HB Systems celebrates 20 years

Helmut Bartens. Helmut Bartens.

HB Systems celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and took the opportunity to support the community in celebration.

Based in Somerset West, HB Systems provides electrical and automation solutions to industry. Established by the firm’s owner, Helmut Bartens in 1995, HB Systems possesses a diversity of electrical and automation engineering experience in applying PLC’s and drive technologies, motor control, process control and instrumentation from straight forward systems to highly complex applications.

At its anniversary celebration – held with clients, partners and staff – at the Lord Charles Hotel this month, Bartens and his team surprised the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society with a sizeable donation.

“We have had a good run for years and felt we wanted to do something for our local community. We all love of our four-legged friends and so decided that the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society would receive our donation of a “one-ton bakkie packed with animal food,” says Bartens.

“A combination of factors such as our ISO 9001 registration, quality products from our Siemens Solutions Partnership and our comprehensive approach to providing customers with a total solution, has led to long-term relationships with both customers and suppliers” says Bartens.

“We have well-established relationships with longstanding customers to whom we deliver a host of conventional and custom-built products that satisfy their highest demands of quality, performance and reliability. In order to do so our suppliers and service providers are an essential link in this chain.”

The diversity of its customer base can be gauged from a few examples of work entrusted to the company over the 20 years:

  • Automation equipment supply for The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) at Sutherland, the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and among the largest in the world.
  • The refrigeration control systems for the Excellent Meat patty manufacturing facility at Elsies River where upwards of 700,000 hamburger patties per month are produced for Burger King SA.
  • A number of fully automated pack-house systems for the citrus fruit and table-grape industry, from receiving to packaging for export and thought to be of the first in South Africa.
  • The supply of climate and environmental conditioning control systems – used for the operation of deep sea diving bells from dive support vessels.

H B Systems works together with PAM / EVERFLOW Refrigeration who are principal suppliers in the marine and industrial refrigeration industry

H B Systems’ footprint covers automation and refrigeration projects in the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape, but its installation teams and technicians have been deployed as far afield as Mauritania, Nigeria, Tasmania, Europe, Chile and the DRC.

“The secret of the company’s success,” says Bartens, “is fastidious attention to quality control and continuous investment in its employees through training and skills enhancement to ensure excellent value to their clients.”

In the field of Automation and Drive Technology

H B Systems provides design specification and engineering as well as programming and configuration which include procurement, installation, start-up, and commissioning services.

Working closely with preferred suppliers to provide a “complete systems” approach to the application, ensures that customers and end-users receive a reliable installation that performs as required.

Switchgear and control panel design and construction

Design and construction services for electrical low voltage switchgear and control panels means that all systems are supplied with comprehensive documentation consisting of schematic diagrams termination schedules and component selection as required.

Complete, pre-wired panels and motor-control centres for installation in the field, or in control room or MCC environments are regularly supplied.

Start-up and commissioning of automation systems

An important service is provided that occurs at the critical, near-completion stage of projects when all of the planning, design, and construction efforts converge and the time draws near to push the ‘start button’.

Prior to starting up any new automation facility, checks must be made on the status of all components and systems, to ensure that they will function as required, when required.

“It is at this, often stressful, stage that our experience is most valuable in managing unforeseen complications quickly so that these do not negatively impact the project schedule or costs. We will see a project through to the end and provide the services critical for a successful completion,” says Bartens.

A testing and troubleshooting resource for automation systems is accessible when problems occur on-site or when extra help is required. Appropriate testing equipment is available to conduct testing and provide coordination for third party testing, on behalf of customers.

Materials and services procurement

In addition to technical services, HB Systems also provides procurement services, sourcing and purchasing materials or equipment on behalf of customers. Arrangements may include alliances or preferred pricing agreements.

“I’ve always believed in solutions before price,” concludes Bartens, “and our reputation assures customers of ‘complete solutions from inception to commissioning.’”

“We are looking forward to continue working alongside our clients who have been supporting us throughout the years, and to provide them with the service excellence, we at HB Systems believe we stand for.”

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