Invensys acquires SmartGlance

Invensys, descibed as “a focused supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world’s major industries”, has acquired the SmartGlance mobile reporting product from Sarla Analytics, a privately held company headquartered in Barrington, Rhode Island in the USA.

Founded in 2010, Sarla Analytics is part of the Sarla Group of software companies. The Sarla Analytics mission is to leverage the power of enterprise mobility to increase productivity, reduce costs and streamline operations. SmartGlance, the industrial mobile reporting business app, delivers secure, on-demand access to rich, graphical reports from any operations data source via mobile devices, allowing industrial personnel to make smarter, faster decisions from anywhere, at any time and on any device.

“Acquiring this technology accelerates our delivery of solutions that leverage the power of mobile devices and managed systems via cloud and SaaS models,” said Rob McGreevy, vice president of platform and applications software Solutions at Invensys. “It strengthens our current leadership position in mobile industrial data reporting and reinforces our commitment to deliver access to information, analytics and KPIs to a user’s device of choice.”

SmartGlance provides connectors for accessing data from different manufacturing sources, including both Invensys and non-Invensys systems. This offers Invensys customers real-time access to important business data alerts and notifications. It also allows them to view that information in a native mobile application optimized for any mobile device, such as smart phones and tablets. SmartGlance supports quick and more accurate decisions, enabling the ability to take action, share data and collaborate with colleagues. Additionally, it permits the ability to push data from virtually any data source, including popular process historians and any SQL database. All this, with a very fast and simple implementation, small install footprint and no additional hardware required.

“Many of our customers are already using SmartGlance to securely view or push their real-time and historical plant-wide data to mobile devices,” McGreevy said. “With access to the right information at the right time, our ‘mobile’ or remote user base is able to assign resources and resolve issues quickly. Our customers span more than 750 registered devices used across several industries, including food and beverage, dairy, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, life sciences, mining, utilities and alternative energy markets, such as wind and solar power.”

As part of the acquisition, the SmartGlance product will become part of the Invensys Wonderware portfolio of software product offerings.

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Pulsar reach a milestone in Sludge

Pulsar Process Measurement are best known for their non-contacting ultrasonic range of products, but as Sales Director Keith Flint is keen to point out, ‘At heart, Pulsar is a company of acoustic engineers, and the algorithms and analysis tools that we have developed over the last fifteen years or so are now being applied across quite a wide family of products’.

A case in point is Pulsar’s Sludge Finder 2, their well-established and popular Sludge Interface Monitor. Sludge Finder uses a self-cleaning transducer to bounce a sonar signal from the interface layers throughout sludge settlement plant, intelligently analyzing the signal to provide a profile of the sludge levels, including RAS and FLOC measurement from a single transducer.

Keith Flint made the point: ‘There is no mystery to why Sludge Finder 2 has become so widely used, it’s simply because it works so reliably.’

Proof of the success of the Sludge Finder has been the framework agreements written in the product’s favour, and international sales across the globe. This month has seen a significant milestone, with an order placed for the 750th Sludge Finder, a real indication of how well trusted the product has become.