Norwegian companies continue to innovate in many industries such as aquaculture and wastewater treatment, and Pi’s distributor has recently been exploring ways in which Pi’s technology can be applied to new processes and technology.

Pi’s Daniel Nearney and Mike Riding visit Norway

As part of a visit to Norway, Daniel Nearney, who looks after European Sales at Pi, and Managing Director, Mike Riding, visited Pi’s official Norwegian distributor, FG-Tech, for three days.

Founded by Fredrik Andersen and Geir Siqveland Steffensen, FG-Tech have been successfully collaborating with Pi for two years and in that time, FG-Tech have become experts in Pi’s instruments specialising in

As part of the visit, Daniel and Mike exchanged expertise with Fredrik and Geir, visited FG-Tech’s new premises in Brevik overlooking an inlet of the North Sea, met with existing FG-Tech customers, visited sites trialling new Pi products and visited the research facilities utilising Pi’s CRONOS® and CRIUS® instrument controllers.

Whilst in Norway, Daniel and Mike were given the opportunity to sample traditional Norwegian food including reindeer and cloudberries, a berry similar to raspberries and blackberries.

When commenting about his trip, Daniel said:

“The dedication of the site staff that we met, and their commitment, was admirable. Working with FG Tech is a pleasure as we both agree that there is great potential for growth in the Norwegian market and we share the same vision going forward.”

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Julius Pi and Craig AllPronix at Anfield
Julius Guth from Pi (left) and Craig Bradshaw from AllPronix at Anfield

In February 2019, Pi welcomed Craig Bradshaw from AllPronix for a week of advanced product training at the head office in Burnley, UK. Craig is the product specialist for Pi equipment at AllPronix and is responsible for sales across South Africa.

The training week was very hands-on, providing Craig with practical experience in setting up the analysers and trying out different features. The training involved in-depth tutorials about the CRONOS® and CRIUS® analysers including communications, PID settings and remote access as well as sensor calibration procedures for the pHSense pH meter, ConductiSense conductivity meter, TurbSense® turbidity meter, SoliSense® suspended solids monitor and more.

Pi’s head office contact for South Africa, Julius Guth, spent the week training Craig with assistance from Wesley Ashworth and Ben Turner from Pi’s Technical Support team. But the week wasn’t all work; Craig also had plenty of fun trying his hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting at The Coniston Hotel and fulfilling his boyhood dream of watching Liverpool Football Club play at Anfield.

Julius said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Craig to our office and we had a great time together. Craig learnt a lot from the training, which will be invaluable when he is working with his customers back in South Africa. We have been partners with AllPronix for over 4 years now, so it’s always good to have a visit from them and provide assistance wherever we can.”

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Pi's EquipSolutions branded CRIUS Controller
Pi’s EquipSolutions branded CRIUS® Controller

Process Instruments (Pi) have signed a new distributor agreement with EquipSolutions, ensuring a continued relationship for years to come.

EquipSolutions (EQS), based in Illinois, USA, has been serving its customers across all industries as an equipment supplier and solutions provider for many years. The new distributor agreement secures the relationship between Pi and EQS and allows EQS to supply Pi’s SMART and DIGITAL CRIUS® instrument controller to customers across North America but with their own branding.

The CRIUS® controller is equipped with the capability to connect up to 4 sensors measuring a range of parameters including chlorine, turbidity, pH and suspended solids. The CRIUS® can also be equipped with remote access allowing users to access and manage the controller from a PC or mobile, rather than standing in front of the analyser onsite.

Pi’s Sales Manager, Dr. Rob Paramore said: “Pi is at the forefront of the Water 4.0 and Industry 4.0 movement within the water industry and with EQS as a partner, this will allow all companies across North America to benefit from the advancements Pi has made with its SMART and DIGITAL technology”.

For more information about our CRIUS® controller, please click here. Alternatively, to see how the EQS CRIUS® controller is set up for Water 4.0 and Industry 4.0, watch a short video here. If you would like to discuss your application with one of our team, please feel free to contact us.

Multi-Parameter Analyser supplied to Murphy Process Engineering Ltd.
Multi-Parameter Analyser supplied to Murphy Process Engineering Ltd.

Process Instruments (Ireland) has recently supplied several multi-parameter analysers to Murphy Process Engineering Ltd. as part of a disinfection project in the Counties of Carlow, Wexford and Kilkenny.

Tim Harte from Process Instruments (Ireland) Ltd., and Applications Engineer Wesley Ashworth from Process Instruments (UK) Ltd., worked closely with Project Manager Sean Ryle to install the CRIUS® systems and manage the differences between the sites.

Pi’s CRIUS® multi-parameter controller is equipped with the capability to connect up to 4 sensors and measure different parameters including chlorine, pH, temperature and turbidity, and is able to connect to 3 more CRIUS® to accommodate more sensors if required.

The CRIUS® can output the parameters to a SCADA over Modbus or analogue 4-20mA signals and has the ability to send a flow proportional signal to control chemical dosing pumps including switching between duty and standby pumps.

Tim Harte said: “We’ve supplied instruments to Murphy Process Engineering Ltd. in the past including our auto-coagulation control system, CoagSense. It’s great to hear that the success of these installations meant that Murphy were happy to install our CRIUS® multi-parameter analysers across a number of their sites. Presently they are moving to the Commissioning phase on these installations. The CRIUS® is already set up for Water and Industry 4.0, meaning it is perfect for these types of project.”

For more information about our CRIUS® controller, please click here to visit our webpage. Alternatively, to see how our CRIUS® controller is set up for Water 4.0 and Industry 4.0, watch a short video here. If you would like to discuss your application with one of our team, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Process Instruments Group is excited to have reached the Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards 2019 finals.

Pi has been shortlisted for two awards at the Red Rose Awards, where businesses throughout Lancashire are celebrated.

  • Growing Business Award
    Pi’s growth of 53% in 2018 comes on top of 19.4% in 2017 and 29% in 2016. On a longer timeframe, Pi has shown 1050% growth in 10 years and an average growth of >26% per year over the last 10 years which has resulted from investment in all aspects of the business and specifically our new analysers.
  • International Achievement Award
    In 2018, Pi grew its export sales by 34%. Pi doesn’t have an ‘export’ department. Exporting is so integral to everything we do that Pi just has ‘customers’. Some of our customers are in the UK, (approximately 30%), but most are outside the UK.

Pi is looking forward to attending the awards, held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, on Thursday, March 14th, and would like to take this opportunity to wish our fellow finalists good luck!

Red Rose Awards 2019 - Growing Business Award Finalist Red Rose Awards 2019 - International Achievement Award Finalist

Pi's Board of Directors with a 20th Anniversary Gift from Shanghai LIM
Pi’s Board of Directors with a 20th Anniversary Gift from Shanghai LIM

In November 2018, Pi welcomed one of their Chinese distributors, Shanghai LIM Mechanical & Electrical Co., Ltd. and one of their customers, HXDD, to the UK for product training.

Shanghai LIM are one of Pi’s largest distributors, specialising in selling OzoSense ozone analysers into the industrial water treatment sectors in China. They have been working with Pi for many years, and Pi have formed a great friendship with Managing Director, Jason Gaojiang Long.

Jason’s visit coincided with Pi’s 20th Anniversary Party, which both Jason and Chenshan (HXDD) attended. As an anniversary gift, Jason presented Pi’s Sales Manager, and Head Office contact for China, Dr. Rob Paramore with a trophy.

Dr. Rob Paramore said: “The training was a great success. In 2 days, we managed to cover all relevant material plus some exciting innovations currently in development. It was also great to have Jason and Chenshan at the party and judging by the amount of time they both spent on the dancefloor, I’d say that the party was also a success!”

Pi is very proud to be a British company exporting to China where, in the water treatment industry, British products are seen to be a high quality and robust option.

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YESS Logo - New Pi Distributor
Yuyuna Engineering Supplies and Services (YESS) Logo

Process Instruments (Pi) have formed a partnership with Yuyuna Engineering Supplies and Services (YESS) to distribute Pi’s products in the Philippines.

Having attended both the AsiaWater and Singapore Water exhibitions earlier this year, Sales Manager Hermie Yu was able to see first hand the Pi systems displayed by our Malaysian and Singaporean distributors.

Impressed by the quality and functionality of the Pi equipment, Hermie was keen to showcase our multi-parameter CRIUS® controller for monitoring pH, temperature and conductivity at exhibitions in the Philippines. YESS are now actively marketing our equipment to various industries, including municipal drinking water, wastewater and food and beverages.

Commenting on the Pi equipment, Hermie said: “The Pi systems are fantastic quality and very robust. Because every order is custom built, there is so much flexibility about what signals it can take in and give out. It provides all the functionality we need, even for challenging applications.”

Julius Guth, Pi’s head office contact for the Philippines said: “Pi is delighted to be working with YESS because of the unwavering commitment that they have shown in helping their customers. Based in Manila, but regularly travelling to other islands within the Philippines, YESS is determined to help customers improve their systems and processes, using the Pi equipment as one of their tools to achieve this.”

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Pi’s Board of Directors with a 20th Anniversary Gift from Chemtrac
Pi’s Board of Directors with a 20th Anniversary Gift from Chemtrac

As well as the recent 20th Anniversary Party, Pi are celebrating 20 years of working with US company, Chemtrac Inc..

The partnership between Pi and Chemtrac has been fundamental to Pi’s success. Chemtrac is, and has been, a customer, distributor, OEM, supplier and supporter since Pi’s launch in 1998.

Chemtrac was founded in 1985 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The company was launched with the introduction of a new streaming current monitor, allowing people to measure coagulation processes in real time, known to Pi’s customers as ‘StreamerSense’. Chemtrac has since grown to include particle counters (ParticleSense), laboratory charge analysers (LabSense) as well as other sensors supplied by Pi.

Vice President and General Manager at Chemtrac, John Clark said: “It’s more than just a business relationship – it’s a trusted partnership. We collaborate with Pi to create better products, better systems and better solutions for our customers. We are in communication with Pi daily, and we try to get together at least a couple of times a year. We share new ideas, technical expertise and practical experiences.”

Jim Evans, Technical Director, flew to the UK to attend Pi’s 20th Anniversary party on behalf of Chemtrac. He said: “It was an honour to represent Chemtrac at the 20th Anniversary celebration. While the event was a black-tie affair, it was not at all stuffy as many formal functions can be. In contrast to the formal attire, the gathering seemed rather casual. I think that this is due to the unique family atmosphere that Pi has created among their employees and in their workplace.”

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Pi's 20th Anniversary Welcome Drinks
Pi’s 20th Anniversary Welcome Drinks

In November 2018, Pi celebrated its 20th anniversary with a party for employees, shareholders, suppliers, partners and friends, in The Prestbury Suite at The Oaks Hotel in Burnley.

As part of the celebrations, directors and shareholders were presented with a selection of gifts, including two from Burnley based companies; gin from Batch Brew Ltd., and flowers from Sweet William Florists. Guests were entertained with live music by rock and pop band, Hipster.

Pi was launched on 1st November 1998 by Managing Director Mike Riding and Service Director Jonathan Cook, in a 4m by 4m room at Mike’s home. Over the years, the company has moved to other locations including Mike’s garage and other industrial units, before setting up at Process House, March Street, where we are today.

Over the years, Pi has worked with the University of Manchester, University of Warwick and Lancaster University on development projects and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, and has won numerous awards in Engineering, Innovation and Export Achievement.

Mike Riding said: “It was really important to me to celebrate 20 years of Pi with people that have been integral to our success. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved and look forward to the next 20 years!”

As well as celebrating the last 20 years, Pi also celebrated achievements from the last year including 2 new companies, a growth of more than 40% and the best ever sales month in October 2018.

Everyone at Pi would like to say ‘thank you’ to all the people who have made Pi the company it is today!

Water 4.0 and Industry 4.0 CRIUS Controller
Water 4.0 and Industry 4.0 CRIUS® Controller from Pi

Pi’s CRIUS® Controller is perfectly set up for Industry 4.0, Water 4.0 and the Internet of Things, as well as being fully SMART and DIGITAL, but what does this mean?

Industry 4.0 relates to the concept that we are living through a 4th Industrial Revolution where factories will be as SMART as they can be. The main principles are based on:

  • Interoperability
  • Information Transparency
  • Technical Assistance
  • Decentralisation

Water 4.0 is how this technology and philosophy will be implemented/will affect the water industry. The Internet of Things refers to all devices we use all the time talking to each other and making their own decisions.

It is generally accepted that SMART refers to the increasing sophistication of equipment to make decentralised decisions, so it is the technology that allows for the implementation of Industry 4.0 or Water 4.0, and DIGITAL refers to its comms capability. For example, in 1990 a chlorine analyser measured chlorine in water, gave out a 4-20mA output proportional to the chlorine and a couple of relays.

In 2018 the CRIUS® HaloSense (fully Water 4.0 developed) can provide the 4-20mA output and relays, but also has multiple digital comms options (interoperability), has space for up to 16 sensors (information transparency), has wireless and wired internet access (technical assistance) and full PID capability with remote setpoint, i.e. another device can set the setpoint (decentralisation). Watch a 2-minute animated video on Pi’s CRIUS® Controller below.

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