That's right! Elcomponent is 30 this year, having kicked off as a start-up in January 1986.
Then, as now, the company was headed by Bill Gysin, but instead of the two-man band that it was in its first year, Elcomponent now comprises a skilled team of over 15 people. Lots of things have changed in the world, and within our business in 30 years, but some things have remained pretty constant. We started off selling portable data loggers for energy management, and we still do. Our SPC range is the market leader these days, and complements our core business as a turnkey provider of sub-metering systems and M&T software.
We started supplying complete sub-metering systems in the 1990s and Elcomponent is still one of the very few 'one-stop shops' for aM&T packages, which includes meters, installation, software, commissioning, training and everything else our customers need to make real savings fast!
Energy & Carbon Management is a vastly more complex world than it was when we started out and we have been consistent innovators in that process, and of course there have been many landmark events in the last thirty years, and many individuals and businesses that have contributed to our success.
Here's a few of them...
5/1/86 - START UP
Company launches with the MicroVip Mk1 as its flagship product
NEW ENERGY ANALYSER
The follow up to the Microvip - the VIP System 3 - arrives and immediately re-writes the rules for high-end energy analysers. Some of these fantastic instruments are still in daily use with our customers!
STEFAN KAWALEK JOINS THE COMPANY
Twenty six years' worth of our combined 100+ years of metering experience within the business belongs to Stef, who is our longest serving member of staff except for the guv'nor himself. Based in Leigh (roughly between Manchester and Wigan). What Stef doesn't know about metering isn't worth knowing. HeÂ looks after customers in the West of England.
Elcomponent ceases to be a subsidiary of Elcontrol SpA and becomes a fully UK based company.
MULTI PARAMETER METERS
Elcomponent moves into the fixed metering market with the VIPD3, one of the very first multi-parameters meters.
The company enters into a
technology partnership with Candura
Instruments in Toronto. The super-talented two-man team of Gordon Hoops and Bruce O'Hearon provides the designs for the SP Max and a relationship is created that endures to this day. Many of Elcomponent's most successful instruments owe their existence to the design skills of these guys.
TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP WITH PROCESSOR SOLUTIONS
A newly independent Elcomponent starts to build a tailored product range designed specifically for UK sub-metering systems, and links up with digital design specialists Processor Solutions. Chief designer Chris Donegani creates the 4CPSI, a 4 channel data logger (the ancestor to today's 4MOD) and enters a relationship with Elcomponent that still endures.
FIRST SYSTEMS INSTALLED
Automatic sub-metering systems are added to the company's portfolio. Capitalising in the fact that the VIPD3 and its successors offered RS485 MODBUS communications, Elcomponent becomes one of the first UK providers of MODBUS-based AMR (Automatic Meter Reading). This technology became the defacto standard for all such systems and now forms part of almost every BMS and AMR system.
DEBBIE BURTON JOINS THE COMPANY
Debbie first arrives as a temp, but stays for twenty four years... Now the Sales Office Manager she has unrivalled knowledge of our products and our customer base.
THE FIRST SPC DATA LOGGERS
The SP Max portable data logger is launched to immediate success. The instrument sets a style and performance benchmark for Elcomponent SPC loggers to the present day with its super-tough 'Peli' case and simple
GEOFF CUMPSTEY JOINS THE COMPANY
Geoff was a mere lad of 16 when he first arrived, so he definitely qualifies for a career at Elcomponent that has spanned 'man & boy'! Something of a martial arts expert these days, he is also the Stores Manager.
JANET HEDGER JOINS THE COMPANY
Janet is our Project Manager and her encyclopaedic knowledge of all aspects of AMR is a key factor in our ability to deliver our systems on time and working correctly.
GARY AISLABLE JOINS THE COMPANY
Gary brought a wealth of business accounting experience to Elcomponent which goes some way to explain why he is now the General Manager & Financial Director. What is less obvious is that he also provides all our IT support, and a lot of customer support too!
LAUNCH OF METERRING MM
The company's metering systems take a huge step forward with the launch of our MeterRing MM M&T software. The product went on to provide the software interface for hundreds of UK sub-metering systems, plus a good few worldwide as well. One of the most successful site-based M&T packages it has helped hundreds of businesses save financially. Its descendants are still going strong!
CHRIS FACKRELL JOINS THE COMPANY
Chris and metering go back a long way, and as our East of England and Scottish customers know, he knows his stuff. Knows how to repair an Apple Time Capsule too apparently!
NEW IP METERS LAUNCHED
Elcomponent moves towards the now commonplace MODBUS/TCP meter architecture with the launch of the UK's first IP addressable meters. Years Ahead of the competition as usual.
SPC MINI LAUNCHED
Lowest-cost energy data logger ever! The company creates another industry standard with the SPC Mini.
At a price of just Â£199 it's sold in huge numbers to provide energy managers with a basic tool for measuring electrical consumption safely and easily. Its descendant is still a part of our range of portable instruments.
RAI GAIDYS JOINS THE COMPANY
Our Lead Installer Rai is a fully qualified Electrical Engineer and has a degree in the same subject. He did spend a few weeks packing bananas before arriving at Elcomponent though! His experience across a variety of disciplines, combined with his meticulous approach and attention to detail is one of the reasons that Elcomponent installations are second to none in the industry.
SPC PRO LAUNCHED
A direct descendant of the SP Max, the SPCPro was another winner that set a price/performance benchmark that endures to this day. The instrument went on to dominate the UK market for non-invasive 3ph data loggers until the advent of the SPC PRO 2 in 2015.
CLOUD BASED DATALOGGING
The launch of the SPC DTM (Data Transfer Module) is another Elcomponent first. This time it's the UK's first cloud-connected Energy Data Logger.
TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP DEXMA (BARCELONA)
Elcomponent becomes a Gold Partner with cloud software specialists Dexma. The result is MeterWeb 2, a new and highly innovative cloud-based M&T software package integrated with Elcomponent's market leading AMR installation and data collection skills.
LAUNCH OF SPC PRO 2
Building on the success of the SPC PRO two new loggers - the SPC PRO 2 and the SPC PRO 2 Enviro provide even greater levels of measurement and environmental performance whilst maintaining the SPC brand values of simplicity and cost-effectiveness.