TURN-KEY APPROACH IN AUTOMATION PROJECTS
Coordination between control and field instrument, drive vendors is a big challenge in an automation project. Multiple suppliers and vendors with different quality level get involve in an automation project because not only the budget and quality of field devices and their conformity with the customer requirement but also vendor’s local support and local inventory affect on vendor selection.
Discoordination between vendors in an automation project may lead a plant to revenue loss, replacing any delivered devices to the project which are not compatible with other parts of control system, not only is money and time consuming but also may cause project be postponed, this issue can be a big problem in modernization projects that must be executed in short scheduled shutdown windows.
The best solution for bypassing these issues is to award the project by a Turn-key contract to a competent automation contractor. This bring multiple advantages for the customers
- Quicker lead time Tasks are easier to coordinate between a project team members in a company instead of multiple different vendors. The streamlined communication inside a company can avoid any mistakes in the project development and project lead time will be shorter.
- More Flexibility Consolidated management in design, procurement and construction phases in a company instead of several different companies allow any changes in mid-project to be implemented quicker and necessary setback can be done easier.
- Save Money Not only Turn-key provider by quicker project lead time can save more money for their customers but also in fragmented project approach each vendor consider direct and in-direct costs on top of profit in their invoice and often it cost higher for the customer compare to turn-key solution that in-direct cost only considered once in quoted price
- Better service Turn-key contractor have more resources and are more accountable, they exclusively focus on their customer to provide personalized service unlike suppliers that have dozen or may hundreds of customers in their mind. Turn-key provider’s experience in multiple projects allow them to select the best reliable suppliers among available candidates in the market and their customer can use advantage of receiving higher level of quality through reputable vendor.
Choosing an independent system integrator with capability to provide automation turn-key solution can improve project quality and lead time. We have Turn-key experiences in multiple projects in different industries like project 7209 where we utilized advance migration solutions and techniques in a large automation project at a sensitive process plant.