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ACS solidifies Rockwell partnership

Rockwell Automation has appointed Auto Control Systems (ACS) as the first low-voltage motor control centre (MCC) recognised system integrator for the South Pacific region

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ACS is a provider of industrial automation, control systems and services in Australia

ACS is a provider of industrial automation, control systems and services in Australia

The Rockwell Automation system integrator programme is designed to educate and produce qualified partners, who are able to help solve production challenges by advising on and delivering the best solution. Within this discipline, ACS is focussed on delivering low-voltage MCC solutions, leveraging the Rockwell Automation integrated architecture platform.

Rosanne Sabiston, business manager for the Power Control Business at Rockwell Automation, said: “We have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with ACS as a recognised system integrator, and we are now pleased to be extending this relationship with this appointment.

“The Australian marketplace is very demanding in what they require in an MCC, with each geography and industry having their own specific requirements. The ultimate benefit of the SI programme for customers is timely, localised support and integration with the backing of a global supplier that already complies with AS/NZS 61439.2:2016.”

ACS caters for a broad range of industries, including mining, utilities, food and beverage, renewables, building management, and oil and gas. It provides engineering services with expertise in power control, electrical installation, safety, network studies, packaging, and power conditioning that meets critical measures for operational excellence and application knowledge.

John Watts, manager at ACS, commented: “Being the first low-voltage MCC recognised system integrator for our region is a natural progression of our existing collaboration with Rockwell Automation. It is something we have been working towards, and our customers will benefit from the global reach and reliability of Rockwell Automation together with our local know-how, service and support.”

ACS has a purpose-built facility, with a new fully operational, demonstration Centerline 2500 MCC unit.

Advances in technologies, such as the Industrial Internet of Things, have enabled motor control devices such as variable speed drives and overload relays to become more intelligent. By connecting them over Ethernet, operators can realise the benefits of the connected enterprise by monitoring and analysing operations from anywhere, anytime. With access to more detailed information over longer periods of time, users can better manage important industry KPIs such as OEE and energy efficiency. 

“We have seen increased demand for our Centerline 2500 MCC solution and a natural evolution of that is providing, educating and upskilling a local SI to be able to configure and support these systems as we roll them out,” said Sabiston.

Working with system integrators that have the experience and capability to help customers leverage the safety and intelligence now available within the Centerline 2500 MCC is a key focus for the Rockwell Automation System Integrator programme. 

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