Being vendor agnostic is one of Mipac’s unique selling points.
“Our independence means we can recommend the best-possible control platform for our clients’ operations, we can consider the pros and cons and aren’t constrained in our choices,” Mipac Managing Director Eddie DeRivera says.
Mipac engineers have extensive experience in a wide range of control systems and technologies including Distributed Control Systems (DCS) such as Foxboro and Yokogawa, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), for example, Modicon and Siemens, and SCADA systems such as Citect and Wonderware.
There are many examples of how Mipac’s independence leads to tailored, cost-effective solutions:
- Shell / large petro-chemical company in Brisbane: Rockwell PLC on the vapour recovery unit (VRU), Modicon PLC on the LPG plant and base oil plants, Citect SCADA at the fill point, Yokogawa DCS at the grease plant and Allen-Bradley on the VRU
- PanAust – Phu Kham mine: PanAust was going to use a packaged PLC to control the IsaMill™ but Mipac suggested integrating the mill control into the existing DCS, simplifying the control system and saving time and money
- Kazzinc: Emerson Delta V
- Kansanshi: Siemens
- Ernest Henry Mine: Rockwell and Wonderware
Mipac engineers also understand safety systems, system security, graphic design, user security, ergonomics, application programming, simulations and alarm strategies.
In-house development and training stations are maintained for most modern systems and a considerable amount of time and money is invested on appraising new products and developing Mipac engineers’ skills.
Two Mipac engineers were also recently certified in Foxboro IA.