Six Scottish technology companies have set up a new industry alliance focused on providing condition-monitoring products and related services to the UK and international utilities sector.
The companies offer a range of specialist services – from hardware development to analytics and visualisation tools – that assist the transmission and distribution network operators and utilities to minimise operation and maintenance costs.
The Scottish Condition Monitoring Alliance (SCMA) has been formed by Elimpus Ltd, an established provider of a range of radio frequency partial discharge monitoring products and services that allow utilities to better manage operational and safety risks associated with high-voltage plant and equipment. Clients include the National Grid, Scottish Power and SSE.
The Alliance will focus on developing new partnering and business development opportunities among its members, enabling each company to offer a wider range of innovative products and services to utility and OEM clients.
George McBride, Managing Director, Elimpus, said that the new alliance would highlight the strengths of a cluster of innovative condition monitoring suppliers based in Scotland and reflected the fact that several were already working in partnership to deliver a number of R&D and business as usual projects for clients.
He added: “The Scottish Condition Monitoring Alliance will help build to the spirit of collaboration and cooperation already demonstrated by its founding members. While Elimpus has been providing innovative products and services to utilities for almost a decade, we are excited to work with the new players in the condition monitoring space.”
Other members of the Scottish Condition Monitoring Alliance include:
Bellrock Technology – a high-tech software company and University of Strathclyde spin-out whose Lumen® platform helps utilities employ cutting- edge tools to rapidly interpret operational data and take cost>saving decisions faster.
High Frequency Diagnostics and Engineering: Established by the internationally-recognised partial discharge expert and former University of Strathclyde academic, Professor Martin Judd, the company provides a range of technical services and training focused on high voltage condition monitoring technologies.
Losstek Ltd – a data analytics company providing new insight to distribution networks for utility companies. Losstek helps operators improve efficiency and gain added value from the vast amounts of data in monitored network assets.
Polaris Diagnostics and Engineering Ltd – a provider of transformer consultancy and technical support services which was recently awarded a three-year contract by Iberdrola (ScottishPower Energy Networks).