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.”

Merry Christmas…

SELLA CONTROLS would like to wish all our clients, suppliers and friends a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018.

Neil Reedy returns to join the newly formed Tracklink® Delivery Team

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce that Neil Reedy returns to join the newly formed Tracklink® Delivery Team.

We are delighted to welcome Neil Reedy back to SELLA CONTROLS. Neil needs no introduction and returns to us after a short excursion, re-joining the company as Principal Engineer, Rail Systems and will be working closely with our other recent recruits as part of the newly created Tracklink® Delivery Team.

Welcoming Gary Behan to our Process Safety Team

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to welcome Gary Behan to our Process Safety Team

Gary, who joins us from Servelec Controls, has a wealth of Control and Safety System integration experience across numerous automation platforms in multiple industry sectors.

Gary joins us as a Principal Engineer and will be leading Control and Safety System projects for our Nuclear, Oil & Gas and Petro-Chemical customers.

SELLA CONTROLS held its annual AGM in December

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS was pleased to hold its Shareholder AGM against the backdrop of a record order intake and year-on-year growth through 2017, which is set to continue with success and expansion across all sectors of the business.

This was followed by our Celebration Dinner marking the 10th Anniversary of the Management Buy In of the business by Ian Wright, John Blackwell and Eddy Turnock who were delighted to be joined by Steffen Philipp of HIMA and Peter Garland; who have continued alongside the business as shareholders.

John Blackwell Managing Director comments “Having had an excellent 2017 we now look forward with optimism and excitement to what will be a very successful future.”

SELLA CONTROLS to deliver SISS Enhancements across 26 stations

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist Sella Controls Limited is pleased to announce the contract award by Arriva Rail North (ARN) to deliver Station Information and Security (SISS) enhancements across 26 stations in the Greater Manchester area.

The contract will combine the addition of Customer Information Systems (CIS), Long-Line Public Address (LLPA), and Passenger Help Point (PHP) equipment across the Greater Manchester rail network. The works will also include the delivery of CCTV support services to assist ARN with their CCTV renewal programme.

Working in partnership with contract management specialist Vextrix Management, SELLA CONTROLS is supplying new SISS telecommunications equipment on behalf of ARN and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

SELLA CONTROLS will also be supplying, installing and commissioning new CIS or LLPA equipment controlled from the new Route Operations Centre (ROC) in Manchester. Display screens and audio equipment will be connected directly to the CIS Servers via the existing ARN secure IT network. This architecture will provide operational personnel with the ability to offer improved real time passenger information at stations.

For the CCTV support services, SELLA CONTROLS will be working in partnership with ARN’s in-house CCTV provider to deliver CCTV enhancement works at each location. This approach has created delivery efficiencies for the end client reducing the overall cost of the scheme.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS’ Business Development Manager for Rail commented, “The award of this contract comes following the successful completion of similar works at other stations for Vextrix Management and 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. This ensured TfGM and Arriva Rail North deliver station improvements within their budget.”

The works at the twenty six stations are well underway and will continue throughout the year with completion due in 2018.  Senior Project Manager for SISS Renewals Sam Butcher added, “Having progressed the design packages in partnership with Vextrix Management and Arriva Rail North the SISS delivery team are keen to progress these works. Once again we will be working in partnership with our approved installation contractor PICOW Engineering Group maintaining our reputation for delivery.”

Contract award from Bombardier Transportation

SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce the contract award from Bombardier Transportation for the supply of Tracklink III equipment for the East Anglia Rolling Stock.

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist SELLA CONTROLS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a contract from Bombardier Transportation for the supply of 133 off Tracklink III readers for the application of Automatic Selective Door Opening (ASDO).

SELLA CONTROLS awarded Three Year Station Improvement Framework

Stockport, United Kingdom – Systems integration specialist Sella Controls Limited is pleased to announce the contract award by Arriva Rail North (ARN) of a three year framework contract to deliver Station Improvement Works across the network.

The framework has been awarded as part of the Station Improvement Fund (SIF) works being undertaken by ARN as part of its franchise commitment. The framework is based on a two year fixed period with an option for ARN to extend for a further year if required.

Under the framework, SELLA CONTROLS will be required to tender against other framework contractors for work packages. These work packages will combine the addition of Customer Information Systems (CIS), Public Address (PA), and Passenger Help Points (PHP) equipment across the entire ARN station network. The works will also include the delivery of CCTV and TVM support services to assist ARN with their overall enhancement programme.

Since the framework commenced in July 2017, SELLA CONTROLS has already been awarded two work packages covering twenty stations and work has already commenced at a number of station locations.

Chris Elliott, SELLA CONTROLS’ Business Development Manager for Rail commented. “Being awarded a framework contract by a train operating company is a great honour. At SELLA CONTROLS we see this as a testament of our performance on previous projects of this type for Arriva Rail North and previously Northern Rail. The successful award immediately of two work packages for the framework provides our SISS delivery team with a great opportunity to repay that faith and to build on our excellent reputation in this field.”

SELLA CONTROLS have steadily built their SISS Telecommunications delivery capability from the ground up since 2009. This started with a minor CIS project for Thameslink and has grown to a multi-million pound SISS contract delivery business.

Sam Butcher, SELLA CONTROLS’ Senior Project Manager for SISS added. “Over the last five years the depth and knowledge of the SISS delivery team has grown as the projects have become larger and more complex. We have developed a strong working relationship with our delivery partner PICOW Engineering and our greater understanding allows the teams to work closely with sales to produce the most cost effective offer to the client”.

The SISS capability forms part of SELLA CONTROLS overall rail business delivered from its Ashby and Stockport Offices.