Our story began with a request from the operator of the hydropower plant to modernise the control technology. The most important expectations of the new control system were availability, flexibility and scalability. References to similar installations played a role in increasing reliability and protection against failures. The system should also be open for future expansion. In this case, our choice clearly fell on the PCS 7 platform. Which technical solution did we choose and what are the most important advantages for the customer? 

In the week from 4 to 7 October 2022, the Brno Exhibition Centre will host the  International Machinery Fairwhich is one of the most important industrial fairs in Central Europe. As last year, visitors from the professional public can meet us at the Packaging live. Live demonstrations of robotics and technologies for packaging, labelling, handling and palletising products will be on show in Hall A2.  This year, the main role is played by the beer Strakonický dudák. You can also look forward to regular guided tours with commentary.

Marek Prokš has been appointed as the company's new CEO effective September 1, 2022, replacing Igor Zahrádka. He has led the company successfully since 2011 was responsible for its signigicant development and growth. He si now moving to the company's supervisory board. The new CEO is expected to adapt the strategy to the current market turmoil, rationalise the current structure and increase the profitability of the company.  

Na konci minulého týdne, kdy proběhl náš dvakrát odložený vánoční večírek, jsme vyhlásili výsledky ankety Zaměstnanec roku 2021. Toto ocenění má u nás dlouhou tradici. Nominace udělujeme za významné přispění k růstu a rozvoji společnosti, nadstandardní ocenění od našich zákazníků, zvládnutí obtížného pracovního/technického úkolu, zlepšovací návrh nebo dlouhodobý vysoký a spolehlivý výkon. Za rok 2021 získal toto ocenění kolega Jan Vašíček, který vede technicky tým specializující se na automatizaci v logistice a skladování. 

On Monday 25 April 2022, Igor Zahrádka received the award in the category of private companies with 51-250 employees as part of the competition for the Vysočina Region Governor's Award for Social Responsibility. The prize is awarded by the Vysočina Region with the support of the Vysočina Regional Chamber of Commerce, KOUS Vysočina and Vysočina Education. The period 2020-2021 was evaluated.

We successfully organised a job fair iKariéra VUT organised by the international student organisation IAESTE. It took place on April 12 at the Faculty of Economics of Brno University of Technology (VUT). We prepared a demonstration of robot application for the students at the stand, and there were also competitions with nice prizes. The students tried out PLC programming during the competition. 

Meeting students at job fairs is one of our most popular and traditional events. We are very pleased to meet you  personally this year on 12 April 2022 at the job fair iKariéra VUT, which is organised by the international student organisation IAESTE. We visited the fair in Brno repeatedly and with pleasure because we could meet many enthusiastic young engineers there. Many of them later became our new colleagues. And because we are men and women of action, there will be a live robot app and a competition with PLC for nice prizes in addition to the personal talks.

The commissioning of the power plant block in isolated operation was a challenge both technically and in terms of location. He's in Iraq. The story of the construction of a power plant block for a sugar factory about 100 km from Baghdad in Iraq began for us in 2014. For the technology supplier EKOL, this was the first phase of the project. We are still involved in the project today. At that time, we worked together on the commissioning of 2 backpressure turbines, 2 gas boilers and auxiliary technologies. In 2019, a continuation in the form of the expansion of the power plant block followed. We have 2 new, more powerful turbines, 2 new boilers and auxiliary equipment on site. The new technologies are controlled in a redundant system on the Siemens PCS7 platform.

Karel Tonar has been working in our team since 2012. He leads 3 implementation departments that focus on process automation. His team implements the largest process management projects, but also has experience in establishing new business areas such as hydropower, for which he is now looking for another expert to build PCS7 programming skills with him across process projects. Why is he looking for a specialist for the PCS7 platform? Who exactly is Karel Tonar, what does his career at B:TECH look like and what does he offer his future colleagues? Read more in our interview with him.

The International Engineering Fair, one of the most important industrial fairs in Central Europe, was held at the Brno Exhibition Centre from 8 to 12 November 2021. Visitors from the professional public were able to meet us as part of the project Packaging live. Live demonstrations of robotics and technologies for the packaging, labelling, handling and palletising of products were shown in Hall A2. Commented tours took place several times a day.