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About EPIC Systems

History of EPIC Industrial Automation

EPIC-industrial automation supplierFounded: 1995

Industry: Engineering, Automation Design, Fabrication and Integration Services

EPIC was founded on the idea that manufacturers need better solutions. Through our Front-End Engineering process, project management philosophies and company values, we provide solutions that help manufacturers do it better by:

  • Completing a mutual Front-End Engineering assessment to ensure that the proper steps are taken during project scope development
  • Spending your money as if it was our own
  • Focusing on quality and longevity when selecting equipment and materials of construction
  • Applying our plant engineering and industrial automation supplier experience, and assisting you to identify needs, pinpoint objectives and provide the most appropriate manufacturing equipment for the application
  • Buying American when it makes sense and Moving American Manufacturing Forward by providing better solutions
  • Being the only industrial automation supplier with an open door client policy to promote innovation. We invite clients to visit EPIC to experiment with new processes, technologies and techniques that push the limits of traditional engineering.
  • A transfer of knowledge (not just a basic training) for the systems and equipment we provide • Practicing continuous improvement to remain competitive
  • Providing solutions that are no more complex than they need to best
  • Striving to form long-term relationships as a go-to industrial automation supplier with clients that appreciate our value
  • Treating clients, vendors, and employees with equal respect
  • Declining formal and exclusive vendor alliances to preserve objectivity

An EPIC Timeline


John R. Schott, P.E. and Matt Quinn founded Electrical, Process, Instrumentation and Control (EPIC) Systems in St. Louis, MO. The company provided consulting, design engineering services and automation for process plants and packaging line integration.

The partners start EPIC Systems with $1,000 of personal savings and 600 square feet of rented office space. They utilized their experience as plant engineers to provide a unique familiarity and service to many manufacturing industries.


As an up and coming  industrial automation supplier, line integration becomes the first distinctive service group within EPIC. Line Integration became the backbone of the company as many early projects showcased innovative controls engineering.


EPIC’s engineering capabilities expand beyond consulting, automation and design with the addition of their new fabrication plant to support the design and construction of modular process plants. The facility allows for in-house fabrication and construction management services.


EPIC offers complete design/build of process pilot plants to industrial clients, taking responsibility from concept to commissioning. EPIC Systems forms to manage and oversee the complete design and in-house fabrication of multi-scale pilot skid systems for process manufacturing.


EPIC Systems team moves into an expanded 40,000 sq ft facility in St. Louis, Missouri. The state-of-the-art space features two separate machine shops in-house; one for stainless steel fabrication and an isolated shop for carbon steel fabrication, in addition to 60,000 square feet of extra shop space to accommodate larger-scale pilot module applications.


EPIC founds the “EPIC Way Award”, given in recognition of the individual who best exemplifies the spirit and values upon which EPIC Systems was founded. The award is given each year to an EPIC employee.


Schott becomes sole owner of EPIC Systems


EPIC Trivia Night is established to benefit the USO of Missouri.


EPIC renovates and expands offices/ manufacturing facility with 7000 square foot manufacturing expansion to accommodate expanding local and national design/ build pilot process system work.


EPIC recognized as an Inc 500/5000 winner for the fourth year in a row, and is a top 5 finalist for Control Engineering’s System Integrator of the Year for 3 consecutive years.


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Are you ready to get started with your automation project? Contact an engineer today 314-254-9768 to discuss your application. At EPIC you will be put in direct contact with a project engineer who will help you get started...

EPIC Industrial Automation
4134 Meramec Bottom Rd
St. Louis, MO 63129, US