UK PLC Training Company | Scantime Automation & Training

About Us

Scantime team

In 2004, I founded Scantime Engineering Ltd. and began utilising my 40 years of experience in Industry to provide Automation Design, Development and Training worldwide.


Over the years, Scantime has grown and to date, I'm proud to say that myself, my son and the rest of the Scantime Team have built close partnerships with EAL, Tyne Metropolitan College, AIS Training Group and TTE Technical Training in the hopes to raise the skill levels of Engineers, making Industry a safer and more efficient place to work.

Foreword from David Simm, Managing Director of Scantime


Training, Design, Refurbishment & Troubleshooting

Scantime was started in 2004, after developing and launching the first form of PLC and SCADA online courses, providing a unique look at these systems and the programming involved. Popularity in the online series grew and over the years, we have furthered our online platform, as well as developed industry leading, hands-on courses due to the expertise and experience gained from working in the automation industry for over 40 years, programming Siemens, Allen Bradley, Mitsubishi and Omron PLC’s.


We are now providing training to thousands of individuals and companies worldwide, delivering Automation Programming courses to help ensure correct level of training is given to increase the safety of engineers on the shop-floor and the integrity of processes.


Our unique selling point is that you aren’t taught by someone who has little experience of working on the shop floor, you’re taught by professional engineers from our Automation Dept. who design and install real programs into systems for our clients in many industries, worldwide. Our engineers/trainers teach you real safety programming to industrial standards as well how to work on a Live PLC on the shop floor which is controlling equipment which can be extremely dangerous.


With our courses we will teach you why Ladder Logic programming routines such as the Network below will not operate correctly and why this exact Network isn't allowed in industrial PLC programming. How many faults can you identify?




Being a PLC trained engineer is a skilled and responsible position. Programming errors caused by an engineer with low skill levels when working on a PLC and SCADA system may result in a loss of production, damage to the process, reduction in efficiency as well as affecting the safety integrity of the operation.



Any of the above can result in a huge financial loss to a company. Our PLC programming and SCADA programming courses not only teach you the basics of the PLC and SCADA equipment which every programmer is required to learn but more importantly, how to write control routines and programs to a standard that is required in industry.


Within our Automation Dept. we assist companies through our Automation Design, Refurbishment and Troubleshooting services. We have recently commissioned a major process refurbishment which saw an upgrade to a 3,000+ SqFt. production line containing over 1200 IO Devices, PLCs, HMIs, 20 Drives and 5 Control Panels.


The refurbishment was decided by the client when areas of the process had starting to fail late 2018, original suppliers and spare parts were becoming difficult to locate, shutting the process down for extended periods of time. Scantime Automation were brought in initially to help troubleshoot when a serious breakdown stopped production for several days.


Who we Work with

We are proud to announce that we have been listed on the North East England Service Provider Register as an approved online supplier, we are also members of:


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UKRLP - UK Registered Learning Provider (Reg: 10029292) - A registry of learning providers and provide access to provider details for all stakeholders in the UK.


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NECC - North East Chamber of Commerce - The North East’s largest business membership organisation representing 4,000 businesses.



In the Media


Bdaily Feature

We've been featured in Bdaily's Industrial News section, the online publisher of UK regional news! Check out the article here.


TyneMet Students Impress in New Scantime Engineering Partnership

17-year-old TyneMet students, Aaron Armstrong and Liam Surtees, achieved beyond expectation – smashing the pass rate of 60% with Credit and Distinction grades averaging 70-80% at a recent training week at Scantime Engineering. Read more.


We are now a Recognised EAL Training Centre

Some great news from EAL who have just approved us as an officially recognised EAL Training Centre! Check out the tweet here. EAL is the specialist awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing and professional trades sectors.


BBP Midlands

We've been featured in the most recent edition of the BBP Midlands, where they take a look at the role of technology in shaping manufacturing processes in Industrial Automation.

You can check out the newest edition and our feature on production downtime and how much it could be costing your company, by clicking here

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