Rockwell Automation Inc. dealt for vMonitor, a wireless solution provider in the oil and gas industry.
vMonitor delivers monitoring and control solutions for wellhead and upstream applications that combine wireless instrumentation and communications with visualization software.
The company has a 6,000 well-site installed base for natural and artificially lifted wells with the major oil and gas companies around the world.
From a strategic viewpoint, vMonitor’s oilfield technology and services, combined with the Rockwell’s solutions, strengthen the company’s ability to deliver end-to-end projects for the oil and gas sector, said Terry Gebert, vice president and general manager, Rockwell Automation Global Solutions.
“vMonitor’s capabilities will accelerate our development of similar process solutions and remote-monitoring services for water/wastewater, mining and other industries globally,” Gebert said.
“Our customers will benefit from the Rockwell Automation global solutions capabilities and complementary product lines to ensure we can collectively provide a seamless integrated solution,” said Rashed Saif Al Suwaidi, chairman of vMonitor. “Our employees will also join an innovative, fast-growing technology leader serving the worldwide oil and gas industry.” vMonitor has 120 employees at offices located in Houston, Mumbai, India, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and other Middle East locations.
The company’s technologies include an all-wireless portfolio of wellhead sensors and transmitters, remote terminal units, gateways and modems, as well as turnkey monitoring, and control systems and services. These offerings cover a range of applications from oil and gas wells, pipelines, pumping and lift stations, to refineries and tank farms.
The acquisition should close within two months and vMonitor will then become part of the Rockwell Automation Control Products and Solutions operating segment.
Rockwell Automation will showcase vMonitor at its 2013 Automation Fair event Nov. 13-14 at the George R. Brown Center in Houston.