SELLA CONTROLS gains 5-star supplier status in Rail industry audit

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to have been awarded 5-star supplier status by the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) after successfully passing a recent annual audit.

RISQS provides a service for the verification of suppliers for all products and services that are procured by the railway industry. The system is used by railway buying organisations such as Network Rail, LUL/Transport for London, passenger, light rail and freight train operators. When searching for suppliers, rail buying organisations start with RISQS.

John Blackwell, Managing Director of SELLA CONTROLS, comments: ”We are extremely proud to have achieved such recognition during the audit and I would like to thank all of our staff involved in gaining 5 star supplier status.”

Systems Life Cycle Support contract from INEOS Nitriles (UK) Ltd

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the award of a Systems Life Cycle Support contract from INEOS Nitriles (UK) Ltd

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the contract award by INEOS Nitriles (UK) Ltd for System Life Cycle Support. This will give INEOS Nitriles access to SELLA CONTROLS’ Technical Support Specialists who will provide Telephone Support 24/7 365 days of the year, Emergency Call Out and System Health Audits across a number of systems SELLA CONTROLS has supplied to INEOS Nitriles.

Carl Toft, Head of SELLA CONTROLS’ Technical Support Group, comments, “It’s great to add Ineos to our growing list of clients in providing around the clock support throughout the system lifecycle. It’s very important to work closely with our customers and provide them with the engineering support they need.”

TRACKLINK® products for London Underground Power Station

SELLA CONTROLS to supply TRACKLINK® products to London Underground Power Station

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist Sella Controls Limited is pleased to announce the contract award by Siemens plc to supply its Tracklink® SCADA and RTU technologies to London Underground.

The works are part of a main contract awarded to Siemens Electrification to supply a Static VAR Compensator to the London Underground Generating Station at Greenwich. The Static VAR Compensator is being introduced at Greenwich Generating Station to improve the power quality output to the grid.

Greenwich GS currently uses redundant traditional panel mounted mosaic mimics to provide control to four Bus Sections within the station. The introduction of the Static VAR required modifications to these mimics. However, the current mimic size, location and the modifications required for the new Static VAR Compensator required a modern approach.

SELLA CONTROLS were invited by Siemens to present a solution that would retain the redundancy and functionality of the current mosaic mimics whilst introducing a modern PC based HMI control approach.

Using its safety engineering expertise, suite of Tracklink® products and experience from recent similar LUL projects, SELLA CONTROLS was able to present a cost effective offering that would retain the architecture of the current system whilst introducing the new elements.

The new solution will consist of a fully redundant Tracklink® RTU and redundant Tracklink® SCADA Server Workstations. The RTU will provide the interface to the existing mosaic mimic panel hardwired connections as well as the new control functions for the Static VAR Compensator. The RTU will be managed by the Tracklink® SCADA application presenting the Greenwich GS operations team with a modern HMI based control solution that will include a dynamic representation of the traditional mosaic mimic supplied on a large overview touchscreen.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS Business Development Manager for Rail commented. “The award of this contract is another great success for SELLA CONTROLS and the development of its suite of Tracklink® products. Being selected by Siemens plc to work with them on a flagship project of this type demonstrates our position in the market as premier supplier of integrated control systems.”

When the current owners of SELLA CONTROLS acquired the business in 2007 they targeted the introduction of a new range of SCADA products to the rail and power market. Now ten years on, SELLA CONTROLS has supplied its Tracklink® SCADA, RTU and P2P products to Network Rail, London Underground and its existing Process Safety market.

Appointment of Chris Parr as Technical Director for Functional Safety

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Parr as Technical Director for Functional Safety

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems Integration and Functional Safety specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Parr as Technical Director for Functional Safety.

SELLA CONTROLS is a leading supplier of safety critical systems to the Process, Nuclear and Rail industries. In addition, we provide a full range of consultancy services across the complete safety system lifecycle. As a founding member of the 61508 association, and the first company to be awarded a UKAS accredited SIRA CASS certificate for Functional Safety Management, Functional Safety is at the heart of everything we do. The appointment of a Director responsible for Functional Safety reinforces this strategy.

Chris Parr is a Chartered Engineer and TÜV Rheinland Certified Functional Safety Expert with over 22 years’ experience in the specification, design and assessment of safety critical control systems. Chris comments: “SELLA CONTROLS has an enviable record for the supply of Safety Instrumented Systems and our Functional Safety consultancy services are helping our clients through all phases of the lifecycle and independent assessment. My new role will allow me to expand these services and ensure that Functional Safety continues to be a key driver for the business in the future.”