Siemens to power digitalisation at Treatt HQ


Treatt's site in Bury St Edmunds replaces the existing complex in the town which has served as the company’s headquarters since 1971

Siemens to power digitalisation at Treatt HQ

Treatt has partnered with Siemens Digital Industries to build a digital manufacturing facility at its £41m headquarters.

The facility will bring together 200 employees in distillation, manufacturing, logistics, technical and office-based functions.

The factory will be controlled by Siemens Simatic PCS 7 system, which will offer Treatt “data, flexibility, scalability, availability, safety, and security” for its production process.

It will also automate the company’s production process, increasing efficiency and productivity.

Siemens Simatic PCS 7 distributed control system has an open system architecture covering the entire production process. It’s designed to enable the efficient interaction of all automation components in the factory.

Mark Higham, General Manager, Process Automation, Siemens DI, said: “It is important for us to work very closely with Treatt to ensure we deliver the best solutions for their new headquarters.”

Simatic PCS 7 offers features for data management, standards management and software libraries. These features aim to minimise engineering overheads, reduce costs, shorten time to market and increase the flexibility of the plant.

Daemmon Reeve, Group CEO of Treatt said: “Treatt sources a wide range of natural raw materials from supply partners around the world. As expected, nature provides variation in flavour profile from season to season and our job is to ensure consistency in the wide-ranging extracts we create for customers through complex distillation and extraction processes, so their beverages have the critical consistency in flavour profile.”

Treatt has a bespoke analysis system which is aligned and integrated with the Siemens system to capture results and data for future digitalisation.

Siemens has won a three-year service contract to support the production facility.

Bruce Sinclair, Engineering & Site Services Manager, Treatt commented “The three-year service support contract is necessary as our operations team will be reliant on the new control systems for increased and efficient productivity. It is essential for us that maintenance of the new systems remain at a high standard set by the suppliers of the technology for longevity and competence.”

Siemens has already begun providing support with upskilling Treatt’s employees to use the systems and its instrumentation engineer has completed a two-week training course at a Siemens site.

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