Main Automation Contractor

Full Scope Solutions, Lower TCO, Reduced Project Risk

Looking to reduce the risk associated with your large capital project? That’s what a main automation contractor (MAC) can do. Whether it’s a specific area like electrical or instrumentation, or more collaborative pursuits with third-parties, like integration of OEM equipment, we can help manage a little or a lot of your large project, while coordinating efforts with the EPC.

Engage a MAC for Your Large Projects

The risks associated with managing a greenfield or brownfield project are well-documented. You have likely experienced them, and do not want to again! We have the experience serving as a MAC on large capital projects, and have proven methodologies for keeping project scope, budget overruns, and poor vendor management at bay. We can help you reduce your risk and get your project delivered on time and on budget. Just like this customer.

Don’t Complicate, Simplify Project Management

To avoid budget and scope creep, a leading North American energy producer chose Rockwell Automation to be their MAC. We started pre-FEED through FAT testing and ongoing support. By using us throughout the project lifecycle, they saw the schedule accelerated by 4-6 weeks resulting in an estimated budget savings of 5%.

What is an OEM MAC?

Using an OEM MAC in Your Next Capital Project

A main automation contractor is a single contractor that provides engineering services to manage the instrumentation, information, and safety aspects of your project. An OEM MAC goes a step further and engages early in the project to work through skid connectivity and integration challenges. They help create the technical standard and work with OEMs in the build process. One big benefit of this kind of approach is standardization. Having the same automation standard across all skids makes integration easier. Data is easily accessible because the network and systems are harmonized. A well-organized project plan upfront makes for a smoother process and saves you valuable time at startup as well as reducing risk.

Success for a Major Oil and Gas Operator With MAC

Multiple Systems Safely Upgraded with Minimal Disruption

Total E&P UK Ltd understood the benefits of using a MAC and came to us when they were ready for a multi-system upgrade. Their emergency shutdown system, fire and gas safety system, process control system, and vibration-monitoring system were all in need of upgrades. A large project that carried a lot of risk.

And, the results were impactful:

  • Negligible impact on production due to skillful use of scheduled downtime and concurrent installation
  • Remote platform control now gives them access to real-time data
  • Upgrades gave them a commonality of spares, maintenance, and vendors across sites
  • Used existing equipment, such as safety system infrastructure and cabinets
  • Improved operator ergonomics
  • An excellent record of no LTIs during the project
  • Improvements led to a HSE safety award nomination

Gold Fields Reduces Risk with MAC

Flagship Growth Project Helps Support Sustainable Gold Mining

We help companies expand what they think is possible. In this case: to become the global leader in sustainable gold mining. Gold Field’s South Deep Mine in South Africa needed a complete system design upgrade in order to meet that challenge. Rockwell Automation engineering services worked with Gold Fields to help them reach that goal. Now they are that much closer to being the leader in sustainable gold mining.

A new control system has resulted in:

  • The ability to see plant-wide systems in real-time and report against predefined KPIs
  • One centralized process control system
  • More informed business decisions
  • Improved alarm capabilities
  • Reduced risk of backwards incompatibility
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How May We Help You?

Rockwell Automation and our partners offer exceptional knowledge to help design, implement, and support your automation investment.