Blackburn Starling Control and Automation Solutions
Presently working in the energy market with major companies such as EDF Energy, E-ON, Sellafield, ACTiv Nuclear, Doosan Power and many others, Blackburn Starling has undertaken a range of projects including power generation, biomass fuel conversion, hydro-electric schemes and reducing energy consumption by optimising usage via intelligent control.
With a trading history of more than 140 years and extensive experience in supplying LV products such as power distribution, motor control centres, package sub-stations, control and instrument panels as well as providing fully integrated SCADA/PLC/HMI control systems to a diverse range of industry sectors, Blackburn Starling has evolved into a global supplier with an unrivalled reputation for technical excellence and product innovation.
In-house facilities for customisation
The company was founded in the 1870s and started out as a small manufacturing business with a production unit in the centre of Nottingham. Today, Blackburn Starling operates from a 4.5 acre purpose-built site situated on the outskirts of the city, with full in-house facilities to cover all aspects of metal fabrication, design, manufacture and automated control systems. With an experienced team of trained personnel, the company routinely offers complimentary services such as site surveys, project management, installation, commissioning, maintenance, service contracts and training.
The total in-house manufacturing facilities provide Blackburn Starling with the flexibility and capability to manufacture custom-built solutions, tailor-made to satisfy the specific and unique needs of individual customer requirements. By designing, manufacturing and supporting bespoke control systems that are intelligent, reliable, robust, delivered on schedule and offer proven performance, Blackburn Starling guarantees its customers total control.
The company’s extensive product range includes fixed and withdrawable equipment, conventional and intelligent options, fault ratings up to 100kA for one second and ingress ratings up to IP54, all in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 quality assurance accreditation and the latest European standards.
All products are fully compliant with the associated specifications that are required throughout the energy sector and an ongoing testing policy keeps the company at the forefront of its field.
With customer demands in control applications becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, and the need for more management information at all strategic levels, Blackburn Starling offers a totally integrated solution from plant sensor throughout to high-level management information systems. Specialising in programming a wide range of SCADA / HMI/ PLC control systems, the company is a systems integrator partner for Siemens, Rockwell, Mitsubishi and many others.
A customer-focused company
Following years of dedication to excellent customer service and innovation, Blackburn Starling has gained an enviable reputation across the globe in a variety of industry sectors, including energy, oil and gas, water and sewage, telecommunications, chemical, rail and transportation. Already well established within the energy market, this sector has been a primary growth area in the past ten years.
The company’s greatest strength is that it is an independent manufacturer, large enough to cope with demand but still small enough to personally care about each and every one of its valued customers. Everything that is manufactured by Blackburn Starling is produced in the company’s spacious and modern 6,500m² production facility and supply equipment is sourced predominantly from major international suppliers, for which spares and support is available worldwide. This gives Blackburn Starling the flexibility to offer the best technical solution at competitive prices to satisfy the exact needs of the customer.
Our nuclear and renewable goals
Blackburn Starling is looking to build on the successful foundations already achieved and increase its profile in the energy sector to ensure future growth and success. The government aims to have the first nuclear power stations generating electricity by 2019, therefore, a significant amount of growth is expected in this area. With the UK legally committed to meeting 15% of the country’s energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, the company believes it has the potential for significant expansion in this sector, which can be achieved without compromising its customer focus.