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5 things to look for when appointing a Main Automation Contractor (MAC)

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Whether you want to increase production efficiency, improve quality, get real-time data, or modernise your equipment, automation can help you achieve your operational goals.

Given that most operations don’t always have in-house expertise, you may need to outsource to a Main Automation Contractor (MAC). Outsourcing this responsibility will allow you to tap into trusted experts who specialise in the field who can guide you through the whole process and offer ongoing support.

There are many factors to consider when selecting a MAC for your project, to ensure you select the right partner for your project, we’ve put together this list on what to look out for.

Make sure your Main Automation Contractor (MAC) has the right experience

A modern digital plant relies on seamless connectivity between all the automation layers. The MAC must not only understand the technology at each layer but also have in depth experience with implementation and interfacing for all the interconnected elements. This technical experience should be supported with a rich knowledge and proven track record in your industry.

Look for independance

The best automation infrastructures are rarely made up of technologies from one vendor. The MAC must be able to operate with autonomy to select the most appropriate technology for each layer of the control hierarchy and not be biased to one vendor’s offerings. A good MAC will also be interacting with all the project major mechanical equipment vendors. Developing automation solutions that meet their needs, as well as the projects, requires access to the most appropriate solutions on the market.

Innovation and flexibility is important

New technologies are continually emerging with vendors releasing new products and upgrades on tight release cycles. Developing a cohesive automation structure requires a mix of industry knowledge, ingenuity, and flexibility to adapt to these changes when required. Standards developed at the beginning of the project can be unworkable in places due to cost or interfacing issues that emerge so being able to pivot in these situations and maintain the automation system integrity is critical.

Plan for the future

When thinking about selecting a MAC, ensure they are leaders in their field, so they have the knowledge to future proof your operation.

Look for a long term partner

Ultimately you are not simply looking just for a supplier, but also a trusted partner that can help you operate at optimal performance. The right partner will have the willingness to be there for the long term. Self-dependence is the aim for client’s site team but having access to ongoing support when required provides the necessary safety net. And importantly, they should have the same values and culture that your operation does.

If you are looking for a Main Automation Contractor (MAC), Mipac has 25 years of experience in the field, across multiple sectors and industries. Get in touch today to discuss how we can help you with your operational needs.

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