Supplies at Work: Creating the world's longest underground cable system and more

The industrial world is an ever-evolving landscape of innovation, collaboration and improvement. In an effort to highlight the companies on the forefront of change, we are introducing a new feature, Supplies at Work. Designed to honor innovation, this regular feature will offer a quick overview of recent MRO achievements. Here are just a few of the companies striving for industrial advancement.

Supplies at Work: Communications Systems selects IFS Applications ERP to replace 20-year-old legacy system

Communications Systems (CSI, provider of physical connectivity infrastructure and services for global deployments of broadband networks, has selected IFS ( Applications Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to replace its legacy enterprise systems.

IFS Applications will be rolled out first at CSI’s Minnetonka location.  Additional locations include Hector, Minnesota; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; China; Costa Rica; and the United Kingdom.

CSI will implement a broad suite of IFS Applications modules including IFS Business Performance, IFS Financials, IFS Distribution, IFS Manufacturing, IFS Engineering/Product Design, IFS Maintenance, IFS Call Center, IFS Service Management, IFS Human Resources, IFS Sales & Marketing, and IFS Business Intelligence.

CSI decided to select a new ERP solution to automate and standardize processes throughout the organization, increase visibility for decision making and become a platform for growth going forward.

Learn more about the partnership between Communications Systems and IFS


Supplies at Work: Shell chooses Parker Hannifin as a supplier of instrumentation products

Parker Hannifin ( has signed an Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA) with Shell ( as a single source supplier for the provision of instrumentation valves, manifolds, process-to-instrument valves, fittings, tubing, protective enclosures and related products. Under the terms of Shell's EFA - which runs for an initial period of five years – Parker's Instrumentation Group will supply Shell and its affiliates worldwide with a range of process instrumentation products.

Learn more about the partnership between Shell and Parker Hannifin


Supplies at Work: ABB to supply world’s longest underground cable system

ABB ( has won an order worth around $160 million from Svenska Kraftnät (, the national grid operator, to provide a new high-voltage underground cable system for the South-West Link power transmission project in southern Sweden. When completed in 2014, this will be the longest underground cable link in the world.

The main objective of the new transmission system is to enhance capacity and strengthen the reliability of the national power grid. It will help boost transmission capacity in the south of the country and between Sweden and Norway. The link will also facilitate the future integration of large-scale wind power into the Swedish power network.

ABB’s underground HVDC (high-voltage direct current) cable system will have the capacity to transport 2 x 660 megawatts (MW) of electric power at a voltage level of 300 kilovolts (kV) across a distance of about 200 kilometers between Barkaryd and Hurva in southern Sweden. ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, manufacture, supply and installation of the entire cable system, including terminations, joints and other accessories.

Learn more about the underground cable system