Rockwell Automation to replace DCS at Warwick Chemicals

  • December 21, 2011
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December 21, 2011 - Warwick Chemicals awarded a $1.9 million order to Rockwell Automation. The multiphase project will replace Warwick Chemicals’ distributed control system (DCS) solution with the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx process automation system to achieve a lower total cost of ownership, open connectivity with third-party systems, and improved service and support. Warwick Chemicals leads the global market in manufacturing bleach activators for the detergent and biocides industries. “Our current DCS was installed in 1994, extended in 1998, and then extended again in 2001. By replacing our 17-year-old DCS infrastructure, Rockwell Automation will help us meet productivity goals and aggressive process improvement plans,” said Colin Ainsworth, electrical, control and instrument engineer at Warwick Chemicals.  According to research performed by the ARC Advisory Group, the global process industry loses approximately $20 billion annually, or about five percent of annual production, due to unscheduled downtime from aging DCS systems.  “This win is significant because it demonstrates Warwick Chemicals’ increasing trust in Rockwell Automation as its process control supplier,” said John Genovesi, vice president and general manager of the Information Software and Process Business, Rockwell Automation. “The PlantPAx process automation system provides Warwick with a single, integrated control platform based on standard communication protocols, which minimizes integration and maintenance costs while offering invaluable production insight. This win is an example of our growing position in the process control industry.” Previously Warwick Chemicals relied on multiple control platforms for its manufacturing process.  “PlantPAx will extend our success with Rockwell Automation to our process operations,” said Ainsworth. “It will also help us migrate to a single, plantwide control platform that will be easier for our engineering staff to operate and maintain.” “We’re pleased and honored to deliver this project,” said Terry Gebert, vice president and general manager, Rockwell Automation Global Solutions. “Our track record of successful DCS migrations continues to pave the way for Rockwell Automation and the PlantPAx system to be recognized as the best replacement for traditional DCS systems worldwide.” About Rockwell Automation Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs about 21,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. About Warwick International Group Ltd  Warwick International Group Limited is a leading specialty chemical manufacturer providing bleach activation systems to the global fabric and home-care markets.  It operates the world’s largest bleach activation chemical manufacturing facility at its base in Mostyn, North Wales.  

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