Technical Support Engineers Announcement

SELLA CONTROLS are delighted to announce a significant investment in our Technical Support capability with the appointment of two additional Support Engineers who bring a wealth of additional experience to our existing team. Both engineers have over 15 years’ experience in the field of maintenance and service with a good appreciation of the different stages of the project lifecycle, offshore working environments and fault finding/commissioning.

In addition we are pleased to also welcome back Mike Ireland to our team. Mike re-joins our Technical Support area as Principal Engineer and in addition to engineering support activities will greatly enhance our Functional Safety competence and Mentoring/Development capability.

SELLA CONTROLS wins major contract with Cavendish Nuclear for the Sellafield Site

SELLA CONTROLS has been awarded a 10-year framework contract to supply Cavendish Nuclear with C&I design services and manufacture of control panels associated with Glove Box Systems which Cavendish Nuclear are supplying to Sellafield Ltd.

SELLA CONTROLS will be a Subcontractor to Cavendish Nuclear who will be required to meet all of Sellafield Ltd’s requirements for the design, manufacture and supply of glove box systems for future plants in the treatment and management of nuclear materials.

Cavendish Nuclear specialise in the design, manufacture and delivery of services across the nuclear lifecycle and have extensive experience of working across the Sellafield site, including ongoing work on the design of remote-handling equipment for the product and residues treatment plant.

The delivery partnership will be supported by a supply chain located across the UK, bringing together the best of Britain’s nuclear expertise in an integrated team committed to meeting the customer’s demanding specification.

The award of this contract to SELLA CONTROLS continues a successful working relationship with both Cavendish Nuclear and Sellafield Ltd. It builds upon our relationship with Cavendish Nuclear on several recent projects where our performance and quality of work were recognised as a contribution to the overall project success.

John Blackwell, SELLA CONTROLS’ Managing Director commented. “This is a significant project for SELLA CONTROLS. It is providing us with a platform to demonstrate the flexibility of our nuclear business in supporting Cavendish Nuclear from early design, right through to build, delivery and site works.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Glovebox arrangement – SELLA CONTROLS will provide box mounted C&I equipment and associated Control Panels.

SELLA CONTROLS to deliver HS2 Enabling Works at Euston Station

 

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the contract award by Lowery Limited to supply its Tracklink® RTU products to support HS2 Enabling Works at Euston Station.

Lowery have been successfully delivering rail engineering projects since 1998 to Network Rail and the industry supply chain and are working closely with the main contractor for the works, Skanska.

With the impending construction of the new HS2 Terminus at Euston Station, existing equipment buildings need to be relocated to allow the clearing of the site to take place ahead of construction. As a result the existing Euston substation, used to feed the station power network, is to be relocated to a new substation building.

The contract covers the complete design, engineering, build, installation and commissioning of a Tracklink® RTU including its connection to the existing traction power SCADA system at Rugby ECR. Using the Network Rail accepted Tracklink® RTU solution, SELLA CONTROLS will be supplying a solution with a distributed architecture.

The new Euston SS RTU will be supplied with a master RTU controlling three slave remote modules installed in a number of substation buildings. In addition to this the RTU will have the ability to be controlled from either a local control panel or via an intelligent PLC delivering the auto reconfiguration of the power feeding arrangement in the event of a failure. These cabinets are interconnected via a fibre network providing diverse routing of control and indications for the substation.

Central to the Tracklink® RTU solution is a COTS based PLC supplied by Mitsubishi Electric. The Q Series PLC provides the RTU with its intelligence and control and consists of core processing (CPU), Communications and I/O Modules. The distributed architecture will use the Q Series CC-Link high speed network over the fibre to facilitate the connections between the cabinets.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS’ Business Development Manager for Rail commented. “HS2 is the most prestigious rail project in the UK. The award of this contract by Lowery Limited is a great success for SELLA CONTROLS and we are proud to be part of these early stages of the project.”

Elliott added further. “The project also provides a key development milestone in the supply of our suite of Tracklink® products by introducing an alternative solution for substation control to the WCML. It will also provide the opportunity to further strengthen our working partnership with Lowery Limited.”

Lowery have a reputation for quality and service that goes back over 65 years. As a Principal Contractor, they undertake Signalling, Telecoms, HV, DC, LV electrical installations and civil engineering works of all types whilst continually responding to market changes and developments.

Mark Gubbins, Managing Director of Lowery Limited commented. “This is another high profile project that Lowery have teamed up with SELLA CONTROLS to deliver the SCADA element of this project, Lowery and SELLA CONTROLS will ensure the timely delivery of this challenging and important part of the High Speed 2 enabling works at Euston Station”.

SELLA CONTROLS awarded further SISS improvement works by Arriva Rail North

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the contract award by Arriva Rail North (ARN) to deliver Station Information Systems and Surveillance (SISS) enhancements across 25 stations in West Cumbria and Lancashire.

The contract for work packages West 9, 10 & 11 is part of the ARN Station Improvement Fund (SIF) scheme, and combines the addition of Customer Information Systems (CIS) and Long-Line Public Address (LLPA) equipment across the network. The works also include the delivery of CCTV services to assist ARN with their CCTV renewal programme.

SELLA CONTROLS will be working in partnership with Vextrix Management and ARN’s Property Team – Project Delivery Manager Rick Jones to deliver new SISS telecommunications equipment and enhancement works at each location. This approach has created delivery efficiencies for the end client reducing the overall cost of the scheme.

Matthew Watson, SELLA CONTROLS’ SISS Sales Engineer commented, “The award of this contract comes following the successful completion of similar works at other stations for Arriva Rail North. Previous schemes have provided valuable experience and an in depth knowledge of the difficulties encountered when delivering station telecommunication enhancements and renewals. As a result we believe we were able to offer a very practical and cost effective approach to the scheme.”

The works at the twenty five stations are due to commence shortly with completion scheduled for March 2019. Senior Project Manager for SISS Renewals Sam Butcher added, “Having recently successfully delivered four similar SIF packages, our SISS delivery team are keen to progress these works. Once again we will be working in partnership with our approved suppliers and installation partners maintaining our reputation for quality and delivery.”

Partnership award from Mitsubishi Electric

SELLA CONTROLS receives partnership award from Mitsubishi Electric

Being a close technology partner enables SELLA CONTROLS to provide customers with the expertise and experience to provide a range of solutions, which deliver to our customer’s requirements. Having already worked together on other projects in the rail sector, SELLA CONTROLS and Mitsubishi Electric have combined their industry expertise and proven products to design a modern, cost-effective, COTS (commercially off the shelf) based Remote Terminal Unit for Traction Power Substation control.

John Blackwell, Managing Director of SELLA CONTROLS comments, “We are working closely with Mitsubishi Electric to develop new innovative solutions for our customer base, which has been made possible with the mix of SELLA CONTROLS’ industry knowledge and technical capability supported by Mitsubishi Electric’s industry leading technologies”.

David Bean, Sales Manager of Mitsubishi Electric comments, “This award symbolizes our deep appreciation, partnership and mutual trust that is the result of our active collaboration”.

Main top image – pictured below left to right: Chris Evans & David Bean – Mitsubishi Electric, John Blackwell & Eddy Turnock – SELLA CONTROLS

SELLA CONTROLS is delighted to announce the success of its recent recruitment drive

Stockport, United Kingdom – Functional Safety Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is delighted to announce a significant increase in its engineering workforce.

Managing Director John Blackwell, comments; “we are delighted to announce the success of our recent and ongoing recruitment drive which has taken place through the summer and generated a significant increase in our engineering workforce.  Over recent months we have recruited engineers across both our Process Safety and Rail Systems businesses.  These recruits range from Trainees / Apprentices and Under Graduates / Graduates through to Engineers / Principal Engineers and provide a fresh injection of talent which both complements and enhances our excellent existing team of engineers.

– this is a significant investment in our future which further underpins our strategic growth plan across all areas of our business and we are delighted to welcome the new faces to SELLA CONTROLS

Our recruitment drive is by no means complete and we still have a number of active roles underway and would welcome hearing from anyone who would like to be considered for the team.”

Trading Result – 2018

We are delighted to announce that we closed our Financial Year 2018 with Sales Orders in excess of £11m; an excellent performance driving both a Sales Revenue of £10m for the year and generating an Order Book of £6 million; which provides a strong platform for the new financial year as we continue our upward momentum.

Our Sales Revenue of £10m represents a 50% growth on prior year and this is coming from across our business segments: –

Process Safety doubling its performance of the previous year – driven from increased safety systems engineering, Functional Safety consultancy, control panel works and Technical Support services

Rail Systems has had a record year and this is continuing strongly in to 2018 with a combination of engineering systems work, our own Tracklink® suite of products; having achieved product acceptance; all generating revenues and an excellent year for station works

All areas of our business are performing well and generated strong operating profits and cash; which we have reinvested in the business in order to underpin and secure our growth. Recent and ongoing recruitment has added 10% to our engineering resource, we are making improvements to our Stockport facilities; including acquiring our own Panel Build facility; and continue to invest in our Functional Safety and Development expertise.

These are exciting times as our re-branded SELLA CONTROLS business continues to reinforce our position as an independent safety systems integrator and this is leading to opportunities across new sectors and geographic markets combined with growth in our core markets.

TRACKLINK® RTU solution for Rotherhithe Switching Station

SELLA CONTROLS to supply distributed TRACKLINK® RTU solution for Rotherhithe Switching Station

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the contract award by Lowery Limited to supply the associated SCADA Works for the new Switching Station at Rotherhithe.

Lowery have been successfully delivering rail engineering projects since 1998 to Network Rail and the industry supply chain. Lowery are contracted by BAM Nuttal, the main contractor for the works.

The contract covers the complete design, engineering, build, installation and commissioning of a Tracklink® RTU and associated modifications to the existing traction power SCADA system at Lewisham ECR. Using the Network Rail accepted Tracklink® RTU solution, SELLA CONTROLS will be supplying a solution with a distributed architecture.

The new Rotherhithe SS will be supplied in two modular substation buildings controlled/monitored via telecommunication links from South Bermondsey. In addition to this a number of control and indications need to be exchanged between the Network Rail and National Grid substations. As a result the Rotherhithe SS RTU is distributed across the installation in three cabinets. A main control cabinet and two remote I/O cabinets. These cabinets are interconnected via a fibre network providing diverse routing of control and indications for the substation.

Central to the Tracklink® RTU solution is a COTS based PLC supplied by Mitsubishi Electric. The Q Series PLC provides the RTU with its intelligence and control and consists of core processing (CPU), Communications and I/O Modules. The distributed architecture will use the Q Series CC-Link high speed network over the fibre to facilitate the connections between the cabinets.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS’ Business Development Manager for Rail commented: “This is a significant project for Sella Controls Limited. It is providing us with a platform to demonstrate the flexibility of our Tracklink® RTU solution. Space within new and existing substations is a premium and being able to supply a distributed I/O RTU solution gives great benefit to our clients.”

Elliott added further: “We are looking forward to working with Lowery on this project for Network Rail. We know how critical this project is to the IP Southern power supply upgrade program and we want to ensure that the commissioning date is met.”

The Tracklink® RTU solution is scheduled for factory acceptance in July 2018 before being delivered to Lowery for installation into the substation buildings.

Lowery have a reputation for quality and service that goes back over 65 years. As a Principal Contractor, they undertake Signalling, Telecoms, HV, DC, LV electrical installations and civil engineering works of all types whilst continually responding to market changes and developments.

Appointment of Roger Watson as Engineering Director for Rail Systems

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Watson as Engineering Director for Rail Systems

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems Integration and Functional Safety specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Watson as Engineering Director for Rail Systems.

SELLA CONTROLS is a leading supplier of safety critical systems to the Process, Nuclear and Rail industries. Due to the significant growth in the Rail business, Roger will take Board responsibility for engineering activities across our Rail Systems business area.

Roger Watson has over 30 years’ experience in the Rail Industry and comments: “SELLA CONTROLS has an enviable record for the supply of Functional Safety and Control Systems and our experience and services are helping our clients through all phases of projects. My new role will allow me to expand these services and ensure that Functional Safety and Control Systems             continue to be a key driver for the Rail business in the future.”

Rail Industry system specialists working together to support CLCCS

Rail Industry system specialists working together to support Central Line Communication Control Systems

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS has been awarded a contract by telent Technology Services Ltd to provide annual third line support services for the Central Line Communications Control System (CCS).

The contract forms part of the Communications Maintenance Services contract that London Underground recently awarded to telent. As main contractor, telent supply first line maintenance activities for communications assets across the London Underground network.

SELLA CONTROLS built and commissioned the new Central Line CCS solution, using its integrated Tracklink® SCADA application for telecommunications. Having carried out the initial 18 month direct maintenance services agreement, London Underground (LUL) transferred support to the main Communications Maintenance Services.

telent were already maintaining many of the communications elements such as CCTV. LUL were looking to simplify the contract, putting all CCS related support under one supplier, providing end to end support. LUL awarded the main contract to telent Technology Services Limited’s maintenance service team, based in East London. telent will carry out all first line maintenance activities with SELLA CONTROLS providing third line support. In addition to operational support, annual Planned Preventative Maintenance services on the key systems will be completed by telent supported by SELLA CONTROLS.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS’ Business Development Manager for Rail commented; “the Central Line CCS solution has been operational now for over 18 months. During this period we provided a high quality of maintenance services to London Underground ensuring that the CCS system we delivered achieved optimum performance. We are looking forward to working with the maintenance team from telent to ensure that the operational performance of the CCS is maintained. This is a great example of the supply chain working collaboratively in the best interest of the customer”.

Ben Armstrong, Account Director at telent Technology Services Ltd added; “SELLA CONTROLS have produced an excellent system that we are happy to add to our maintenance portfolio on the London Underground network. We look forward to continuing to work with Sella”.

The support agreement between telent and SELLA CONTROLS will run until December 2019 when the current Communications Maintenance Services contract expires.