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Great minds think alike: Bilfinger UK joins COPA-DATA Partner Community

A large UK leading independent control systems integrator and electrical solutions provider, Bilfinger Industrial Automation Services, has joined the COPA-DATA Partner Community. The decision comes after a successful collaboration in the oil and gas sector and aims to boost the knowledge, expertise and industry experience the Partner Community can offer its members and their customers.
Published 10 December 2014

<p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">The COPA-DATA Partner Community is an international network of dedicated engineering experts that implements and leverages COPA-DATA&rsquo;s industrial automation software solutions. All members have access to the latest technical innovations and industry expertise. Shared knowledge and collaboration are at the very heart of the network.</span></p> <p>Bilfinger Industrial Automation Services provides turnkey solutions for the design, manufacture, instrumentation, installation, support and maintenance of bespoke control and automation systems. The company also provides electrical power systems and data communication solutions across a wide range of market sectors.</p> Faced with a complex project in the oil and gas sector, COPA-DATA needed a system integrator who had significant experience with IEC 61850 communications for petrochemical and power applications. Bilfinger was chosen due to its long history of successful projects in oil and gas and continuous production environments. The company&rsquo;s engineering competence and service mentality was exactly what COPA-DATA was looking for in a partner.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not many companies have the rich experience and strong company culture that Bilfinger UK does,&rdquo; explained Simon Cassar, Business Development Manager of COPA-DATA UK. &ldquo;In order for COPA-DATA to deliver a best in class SCADA solution for our customers we need leading partners to refer from within our eco-system. Bilfinger Industrial Automation Services was a natural partner to select during our qualification process.&rdquo;</p> Bilfinger has worked with many of Britain&rsquo;s high profile organisations in the energy, utilities, pharmaceuticals, logistics, food and beverage, petrochemical and nuclear sectors. Joining the COPA-DATA Partner Community is a great way to increase industry collaboration, access valuable resources and new business opportunities.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are delighted to be part of the COPA-DATA Network,&rdquo; added Altaf Rhaman, Bilfinger&rsquo;s Middle East Sales Director. &ldquo;This partnership brings together innovative technology with world leading automation services. It is important to our clients that we provide local UK services backed with the confidence of a global business system, providing support in the Middle East.&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>System integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), hardware manufacturers, value-added resellers, educational institutions and research facilities can become members of the COPA-DATA Partner Community. Benefits include extensive sales support, customer lead generation, joint marketing, pro-active and partner-exclusive information, professional training and knowledge transfer.</p> <p>About COPA-DATA</p> <p>COPA-DATA is the technological leader for ergonomic and highly-dynamic process solutions. The company, founded in 1987, develops the software zenon for HMI/SCADA, Dynamic Production Reporting and integrated PLC systems at its headquarters in Austria. zenon is sold through its own offices in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as partners and distributors throughout the world.</p> <p>Customers benefit from local contact persons and local support thanks to a decentralized corporate structure. As an independent company, COPA-DATA can act quickly and flexibly, continues to set new standards in functionality and ease of use and leads the market trends. Over 80,000 installed systems in more than 50 countries provide companies in the Food &amp; Beverage, Energy &amp; Infrastructure, Automotive and Pharmaceutical sectors with new scope for efficient automation.</p> <p>About the COPA-DATA Partner Community</p> <p>COPA-DATA, as an international software manufacturer, consistently works together with competent and excellently trained partners. The worldwide network of certified specialists &ndash; system integrators, mechanical engineering companies/OEMs, educational institutions and research facilities &ndash; strives for outstanding performance in the world of automation. In an open exchange of knowledge and capabilities, competence and expertise in the fields of product &amp; technology and sales &amp; marketing are built upon and developed further. Clearly defined guidelines guarantee fair, long-term partnerships. Depending on their interests and objectives, COPA-DATA partners operate at one of the different partner levels &ndash; Registered Partners, Qualified Partners and Expert Partners. Worldwide, they are committed to users in order to promote the productivity and ergonomics of automation projects.</p> <p>About zenon</p> <p>zenon is COPA-DATA&rsquo;s highly versatile product family for industry-specific ergonomic process solutions: from sensors through to ERP. It consists of zenon Analyzer, zenon Supervisor, zenon Operator and zenon Logic. zenon Analyzer provides templates to create tailor-made reports (e.g. on consumption, downtimes, KPIs) based on data from IT and automation. zenon Supervisor, an independent SCADA system, allows comprehensive process monitoring and control of redundant systems, even in complex networks and with secure remote access. zenon Operator guarantees, as an HMI system, safe control of machines and simple, intuitive operation &ndash; including Multi-Touch. zenon Logic, which is an integrated IEC 61131-3-based PLC system, allows optimum process control and logical data processing. As a platform-independent portfolio for process solutions, the zenon Product Family integrates smoothly into existing automation and IT environments and provides set-up wizards and templates to enable easy configuration and simple migration from other systems. The principle of &quot;setting parameters instead of programming&quot; is a characteristic feature of the zenon Product Family.</p>

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