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AVEVA World Magazine 2013 #2

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MIPAC – Instruments of Change How AVEVA Instrumentation supports an agile, dynamic Instrumentation & Control systems company Change invariably creates opportunities. When, in 1997, Australia's Mount Isa Mines company (MIM) decided to close down its process control group, the staff and contractors seized the opportunity to strike out as an independent company, MIPAC. Combining 30 years' experience with the 'can-do' approach of a start-up business, MIPAC's original nine-man team quickly established a worldwide customer base and has now grown to over 50 skilled engineers. Instrumentation & Control is a specialised discipline that requires specialised tools. MIPAC recognised the advantage of plant design software to maximise efficiencies but they wanted more than just an 'out-of-the-box' solution. Available options were not adequate for their needs, and the technical support to make them so was not available, so the MIPAC team set about creating their own solution. The result proved very effective and was a key factor in the company's success, but that success came at a price. Continuing development and maintenance absorbed valuable effort by one individual, increasing overheads and leaving the company vulnerable. MIPAC began looking for a replacement solution which would be better able to support their long-term goals. By 2011, MIPAC's engineers had encountered AVEVA Instrumentation™, which was being used by some of their clients. They were impressed, not only with its performance, but also with reports of the technical support available. These impressions were confirmed when MIPAC was involved in a client's implementation of AVEVA Instrumentation and in developing project templates for it. Jon Burton, MIPAC's Engineering Manager, explained, 'We were very impressed with the AVEVA team's willingness to respond to suggestions and to configure the standard product to meet particular project needs... AVEVA World Magazine 2013 | Issue 2

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