Gray Matter Systems Partners with M.A.C. Solutions to Offer Superior Alarm Management Solution for Critical Infrastructure Industries

Gray Matter partners with M.A.C. Solutions, a UK-based specialist provider of industrial data and alarm management systems
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Warrendale, PA – Gray Matter Systems, a leading solution provider of process automation and data management, today announced its partnership with UK-based M.A.C. Solutions, a specialist provider of industrial data communication, machine-to-machine solutions, and alarm management systems. As a partner, Gray Matter Systems will offer the ProcessVue® Alarm Management suite to oil and gas, power generation, pharmaceutical, and general process and manufacturing industries.

“Our customers look to us to provide industry and technology experience, and we are excited to offer the latest, most innovative alarm management technologies,” said James Gillespie, CEO of Gray Matter Systems. “This partnership with M.A.C. Solutions will support the growing demands of our customers and their operations.”

ProcessVue® is a suite of software that provides relevant and prioritized information to plant operators, supervisors, and managers, which helps them make better-informed decisions about processes and plant safety.

The software combines the communication, data logging and reporting technologies with a master alarm database, along with a set of alarm rationalization tools and comprehensive management of change functionality. The solution’s event recording or full KPI reporting functionality is designed to assist plants or sites with regulatory requirements and industry best-practice guidelines such as EEMUA 191, ISA 18.2 and, IEC/BS 62682 standards.

After installing the solution at one of its offshore oil platforms, Premier Oil’s Balmoral, an exploration and production company with nine producing fields in the United Kingdom, was able to avoid software outages for two years.


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At Drax Power Station in Selby, North Yorkshire, engineers have the ability to identify alarm trends to analyze the causes of plant upsets, including the sequence of events (SOEs) leading up to a loss of production.

“We are passionate about providing customers in the oil and gas, manufacturing, and power generation industries with better alarm rationalization strategies,” said John Pritchard, managing director at M.A.C. Solutions. “Partnering with Gray Matter is a natural next step in supporting the growing needs of customers in the U.S. and Canada.”

This partnership with M.A.C. Solutions follows an addition of two veteran automation professionals, Alan Hinchman and Coleman Easterly – with a combined 50 years of experience – to head up Gray Matter’s water/wastewater and manufacturing execution systems (MES) divisions, respectively.

In addition, Gray Matter Systems moved its corporate headquarters to a state-of-the-art, Class-G green-certified office building in Warrendale, PA back in June. The move to the new building, located in the 223-acre Innovation Ridge Advanced Technology and Office Park near Cranberry Township, was also spurred by the company’s consistent growth.

About M.A.C. Solutions

Founded in 1996, M.A.C. Solutions is a specialist provider of Industrial Data Communication, M2M (machine-to-machine) solutions, process automation solutions and alarm management systems.

M.A.C. Solutions provides a range of hardware, software and consulting services, which enable operators in the transportation, infrastructure, power/energy, marine, oil & gas, utilities, security & surveillance, packaging, pharmaceuticals, and automation industries to securely connect and manage their distributed assets. Productivity data from these assets can be monitored over time to enable high-end analytics and visualization. M.A.C. Solutions is an ISO 9001 registered company and is certified to OHSAS 18001:2007.

About Gray Matter Systems
Gray Matter Systems is a leading consulting and integration company dedicated to solving industrial data and control problems. We provide critical infrastructure environments with cutting-edge solutions to both optimize operations, and ensure safe, reliable performance. Gray Matter is headquartered in the Pittsburgh, PA area with offices throughout the United States and Canada. For more information about Gray Matter Systems, please visit our website or for any questions, please contact Leah Moose at lmoose@graymattersystems.com or at 412-741-2410.

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