SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce an Instrumentation System contract award from Reaction Engines to facilitate engine test comparisons and analysis for their revolutionary SABRE engine

The Instrumentation System contract awarded to SELLA CONTROLS consists of several key architectural elements consisting of SCADA, Data Acquisition, High Speed Data Acquisition and Historian systems to facilitate engine test comparison and analysis for performance tuning. SELLA CONTROLS were successful despite strong competition from rival system integrators, leveraging on our skills, capabilities and technical expertise.

The package scope includes for the design, engineering, panel build, testing, commissioning and support for engine testing at site for each engine build. The first build facilitates a modular test of primary major mechanical components, with build 2 concluding the engine construction with the balance of mechanical plant and testing as a complete unit.

The application for the Instrumentation System is to provide the monitoring, visualization and data logging of sensor values for the SABRE engine, an innovative propulsion technology under development and test by Reaction Engines. The engine will be capable of operating from a standing start, to reach Mach 5 speeds (five times the speed of sound) and then transition to rocket mode for space access attaining Mach 25. This will enable a new generation of air and space vehicles providing efficient long range hypersonic air flight plus re-usable responsive space launch.

SELLA CONTROLS Complete Remote Factory Acceptance Test

The current COVID-19 restrictions on travel and social distancing means that traditional client attended Factory Acceptance Tests are not possible for all projects at this time.

However, this presents the perfect opportunity to use technology to develop new methods for these activities. These pictures show us performing a remote FAT for a solid state SIS logic solver.

Using a combination of fixed and mobile cameras, coupled with clear procedures and detailed test cases, we were able to take the client through the functionality of the system and allow them to inspect the panel build.


SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce a contract award from Stadler

Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the award of its first contract with Stadler in Switzerland. After more than 12 months of technical discussions and some hard commercial negotiations, SELLA CONTROLS have an order for a combined Automatic Selective Door Opening (ASDO), Correct Side Door Enabling (CSDE) and Automatic Power Mode Control (APMC) system. The system will use the Tracklink III product and also continues our growing partnership with EKE Electronics, as we will be using their Trainnet Controller for the logic and interface to the train systems.

The systems are being supplied for fitment to 3 types of new trains that Stadler are suppling to operate on the Wales & Borders routes, mainly running out of Cardiff.

The new trains are:

  • 11 off FLIRT DMU4, 4-car DMUs (Diesel Multiple Units)
  • 7 off FLIRT BMU-B3, 3-car BMUs (Bimodal Multiple Unit)
  • 17 off FLIRT BMU-B4, 4-car BMUs (Bimodal Multiple Unit)

The Bimodal Multiple Unit (BMU) will be the first trains in the UK that have the capability to operate with electronic drive, battery drive or diesel motor.

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the signing of a Joint Venture agreement with Functional Safety Training specialists C&C Technical Support Services Limited

The Joint Venture offers over 50 years of experience in the delivery of Functional Safety Consultancy, Training and workshops. The Joint Venture will allow the collaboration and development of a growing Functional Safety and Cyber Security Training business.

With SELLA CONTROLS’ experience in delivering Functional Safety applications, and C&C’s international experience in providing the prestigious TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Engineer and Technician certificate courses, it provides an excellent fit for both businesses.

John Blackwell, SELLA CONTROLS’ Managing Director commented; “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with C&C Technical Support Services and look forward to a great future with them. It is the making of a great relationship which strengthens our Functional Safety business.”

Clive Timms, C&C Technical Support Services Managing Director commented; “SELLA CONTROLS have a great reputation for delivering Functional Safety solutions and we look forward to working closely with them to deliver Functional Safety and Cyber Security training and consultancy.”

Company Brief – C&C Technical Support Services

Established in 2002 C&C Technical Support Services (C&C) is based in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire and has over 50 years of experience in the process sector specialising in the application of the IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 standards for Functional Safety. The company provides expert engineering training and consultancy support to global process industries including oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation (including nuclear) and water. The training provision benefits from blending a wide spectrum of practical experience into all courses. This is taken form the many years of extensive involvement in Process Hazard Analysis, SIL determination risk assessment methods, SIS design, SIS verification, SIS validation as well as operations and maintenance activities. The company also has a ‘proven-in-use’ methodology for undertaking Functional Safety Assessments for FS related projects and operations and maintenance.

C&C is a leading global provider of the prestigious TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Program, and were one of the first companies approved to offer courses within this program. All of the consultants are FS Senior Expert or FS Expert (TÜV Rheinland) as well as TÜV Rheinland approved trainers for the following courses:

  • Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) SIS
  • Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) PH&RA
  • Cyber Security Specialist for IACS (TÜV Rheinland) CySEC
  • Functional Safety Technician (TÜV Rheinland) SIS

The company provides a schedule of open public training in the UK and overseas or in-house training, and the latter can often be customised to meet clients’ specific needs. All training is also available as interactive Virtual Classroom sessions, and examinations can be taken at a later date in a number of global locations.

C&C strongly believe that no matter where someone sits within an organisation, or what roles and responsibilities they have, everyone should have a clear understanding of the hazards present, what is in place to provide protection against them and why.

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Front row left to right: Clive Timms C&C & John Blackwell. Back row left to right: David Kirkwood C&C & Eddy Turnock.

Coronavirus COVID-19: Statement – SELLA CONTROLS LTD

With the rapidly developing situation regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 we are letting you know what steps SELLA CONTROLS is undertaking to ensure we are able to continue to operate and meet our customer’s needs whilst also ensuring the safety of our employees.

Underlying all of our actions is a recognition of the importance of the health and safety of our employees, our customers, and their respective families during these times of uncertainty. Our business is the supply and maintenance of mission and safety critical systems for high hazard industries and critical infrastructure; in many cases our customers’ activities and products are essential for the wider community and we will strive to continue to support our customers through this crisis.

We would also like to reassure all our technical support/maintenance contract holders that our aim is to continue to provide the necessary support levels.

We constantly monitor and follow UK Government advice and our current position is that all employees who can work from home will be encouraged to do so and we have put in place the technology and infrastructure in order to facilitate this. We have ceased all non-essential travel and are encouraging both employees and clients to use technology to communicate; such as conference calls and video conferencing rather than face-to-face meetings.

We currently plan to maintain core operations at each of our offices in Stockport, Ashby de la Zouch and Coalville to enable us to continue to undertake critical roles in safety systems, operations, testing and production and thereby provide the support for our customers when they are likely to need us most. We have in conjunction with this brought in new working practices to minimise the risk to health; such as enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols and the minimising of group working and reducing the risk of unnecessary contact and we would ask that any visitors also adhere to these policies.

Our staff are regularly briefed on developments and we continue to monitor closely the evolving situation and adopt suitable approaches to work in line with advice from the UK Government and the World Health Organisation.