At (a globally distributed beverage producer), analyzed an existing failed process automation project provided by a global automation hardware supplier. This required review of process requirements, hardware selection and control system architecture to propose a solution for the client. We quickly identified incompatible firmware among the many communication devices installed. We were able to take corrective actions for immediate impact and then provide a viable solution based on proven technology and compatible hardware and software. With no single-source architecture suitable to the problem, we used hardware from multiple automation manufacturers to provide the solution to their needs.