Eurotherm by Schneider Electric is a global manufacturer of instrumentation, systems and services designed for the efficient operation of industrial processes. Since 1965 the Eurotherm brand has provided specialised solutions for energy intensive and regulated industries, and today, continues to design and manufacture configurable precision machine, process and power controllers, and associated data recorders that enable its customers to get the most from their process.
R&D investment is focused on applications where the company’s core precision control and secure recording expertise provides the most value to the customer. Typical industries of focus are those with energy intensive processes that require a level of precision process control to get the most from energy use, and regulated industries that require a comprehensive process information trail, to instill process responsibility and aid conformance to set standards.
History of Eurotherm
Founded in 1965 as a temperature control manufacturer by an innovative group of directors in Worthing, West Sussex, UK, the company soon expanded into adjacent technology areas. Independent companies were set up to manufacture Data Recorders (Chessell Ltd), Control Systems (TCS / Turnbull Control Systems), and Variable Speed Industrial Drives (SSD / Shackleton System Drives). All four companies achieved international success and in 1974 were brought under a single international holding company, Eurotherm International.
In 1978, Eurotherm International became a public entity, listed on the local stock exchange, then in 1998 it was acquired by Siebe plc, later to become Invensys plc.
By the late 1990s, the Controls, Recorders (previously Chessell) and Process Automation (previously TCS) businesses amalgamated to form Eurotherm Limited.
In 2009, Eurotherm, along with the Invensys businesses Foxboro, IMServ Europe Ltd, Skelta, Triconex and Wonderware, formed Invensys Operations Management, a provider of automation and information technologies, systems, software, services, and consulting on industrial manufacturing and infrastructure.
Invensys was acquired by Schneider Electric in January 2014 and Eurotherm became Eurotherm by Schneider Electric, part of the Specialised Devices line of business within Schneider Electric.
Eurotherm by Schneider Electric celebrates its 50th year in 2015 which is an impressive milestone for any business.
“The success we have had over the last 50 years is really about two things”, says Chris Ashworth Vice President at Eurotherm, “our innovation as a company and our people. We have a talented and knowledgeable employee base globally that includes segment and application experts, who support both our sales organisation and our customers. We have an innovative research and product development group implementing new technologies for our focus industries, alongside world class manufacturing operations. Since 2014, we also have the global powerhouse of Schneider Electric to further strengthen our offerings.”
Eurotherm instrumentation, systems and services
From its global headquarters in Worthing, West Sussex, UK, and further sites worldwide, the company now provides five main product streams:
Discrete process and temperature controllers (industrial indicators and PID controllers)
Power controllers - SCRs (Silicon Controlled Rectifiers) and SSRs (Solid State Relays)
Data recorders and data acquisition systems
Process automation systems - PACs (Process Automation Controllers) and HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces)
Signal conditioners and probes
Manufacturing sites include Worthing (UK), Tychy (Poland) and Rockford, IL (US), with global sales and engineering support covered by a network of subsidiaries and agents across Europe, USA and Asia. Euroitherm global services include design, build and installation of industrial automation systems, plus engineering support services including maintenance, calibration and training.
Discrete Process and Temperature Controllers
Eurotherm’s expertise lies in its PID based control strategies that contain algorithms perfected over the past 50 years. These unique applications embedded in nearly all of their control products are specifically designed for processes that need