...not just drives...


Latest News

Read more about the exciting developments at Oracle

Home ›› News

Latest News

  • Win upto 8 hours Engineering time


    On Saturday 28th October 2017 our very own John Mullins will be strapped into the passenger seat of the UKs only 2 seater top fuel dragster at Santa Pod raceway.  The car has over 1000bhp and weighs less than 970kg including both passengers.  0 to 180mpg happens in around 8 seconds and needs to deploy a parachute to help it stop at the end of the 1/4 mile!

    We are offering a chance to win 8 hours of engineering time for your company, if you can guess the time for John crossing the 1/4 mile line in the 2 seater dragster.  All you have to do is comment on our facebook post the time to the nearest  1/1000th of a second. Share the post as much as you can as the more people that enter the higher the chance of winning the top prize of 8 hours of engineering  time worth £520+vat.

    To see what this dragster is capable of visit



     Competition rules:

    • To enter the competition, just comment on our facebook post with your answer to the nearest 1/1000 of a second (eg  9.123 seconds) , and add your company name.

    • 1 entry only per person.

    • Entries must be submitted by midnight Friday 26th October 2017.

    • The winner will be the closest to the actual recorded time.

    • The winner will be announced on our facebook page. If more than one person guesses the correct answer, the prize will be split equally.

    • Engineering time must be used within 1 year  of the winning announcement date.


    • 0-300 comments will win our Oracle Drive Systems branded promotional bundle (pen, mug, golf ball, 4gb USB and 2018 calendar).

    • 301-500 comments will win 1x telephone support call (to be used between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday excluding holidays) Please see our website for services and products covered.

    • Over 501 comments will win 8 hours of engineer time to be used in one day only. Travel to and from site will be charged at our standard rates see here , unused hours cannot be exchanged for money or products. A company purchase order will be required to cover the travel and expenses

  • We've added another!!

    Oracle Drive Systems have just added another loyal customer onto our 24 hour support and maintenance contract scheme.

    This major company in North East Gas and Oil will now benefit from 24 hour telephone support, priority call outs, discounted product rates and they benefit from having a statement each month of total spend instead of having to submit purchase orders through accounts departments each time.

    For more information on how a support and maintenance contract could benefit you and your company please contact us by email or telephone.

  • We're recruiting for Project / Commissioning Engineers

    Job title: Project/Commissioning Engineer
    Area: North East

    Salary: Negotiable depending upon experience

    Benefits: Overtime and call out fee, Company vehicle, company pension scheme, company Laptop

    A Project/Commissioning Engineer is required for VSD, HMI, PLC & SCADA projects as well as breakdown support. Responsible for the client site visits typically in the Northern England region and into west Yorkshire, some overseas work may also be required. You will provide key engineering services to support process machinery control systems.

    Oracle Drive Systems is an independent systems integrator for variable speed drive control systems, in a wide range of industries including oil & Gas, metals, paper, plastics, extrusion, printing and converting. We are now recruiting a Project Engineer with proven commissioning skills. Typically working from home or at customers sites, you should be familiar with working on various types of machinery and travelling to a non-permanent place of work supporting our customer base.

    Your communication skills and knowledge will be utilised in all areas of client service, from breakdowns, upgrades and projects. Carrying out drive, PLC and HMI upgrades, FAT, site installations with assistance of contractors, Retro fits and modifications, site commissioning and training in accordance with relevant EN Standards. 

    To be considered for this position you should be able to demonstrate: 
    - Panel hardware designs experience using CAD, RS Wire or Promise E Software preferred.
    - Knowledge of EN60204-1 Standards
    - Strong Programming, commissioning and diagnostic experience for various drive and PLC application        processes including winding, converting, extrusion & tension control loops.
      (preferred drives are Eurotherm Parker SSD, sprint, ABB, Preferred PLC and HMI Rockwell)
    - Clear communication skills and be self-managing under pressured deadlines. 
    - Confidence to work efficiently on your own.
    - Clean Driving licence 

    If you think you can match this criteria and are interested then send a CV with covering letter and expected salary level using the contact details below:
    John Mullins
    Managing director

  • Pleased to Sponsor the North Lincs Section instmc for 2017

    Oracle Drive Systems are please to sponsor and contribute to the North Lincs Section Meetings of the Institute of Measurement and Control. You will find our advert and details of their meeting dates all on attached calendar.

    The full programme of technical lectures and committee meetings held by the North Lincs Section can be found online, If you would like to attend or be part of the Local Section please contact Rob Ingham 07795046364 or Bob Fish 07753740961

    For further information and the latest updates on technical lectures or for information
    about the Local Section please visit www.instmc.org.uk .

    Click the link to view the calendar and the Oracle Drive Systems advert: InstMC NLS Calendar 2017

  • Oracle Drive Systems - Investing in young people, British design and manufacturing for the future.

    We were proud to sponsor a local student when they approached us to help fund in the manufacturing of his final year project.

    Andrew Appletons designs were based on animal skin patterns and drawing inspiration from Alexander McQueen and Mary Katrantzou who create the effect of texture through digital printing methods.

    We wish Andrew all the best for the future and good luck on his exhibition trip to New York where he will be showing his work to leading design companies at the Surtex design show.

    Oracle Drive Systems….  Not just drives

  • Hartlepool Mail Newspaper Featuring Oracle Drive Systems

    A business is continuing to grow and take on staff thanks to its growing online presence.

    Hartlepool man John Mullins, 44, owns and runs Oracle Drive Systems as its managing director.

    He said: “We now have opened an online store and have taken on full-time staff to manage it. We are selling variable speed drives and automation products on here, and you can also buy engineering time, so you buy your drive and the engineering services time for us to come and install it and commissioning it for you.”

    Oracle’s success comes through its links with high-profile firms and through being a distributor for a US-based automation products firm.


    Mr Mullins said Oracle was “adding more products daily” to its website and has already taken orders from as far afield as Egypt.

    Its new additions to the team includes a senior projects engineer who lives in Sunderland and is “experienced in robots and visions systems”.

    Mr Mullins said staffing levels had now increased to eight, “including an apprentice who is studying full-time at Hartlepool College of Further Education”.

    Mr Mullins told how the company was going through really successful times.

    “We had an excellent year last year producing the second best results in our history, and so far since April we are on course to exceed our best sales turnover ever.”

    He said the company also had a full order book.

    Oracle Drive Systems has been trading since 2004 and was a self-funded venture.

  • Online store now open!

    We are proud to announce the launch of the brand new Oracle Drive Systems Online Store which has AC and DC drives, motors, HMIs and auxiliary accessories available from manufacturers such as ABB, Bardac, Parker SSD, Sprint electric and many more. New products are being added daily so if you can not see what you need please contact us for a quote.

    We accept most personal and business credit or debit cards online, with the option to take payment over the phone if you want to talk us through your requirements, we also can arrange payments to be made through BACS directly to us. For a limited time all UK orders have free shipping. Europe and worldwide customers please contact us for a shipping estimate.

    As a systems integrator we offer the opportunity to pre-book engineer time with your purchase to allow installation and minimise any down time.

    We will still offer our usual services of breakdown repair, panel design, software development, electrical CAD drawing services, power quality analysis plus thermal imaging surveys. For quotes and advice please contact us by phone or send an online enquiry.

    You can go directly to our Online Store here

  • Oracle Engineering Manager Wins Student of the Year Award

    Drew Withers Receiving His Award

    The photo is taken from the IET (Institute of Engineering Technology) awards evening where Drew withers won the award for outstanding student excellence from within the local region. Drew was chosen from 1000s of students in the region for this prize because of his performance in his academic education so far. He was also noticed for helping out during engineering STEM ( Science , Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) events for his previous employer providing talks to up and coming students on what the company did and also discussing engineering and potential routes in to employment for would be engineers.

    Drew Withers is currently progressing a Masters Degree in Engineering and has worked for Oracle Drive Systems for the last 2 months where he is making fantastic progress


  • Appointment of New Engineering Manager

    Oracle Drive Systems are pleased to welcome Andrew (Drew) Withers to the team as our new Engineering Manager.

    Drew, who joined us earlier this month, is a highly focused and determined individual.  He is currently studying for his Master’s Degree whilst continuing to work full time, and as a former Royal Marine he is a member of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. 

    Whilst attending Middlesbrough College, Drew received the 2014 Engineering Student of the Year Award after gaining full marks and distinctions in every module of the following 3 engineering courses:

    HNC Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    HNC Instrumentation & Control Engineering
    HND Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Drew has also carried out training for offshore work, and is our only employee holding a valid Offshore Survival Certificate.
    Drew is experienced in the following control and automation equipment:
    AutoCAD Level 2
    EPlan CAE
    17th Edition (ongoing)
    Siemens S7 PLC Training
    Rockwell RSLogix 500 & 5000 PLC Training
    Omron & Mitsubishi PLC Experience using CX Programmer & GX Developer
    Siemens TIA Portal PLC Software
    Siemens PCS7 PLC Software
    Movicon 11  SCADA Software
    ABB AC500 & AC800M PLC Software
    Prince2 Project Management Training (ongoing)

    We hope Drew will be very happy working with us, he will be a great asset to our business and if his academic achievements are anything to go by, he will succeed at the highest level.

  • Support for Eurotherm/SSD Drives LINK networks

    Do you use SSD/Eurotherm Drives “Link” Drive Systems? You need to talk to us about support.

    We specialise in the support and modification of “Link” networks and we carry spare hardware in stock too.

    Oracle have produced a utility that allows us to import monitor file data from Drive System Designer software to produce graphs automatically to aid fault finding and create trend data.

    This is also being developed for use in DSE-Lite and DSE890 software packages for the Parker Range of Drive Products

  • New Addition to the Oracle Team

    Oracle Drive Systems are pleased to welcome Tony Short to the team as our new draughtsman.  Tony, who started this week, will be working full time with one of our major customers in the North East.  He will be updating electrical drawings originally based on Eplan, now will be migrated to Promis-e which is based on Microstation.  The contract is required for some new machinery which is being installed and there have been many modifications that need to be updated.  Oracle Drive Systems are happy to employ people who are currently out of work and offer them full time employment.  This helps the individual and the local community.


  • Oracle Drive Systems wins Maintenance contract for Major North East Oil & Gas Sector Client.

    The Service contract is for 3 years and includes unlimited telephone support on a range of automation equipment and products.

    The contract allows the client to be supplied with industrial drives and automation hardware such as plc and drive equipment at specially discounted pricing only available with a contract in place.

    “Having a contract in place allows us and the client to accurately track all costs for engineering support services, expenses and parts on a single document. It cuts through procurement red tape that can be associated with larger companies, allowing the engineers to get the quick support and parts needed to maintain the plant” States John Mullins Managing Director. Monthly reports are provided to show how much is left in the pot for the client to spend and if there is an overspend it is simply deducted from the next year’s budget.

    All contracts are tailored to each customer’s needs and more importantly the client decides how much they pay for it. Contact us for more information.

  • Oracle Drive Systems wins order to provide PLC, HMI and Drive commissioning support for Large OEM.

    Using the latest version of Rockwell automation Studio 5000 software, Oracle are providing on site support during a critical phase of commissioning on new factory build housing bespoke machinery for the Oil & Gas Industry.

    Powerflex 755 Rockwell drives and GuardLogix Controllers used throughout which are connected to a global Scada Network for Data Collection.

Oracle Drive Systems

Online Store

Why not shop online for your key part. We stock a huge range of new and reconditioned parts ready for immediate despatch.

Case Studies

Read example case studies of the work we do and see how we have helped other businesses.

Oracle News

11/10/2017 - Win upto 8 hours Engineering time