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Merlin CSI is a San Diego Corporation, specializing in software design, implementation and support of industrial automation and control systems with an emphasis on data acquisition and analysis.

President and chief consultant, Tom Voorhees, is a Computer Engineer with over 20 years of experience in software specification, design, development, deployment and management of SCADA system projects with such well known companies as Pfizer, Solar Turbines, Miller Brewing Company and Nestle.

Past Projects


ASYMTEC - fluid dispensing equipment for printed circuit board assembly and semiconductor packaging processes
Automation of PCB fabrication processes: Custom programmed HMI and motion control for manufacturing processes and data acquisition.

DRTS - Drip Research Technology Services

DRTS - Drip Research Technology Services
Automation of drip irrigation product manufacturing processes: Custom programmed HMI and motion control of manufacturing processes and product inspection

Sanyo Video Components

Manufacturing Execution System (MES): Custom programmed to meet the specific requirements of Sanyo, including production scheduling and tracking, reject and error code tracking, barcode serial numbering and yield reporting.

Hunter Industries

Development of a manufacturing execution system (MES), the system tracked 126 plastic injection-molding machines. Data was archived and analyzed in a client/server network environment. System provides data on downtime, production and scheduling.

Lompoc Waste Water Plant

Lompoc Waste Water District
Complete automatic of the entire plant including influent pumping station, oxidation system, DAFT, RAS tertiary filters, chlorinization, UV, Generator and power shedding and loading. Entire system control from duel redundant citywide wireless SCADA system accessible from local control room and via the Internet.

Southern California Gas Company

Automation and monitoring of gas compression systems: Compressor control and monitoring, H2S monitoring, tank level monitoring and oil formation monitoring.

Bloom Energy (Fuel Cell Power Systems)

Bloom Energy Fuel Cell
Complete automation of metal oxide fuel cell power systems. Included all electrical and control system engineering and remote SCADA monitoring and control of units deployed across continents. All monitored and controlled via the Internet from a single control room in California.

Ramona Waste Water Plant

Ramona Waste Water District
Upgrade of control system for influent pumping system and chemical monitoring and installed wireless SCADA monitoring and control system.

United States Navy (Underwater Acoustic Tracking System)

Navy Tracking System
Design and development of under communication technology for locating and guiding torpedoes for destruction of enemy mine fields.

Ballard Power (Fuel Cell Engines for Vehicles)

Ballard Power
Complete design engineering and automation of PEM fuel cell engines for Daimler/Benz and Ford motor company. Including hydrogen control, power managements and three phase sourcing to local power grid.

Diamond Offshore (Offshore Drilling Vessel)

Diamond Offshore
Complete automation of all shipboard systems including, thruster control for dynamic positioning, GPS interfacing, acoustic interfacing, engine control, power management, ballast control and alarming systems. All systems supplied were dual or triple redundant.

Global Marine Drilling (Offshore Drilling Vessel)

Diamond Offshore
Replacement and upgrade of all automation systems including, thruster control for dynamic positioning, fault analysis systems and alarming systems.

R&B Falcon (Offshore Drilling Vessel)

Newly built vessel, supply of all onboard electronics systems including: Dynamic positioning systems, automation systems, alarm systems, communication, networking, acoustic positioning, GPS systems and camera systems.

Solar Turbines

Diamond Offshore
Upgrade of kiln control system used for coating of high temperature components used in gas turbine engines.


Upgrade of the OpCon control system used for monitoring and control of a neutron bombardment scanning system used in coal and cement processes.

General Atomics

General Atomics
Upgrade of systems used to control and monitor the RF energy source used for the plasma containment field in DIII-D fusion reactor project.

Ne-Mo's Bakery

Nemo's Bakery
Automation of cake wrapping process, using standard plastic film: Complete mechanical, electrical and control system design.

Southern California Gas Company

Automation and monitoring of gas compression systems: Compressor control and monitoring, H2S monitoring, tank level monitoring and oil formation monitoring.

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Brewing Co.
Filtec full case scanner systems: Electronic level control of filling, high-speed case counting and sorting, packaging and palletizing.

Triwaste Inc. (Canadian)

Complete design: Skid mounted soil re-mediation system, including process engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical and all automation systems.

Carnation Friskies Pet Care

Total automation of a new line: Meat handling system, Starkist cooker.