Paul Pady – Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centres, Infrastructure and Industries.
They have been established for over 180 years with more than 145,000 employees worldwide.
“Part of my role is the responsibility for the operation and management of electronic production, test equipment, production lines, automation and bespoke equipment manufacture.
Back in 2012 I was working with a few companies who were based far from Plymouth and were assisting me with production test equipment, automation, business support, validation of equipment, technical support and after sales. Unfortunately, the long distance resulted in not enough time being spent discussing each phase of the project and also meant that visits for development, validation and signoff were a lengthy process. I decided to source a more local solution, which is when I first contacted Oakmount Control Systems and the relationship developed from there.
Gearing up to bring projects into production is not always required and keeping retained staff leads to high overhead costs which are reduced by using Oakmount. We don’t have a set structure of engineers, so I feel that Oakmount have become an extension to our business and we have formed a partnership which has enabled me to develop the automation equipment in house efficiently and with minimal disruption.
Over the past 7 years it has been a journey to understand what strengths Oakmount has over other similar suppliers and I found these to be continuity, consistency of skills, automation development knowledge, mechanical and electrical support and aftersales care. We have a team at Schneider that addresses any issues that may arise, however we are short on resource and I know if I call on Oakmount, that Phil the MD will offer me immediate cover and assistance in order to minimise production disruption.
I cannot stress the importance of having this sort of support as if a production line was to fail, the financial implications on the business as well as efficiency of manufactured products could be substantial. Oakmount has the ability to react in situations like this and due to the nature of our close relationship I am able to engage and utilise their employees as and when they are required.
When new automation is installed in the factory the support needed to integrate is essential and Phil provides this until the machine is working at its optimum level and to the required specification.”