SmartGlance delivers plant data to smart phones via the cloud

Invensys Operations Management has released SmartGlance, a new mobile reporting solution that delivers plant data and reports directly to the smart phones. Plant operators, maintenance technicians and other plant personnel can see current operating data anywhere and at any time, helping to accelerate decision making and improving collaboration.

Leveraging two of today’s most important new technologies – smart phones and cloud computing – SmartGlance can keep plant decision makers and operators fully aware of a plant’s performance. Data from IOM systems, as well as from a myriad of other plant data sources, can be sent via “cloud” to smart phones subscribed to the SmartGlance Mobile Reporting service.

SmartGlance completes the information loop, by providing easy-to-view and easy-to-analyse data reports anywhere at any time using powerful, analytical displays. It differs from web-based reporting applications because its native smart phone app takes full advantage of present day easy-touch screen navigation features. Viewing and manipulating data reports and graphs is extremely easy and fast.

Supporting commonly used smart device platforms like Apple, Blackberry, Android and Microsoft 7, SmartGlance enables users to share reports via email as well as secure cloud-based report generation and delivery.

View example SmartGlance reports by downloading the free SmartGlance phone app from either the Apple App store or from Blackberry AppWorld: just search for SmartGlance.

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ABB to buy Lorentzen & Wettre to strengthen pulp and paper business

ABB has agreed to acquire Lorentzen & Wettre from ASSA ABLOY AB for a price of about $119 million (SEK 750 million), to strengthen its business in the pulp and paper area.

Based in the Kista district of Stockholm, Sweden, Lorentzen & Wettre manufactures equipment for quality control, process optimization and test instrumentation for the pulp and paper industry. It has production facilities in Kista and Kajaani, Finland, and sales and service offices across Europe and in Canada, China, Japan, Singapore and the US. The company has approximately 190 employees, and will be incorporated into ABB’s Process Automation division.

“This acquisition will nicely complement our existing portfolio of pulp and paper industry offerings,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “This is an excellent strategic fit as Lorentzen & Wettre’s products and services will enable us to address the broad spectrum of pulp and paper production challenges.”

Founded in 1895, Lorentzen & Wettre has technology that contributes to improving paper quality, reducing manufacturing costs, and cutting the consumption of raw materials and energy. The company’s offering includes automated fiber and pulp analysis devices, consistency transmitters, moisture sensors, laboratory paper testing instruments, automated paper testing systems, and industry specific services.

“We are very excited to continue to develop our business as part of the global Process Automation business of ABB,” said Patrik Stolpe, CEO of Lorentzen & Wettre.

Lorentzen & Wettre reported revenues of SEK 307 million ($49 million) in 2010 and expects an increase to SEK 335 million ($53 million) in 2011.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. ABB expects the acquisition to be completed during the second half of the year.