Our management team has been working together for a quarter-century. Since we built our company in the early 1990’s, our approach has been to fully understand the manufacturing processes of our clients and develop system architectures that best fit the application. We use commercially available products that seamlessly integrate with existing plant systems, ensuring that you get exactly what you need.
To design, engineer and install tier 1 control systems utilizing non-proprietary commercially available control technology reducing owner’s risk and total cost of ownership
Our company began a quarter century ago in an office just blocks from where we're currently headquartered in Eastlake, Ohio. We continue serving customers through the Pittsburgh and Cleveland offices, but we'll soon be expanding. We are opening an office in the Chicago area and also developing a new Houston location.
As we celebrate this growth and progress, we're also glad that along the way we've stayed true to our roots. With the same management team consistently in place over the decades, we continue to serve some of our original customers -- including ArcelorMittal (formerly LTV Steel Cleveland), U.S. Steel and AK Steel (formerly Armco). We're glad to be working with loyal, long-time customers and as well as challenging projects with new customers.
Jim Zelazny's work always starts with diagnosis: What exactly does a client need and how can IMS help efficiently and effectively? After leaving college with his bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Control Systems, Jim saw companies that approached things differently. They sold one type of system and focused on convincing clients to buy it.
A quarter-century later, he's as happy as ever to have started a company that meets clients' needs in the most thorough, practical and cost-effective way. His nearly 30 years of experience with controls engineering and project management has been spent mostly in the metals industry: Flat rolling, shape rolling, process lines, casters, coke making, welders, furnaces, and water treatment. He has extensive background working with drives, motion control, various PLC and HMI platforms.
But whatever the details of a particular project, the fun is in building a thriving culture of excellence at IMS and learning to truly understand how all kinds of processes work. "We're driven by quality and that's our passion," he says. "We want to do the right thing for the customer."
Robert G. Urban
V.P. of Engineering
Bob Urban still remembers being a tinkerer, a kid who took things apart and put them back together just to discover how they worked. After 35 years of professional experience, 25 of those spent at Integrated Mill Systems, his fascination with the incredible things engineering and science can do hasn't changed.
"A day doesn't go by that I don’t learn something new," he says of his work with new and returning clients. Bob's work in controls engineering and project management has included work on flat rolling, shape rolling, tubular, coke making, process lines, casters, furnaces and more. And he has expertise in rolling technology, drive systems and all facets of control and automation.
But each project is different and each client requires flexible thinking and a creative approach to their unique needs. In the best possible way, he says, "every day is a challenge."
V.P. of Process Control
After building a 35-year career in Automation and Controls Engineering for a wide range of processes, you might think Marius Juodisius would be done learning. His work in the metals industry has included continuous slab casters, hot and cold rolling, tubular products and seamless pipe production, heat treating, finishing and inspection, level-2 interfaces and models, industrial networks and HMI design.
But you can hear his excitement when he describes new projects. When IMS began tackling a new project for the Clairton coke battery several years ago, "I'd go home and be online reading articles and papers," he remembers. "We probably spent a week intensely going through these drawings."
He is also passionate about the teamwork and collaboration at IMS, and his team’s varied strengths in science and engineering. "When we sit together in a room, we approach a problem from various angles. Some of us see this, some of us see that," he says. "We're always learning," Marius says. "And we want our customers to know that we've got their backs."