Last updateMon, 27 Aug 2018 3am

ABB acquires SVIA automation solutions

ABB announced today it has acquired SVIA, a leading provider in the fast-growing market of robot automation cells for machine tending. SVIA, headquartered in Jönköping, Sweden, builds automated solutions for machine tending processes, using robots to feed components to lathes and mills, and to secondary processes like assembly, washing and part marking. SVIA has a portfolio of over 800 machine tending cell solutions which integrate robotic automation to increase the productivity, flexibility and quality of manufacturing. These solutions, together with ABB’s leading position in the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP) will provide a unique set of value propositions to industrial customers globally. The parties agreed not to disclose the value of the transaction.

The acquisition expands ABB’s machine tending portfolio with a wider variety of advanced and vision-integrated applications for industries including automotive, plastics and electronics, such as smart phone manufacturing. The expanded offering will benefit both machine OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and established CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine users as well as ABB’s global network of channel partners.

“SVIA’s pioneering automation solutions fit perfectly into ABB’s leading global Robotics business unit. SVIA already uses ABB robots across its innovative portfolio of machine tending solutions. We co-developed ABB’s FlexMT® robot automation cell which can increase machine tool utilization by up to 90 percent, compared to 50 percent utilization with manual machine tending,” said Pekka Tiitinen, President of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division. “Together, we will enhance growth through our strong commitment to customer focus and by providing integrated, complete solutions based on the IoTSP. This approach has been the cornerstone of SVIA’s success and is a key part of ABB’s Next Level growth strategy.”

Schneider Electric becomes shareholder and formal partner of KIC InnoEnergy

KIC InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for Europe’s energy industry, is delighted to welcome Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, as a shareholder and formal partner.

Schneider Electric has been an associate partner of KIC InnoEnergy since it was launched in 2010. This change of partnership status marks the first time since 2011 that an industrial player has “upgraded” its involvement and will see Schneider Electric taking an increased commitment in the activities and the governance of the company. This new partnership status will also serve to reinforce Schneider Electric’s relationship with KIC InnoEnergy’s network of partnerships across Europe.

Sylvain Paineau, Schneider Electric’s Innovation & Partnerships Europe Director, said: “This is an important step for Schneider Electric and our ongoing relationship with KIC InnoEnergy. During our 5 years of being an associate partner, we have become more and more involved in the KIC InnoEnergy’s key areas of activity - education, business creation and innovation. This period has really crystallised our interest in becoming a full partner and deepening our participation in the organisation.

“KIC InnoEnergy is at the centre of a rich ecosystem of businesses and educational institutions. This makes for fertile ground for global companies like ours seeking what we like to call open innovation - truly free thinking and creative ideas, in our market sector.

“This new status aligns perfectly with Schneider Electric’s strategy to build energy management and automation technologies that ensure Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment. By increasing our involvement in KIC InnoEnergy, we invest in innovation to accelerate growth.”

Richard Biagioni, CEO of KIC InnoEnergy, France said: “We’re delighted that Schneider Electric has raised its involvement and interest in KIC InnoEnergy. Our goal has always been to be a strategic partner for industry in terms of innovation. Our partnership with Schneider Electric will see an ever closer working relationship and deeper alignment of each other’s strategies.

“The news also underlines our commitment to evolve as an organisation and allow our stakeholders to evolve with us. We are keen to see our partners increase their involvement and participation – it helps us develop as an enterprise and this openness to participation is part of the reason KIC InnoEnergy’s share value has increased 17 fold over five years.”

About KIC InnoEnergy (www.kic-innoenergy.com)
KIC InnoEnergy is the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe. The challenge is big but our goal is simple: to achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe. Innovation is the answer. New ideas, products and solutions that make a real difference, new businesses and new people to deliver them to market. At KIC InnoEnergy we support and invest in innovation at every stage of the journey – from classroom to customers. With our network of partners we build connections across Europe, bringing together inventors and industry, entrepreneurs and markets, graduates and employers, researchers and businesses.

Honeywell to provide Control And Safety Support for major North Sea Oil And Gas Producer

Honeywell recently announced a new multi-year agreement to provide comprehensive services and support for Lundin Norway, Norway’s fastest-growing upstream oil and gas company. Honeywell’s new Assurance 360 program will help Lundin achieve continual and optimal performance of its automation system at the Edvard Grieg field in the Utsira High area of the central North Sea.

Under the program, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) will provide all necessary technology, processes and support for the system over the next four years, including hardware refresh, software updates and upgrades, and remote support. Key performance indicators in the contract will allow Lundin’s management to monitor delivery of the service, while dedicated program management provides a single point of accountability for performance.

“A company like Lundin will really benefit from the Assurance 360 services program,” said John Rudolph, vice president and general manager of HPS’s Lifecycle Solutions and Services business. “It takes workload for ongoing services, maintenance and upgrades off their plate so they can focus on their core capabilities, while Honeywell focuses on the areas where we are experts such as control systems, safety systems and operator training. Lundin Norway is focussed on oil and gas exploration, development and production in Europe’s biggest oil producing nation.

“This contract forges a close partnership with Honeywell that gives us certainty in terms of both costs and performance of the automation system at Edvard Grieg,” said Kari Nilsen, Head of Operations at Lundin Norway. “With Honeywell providing all the technology and people necessary, it allows Lundin to maintain its lean operating structure, even as we grow and look to develop existing and new opportunities more fully.”

exida announces Business Partnership with Phoenix Contact

exida, a global supplier of functional safety products, services and certifications is pleased to announce a business partnership with Phoenix Contact.

“Through this partnership, exida provides Phoenix Contact with an extensive assessment offering that can help our customers improve their business,” said Spencer Bolgard, vice president and general manager of Phoenix Contact USA

“The expertise provided by exida is a valuable service to our customers and significantly complements our safety and cybersecurity solutions.”

“Phoenix Contact has a reputation for providing quality products and services to the functional safety and industrial control system cybersecurity markets, which complements exida’s portfolio of products and services,” says Steve Gandy, exida vice president of global business development. “exida has been looking to partner with a select group of companies as a means of enhancing both companies product and service offerings, and we are very pleased to be partnering with such a strong and innovative company, such as Phoenix Contact.”

Rotork wins new valve actuation framework with South East Water

Following formal pre-qualification and tender processes, Rotork UK has been awarded a new and exclusive valve actuator supply framework agreement with South East Water for a period of three years, with the option to extend to five years.

South East Water serves a population of 2.1 million, supplying safe, high quality drinking water to 880,000 properties in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire. Rotork valve actuators play an important part in processes that abstract, treat and distribute the water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Many of these processes utilise Rotork IQ intelligent multi-turn and part-turn valve actuators and Profibus control networks to assist with high levels of automation and provide diagnostic and preventative maintenance functions.

Rotork UK’s framework is also designed to provide training and support services to South East Water staff and its delivery contractors, enabling the design, commissioning and maintenance of flow control equipment to be achieved in the most efficient way and deliver reliable, automated control.