Yokogawa receives Frost & Sullivan 2017 Global Customer Value Leadership Award in the Industrial Automation Solutions and Services Industry

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has received the Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Leadership Award in the automation solutions and services category. This Award recognises the company’s contributions in building strong relationships with its customers by providing premium solutions that deliver an exceptional return on investment.

Frost Sullivan Award LogoFrost & Sullivan presents Best Practice Awards to companies that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in technology innovation and the strategic development of products and services for regional and global markets. For each of these awards, Frost & Sullivan analysts independently conduct interviews, analyse data, and carry out research in many different fields. For the Global Customer Value Leadership Award, Frost & Sullivan evaluates companies based on several factors that concern the two key aspects of customer impact and business impact.

Muthuraman “Ram” Ramasamy, consulting manager with Frost & Sullivan, delivered the following message when presenting the award: “As the process industry market shifts from request for quote (RFQ) response projects to proactively shaping and creating new market opportunities and demand, Yokogawa is also transforming in order to drive incremental business value to its global customer base. One of the ways that the company has transformed itself is through a series of strategic acquisitions. This includes Industrial Evolution, Inc, a provider of cloud-based services that enable companies to share data from production sites. The company has been a subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation since December 2015. KBC Advanced Technologies plc, a technology-based provider of industry-leading software and consulting services that help global companies in the oil and gas upstream and downstream sectors boost operational efficiency and improve profitability. A subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation since April 2016. Soteica Visual Mesa, LLC, who are a leading provider of energy management solutions. Yokogawa Electric Corporation took a 44.3% stake in this company in December 2012, and in October 2016 it became a wholly-owned Yokogawa subsidiary.

These strategic acquisitions help Yokogawa drive differentiated customer value by discovering areas for improvement, automating the manufacturing processes (be it production operations in oil and gas or well performance monitoring), and sustaining these benefits while continuously making improvements.”

Encouraged by this award, Yokogawa will continue striving to provide its customers highly reliable product and service solutions that make comprehensive use of the expertise that the company has built up over many years, as well as that acquired by KBC and other companies in the Yokogawa Group. As stated in our corporate brand slogan of Co-innovating tomorrow®, we will continuously create value with our customers.

About Frost & Sullivan

A global market research and consulting firm that mainly conducts commissioned research and consultation and self-initiated market research and technical analysis. Frost & Sullivan is headquartered in California and the company has more than 40 research and sales offices around the world.

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, the company have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community.

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 114 companies spans 59 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$3.7 billion company engages in cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is active in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit

About Yokogawa Europe B.V.

The European headquarters of Yokogawa were founded in Amersfoort in the Netherlands in 1982. Throughout Europe Yokogawa has its own sales, service and engineering operations. This dedicated network has been extended to Central and East Europe to further enhance the coverage and support associated with serving the process control and automation market place. Yokogawa develops and produces flowmeters at Rota Yokogawa in Germany and liquid analysers and industrial safety systems in the Netherlands. In addition to this dedicated network of Yokogawa subsidiaries, a select organisation of Test & Measurement (T&M) subsidiaries and distributors is established in certain areas to support the specific customer needs of this continuously developing and specific market of T&M instrumentation.


Valmet and MJB International in Dubai sign a cooperation agreement for gas turbine automation

Valmet has signed a cooperation agreement for gas turbine automation with MJB International Ltd (MJBI), an independent total gas turbine service provider with main locations in Scotland, and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE. According to the agreement, Valmet together with MJBI will develop triple modular redundant (TMR) gas turbine control systems as part of MJBI's gas turbine retrofit capabilities for customers around the world.

"At Valmet, we have developed our capabilities and services in turbine automation systems for several years. The partnership with MJBI will accelerate our market growth in the automation business for gas turbine retrofit projects, as MJBI will include our automation system as part of its complete gas turbine retrofit projects," says Kari S. Heikkilä, Director, Partner Business, Automation, Valmet.

MJBI will use Valmet's gas turbine automation controllers with its own Sentinel C control systems to replace obsolete GE triple modular redundant control systems.

"Most automation hardware suppliers' systems are not capable of achieving triple redundancy. Valmet's and MJBI's control application specialists have now together developed a unique service solution for industrial gas turbine owners and operators," says Douglas Calderhead, Member of MEC of MJBI.

2017 06 07 111944Valmet has signed a cooperation agreement for gas turbine automation with MJB International Ltd (MJBI). Pictured from the left, Johan Musch, Key Account Manager, Valmet; Neil Buckland, Director, Sales & Services, UK, Valmet; Douglas Calderhead, Member of MJBI of MEC; Kari Heikkilä, Director, Partner Business, Valmet; Darren Smith, Sales Manager, UK, Valmet; and Phil Kyle, Head of C&I Engineering, MJBI.

Information about MJB International Ltd

MJB International Ltd is one of the largest independent total service providers to owners and operators of industrial gas turbines worldwide. The company specializes in the frame range of turbines designed by General Electric and its former business and manufacturing associates. The company's facilities are located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Glasgow, Scotland.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.


Voith launches new VECO-Drive: Most Efficient Variable Speed Drive for Compressors and Pumps

Voith introduces the first member of a new product family in the field of speed control for compressors and pumps: the VECO-Drive. It is an electric superimposing gear and is inspired by the established principle of the Voith Vorecon with more than 600 installations. The VECO-Drive combines a mechanical planetary gear with frequency-controlled servo motors. The electrical superimposing gear is the most efficient way to make speed variable. Servo motors are used to drive a planetary gear. Since they only need a small part of rated power, an overall component efficiency of more than 97 percent is reached. This saves valuable energy and reduces operating expenditures every day.

2017 05 30 080147The new VECO-Drive is an innovative solution combining a mechanical planetary gear with frequency controlled servo motors.

The VECO-Drive is installed between a constant speed motor and a variable speed compressor or pump. With the new VECO-Drive, Voith combines the reliability of mechanical gears with the outstanding productivity of low voltage VFDs. Since additional power is supplied to the drive train, a smaller main motor can be used. This saves capital expenditures. Moreover, the servo motor can be used as a starter to protect the electric grid from high inrush currents.

For the functional demonstration of the VECO-Drive, a prototype system was built and tested in Crailsheim, Germany, in 2016. Voith engineers designed the system for compressor and pump applications with a maximum output speed of 15,000 rpm, maximum output power of 15 MW and a speed adjustment range from 50 to 100 percent. Compared to a typical full-scale medium voltage VFD train with a step-up gearbox, the measured system efficiency of a VECO-Drive is about two percent higher over the whole speed range. Thus, the VECO-Drive system reduces annual energy consumption by more than 2,000 MWh compared to a comparable VFD system. With a typical energy cost of 50 EUR/MWh, these energy savings result in cost reductions of more than EUR 100,000 per year.

2017 05 30 080316The VECO-Drive (middle) steps up input speed and generates a high output speed for compressors or pumps (left). Since additional power is supplied to the drive train, a smaller main motor (right) can be used.

As a matter of principle, the VECO-Drive is designed as a modular system and thus offers individual specifications for different application types, classes of explosion protection and speed levels. Advanced functions like the integrated PLC-based output controller, user interfaces, condition monitoring and simplified maintenance are part of the scope of supply, whereas remote access and remote diagnosis are available on demand.

Voith Turbo, a Group Division of Voith GmbH, is a specialist for intelligent drive solutions, systems and comprehensive services. Customers from highly diverse industries such as oil and gas, energy, rail and commercial vehicles, ship technology, mining and mechanical engineering rely on the advanced technologies and solutions-driven expertise of Voith Turbo.

For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees around the world. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.


Improving reliability with outsourced maintenance strategy

Plant maintenance is a highly skilled operation that requires considerable resources for unexpected repairs and long term planning for preventative maintenance programs. Large scale equipment, such as gas turbines, generators, compressors and large pumps, require specialist knowledge and expertise to maintain optimum performance. Increasingly plant owners are looking to outsource the major elements of equipment maintenance in order to improve reliability and minimize downtime.

Time is money and plant owners the world over aim to maximize productivity and minimize costs; central to this objective is avoiding unexpected breakdowns which can incur huge costs in terms of lost production. Implementing a robust preventative maintenance program is the first of many actions that can be taken to reduce the incidence of failure.

Depending on the equipment, a number of techniques, such as vibration analysis, thermal imaging, flow measurement and power consumption, can be used to indicate the initial stages of a concern. Recording this data also builds up a useful asset history which can be used to predict failures and enable intervention that minimizes repair times.

2017 05 29 094349Overhaul projects require careful planning and execution

In many cases this low level monitoring will be carried out by the on-site engineers, while the data analysis may be conducted by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or similar product specialist, such as Sulzer. Once there is an indication that a repair is required, or a piece of equipment is scheduled for a predetermined overhaul, the aim is to implement a strategy that will minimize disruption and return the plant to normal operation as soon as possible.

Optimizing this process requires considerable planning, both in terms of manpower and spare parts. Specialist maintenance contractors can provide expert advice and practical assistance in preparing for a major plant service. Experience in these projects is essential to ensure the overhaul runs smoothly and on-site management can also be supplied in addition to the technical support.

In some cases, such as large gas turbines, the OEM may initially have a fixed contract to deliver a long-term service agreement (LTSA), however once this has expired the plant owner is free to continue with a similar arrangement or to engage an independent provider. In many cases the independent option is more attractive, especially in terms of response time and parts repairs which can be critical in returning the asset back to normal operation.

With such high value assets, it is common for plant owners to maintain a stock of spare components, either on their own premises or stored and managed by the independent maintenance partner. For example, spare rotors for compressors are usually held so that when a planned maintenance shutdown is carried out, the service rotor can be swapped out for the spare, minimizing downtime for the plant.

2017 05 29 094416Replacement parts can be manufactured ahead of refurbishment projects

Once the compressor has been recommissioned, then the task of inspecting and repairing the rotor that was removed can be carried out. Again, the plant operator has a selection of providers to choose from and the scale of service will differ between them; some will provide a standard repair of damaged components, while others will offer the opportunity to improve performance and efficiency through improvements to the original design.

The level of technical expertise also influences the ability of a maintenance provider to support a client in the event of an unexpected failure or forced outage. These events are a worst case scenario for a plant manager and it is essential that repairs are completed as quickly as possible. In order to achieve this, maintenance providers need to be able to deliver manpower and facilities at short notice.

Long term maintenance contracts offer several advantages and can be tailored to suit each client. From basic planning and project management through parts supply and repair to complete technical support including asset improvement and life extension, the level of support can be adapted to each set of circumstances.

For those taking advantage of these contracts they can provide a fixed budget for many aspects of the maintenance contract and improve maintenance strategy. Furthermore, the level of engineering expertise and facilities will reduce maintenance periods and minimize time lost for repairs.

Asset management plays a crucial role in determining the reliability and performance of any industrial process. In many cases engaging an experienced and well-resourced maintenance partner, such as Sulzer, can improve project management, make repairs more cost effective and improve productivity while also providing a fixed cost basis that helps with budgeting.

About Sulzer:

Sulzer, headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since 1834, is specialized in pumping solutions, rotating equipment maintenance and services as well as separation, reaction, and mixing technology. Sulzer provides cutting-edge maintenance and service solutions for rotating equipment dedicated to improving customers’ processes and business performance. When pumps, turbines, compressors, generators, and motors are essential to operations, Sulzer offers technically advanced and innovative solutions.

The company is a leading provider in its key markets: oil and gas, power, and water. Sulzer serves clients worldwide through a network of over 150 production and service sites and has a strong footprint in emerging markets. In 2013, the company achieved sales of over CHF 3.2 billion with around 15.000 employees.


Senseye celebrates recognition as global Predictive Maintenance leader

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Senseye, the Uptime as a Service company has just announced that it is celebrating its global recognition as a predictive maintenance leader with its automated condition monitoring and prognostics product by offering a limited discount to new customers in June. 

Recently announced as the NMI Emerging Technology Company of the Year, Senseye has been further recognised by GrowthEnabler as a Top 5 UK mid-size Internet of Things startup and by Disruptor Daily as one of the top 10 IoT companies in the global manufacturing industry.

Alexander Hill, Cofounder of Senseye remarks “The Senseye team has been working hard for over two years on automating the principles of condition monitoring and prognostics pioneered in the aerospace industry to make them accessible to wider industrial audience. We are thrilled to be recognised for our hard work”.

The company is offering new customers in June who quote this release a 10% discount on Proof of Concept projects of the disruptive predictive maintenance product. 

Trusted by a number of Fortune 100 companies, Senseye is the leading automated cloud-based condition monitoring and prognostics product. The award-winning solution is usable from day one and available as a simple subscription service, enabling customers to rapidly begin and expand their predictive maintenance programs.

To find out more about stopping downtime getting you down, book a demo at 

About Senseye Ltd. Leading Uptime-as-a-Service company Senseye develops cloud-based software that automates condition monitoring and prognostics, enabling subscribers to predict failures in machinery months in advance. Senseye harnesses data science, deep expertise in machine learning and real-world industry know-how to provide a robust and scalable approach to reducing downtime and operational costs.