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Wednesday, 12 January 2022 09:32

Thermal fluid or steam?

Many of us start our day by walking to the kettle to make a tea or coffee. If you don’t clean the kettle, after a while you’ll probably see a build-up of limescale. If this happens to your kettle, you can repair or replace it for a low cost — when working with heat transfer systems, these options are far from inexpensive. Here Clive Jones, managing director of thermal oil supplier Global Heat Transfer  gives advice on choosing the right heat transfer system for your application.

Manufacturers traditionally use steam for indirect heat transfer in industrial processes. Steam based systems heat water to boiling point by igniting a flame into tubes that are submerged in water, producing steam. The steam then condenses back into water that can be collected and used again. This system is often preferred because water is easy and cheap to acquire and has no perceived environmental impact.

Alternatively, thermal fluid-based heat transfer systems operate using a burner that heats a coil containing the fluid. A pump then circulates the fluid through the system and around the plant.

What are the costs?

Steam-based systems require additional equipment such as a surge tank, water softener and blowdown heat recovery technology, to operate effectively. This is partly because, to operate at the high temperatures required for industrial processes, steam systems must operate at high pressures of about 85 bars or 8,500 kPa.

If the steam reaches a critical pressure and the system has no way to vent it, it can cause pipes to burst, leading to costly downtime. Using steam-based systems may also put staff at risk — hot steam escaping from burst pipes or shrapnel from the burst pipe has the potential to harm employees. Operators must therefore continually monitor the system to keep employees safe.   

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On the other hand, thermal fluid systems are simpler and cheaper because, unlike steam, they do not have to work at high pressure to maintain a constant temperature. Heat transfer fluids can operate at precise, high temperatures for extended periods of time and manufacturers can control the temperature depending on the application. These systems operate at atmospheric pressure and can easily be well vented, reducing pressure on pipes and improving safety for employees. While heat transfer systems may be the more efficient option, manufacturers should still carry out proactive maintenance. Monitoring thermal fluid condition with regular sampling and analysis enables manufacturers to identify and solve issues before they negatively impact production, preventing risks to safety and costly downtime.

Maintaining uptime and efficiency

Thermal fluids are more versatile, as manufacturers can select a fluid that is designed for a specific application, increasing its efficiency. There are a number of fluid options on the market, both synthetic and mineral, that have unique temperature ranges and recommended uses. For example, Global Heat Transfer supplies a range of high and low temperature heat transfer fluids, including Globaltherm® FG, a food-grade thermal fluid specifically manufactured for food and beverage processing, or Globaltherm® Syntec, a high temperature heat transfer fluid designed for use in the chemical industry. Manufacturers can work with a thermal fluid specialist to select a fluid that best meets the needs of their application.

Maintenance requirements

Water used in steam systems needs to be chemically treated to extend the lifespan of the system. However, corrosion is common, even in systems using distilled water, so operators must regularly monitor and maintain the system to reduce the risk of unexpected downtime.

Thermal fluids also require monitoring and maintenance because they degrade over time, particularly if running at high temperatures for long periods. For example, during the degradation process, thermal oils can be broken down into carbon molecules, which can stick to the pipes and reduce heat transfer efficiency. Regularly analysing fluids enables operators to monitor fluid condition and take any steps to slow down the degradation process, ensuring optimum efficiency.

Operators should also implement a proactive maintenance programme, such as Thermocare, which can include a remote monitoring solution that regularly monitors fluid. This sends instant alerts to site engineers when a sudden change occurs that may affect productivity, enabling companies to better manage their heat transfer fluid.

Overall, thermal fluid heating systems are safer, more efficient, cheaper to maintain and have better temperature control than using steam. Investing in thermal fluid heating systems prevents additional costs to maintain safety and efficiency, providing they are well maintained over time. So, you can sit back, relax, and pop the kettle on.

For more information on thermal fluid systems, and how to choose the right one visit: https://globalhtf.com/.

About Global Heat Transfer: Global Heat Transfer is a thermal fluid specialist, providing heat transfer engineering assistance and thermal fluid supplies. Services offered include sampling and analysis, 24 hour delivery of premium quality thermal fluids, system drain down / cleaning / waste management, planned maintenance programs and a broad portfolio of affiliated system design and installation services. It is part of the Global Group of companies.

Automation technologies integral to world’s first offshore green hydrogen production process

Emerson (NYSE: EMR) is helping accelerate technology development for large-scale offshore green hydrogen production. The company is developing software and systems to enable safe and efficient operation of the world’s first offshore green hydrogen production process on an operational gas platform.

The PosHYdon project is a pilot that aims to validate the integration of offshore wind power and offshore natural gas and hydrogen production at sea – generating renewable fuels by harnessing a green energy source. The Neptune Energy-operated platform Q13a-A in the Dutch North Sea will host the project, which will provide insight into electrolyser efficiency from a variable power supply and the cost of installing and maintaining a green hydrogen production plant on an offshore platform.

Green electricity will be used to simulate the fluctuating supply from wind turbines and power the production process, which will convert sea water into demineralised water and then safely produce hydrogen via electrolysis. The hydrogen is then blended with the natural gas and transported to the coast, via the existing gas pipeline, and fed into the national gas grid. The 1 MW electrolyser is expected to produce up to three tons of hydrogen per week.

“Hydrogen is regarded as the ‘fuel of the future’, but with ambitious decarbonisation and net zero emission targets, it is essential to expand production capacity and accelerate the transition to hydrogen produced using sustainable energy,” said Mark Bulanda, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “Through the PosHYdon project, we – together with the consortium partners – hope to provide a pathway to large-scale offshore green hydrogen production and make a significant contribution to the energy transition process.”

Neptune Energy-operated platform Q13a-A in the Dutch North Sea.Neptune Energy-operated platform Q13a-A in the Dutch North Sea.

Emerson’s DeltaV™ distributed control system, DeltaV safety instrumented system and DeltaV Live operator interface software will manage the desalination and electrolyser units, gas blending and balance of plant equipment. By meeting the unique application challenges, including variable desalinated water feedstock and power supply, DeltaV software and systems will provide enhanced safety, process uptime and operational efficiency. The solution will ensure the existing natural gas operations remain unaffected and blended gas meets its required specification. Integration with the existing offshore systems and communication with onshore operations will maximise process visibility and prevent unforeseen issues.

“The PosHYdon project creates a unique opportunity to develop the steps required to ensure safe, large-scale green hydrogen production at sea,” said Bulanda. “Emerson’s experience across the hydrogen value chain, wind power and offshore energy industries will help achieve successful project execution, and our proven technology will ensure safe and efficient operations in this first-of-a-kind application.”

PosHYdon is being developed by consortium partners Nexstep, TNO, Neptune Energy, Gasunie, Noordgastransport, NOGAT, DEME Offshore, TAQA, Eneco, Nel Hydrogen, InVesta, Hatenboer, Iv-Offshore & Energy and Emerson. The project has been awarded a €3.6 million grant from The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) under the agency’s Demonstration Energy and Climate Innovation scheme, which invests in renewable energy developments, including hydrogen pilots.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximise production, protect personnel and the environment while optimising their energy and operating costs. Our Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit Emerson.com.

IFF announced new investments in next generation starter culture development and technology. These include a new collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to develop cutting edge tools that will support the development of next generation starter cultures, and a production capability expansion plan.

Globally, consumers are demanding for more plant-based food and beverage products. The world of plant-based is however, extremely diverse and presents several challenges to researchers and developers. The collaboration with the DTU National Food Institute aims to develop tools to improve the fitness of strains for plant-based materials, maximize synergies across strains and gain better insights into the complexity of these materials. This partnership will help to enhance IFF’s existing portfolio of plant-based cultures.

2022 01 12 090947IFF will also make a significant investment to increase its production capabilities for plant-based starter cultures at its Dangé-Saint-Romain facility in France. The scale-up will allow the company to continue to meet the increased demand for plant-based starter cultures with its existing range of solutions.

These investments in research and production capabilities will further strengthen IFF’s leading innovative plant-based solutions such as the Danisco® VEGE starter cultures, and services to help food and beverage producers stay ahead of consumer demand.

“Through our collaboration with a top-class research institute like the DTU National Food Institute, we are committed to support the plant-based industry with truly differentiated solutions,” said Jean-Philippe Obert, global R&D leader, Cultures & Food Protection, IFF. “With this partnership, we believe our investment in science and partnering with the world’s best experts will enable the necessary transition towards more sustainable food production.”

“IFF is uniquely positioned to excel in this field buoyed by this intensive research program, which will strengthen our existing culture offerings while allowing us to work on our synergistic ingredients concept. This joint research and our investment in increased production capacity both demonstrate our commitment that we are able to offer the most cutting-edge technologies to our customers who working to meet consumer demand,” said Eve Martinet-Bareau, global product manager, Cultures for Fermented Plant-based Food and Beverages, and Probiotics for Fermented Foods, IFF.

“We are excited to partner with IFF to research new and innovative solutions in the world of plant-based food and beverage,” said Claus Heiner Bang-Berthelsen, senior researcher, DTU National Food Institute. “This partnership will help to unfold the potential of plant-based materials towards safer, healthier, tastier and more sustainable food and presents a unique opportunity for creative problem-solvers to come together and make discoveries.”

IFF produces plant-based starter cultures that deliver sustainable innovations across a wide variety of food and beverage products. Learn more about the portfolio here https://www.iff.com/food.

About IFF’s Health & Biosciences division
Inspired by nature and distinguished by its world-class bioscience and microbiome capabilities, IFF’s Health & Biosciences (H&B) platform is a leading innovation partner for customers across a broad range of consumer product, industrial and agricultural sectors. H&B works closely with our customers to enhance products – and their processes – to deliver safer, healthier and more sustainable solutions.

Welcome to IFF
At IFF (NYSE: IFF), an industry leader in food, beverage, health, biosciences and sensorial experiences, science and creativity meet to create essential solutions for a better world – from global icons to unexpected innovations and experiences. With the beauty of art and the precision of science, we are an international collective of thinkers who partners with customers to bring scents, tastes, experiences, ingredients and solutions for products the world craves. Together, we will do more good for people and planet.  Learn more at iff.com

©2021 International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF). IFF, the IFF Logo, and all trademarks and service marks denoted with ™, SM or ® are owned by IFF or affiliates of IFF unless otherwise noted. All Rights Reserved.

At Yorkshire Water’s new £50M Huddersfield Energy and Recycling Facility (E&RF), Landia’s digester mixing system ensures that total gas production can reach its anticipated 22,192Nm3d (normal cubic meterday)At Yorkshire Water’s new £50M Huddersfield Energy and Recycling Facility (E&RF), Landia’s digester mixing system ensures that total gas production can reach its anticipated 22,192Nm3d (normal cubic meterday)At Yorkshire Water’s new £50M Huddersfield Energy and Recycling Facility (E&RF), the digester mixing system from Landia is ensuring that total gas production can reach its anticipated 22,192Nm3/d (normal cubic meter/day).

Designed, constructed and commissioned by J. Murphy & Sons Ltd (JMS), the Huddersfield E&RF is an integral part of Yorkshire Water’s long-term bio-resources upper quartile efficiency strategy.

Externally mounted on each of the two 7,306m3 concrete digesters, that contain thickened sewage sludge of up to 8 percent dry solids (DS), the Landia mixing system makes future servicing easy because there are no moving parts inside the tanks. Benefitting from the Landia chopper pump, which together with venturi nozzles ensures that the digesters are comprehensively mixed to maximise gas production, the mixing system is low on energy consumption and also reduces health and safety issues such as working from height.

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Water commented, “We are very proud of our new Huddersfield Energy and Recycling Facility, which is comfortably meeting all its performance targets. This impressive new facility will play a big part in helping us achieve net zero carbon by 2030”.

The Landia mixing system is low on energy consumptionThe Landia mixing system is low on energy consumption            John Smith, Project Director for J. Murphy & Sons, added: “Huddersfield E&RF shows the quality of the process engineering expertise that we can deliver for complex water and wastewater design and construction. We understand that a good digester mixing system is very important to the success of an AD plant, so are pleased to see that our decision to choose Landia is paying benefits”. 

Created as a regional sludge treatment facility to receive indigenous and imported sludge in both liquid and cake forms, Huddersfield E&RF has enabled Yorkshire Water to treat all of its sludge by anaerobic digestion.

The sludge load to the digesters is 24,000tDS/annum (total dry solids) or 65.753tDS of sludge per day, including up to a maximum of 11.880tDS per day of imported liquid sludge and 25.831tDS per day sludge cake respectively.

Two CHP engines produce peak electrical output of 2390 kWh and a thermal output of 2404 kWh.

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Alfa Laval is the first manufacturer to introduce a new unique single-use separator range – Alfa Laval CultureOne Maxi – for biopharma processing that will cover the range from lab scale up to large production. All product-contact parts in the separator system can be replaced after each batch, eliminating the risk of cross-contamination, and increasing process hygiene and safety.

In 2020, Alfa Laval launched the first premium separator for single-use biopharma processing in small scale production. Based on the positive market reception the company is now expanding the offering to a range of single-use separators covering the scope from small lab production up to large scale processing.

2014 08 14 093039 alfa lavalUntil recently, single-use disc-stack separators did not exist on the market. This forced manufacturers to choose less efficient alternatives for cell harvesting. Now the unique single-use range, based on Alfa Laval’s 130 years of experience in separation technology and developed in close contact with Alfa Laval’s biopharma customers, eliminates the need for onsite cleaning and sterilization – and thereby the associated consumption of chemicals, water and energy.

“Today ‘health and safety’ is at the top of everyone’s agenda, so is the importance of more sustainable living.  I am pleased to announce the launch of this new product range that addresses these points. Single-use systems enable our pharmaceutical customers to produce more medicines and bring them to market safely and quickly. In addition, all product-contact parts in the CultureOne range are made from recyclable material. which is good for society,” says Nish Patel, President of the Food & Water Division.

Did you know… Alfa Laval CultureOne™ is used in processes for harvesting fragile cell cultures which are later used for injectable drugs for treating life-threatening illnesses including cancer and to counter organ transplant rejection.

This is Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval is a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling, and is active in the areas of Energy, Marine, and Food & Water, offering its expertise, products, and service to a wide range of industries in some 100 countries. The company is committed to optimizing processes, creating responsible growth, and driving progress to support customers in achieving their business goals and sustainability targets.

Alfa Laval’s innovative technologies are dedicated to purifying, refining, and reusing materials, promoting more responsible use of natural resources. They contribute to improved energy efficiency and heat recovery, better water treatment, and reduced emissions. Thereby, Alfa Laval is not only accelerating success for its customers, but also for people and the planet. Making the world better, every day.

Alfa Laval has 16,700 employees. Annual sales in 2020 were SEK 41.5 billion (approx. EUR 4 billion). The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

www.alfalaval.com

Neoen has chosen AFRY as their partner in wind measurements and analysis for their upcoming wind projects in three locations in Finland, namely Itämäki, Marjakeidas and Paholammi. The three wind farms, now being in the development phase, will have an combined nominal capacity of approximately 365 MW. With this turn-key solution, AFRY will assist Neoen with every aspect of wind measurements and analysis from start to finish.

AFRY has a long history and experience within wind power and will now provide Neoen with a turn-key solution for each of the three wind farms. This will include wind measurements with location analysis, 174 meter high met masts complete with state of the art wind measurement instruments, additional sodar units as well as wind energy yield analyses.

2022 01 11 115226- We chose AFRY as a partner for these wind measurement projects based on the great value they can bring to the projects, including their experience and commitment in providing a complete solution for each project. Each project is of great significance to Neoen, why it is also critical that our chosen partner has the resources to provide state of the art services within our time frame, along with significant references. Quality is of utmost importance to us, which is why we expect the same level of quality from our partners, says Miika Pilli, Head of Business Development Finland at Neoen.

- We are happy to support Neoen in their brave ambition to become a world leader in renewable energy. We share a joint goal to advance clean energy, a corner stone of our strategic direction, which makes us the perfect partner to Neoen’s wind farm projects, says Ilkka Heikkilä, Regional Director, Renewable and Thermal Energy at AFRY.

Founded in 2008 in France, Neoen emerged as one of the key players in advancing transition to renewable energy on the world stage. An independent producer of renewable energy, the company develops and operates wind farms, solar power plants and energy storages with a long-term strategic vision. Currently the company has 515 MW in operation or under construction in Finland, including the country´s largest wind farm in Mutkalampi, which will account for 2% of the total energy production in Finland when in operation.

AFRY has more than 25 years of combined experience in the wind sector developing services such as site screening, Energy Yield Assessments, Technical and Commercial Due Diligence, Owner’s Engineer services, and Technical Advisory for O&M in wind farms totalling over 30,000 MW. Read more about AFRY’s wind power offering here.

AFRY is a European leader in engineering, design, and advisory services, with a global reach. We accelerate the transition towards a sustainable society.

We are 16,000 devoted experts in infrastructure, industry, energy and digitalisation, creating sustainable solutions for generations to come.

Making Future

Outokumpu has signed another 10-year power supply agreement for renewable wind power with Gasum. The new deal is an addition to the earlier wind power agreement with Gasum, announced in September 2021. According to the agreement, deliveries will begin in the summer of 2023.

Increasing the share of low-carbon electricity is one of the most important ways for Outokumpu to achieve its ambitious climate targets. Outokumpu announced in December 2021 its updated science-based climate targets, which are aligned with keeping global warming below 1.5°C. 

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“This new wind power agreement is an important step towards achieving Outokumpu’s emission reduction targets. The share of low-carbon electricity in Outokumpu's European operations is already over 80 percent. With this new agreement, we can even further increase the already high share of low-carbon electricity in our production,” says Mika Orpana, Head of Energy and Utilities, General Procurement at Outokumpu.

Outokumpu's sustainability strategy and climate targets were updated in May 2021. Increasing the share of low-carbon electricity is one of the key elements in Outokumpu’s roadmap towards achieving carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2050.

Outokumpu is the global leader in stainless steel. The foundation of our business is our ability to tailor stainless steel into any form and for almost any purpose. Stainless steel is sustainable, durable and designed to last forever. Our customers use it to create civilization’s basic structures and its most famous landmarks as well as products for households and various industries. Outokumpu employs some 9,500 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq Helsinki. www.outokumpu.com

A £250,000 investment drive with Worcester Presses is helping a leading Black Country metal pressing specialist take advantage of new domestic and reshoring opportunities.

Cotmor Tool & Presswork, which employs 16 people at its Brierley Hill factory, has seen sales soar to £2m following the easing of lockdown and is now setting its sights on an additional £1m of orders over the next twelve months.

The company has formed a strategic partnership with the nearby press supplier to capitalise on this growth and this has resulted in the installation of two 110 tonne and one 160 tonne Chin Fong machines.

Two state-of-the-art Tomac decoilers have also been introduced, in addition to Titan monitoring technology designed to improve tool and press life and a die cushion to help accommodate multi-functional tools.

“Volumes have bounced back stronger than any of us expected and this has given us the impetus to look at new equipment that will make us faster and give us capacity to take on up to £1m of new work,” explained David Cotterill, who runs Cotmor with his wife Wendy and daughters Louise and Natalie.

“80% of our work is overseas and we ship deep drawn, precision and progression presswork to clients in Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Turkey and South Korea. A lot of these components are technically difficult to produce and, since lockdown, we are seeing an increasing number of enquiries from firms looking to reshore to achieve security of supply.”

Cotmor (Group L): (l-r) Russell Hartill (Worcester Presses), Louise Forrest, David Cotterill (both Cotmor) and Emily Jackson (Worcester Presses)Cotmor (Group L): (l-r) Russell Hartill (Worcester Presses), Louise Forrest, David Cotterill (both Cotmor) and Emily Jackson (Worcester Presses)

He continued: “We knew we needed more capacity so started talking to Worcester Presses about our future requirements and the flexibility of the machines to be able to produce components destined for agriculture, commercial vehicle, foundry and the food and drink sector.

“After much discussion, we agreed on the robustness and durability of the Chin Fongs and the installation process and training were superb. Now the challenge is to win the work to fill them.”

Worcester Presses has experienced a similar upturn in fortunes, seeing demand for its range of hydraulic and mechanical presses and ancillary equipment rise by 30% over the last six months.

The Dudley-based company, which has taken on an additional two people, has been working with Cotmor to deliver a tailored ‘production’ solution for about nine months, culminating in the installation of the three presses.

It is now exploring the possibility of sourcing a 400 tonne Chin Fong to give the press and toolmaking specialist access to one of its biggest machines to date.

Russell Hartill, Managing Director at Worcester Presses, went on to add: “The Cotmor partnership is a fantastic example of two Black Country businesses working together to deliver world class manufacturing.

“David and his team’s expertise is second to none and, when this is combined with our technical knowledge and the performance of our presses, you have all the ingredients you need to be competitive and win work from overseas.”

Louise Forrest, Financial Director at Cotmor, concluded: “We have been really impressed with the performance of the Chin Fongs and these presses are definitely up there with some of the best in the market for performance, durability and production flexibility.”

For further information, please visit www.cotmor.co.uk or www.worcesterpresses.co.uk

Voith has achieved an ambitious sustainability goal: As of the beginning of 2022, Voith has successfully reduced the CO2 emissions at all its sites to “net zero.” Therefore, the Group’s operations will be climate neutral from January onwards.

  • Climate neutral production confirms Voith’s role at the forefront of industry
  • Voith products contribute to reducing carbon footprint
  • Independent rating agency ISS ESG gives Voith an excellent sustainability performance rating

Voith logoThis success confirms Voith’s pioneering role in the decarbonization of industrial production. All Voith sites worldwide undertook enormous efforts to achieve this major accomplishment. Increased energy efficiency and the comprehensive use of renewable energy sources were key factors in reaching the Group’s CO2 reduction goals.

Enhanced energy efficiency and energy from renewable sources
Since fiscal 2011/12, Voith has successfully reduced its energy consumption by 28 percent. In addition, the Group relies on energy from renewable sources. Until the beginning of fiscal 2021/22, the proportion of renewable energies in the Voith-wide electricity mix could be increased from 44 percent in the previous year to 87 percent. In addition, the Voith sites are generating more and more energy from solar and hydropower – currently approximately 6 GWh/a. CO2 emissions, which are still unavoidable at the moment, are voluntarily mitigated through carbon offsets.

Sustainable Voith technologies contribute to the decarbonization of industry
Voith also supports its customers in reducing their carbon footprint and achieving their sustainability and climate protection goals. “Developing sustainable technologies for future generations is at the core of Voith’s DNA. We have already achieved our goal of climate neutral production today. This clearly demonstrates the Voith team’s strong implementation skills,” emphasized Voith Group CEO Dr. Toralf Haag. “Our customers can also rely on this strength. We combine our expertise to support them in meeting their climate protection goals.”

Voith products are already saving more CO2 emissions than they produce. This is confirmed by a TÜV-verified analysis of the Voith products launched in 2019/20 and their potential deployment. According to the report, Voith products achieve annual CO2 savings of almost 3 million tons compared to 2.2 million tons produced. The Group is continuously striving to further reduce the carbon footprint of its products during their service life at customer sites.

Independent rating confirms leadership position
Sustainability is a core element of Voith’s corporate strategy. This includes various measures for the improvement of companies, society and the environment. Their success is monitored and controlled at regular intervals. In 2021, the independent rating agency ISS ESG rated Voith’s sustainability contribution a B minus for the first time. Voith is thus among the three best companies in its industry worldwide and continues to maintain the “Prime Status.”

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of plants, products, services, and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, paper, raw materials, and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 20,000 employees and earns 4.3 billion euros in sales. It has locations in more than 60 countries and is one of Europe's major family-owned companies.

Enterprise Asset Management software vendor Ultimo has announced a new partnership with Logitek for Spain and Portugal which it says is ‘potentially transformational for both the business and its customers alike’. The announcement is a further international expansion for the software vendor as it establishes itself as a leading cloud-based EAM solution provider in the mid-size enterprise market.

The partnership is of enormous significance for both Ultimo and Logitek, says Jordi Rey, CEO of Logitek. “Superficially, this might seem like a strange partnership as Logitek already promotes AVEVA’s Asset Performance Management solution in Iberia, but, in my opinion, there is no overlap and the two products are highly complementary for our customers undertaking their digital transformation journey. With Ultimo, we now cover the maintenance part of that digital transformation and offer a complete solution, covering all of their needs.”

Highly significant for Ultimo is the technology partnership with AVEVA, owned by global tech giant Schneider Electric, that led to the agreement with Logitek. “The technology partnership with AVEVA is the first step,” says Marcel Leeflang, Head of Channel Sales at Ultimo. “This enables us to connect Ultimo with AVEVA’s APM platforms. We can offer our customers an integrated solution that covers the best of the APM and EAM worlds. Next to that, AVEVA’s installed customer base is enormous globally, and we now have a great integrated solution for that market.”

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Logitek has a wide customer base in its home markets of Spain and Portugal across a range of sectors – from food and beverage to chemicals and pharmaceuticals as well as airports, infrastructure projects and automotive. The main benefit to its customers of the partnership with Ultimo is that it can now deliver an integrated APM and EAM offer that doesn’t just deliver data but also defines actions.

“The important thing for us is that the Ultimo solution will empower our customers in EAM,” says Jordi Rey. “Initially with Industry 4.0 our customers created little islands of automation but now the focus is on the integration of all of these systems and that is what this partnership allows. The APM sends data to the maintenance system and the maintenance system turns that data into concrete actions, improving asset performance. Our customers are moving along the asset maturity chain from condition-based maintenance to predictive maintenance, and this is a major differentiation.”

While the Logitek and Ultimo partnership is obviously great news for customers in Iberia, the technology partnership with AVEVA also opens the integrated solution up to a global market. As Marcel Leeflang says, “AVEVA has an enormous partner network, and the work we have done with Logitek can be used as a template for other partners around the world. It’s a gold standard allowing customers to solve their digital transformation challenges.”

As important as the synergy between the technologies undoubtedly is, Jordi Rey also highlights how strong the newly formed bonds are between the two partners. “In Spain we have a saying ‘It’s nothing personal – it’s only business’. I think that is nonsense as you have to be able to trust your partner, and this partnership with Ultimo is the easiest business agreement I have made in the last ten years. They are highly professional, and they move fast. As a result of this partnership, we expect Logitek to grow an extra 10% in 2022.”

For more information visit www.ultimo.com

About Ultimo Software Solutions
Ultimo Software Solutions supplies the #1 Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Cloud platform 'Ultimo.' The software is used by more than 2,000 customers globally in Manufacturing, Healthcare, Logistics, Infrastructure, and Utilities. It offers customers in these sectors many advantages such as increased uptime, the management of costs, increased equipment lifespan, ease of adherence to laws and regulations, and the ensurance of a safe working environment. Ultimo provides all this with an unparalleled Return On Investment due to fast implementation processes, seamless integrations, and Self-Service application management. The company was formed in 1988 and has offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
www.ultimo.com

About Logitek
Logitek has more than 30 years of experience offering technology solutions and operational consulting associated with industrial environments, infrastructure and smart cities. It advises its client how to optimally manage the generation and exploitation of information in real time. Operating in Spain and Portugal, from headquarters in Barcelona Logitek is the authorized distributor of Wonderware software.
www.logitek.es/empresa/

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