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    Veruth Holdings owner of Europa Components plc and other companies announces purchasing Oracle Drive Systems, a leading  Variable Speed Drive and Control Systems integrator through the good offices of Benchmark Ltd. Veruth, a second generation family holding company has a policy of long term development and growth for the companies it is involved with. It is delighted that John Mullins, founder of Oracle, is remaining as Sales Director.

    Oracle will continue to build on its 16yrs of experience and expertise with many blue chip companies now with the backing to expand. Already in the last month new offices have been opened in Billingham In the North East of England, adding to the Batley unit in West Yorkshire as well as taking on more Project engineers and support staff to handle the new work the company is being awarded.

    David Sheridan, Chairman of Veruth, said ‘ We see in Oracle and John Mullins a very successful business with a reputation of giving its clients the highest service and we are delighted to now be working with John  to take the company further forward’

    John Mullins said ‘ In Veruth we have found a partner with similar attitudes to us and with a long track record of taking companies successfully forward. This will be of great benefit to our customers, staff and Oracle Drive Systems’

  • Oracle welcomes Sam Moody joining the team

    Sam Moody has been with us for a few weeks now as a process engineer. He has a HNC in multi skilled engineering, HND in electrical engineering, and a Degree in Engineering Management. All of this has meant he's fitted straight in and been able to get sraight into working on site.
    Previously he has worked for a large multi national company in their vehicle battery plant as a multi skilled maintenance engineer and developed software and modifications to improve equipment efficiency.

  • Eurotherm 2000 Series of controllers due for obsolescence

    With immediate effect, the 2200 and 2400 ranges are being moved to Level 2 (Special Order Only) status. Details of the current lifecycle stage and the anticipated withdrawal dates are as shown in the below:

    2216e, 2208e, 2204e Level 2 (Special Order Only) Obsolete date December 31st 2020
    2416, 2408, 2404 Level 2 (Special Order Only) Obsolete date December 31st 2020
    2408F, 2404F (Profibus) Level 1 (Under Review) Obsolete date December 31st 2023
    2408I (Indicator) Level 1 (Under Review) Obsolete date December 31st 2023
    2200e 2DN (DeviceNet®) Level 1 (Under Review) Obsolete date December 31st 2023


    The EPC3000 controller is the suggested replacement for the 2400 and 2200 ranges, offering improved performance at a comparable price, as well as native Ethernet communications certified to Achilles® Communications Robustness Testing Level 1. The EPC3000 controller offers the same panel sizes (DIN) as the affected 2000 Series Controllers in 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 variants.

    The most significant functionality not available in the EPC3000 controller is PDSIO (Pulse density signaling I/O). Similar functions are available via the CT input on the EPC3000 or 3200 controllers, or via broadcast master comms.
    Key Benefits of the EPC3000 Controller

    • Enhanced Precision Control - EPC3000 range has high precision, high thermal stability inputs. In combination with updated and enhanced control functions and optimized autotune performance, the EPC3000 range provides improved control stability, repeatability and time to setpoint in comparison to the 2000 Series controllers. Benefits may include improved process yield and reduced scrap.

    • Graphical Wiring Environment - The GWE is an extremely easy way to create applications. It allows users to select the function blocks they wish to use in their application and then connect them together using ‘Soft Wiring’. The GWE gives the user a pictorial view of exactly what has been configured and can also be used to monitor runtime conditions.

    • Ethernet Connectivity - Ethernet communications are supported via a standard RJ45 connector, providing fast access to process and diagnostic information as well as connectivity to an external PLC or a plant SCADA.

    Cybersecurity - The EPC3000 Ethernet-enabled controller range is the first Eurotherm controller to be designed and certified to meet the stringent cybersecurity requirements of Achilles® Communications Robustness Testing

  • Oracle wins £250k Autocad Drawing Contract

    Oracle are pleased to announce that at the end of 2019 we won a contract for electrical drawings from one of our long term customers, we will be either creating new or updating from their old promis-e to autocad which standardises the whole plant.


  • Vacancy - Electrical Project Engineer

    Permanent full time position with attractive benefits and salary, includes company vehicle and Laptop.
    Recruiters or contractors need not apply as we are looking direct for full time staff at the moment.

    This job would suit someone who comes from a commissioning type background who is used to going to customer sites around the UK (Mainly from Yorkshire to Newcastle. Some overseas travel maybe required.

    If you are conversant with Design of, upgrading and commissioning of control systems, good knowledge of drives including ABB Rockwell and Parker, A strong knowledge of programming Rockwell PLC's including Ethernet comms and HMI programming, Drives & Controls design using Cad package, Fault finding and commissioning of control systems then send your CV to john.mullins@oracledrivesystems.co.uk with a covering letter/email stating why you would be the best person for the job.

    We are only interested in someone who can demonstrate a strong work ethic, is looking for long term commitment, and is not going to jump ship at the first opportunity. We are in it for the long term and so should you be.

  • Oracle teams up with Evans cycles to offer ride to work scheme.

    Oracle teams up with Evans cycles to offer ride to work scheme for employees to leave the car at home and cycle to work instead.

    We're pleased to offer our employees a saving of up to 42% off any bike and cycle equipment through a salary sacrifice scheme.

    Cycling can improve your health and well being as well as reduce the risk of heart disease by 47% and cancer by 46%.

    Healthy staff are more productive at work and physical activity reduces absenteeism by 20%.

    Further more, cycling to work takes cars off the road reducing emissions and helps save the environment.

  • Oracle drive systems starts 2019 by completing £100k project upgrading PLC and Drive communications!

    We’re pleased to announce a great start to 2019 with Oracle Drive Systems winning and completing a £100k project to upgrade the PLC and communications on one of our customers largest machines.

    The customer originally had a very old Texas Instruments PLC, which was working as it should but if a break down was to happen, spares are becoming harder to source even in the used and refurbished market. The customer had decided they wanted a new Rockwell PLC which would be part of the plants standardisation of parts.

    The PLC controlled 10 Parker 590 drives, the drives themselves were kept but they had no communications options fitted, so Parker LINKnet devices were added to all the drives allowing Ethernet connections directly to the PLC which would also be connected to the HMI. This creates a complete  drive network and becomes a multimaster system, which allows the drives to communicate with other drives at high speed, passing speed references etc, which will allow for more advanced process control and scope for control improvement. Multiple drives can be monitored and trended at the same time.

    We also included a full set of redrawn Electrical Schematic Diagrams (approx. 100 pages) provided to the customer in electronic format (PDF and DWG).

  • Bridging Solution for LINK 1/2 to LINKnet

    LINK1/2 to LINKNET bridging solution from Parker

    This newest addition to Parker’s drive catalog creates a seamless interface between legacy 16 bit LINK fiber optic networks and current 32 bit LINKnet CAT6 based networks.  This allows for planned incremental upgrade of legacy LINK fiber optic systems. It also makes it possible for emergency replacement of obsolete LINK fiber optic components with current LINKnet components while leaving the remainder of the LINK fiber optic network intact. With the LINKbridge, legacy Parker customers can update to LINKnet in stages instead of replacing a legacy system as a whole. Once a system is fully upgraded, the LINKbridge can be reused for your next project.

    LINKbridge Features:

    •                Compatible with both AC and DC Parker Drives

    •                Compatible with all legacy LINK fiber optic drives and components

    •                Configurable with DSE

    •                DIN rail mountable

    •                USB port for programming with DSE

    •                Ethernet port for connecting into LINKnet network/Ethernet network

    •                Power supply input (24 VDC)


  • Oracle Drive Systems investing in people and the future of automation engineering.

    We are pleased to welcome Nathan our latest team member as a Junior Engineer.

    Nathan is currently studying to achieve his HNC and has already completed his first year.  Nathan is learning a good mix of classroom theory work and on the job practical experience.  In his first month we have already put him through training sessions held by ABB, Bardac, and Parker, and we wish him success in completing his studies and in his career with us.

  • Oracle wins contract to supply long term cover work

    We have just supplied three qualified and knowledgeable technicians to one of our customers on a full-time temporary contract until Christmas. The roles were needed to be filled urgently and we achieved this with just 1.5 weeks notice.

    Using Oracle Drive Systems to supply cover technicians and engineers means:

    We know your machinery and drives, so are well placed to choose the right man for the job.

    Agreed fixed price daily rate for the duration of the contract.

    Monthly invoicing from Oracle Drive Systems, with standard terms and conditions for payment. (Agencies like to submit weekly invoices and work on 7 or 14 days payment terms)

    All tools and PPE are supplied with the technicians.

    If you are looking to fill temporary long term sick cover, holiday cover, or temporary additional support for planned or reactive maintenance, give us a call on 01924 350010

  • Unidrive SP to be discontinued September 2018

    The Unidrive SP range is only available to order up until 28/09/18.

    Please consider a last time buy for stock or migration to Unidrive M which is the current model.

    Unidrive M - Compatibility
    Compatible physical dimensions, weights and surface mount footprint
    When retrofitting surface mount drives, existing mounting holes can be reused - negating the need for additional drilling. Mounting holes are in the same place or retrofit kits are available
    Power and control wiring adopt the same philosophy as Unidrive SP
    The same menu and parameter structure is adopted by Unidrive M
    Unidrive M connect can be used to transfer parameters from Unidrive SP to Unidrive M
    Software programs
    SI-Applications option modules can compile SyPTPro programs for Unidrive M

  • Parker 637F and 638 Servo becoming obsolete

    From 30th June 2018 Parker Hannifin will be discontinuing the complete 637F and 638 servo drive family due to problems with sourcing key components.

    Some stock is still available, if you do not have spare drives we recommend keeping some in stock as Parker do not have a replacement yet planned.

  • 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.

  • 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

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