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HARGROVE CONTROLS + AUTOMATION NAMED CONTROL ENGINEERING SYSTEM INTEGRATOR OF THE YEAR

Mobile, Ala. –– Hargrove Controls + Automation has recently been named 2022 System Integrator of the Year by Control Engineering magazine. This is one of the highest honors in the automation industry, awarded to deserving firms by a panel of automation experts.

“The Control Engineering/Plant Engineering System Integrator of the Year title is a direct reflection of our team’s dedication and our clients’ commitment to partner with us as we strive for excellence in the automation industry,” said Karen Griffin, Hargrove’s Vice President of Controls + Automation. “Our Team takes great pride in getting to know our clients, understanding their day-to-day challenges, and working together to create solutions.”

Hargrove has also been ranked #26 in the 2022 Control Engineering System Integrator Giants list. Visit https://www.controleng.com/articles/hargrove-controls-automation-is-system-integrator-of-the-year-2022 to read the full article published by Control Engineering.

Hargrove Controls + Automation is one of few multi-service automation groups in the country for plant automation, safety systems, industrial internet of things and industrial digitalization. Since its inception in 2012, Hargrove’s Controls + Automation team has grown to over 100 control systems engineers and specialists across Hargrove’s 17 offices. The team consists of panel builders, instrumentation designers, programmers, certified process safety engineers and process control engineers specializing in DCS/PLC/SIS system integration, IT/OT, and Cybersecurity. Hargrove’s digitalization expertise extends into advanced process control, equipment failure predictions, reliability and availability analyses, multi-variate analysis and advanced dashboarding and workflow management, implementing the vision of Industry 4.0.

Hargrove Controls + Automation, a subsidiary of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, implements control systems for pulp and paper, chemical, refining, life sciences, power generation, petrochemical, and other industrial facilities. Tormod, our commissioning and operations group, specializes in transitioning engineered facilities into operating assets, with both short-term commissioning assistance and long-term operations contracts.

HARGROVE CONTROLS + AUTOMATION RE-CERTIFIED BY CSIA

Hargrove Controls + Automation was recently re-certified by CSIA (Control System Integrators Association). This certification program is a rigorous audit process to ensure industry standard best practices for execution and quality are implemented to reduce risks for companies seeking to hire automation system integration firms. Every three years companies must undergo an audit process to ensure continuous improvement, and Hargrove is thrilled to remain among their elite list of certified system integrators.

“CSIA has brought tremendous value to our company.  We began the process of adopting CSIA’s Best Practices as an organization very early in our membership.  The value Best Practices has brought to our organization as well as to our clients we serve cannot be measured,” said Karen Griffin, P.E., Vice President of Hargrove Controls + Automation. “Maintaining CSIA certification is a priority for Hargrove. By continuing to undergo this process, we show our dedication and commitment to excellence in the field of automation services.”

Hargrove Controls + Automation is one of few multi-service automation groups in the country for safety systems, industrial internet of things (IIoT) and plant automation. Since its inception in 2012, Hargrove’s Controls + Automation Team has grown to over 100 control systems engineers and specialists across all of Hargrove’s 14 offices. The Team consists of panel builders, instrumentation designers, programmers, certified process safety engineers and process control engineers specializing in DCS/PLC/SIS system integration.

CSIA is a not-for-profitglobal trade association whose goal is to advance the control systems integration industry. CSIA certification is a standard for best practices in project management, financial benchmarks, and quality assurance, staff development, as well as many other business aspects. Clients are looking to CSIA because the organization offers the only complete set of best practices as a standard for the systems integration industry.

Hargrove and Aspen Technology Partner to Deliver Digital Twin Services

Hargrove, a full-service EPC, automation, life sciences and technical services firm, is partnering with Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AZPN), a global leader in asset optimization software, to deliver engineering services for a “digital twin” to better manage the operations and maintenance phase of a plant’s lifecycle. Hargrove will provide digital twin services that will rely on key technology and domain expertise from Aspen Technology. 

The digital twin represents the historical, current and future behaviors of both the physical plant asset and the physical and chemical processes occurring within that plant. Customers will experience increased throughput, quality and equipment uptime as well as lower operating costs.

“We are constantly striving to provide more value to our customers,” said Karen Griffin, PE, vice president of Controls + Automation for Hargrove. “Our technical services/on-site team has been adding value for owner-operators in the areas of planning and scheduling, O&M and turnarounds for years, and now we will augment those services by delivering full, digital twin services to our clients to further improve their operations. AspenTech is an ideal partner for us given their long history and expertise in plant operations.”

Hargrove will license aspenONE® Asset Performance Management (APM), aspenONE® Engineering and aspenONE® Manufacturing and Supply Chain software suites to help create, deliver, and maintain the digital twin services and assist customers in leveraging the twin to improve operations. The services offered will include equipment analysis and troubleshooting, optimizing real-time process controls and predictive maintenance.

“AspenTech has been helping owner-operators optimize their operations for more than 35 years,” said Luc Martin, senior vice president at Aspen Technology, Inc. “Our customers, including EPCs, are getting great business value from digital twins that range from focusing on one unit to a complex set of assets. We are now embedding AI across our portfolio, which means that customers who are already deploying digital twins with us – and Hargrove – will get a future-proofed pathway into upgrading those digital twins with embedded AI.”

HARGROVE BECOMES APPROVED HIMA SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR

HIMA, the world’s leading independent provider of smart safety solutions for industrial applications, has chosen Hargrove Controls + Automation to be an approved solution partner. This partnership allows Hargrove and HIMA to offer customized solutions that help increase safety and profitability of plants and factories in the digital age.

For over 45 years, HIMA has been a trusted partner to the world’s largest oil, gas, chemical, and energy-producing companies. Hargrove is the No.1 provider of engineering and controls + automation services to the specialty chemicals industry and ranks in the top 10 for industrial process (pharmaceutical, food, pulp and paper, etc.) and petroleum refining according to Engineering News Record (ENR) Sourcebook.

“It’s a natural partnership,” says Stefan Basenach, HIMA Group Vice President.  “HIMA is a technology leader in this sector with more than 35,000 installed TÜV-certified safety systems worldwide. As we continue to expand our US presence, we look for relationships with companies like the Hargrove Controls + Automation team to deliver safety lifecycle consulting and HIMA-safety solutions to our clients.”

The partnership provides hazard and operability studies (HAZOP) and layers of protection analyses (LOPA), participates in design reviews, calculates probability of failure on demand (PFD), performs criticality analyses, and tests on new systems. The combined capabilities of Hargrove and HIMA help the process industrial operations teams install or maintain “failsafe” control systems that have logic, actuators, sensors, and other control equipment independent of your basic process control system to ensure safety instrumented systems functionality is not compromised.

“Our clients have indicated that one of our differentiators is our ability to provide full-service process safety lifecycle services, detailed design, and project execution alongside controls + automation system integration,” says Karen Griffin, PE, Hargrove’s Vice President of Controls + Automation. “Safety Instrumented System is critical to Hargrove’s client’s processes and the safe operation of these facilities. Our Certified Functional Safety Engineers are experienced in the entire Safety Lifecycle, and we often install HIMA solutions at our client sites. Hargrove has a team of HIMA factory trained applications programmers to provide more boots-on-the-ground support where needed.”

Founded in 1908, the family-owned company operates from over 50 locations worldwide with its headquarters in Bruehl, Germany. Oil, gas, chemical, and energy-producing companies rely on HIMA solutions, services, and consultancy for uninterrupted plant operation and protection of assets, people, and the environment. HIMA’s offering includes smart safety solutions that help increase safety and uptime by turning data into business-relevant information. HIMA also provides comprehensive solutions for the efficient control and monitoring of turbomachinery (TMC), burners and boilers (BMC), and pipelines (PMC).

HARGROVE CONTROLS + AUTOMATION IS NOW A ROCKWELL AUTOMATION SOLUTION PARTNER

Mobile, Ala. – August 13, 2019 – Hargrove Controls + Automation was recently named an official Rockwell Automation Solution Partner, joining an elite list of partnered system integrators.  Partnered companies are described by Rockwell Automation as proven, trusted and established companies that offer demonstrated knowledge and experience in design, implementation, project management and maintenance of industrial control systems. Qualified members of the program represent an elite group of system integrators that meet program criteria for operational excellence, application expertise and customer focus that complements Rockwell Automation capabilities in a specific market and geography. All Solution Partners have committed to an active, extensive relationship with Rockwell Automation to provide the most productive and cost-effective automation solutions for customers.

“Hargrove Controls + Automation is honored to join the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork ™,” said Karen Griffin, P.E., Vice President of Hargrove Controls + Automation.  “Rockwell Automation products and solutions have been a core Hargrove offering for years, and we are honored to be aligned with such a trusted company in the industry.  By pursing inclusion in their network, we show our dedication and commitment to excellence in the field of automation services.  We are excited about this new partnership and the opportunities for Hargrove and Rockwell Automation to jointly utilize our industry experience and strengths to bring innovative solutions to market.”

Hargrove Controls + Automation welcomes you to visit their booth this November at Automation Fair – a premier industry event designed to promote automation solutions consisting exclusively of Rockwell Automation and approved-partner products.  The event brings together approximately 10,000 manufacturers and producers from across the globe to learn about the newest innovations in automation and take part in training, industry forums and networking events.

Hargrove Controls + Automation is one of few multi-service automation groups in the country for safety systems, industrial internet of things (IIoT), software development, and plant automation. Since its inception in 2012, Hargrove’s C+A Team has grown to over 125 control systems engineers and specialists across all of Hargrove’s 13 offices.  The Team consists of panel builders, programmers, certified process safety engineers and process control engineers specializing in DCS/PLC/SIS system integration. 

Rockwell Automation is a leader in automation. The company’s domain expertise is built on decades of work across all industries and all regions of the world.  They understand the factory floor and the business models that make it the most productive – and are fluent in the real-world production challenges customers face.  Rockwell Automation also knows how to identify critical data, what it means and how to make it useful to industrial and enterprise users. For further information, visit rockwellautomation.com.

Hargrove Controls + Automation is a subsidiary of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, a full-service EPC, engineering, construction, automation, life sciences and technical services firm whose success stems from building the most talented engineers and construction professionals while maintaining long-term client relationships.   Hargrove Engineers + Constructors serves pulp and paper, chemical, refining, life sciences, power generation, and petrochemical industrial facilities.  For more information about Hargrove and our affiliated companies, please visit www.hargrove-epc.com

HARGROVE CONTROLS + AUTOMATION LEADER APPOINTED TO CSIA NATIONAL BOARD

Hargrove’s Vice President of Controls + Automation, Karen Griffin, PE, was recently named to the national board of CSIA (Control System Integrators Association) at its 2019 Executive Conference in Asheville, N.C. Karen joins seven other controls and systems integration professionals to round out the national board.

“I am honored to serve alongside many longtime industry leaders on behalf of this prestigious organization,” said Karen Griffin, PE, “CSIA is truly dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of the Systems Integration industry. Through CSIA, premier minds in the industry able to gather, develop, and share best practices that directly and positively impacts our clients.” CSIA best practices are the industry standard for successful management of a control system integration business. The organization also offers certification to companies who successfully demonstrate implementation of best practices, which includes project management, financial benchmarks, quality assurance, staff development, information management and cybersecurity, as well as many other business aspects.

Hargrove Controls + Automation is one of few multi-service automation groups in the country for safety systems, industrial internet of things (IIoT) and plant automation. Since its inception in 2012, Hargrove’s C+A Team has grown to over 100 control systems engineers and specialists across all of Hargrove’s 14 offices. The Team consists of panel builders, instrumentation designers, programmers, certified process safety engineers and process control engineers specializing in DCS/PLC/SIS system integration.

CSIA is a not-for-profitglobal trade association whose goal is to the advance the control systems integration industry. Control system integrators use their engineering, technical and business skills to help manufacturers and others automate their industrial equipment and systems. CSIA helps members improve their business skills, provides a forum to share industry expertise and promotes the benefits of hiring CSIA members and certified control system integrators. CSIA has over 500 member companies in 35 countries.