Industry news: Rockwell buys Pavilion; MTL buys Ocean Technical Systems

11/07/2007


Following the urge to merge, there are two recent major industry acquisitions that will change the corporate landscape in industrial controls. First, Rockwell Automation has announced it will buy Pavilion Technologies , Inc., in a bid to strengthen its process industry offerings. Second, MTL will buy Ocean Technical Systems, Ltd., a U.K. based supplier of specialized SCADA solutions for the oil and gas industry.

Rockwell Automation Inc . entered into a definitive agreement to buy Pavilion Technologies Inc., a privately held company that Rockwell calls “a recognized leader in advanced process control, production optimization and environmental compliance solutions for process and hybrid industries.” Rockwell says the Pavilion Technologies management team and employees will become part of Rockwell Automation’s Architecture & Software segment. Pavilion Technologies software products will be integrated into the Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk integrated production and performance suite, as well as the Logix Control Platform. Headquartered in Austin, TX, with offices in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Pavilion Technologies serves major customers in consumer products, oil and gas, chemicals and other process industries.

“This acquisition continues our investment in the process automation business and expands our capabilities to serve this major global market more completely,” says Steven Eisenbrown, senior vice president of the Rockwell Automation Architecture & Software segment. “Combining Pavilion Technologies’ predictive modeling capabilities with the already-robust ability of our‘Integrated Architecture’ to control process applications will help our customers create a more agile, efficient and consistent production environment. That translates into faster response to market demands at lower cost with better quality.”

Ralph Carter, CEO, Pavilion Technologies, said, “We are delighted to combine our companies at a time when manufacturers are making unprecedented investments in improving their production operations. Pavilion Technologies’ leadership in model-based advanced process control software along with Rockwell Automation’s global resources and financial strength will accelerate our innovation efforts and help us solidify our market leadership position.”

“This acquisition represents another key milestone in the expansion of our FactoryTalk integrated production and performance software suite,” said Kevin Roach, vice president, Rockwell Software. “Their commitment to delivering the highest ROI in the industry has helped Pavilion Technologies pioneer a customer engagement methodology built on providing predictable results.”

MTL Instruments Group , plc, announced the acquisition of Ocean Technical Systems, Ltd., a UK-based company specializing in SCADA solutions for oil and gas. The acquisition will add OTS’s established reputation as an international provider in hazardous and potentially flammable environments to MTL’s position in hazardous area control and instrumentation systems and equipment.

OTS has its main installed base in automation for berthing, loading and unloading oil tankers and oil production vessels, floating production units, unmanned wellhead production platforms and oil and gas pipeline monitoring. MTL expects to benefit by leveraging OTS’s sales channels and OEM relationships to extend its international customer base. OTS will benefit by using MTL’s purchasing power and electronic circuit board manufacturing capabilities to improve its competitiveness.

“Ocean Technical Systems is another excellent acquisition for MTL,” says Graeme Philp, MTL’s chief executive. “Over the last few years it has developed an innovative and highly competitive range of SCADA and navigation products. By giving OTS access to its international sales team, MTL will help to accelerate the expansion of its international reach.”

—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com
Control Engineering Weekly News

(Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free.)





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Learn how to create value with re-use; gain productivity with lean automation and connectivity, and optimize panel design and construction.
Go deep: Automation tackles offshore oil challenges; Ethernet advice; Wireless robotics; Product exclusives; Digital edition exclusives
Lost in the gray scale? How to get effective HMIs; Best practices: Integrate old and new wireless systems; Smart software, networks; Service provider certifications
Fixing PID: Part 2: Tweaking controller strategy; Machine safety networks; Salary survey and career advice; Smart I/O architecture; Product exclusives
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Look at the basics of industrial wireless technologies, wireless concepts, wireless standards, and wireless best practices with Daniel E. Capano of Diversified Technical Services Inc.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.