Severn Trent Engineering has entered into a Framework agreement with Rockwell Automation to cover the supply of Programmable Logic Controllers.
Up until now, Severn Trent was operating equipment from a dozen different manufacturers and its engineers and end users had to understand several different programming languages. This arrangement obviously caused major problems in planning maintenance and sourcing spares. Purchases are mode locally with management data fed back to the central procurement department. Any authorised person at a location where there is an Internet connection can use the service to access Rockwell products and information.
Whilst the Framework agreement only covers PLCs, Rockwell Automation is able to supply additional automation products including low voltage inverters, EOI and Scada. And there are plans to further develop the Framework partnership into training, HR and accounting procedures.