New Scottish Condition Monitoring Alliance set up to cut UK grid maintenance costs

George McBride, Managing Director, Elimpus
George McBride, Managing Director, Elimpus

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).


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