Eurotherm by Schneider Electric is celebrating 50 years in business — a journey that began as a modest U.K. startup company to a globally recognized brand known for its specialist instrumentation, systems and services.
Product development started in the founder’s garage in 1965 and resulted in the birth of the MK1 temperature controller. This first solid-state control product exploited the rapidly expanding high technology electronics of the 1960s to solve difficulties in the silicon crystal manufacturing process, which was a new and fast-growing industry at the time.
Today, Eurotherm products touch nearly every aspect of modern life, from the car you drive, the electronic circuitry in your phone, the prescription pills that aid quality of life and your early morning bottle of milk. Heat treatment, life sciences, glass and plastics are focus industries where this IHEA member has deep application expertise.
A Customer-Centric Approach
Solving customer problems is key at Eurotherm, and engineers talk with passion about how many of the technical leaps and creative ideas come from having this goal in mind. Employees have always had strong relationships with their customers, feeling responsible for products throughout their entire lifetime (which can span decades) and understanding the impact of problems that can slow down manufacturing. Faced with a tricky customer problem, Eurotherm engineers often apply an innovative solution, based on a creative mix of process control and industrial application expertise, to get a process running as quickly as possible.
At www.eurotherm.co.uk/50/ resides a timeline that shows the many innovations developed at Eurotherm throughout the years. Peter Sherwin, resident heat-treatment expert and global marketing manager, remembers one of these — the launch of the first hybrid graphic recorder, the 4250G, in 1993. Sherwin, recalling when he once ran a plant focused on automotive and Formula One motorsport, said, “We had a number of paper chart recorders due for replacement. I bit the bullet on a vacuum process and installed the 4250G.”
The 4250G had a graphic display, built-in memory for recording data in a secure digital format with the reassurance of a paper chart backup behind the screen. It was the first step in moving the regulated industries from paper records to digital, which is now a well-accepted data collection method in most industries.
Sherwin continued, “After a month, we were happy with the digital data and never changed the original paper.”
Why do customers continue to choose Eurotherm? According to Chris Ashworth, vice president and managing director, “The success we have had over the last 50 years is really about two things, 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 organization and our customers. Since 2014, we also have the global powerhouse of Schneider Electric to further strengthen our offerings. In turn, the quality of our instrumentation, specialist knowledge within the industry and the integrity of our intellectual property strengthen the industrial offering of Schneider Electric.”
For more information on process and temperature instrumentation from Eurotherm by Schneider Electric, visit www.eurotherm.com.