Advanced Process Diagnostic Technologies from Control Station Aid European Cost-Competitiveness

Control Station Targets the Needs of European Manufacturers with Expanded Solutions Partner Community.

Manchester, CT, September 28, 2016 --( Control Station today announced the expansion of its global partner network with the addition of two expert engineering services firms. The partnerships enhance Control Station’s support of European process manufacturers, and they allow the company to capitalize on the region’s growing demand for process monitoring and optimization solutions.

European process manufacturers are increasingly focused on improving production efficiency in light of a persistently sluggish regional economy. According to the 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index published by Deloitte Touche Tomatsu Limited and the US Council on Competitiveness, the cluster of 17 major European economies continues to struggle due to a combination of recessionary forces and increased global competition. The index which is based on a survey of over 500 CEOs and senior manufacturing executives projects that 10 economies within the cluster will slide in overall competitiveness during the 2016-2020 timeframe with another five remaining static. Advanced process diagnostic and optimization technologies are seen by many as a key to improving the cluster’s cost-competitiveness.

“We are offering a powerful combination of technologies and expert services to the European market at an ideal time,” stated Damien Munroe, General Manager of Control Station Limited. “Our products have proven their value at production facilities around the world. With the addition of Ludan Engineering and Control Specialists, we can now assure the highest level of integration and support services, and enable European manufacturers to become more cost-competitive.”

Control Station’s European solution partners now include the following product distribution and engineering services companies:

* Ludan Engineering SRL is known throughout Eastern Europe for its expertise in the deployment and support of value-added process automation solutions. The company is located in Bucharest, Romania and maintains a team of over 80 project specialists. They now offer Control Station’s award-winning PID controller tuning and Control Loop Performance Monitoring (CLPM) technologies in addition to a broad range of best-in-class products and related multidisciplinary services that cater to the needs of process manufacturers. Ludan Engineering SRL is a member of the LUDAN Group, a multinational corporation headquartered in Israel.

* Control Specialists Ltd offers manufacturers an array of process control and factory automation solutions which now includes the PlantESP and Loop-Pro-branded products from Control Station. The company boasts a global clientele of leading process manufacturers and their engineering staff are recognized for domain expertise in the Chemical, Food & Beverage, Oil & Gas, and Power & Utilities sectors. Control Specialists Ltd is located in the United Kingdom and is an active member of the UK PROFIBUS & PROFINET Association.

Control Station officially launched its European growth initiative in February 2016 with the establishment of Control Station Limited. With offices in Roscrea, Ireland, Control Station Limited augments the company’s technical and business development resources while also strengthening its ability to support European and multinational manufacturers. With the addition of new solution partners the company is well suited to capture greater share of Europe’s process automation market. According to the August 2016 report from Mordor Intelligence the current market size is estimated at $27.75 billion.

“Manufacturers across Europe are actively looking for advanced monitoring and diagnostic tools that enable improvements to production efficiency and throughput. Those same manufacturers demand a local presence capable of delivering the highest level of customer support,” commented Dennis Nash, Control Station’s President. “Partnerships such as the ones we’ve established with Ludan Engineering and Control Specialists assure that we can satisfy those essential requirements.”

Control Station’s PlantESP has quickly become established as the leading, most intuitive regulatory control monitoring and performance diagnostic platform. Since its original release in 2010 PlantESP has grown steadily and is now deployed at dozens of sites on five continents. As a technology for optimizing a production facility’s PID-based regulatory control systems PlantESP enables manufacturers from across the process industries to proactively identify and resolve performance issues. Significant gains in performance from improved production quality and throughput to decreased energy consumption and unplanned downtime have been documented.

PlantESP leverages process information that is stored within a production facility’s existing data historian. As such it readily complements both regulatory and supervisory control solutions from other automation suppliers such as ABB, Emerson, Honeywell, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Yokogawa. Through the application of advanced analytics PlantESP identifies negative trends related to PID control loop performance. In particular PlantESP simplifies the identification of common mechanical issues, loop interaction, and PID controller tuning challenges.
Control Station, Inc.
Dennis Nash