Optimal Automation, a world leader in data management for PAT (Process Analytical Technology), and one of the UK’s premier designers, builders, programmers and installers of PLC, SCADA, DCS, MES and vision systems, has just celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Founded in 1987 by Martin Gadsby and David Richards – both ex-KRAFT research employees, Optimal Automation is now one of the leading developers and integrators of process analytical technology (PAT) solutions for the Life Sciences and Chemical sectors using its own in-house developed synTQ data management software.

Optimal is also a leader in vision systems – manufacturing its own 21 CFR Part 11 compliant packages – and is in the first rank of UK systems integrators, evidenced by its appointments as a Tier 1 Solutions Provider for Siemens, an Approved Systems Integrator for ABB, and a Software Solutions Provider for Rockwell Automation.

“We are a well kept secret at Optimal, due to so many of the high level projects we undertake being covered by non-disclosure agreements,” said Gadsby. “We have worked with most of the top tier life sciences suppliers on automation and PAT projects, and have designed and implemented automation projects across many sectors. But the nature of these projects means that we are never allowed to go public with them.

However, industry insiders talk to each other, and our success in one project has resulted in many more, simply via word of mouth – third party recommendation, which is very gratifying and shows that we are delivering exactly what our customers are demanding.”