a retrofit solution to migrate you to the latest technology and protect your investment long term.

We regularly provide independent assessments of existing ride control systems and, if required, perform upgrades. These enhancements can include replacement of obsolete, unsupported equipment, ensuring rides are up in line with the latest safety standards, or adding more functionality to the ride control system. Also, we offer preventative maintenance services for ride control systems and access to our on-call engineers on a 24/7 basis to minimise ride down-times.

With our control systems, we delight attraction visitors while keeping rides safe and reliable

A niche specialist, Amusement Technical has designed and supplied safe ride control systems to the theme park industry for over ten years. We provide control systems to leading parks across the world.

We design our ride control systems to meet customer specifications and applicable sections of international standards such as:

  • ASTM F2291 – 2017: Standard Practice for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices
  • ASTM F1193 – 2017: Standard Practice for Quality, Manufacture, and Construction of Amusement Rides and Devices
  • ISO 13814 – Fairground and amusement park machinery and structures – Safety
  • ISO 13849-1:2015, which provides safety requirements and guidance on the principles for the design and integration of safety-related parts of control systems.

With safety and reliability at the core, we work closely with the Park Safety Inspectors to obtain authorisation and approval at the earliest possible opportunity. We also frequently work with certification bodies such as TÜV SÜD, ADIPS (UK) plus US state inspectorates.

amusement park ride control systems
amusement park ride control systems

Our control system solutions

Our bespoke solutions often incorporate one or several of the following:

  • Drives and motion control (AC/DC)
  • PLC systems (standard/redundant/safety)
  • Supervisory systems (SCADA/HMI/MIS)
  • Industrial networks
  • Control panels (MCCs/Desks)
  • Database solutions
  • Instrumentation
  • Air panels
  • System cabinets
  • Operator control panels
  • Software and documentation
  • Operators' manuals
  • Panel layout
  • Panel schematics
  • Field wiring diagrams

Our control system services

From system design through to implementation and commissioning, we provide the skills and experience for your project requirements.  Our services include:

Design

Safety is our chief priority. Our systems are designed to comply with the latest safety standards.

Build

We design, configure and build our control panels with a focus on ease of installation and commissioning. We thoroughly test all factory wiring and devices before shipping your system.

Commissioning

The on-site setup of your control system includes thorough testing of devices, PLC programming, and training for park personnel.

Software Programming

Our programming expertise spans from first-generation PLCs to the latest Allen Bradley Studio 5000 and Siemens TIA Portal and Mitsubishi FX software.

Support & Troubleshooting

We support all our ride control solutions. As a matter of course, all our systems are monitored to ensure remote diagnostics, minimal downtime, and swift resolution.

Documentation

We produce a comprehensive operator's manual, as well as complete sets of electrical layout and schematics for all our control systems.

Training

We frequently train maintenance staff and ride operatives to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the ride control systems and deal promptly with any system issues.

Spare Parts

We offer machining production and supply of replacement parts. Also, we have a team of engineers, on hand, to install replacement parts and component assemblies.

amusement park ride control systems

Let’s talk about your rides

Whether you want to commission a new ride, refurbish an existing one, buy a stock item
or simply source some spare parts then we can help.