Nyrstar Hobart awards Rockwell smelter contract

Nyrstar Hobart has awarded a $2.5 million contact to Rockwell Automation to replace a massive distributed control system at its zinc smelting operation in Hobart.

The contract will see Rockwell implement its PlantPAx process automation system, which will incorporate more than 7000 distributed input/output connections in a complex distributed control system conversion.

According to Nyrstar Hobart general manger Jeremy Kouw said it awarded the contract to Rockwell as “our current DCS would be cost-prohibitive to upgrade.

"Hardware was failing and repairs were becoming expensive and requiring longer lead times, and this solution provides us with better integration between different process areas, improved diagnostics, increasing plant uptime and more accurate plant performance reporting."

Rockwell won the contract by developing a three year phased integration with a back up option, as well as addition support via NHP Electrical.

The order includes project management, application engineering, system cutover engineering, hardware and software.

The Nyrstar Hobart facility is one of the world’s largest zinc smelters.


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