Shorrock Automation was founded in 1975 by Roy Shorrock and Bernard Senior and was originally known as Shorrock Senior Associates. During 1978 the company started to diversify into the process control industry that rapidly was to become its core business activity. The entry was made possible when Shorrock Automation was appointed the sole South African agent for the German company ifm electronic. At that time, ifm electronic manufactured a small range of industrial sensors marketed under the ‘efector’ brand name.
Shorrock Automation remained a small family business until the early 1990s when Michael Pitschlitz was appointed managing director. With the introduction of AS-i by ifm, and the acquisition of a number of other agencies, the company was catapulted into a new phase of growth in a significantly enlarged market. The introduction of AS-i effectively changed Shorrock Automation from being a supplier of just sensors, into a solutions business, capable of supplying a complete system with all the networking components. In line with the revised focus on the process control industry, the name of the company was changed to Shorrock Automation during 1998.
Early in the new millennium, Shorrock Automation acquired the sole rights to market the REER (Torino, Italy) range of light-based safety curtains. REER, established in 1959 and represented in over 30 countries worldwide, is a brand name in the field of safety light barriers and the leader of this technology in Italy. This product range opened an even greater market for Shorrock Automation and allowed its customers greater flexibility.
Shorrock Automation relocated to its Head Office in October 2001, a purpose-built 500 m2 facility located in the Route 21, Corporate Park in Irene, just off the R21 Airport link highway. The move was necessary as a result of space constraints in the old premises, although obviously this prestigious and convenient location added great value to the Shorrock Automation image. The site was carefully chosen to allow for a further 600 m2 expansion which was completed in November 2005. Shorrock Automation has very comprehensive training facilities and a full demonstration area. Route 21 Corporate Park is also well known for its high level of security offered to tenants. During 2005, Shorrock Automation acquired three more agencies, namely WAGO, eWON and Pro-face.
In March 2008 ifm electronic gmbh acquired Shorrock Automation’s local ifm division and commenced operation as ifm electronic SA. Shorrock Automation continued operation with Chris Huxham at the helm as managing director, marketing its high quality range of products for a variety of industries. Soon thereafter, Shorrock Automation broadened its customer offering and expanded past sales and marketing by introducing two new departments. The first being panel building that consisted of anything from simple rail assembly to the building of instrument and control panels, and the second, to venture into System Integration with its focus set on small to medium sized automation projects. Success was inevitable as both these new ventures were implemented with Shorrock Automation’s comprehensive mix of product, skill, knowledge and experience.
In 2010 two more product lines were added to Shorrock Automation’s offering, this time in line with the company’s focus shift that now included building automation and energy management. The first product, PEHA is a German based company and leader in EnOcean based wireless switches and sensors. The second product range to be added was CP Electronics (UK based), a manufacturer of a vast range of occupancy sensors and wall switches with integrated presence detection.
Shorrock Automation currently has the following agencies:
Headquartered in Minden, Germany, is a family owned company that has been operating in the international market for three generations and has become a trend-setting provider of electrical connecting and automation technology. WAGO’s experience of more than 50 years, allows it to develop, produce and market innovative components for industry, process engineering and building automation. WAGO is not only the market leader in the sector of spring clamp connection technology, but a number of its many inventions have become standards in industry. WAGO takes on new challenges, takes the lead in development and sets new standards, which makes the company synonymous with quality, dependability and innovation. New ideas are the driving force behind WAGO’s success.
WAGO Business Divisions:
All WAGO products in the electrical connecting technology sector are based on the principle of spring force. Only these clamping and connecting systems can guarantee proper functioning and 100% reliability – all without maintenance. Easily clamped in a matter of seconds (and, where required, just as quickly released), WAGO connecting, rail-mounted and PCB terminal blocks and connectors have proven themselves beyond any shadow of a doubt. In control cabinets or splitting boxes, on carrier rails, PCBs and cable ducts, the reliability of these products makes them ideal for use in building automation and power engineering, in the automotive industry, in traffic and process technology and in mechanical engineering, to name but a few.
Flexibility and freedom in planning are the major advantages of modular and fieldbus-independent devices used for decentralized automation. WAGO presented a fieldbus system in this sector as early as 1995 with which fieldbus nodes could be precisely matched to fit a specific application based on the building block principle. Since then, it has continued to expand and further develop this system. I/O systems, interface modules, power supplies and surge protection systems from WAGO are employed when the demand is for high performance and 100% safety and reliability, such as in industry, in process engineering, in building automation and, of course, in all safety-related and hazardous areas.
ReeR developed its first safety sensors in the middle of the 1970s and the first safety light curtains were realised in the early 1980s. REER has been Italy's most important and one of the leading European manufacturers of optoelectronic sensors for industrial safety. ReeR provides its customers with reliable and effective solutions for the protection of workers and machinery and continuously expands its product offering through innovative engineering and design.
eWon is a Belgium based company that designs and manufactures Programmable Industrial Routers (PIR), built on internet technology. eWON sets new standards when it comes to industrial routers and opens the door to communicate with systems from any location in the world. A large range of products already exist in eWON’s offering with some basic features being local or remote application monitoring and control through the users own customized HMI, data logging, data collection on a central server, remote device accessibility, creation of secure and permanent VPN networks and alarm notification. Some solutions for the industry include interfacing serial ASCII devices to Ethernet and interfacing automation devices for facilities management. eWON also offers solutions for Machine Builders and System Integrators in IP Routing, PLC remote maintenance, internet gateways and predictive maintenance. Solutions for infrastructure also exist, being alarm notification via e-mail and SMS and remote metering through its embedded I/Os (4 AI, 8 DI, 2 DO) or through external I/O modules.
Pro-face is a Japanese company, Digital Corp, with its European head office in the Netherlands, specialising in Graphic Operator Interfaces (AGP3000 Series), a range of HMI touch screens ranging from 3,8” up to 15”. Other products in its portfolio include the LT300 series which is a compact palm sized controller, the PS3000 series of compact industrial computers (IPCs) with or without touch screen from 8.4” to 15”, industrial flat panel displays up to 19” and industrial-standard computers (IPCs) built to customer specifications. The Pro-face software line-up includes the powerful and user-friendly GP-PRO EX with GP Viewer, remote PC access and WinGP, which is Pro-face’s software for panel computers with a runtime engine and PRO-Server EX, their data management software. Pro-face is the world leader in this technology and even brands its products for other well known suppliers. All Pro-face products conform to the RoHS Directive and comply with international safety standards.
PEHA is based in Lüdenscheid, Germany and was founded in 1922. It is a leader in EnOcean based wireless switches, motion sensors, window or door contacts, temperature control and much more. Also in their offering is a range of wired switches and their own range of control systems. PEHA specialises in lighting control, light scene management, control of roller shutters, blinds, sunblinds, gates and electrical appliances, over-heating control to monitoring the closed position of windows and doors.
Based in the UK, CP electronics designs and manufactures reliable energy saving controls that optimise comfort for the user while minimising energy costs. The company manufactures occupancy sensors, including both Passive Infra Red (PIR) and microwave. These two ranges boast a vast range of features ranging from wall-mount and ceiling-mount to high bay sensors. Presence and absence detection, lux level monitoring and control through either 0-10V, DSI or DALI needed for daylight harvesting, are some features available. Also included is their range of green-i wall switches, with or without integrated motion sensors with the added ability to do presence and absence detection and scene selection.
Shorrock Automation’s Head Office is based in Irene, Pretoria with three strategically placed branches in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The needs of industry in the rest of the country are covered through official, well-trained distributors, the primary ones being located in Zimbabwe (Harare), Northern Province (Phalaborwa), North West Province (Carletonville), and the Eastern Cape (East London). Strengthening its systems offering, Shorrock Automation has a System Integrator program where System Integrators are specifically identified for having strengths in the main industries known to contribute to the South African economy. Once again, these System Integrators are well trained and are continuously kept informed on the latest product development forming part of Shorrock Automation’s product basket.
In-house technical support, training and an extensive inventory to support its countrywide sales team, is some of the strategic strengths Shorrock Automation focuses on to keep a competitive advantage. Shorrock Automation offers products and services in the areas of steel, oil and gas, mining, automotive, food, pharmaceutical, rail, packaging, power generation, lighting, building automation, construction and DIY, to name a few. Its project capabilities include offerings from design to construction, installation, commissioning and customer training where some of these functions may be contracted out or done in alliance with selected and approved Shorrock Automation System Integrators.
Shorrock Automation intends to continue its growth in process control, home/building automation and related industries, and is committed in providing its clients with the best quality products and service at all times.