In a move to get much closer to end users and `to provide a world-class systems service to the widest range of industries’, Mitsubishi has signed up a network of six system integrators for its SIs Programme.
Comprehensive partnership agreements have been struck with the companies, which offer a spectrum of process and automation experience. The six `founder members’ are Blackburn Starling, Boward Computer Services, Datastor, Elite Controls, IEA and Sensors and Systems.
Mitsubishi’s Users Club and the recently-announced Drives Systems Centres will continue to provide additional engineering support. The company says that other SIs will be signed up.
Blackburn Starling, Burton on Trent, is in the brewing and water industries. Boward, East Sussex, is into MESs and batch processing. Datastor, Congleton, covers batch processing and machinery automation systems.
Elite, West Lothian, is in petrochemicals and distillation. IEA, Cardiff, is into MESs for the automotive, steel and pharmaceuticals industries. Sensors and Systems, Peterborough, is in the water, power, food and drink industries
John Preston, Mitsubishi’s major accounts sales manager, said: `This is a tight partnership, with performance metrics and commitments to mutual training and engineering support. All the SIs provide 24 hour service, on-site and application support.’