Steel Supplier Taps Rockwell Automation To Digitize Maintenance

Rockwell Automation

Pointers at Glance

  • The business adopts digitalization to improve operational efficiencies.
  • Barrett Steel, the UK’s leading steel stockholder, has chosen the Fiix’s CMMS software of Rockwell Automation to digitize its ongoing maintenance programs.
  • The maintenance operations include asset tracking and connected business systems to improve productivity and reduce downtime.

The leading steel stockholder in the UK, Barrett Steel, has selected Fiix’s computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) of Rockwell Automation to manage its ongoing maintenance programs. Rockwell Automation is the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation.

The deployment of the CMMS is part of a five-year program to digitize the company’s maintenance operations, including asset tracking and connected business systems to cut downtime and improve productivity.

Fiix works to schedule and monitor maintenance tasks, tracking the progress of the processes and collecting data-led insights into the day-to-day operations of a site. This data is stored and organized using the SaaS industrial IoT platform ThingWorx.

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Malte Dieckelmann, regional vice president at Rockwell Automation, said they put forward a digital transformation plan that concentrated around ThingWorx coupled with a powerful but easy-to-use CMMS solution. The resulting package decreases risk to both day-to-day operations and personnel.

The move follows an increasing trend of companies utilizing digital tools to streamline maintenance at operations and cut back on delays in a climate where demand is increasing, and production is seeing a squeeze.

Paul Burke, operations director at Barrett Steel, said downtime at any of their 26 UK sites could lead to unacceptable delivery delays. They always look to deploy the best possible contemporary solutions to help ensure maximum uptime. Due to the mobile nature of their operations, remote access was essential, as was the ease of use, and the Fiix/ ThingWorx package is perfect for their needs.

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