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Detechtion Technologies Included in Gartner’s 2018 Market Guide for Asset Performance Management Software

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HOUSTON, TX (August 21, 2018) – Detechtion Technologies, the market leading Industrial IoT and Mobility solution provider to the oil and gas industry, was included in Gartner’s June 2018 Market Guide for Asset Performance Management Software. Detechtion delivers Asset Performance Management (APM) for upstream oil & gas enabled by algorithms, predictive analytics, cloud software, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and mobility.

Gartner’s APM Market Guide is intended to assist CIOs in asset-intensive organizations gain insights on APM offerings and understand market direction in order to better support asset management strategies. “APM systems help organizations achieve higher levels of operational reliability, safety and efficiency,” Gartner reports. The guide continues to say that, “interest in asset performance management (APM) is being accelerated by the realization that a key use case of the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is equipment reliability, which is a fundamental capability of APM.”

Designed around the needs of upstream oil & gas companies, Detechtion’s product portfolio helps companies implement the full APM lifecycle starting with the collection of operational asset data using its Enbase™ Hub IIoT edge device. This data is sent to the cloud-based Enbase™ Dashboard, which in turn feeds Enalysis™. Enalysis™ is the heart of Detechtion’s APM offering and provides algorithms to both optimize asset performance as well as identify predictive maintenance opportunities. These optimization and maintenance opportunities are sent to field workers to implement via Fieldlink™, Detechtion’s mobility software platform, closing the digital loop on the APM lifecycle.

“Detechtion competes against companies who provide basic asset monitoring solutions or mobility software,” advises Chris Smith, CEO of Detechtion, “but none of them leverage IIoT, mobility and analytics into a complete APM solution that offers asset optimization and predictive analytics, including advanced analytics at the edge. We share Gartner’s vision for the APM software market and appreciate Gartner’s recognition of Detechtion in this market.”

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Detechtion Appoints Tammy Tapp-Gentry as CFO

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HOUSTON, TX (May 15, 2018) – Detechtion Technologies, the global leading Industrial IoT and Mobility solution provider in the oil and gas industry, today announced that Tammy Tapp-Gentry has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Tammy will be based out of Detechtion’s Houston office.

Chris Smith, President and CEO of Detechtion, said, “We are excited to welcome Tammy on board as our business continues to grow during the oil and gas recovery. Her diverse experience will be of immense value to our team and her contributions are going to play a key role in shaping a bright future for Detechtion.”

Tammy is a highly accomplished financial executive who brings a vast array of financial experience to Detechtion. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Agribusiness from Texas A&M University and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Asked about joining the company, Tammy commented “I’m thrilled to join a team that will fuel our company’s growth and performance in the energy industry.”

Previously, Tammy was CFO for Rand Group, a professional services firm that delivers overall business process improvement and business management software solutions. Before Rand Group, Tammy was the Finance Director for Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products.

Detechtion Announces the Availability of High-Frequency Data on Edge Device

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HOUSTON, TX (February 23, 2018) – Detechtion Technologies, the global leading Industrial IoT and Mobility solution provider in the oil and gas industry, today announced major improvements to the data logging and analysis tools available in its industry leading Enbase™ Hub edge device.

When monitoring and controlling critical oilfield assets, such as gas compressors, the Enbase™ Hub has always supported the ability to log process data locally as well as backhaul aggregated data at regular intervals to the Enbase™ Dashboard in the cloud.

Unlike well connected environments such as refineries, chemical plants, and upstream processing facilities where data is captured in traditional DCS and SCADA systems in intervals of seconds or sub-seconds, assets in the oilfield are remote, geographically dispersed, and have narrower, less reliable bandwidth connectivity options, requiring a more efficient and sophisticated approach for data management and transmission. In many cases, oilfield asset data logged at regular intervals such as every 15 minutes or longer are sufficient for normal operations, but when things go wrong, every second matters.

“Failures in the oilfield require a density of data much closer to that captured by a DCS,” advises Eric Neason, Senior Vice President of Products & Services at Detechtion. “Users need higher resolution data just prior to these events to perform true root cause analyses.”

Simply logging data at a higher frequency generates a tremendous amount of data that may not be useful. The Enbase™ Hub now maintains a sliding window of high frequency, in-memory asset operating data based upon customer specified frequency and duration to address this challenge. Data at the end of the sliding window is discarded. Only in the event of a shutdown does the data get logged to local storage. The data remains in local storage for a customer-configurable amount of time and is available for extraction on demand over the air into the cloud.

“High frequency data logging has created the opportunity for our customers to have visibility to a much denser set of data for root cause analyses,” said Virgil Haney, Chief Technology Officer of Detechtion. “Users can view and analyze the data both locally, through the Enbase™ Hub Control Panel, and remotely through on-demand polling.”

Detechtion Extends the First IIoT Edge Device in Oil and Gas to Incorporate Optimization

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HOUSTON, TX (November 17, 2017) – Detechtion Technologies, the global leading Industrial IoT and Mobility solution provider in the oil and gas industry, today announced that it has successfully integrated its Enalysis™ software, which provides predictive analytics for compressors, with its Enbase™ Hub creating the first IIoT edge device to incorporate optimization.

Designed specifically for oil and gas, the Enbase™ Hub defines the new paradigm for managing field assets in remote, hazardous environments. Designed to go beyond simple monitoring, the Enbase™ Hub empowers users to monitor, protect, control, and optimize critical assets.

The initial release will be targeted at natural gas compressors. The Enbase™ Hub now has the capability to use the predictive models from Enalysis™ to calculate metrics such as high rod loads and low rod reversals so they may be included in the parameters monitored and used in safety shutdown systems for compressors, preventing catastrophic, costly equipment failures. Moreover, the KPIs calculated in Enalysis™ can also be used to update setpoints as part of a compression control strategy to ensure that a compressor is operating at its peak efficiency. All the direct measurements as well as analytics are available for display locally via the Enbase™ Hub Control Panel. They are also communicated back to the Enbase™ Dashboard for use across the organization.

“This achievement completes our vision of creating a single edge device that can monitor, protect, control and optimize a compressor.” said Virgil Haney, Chief Technology Officer of Detechtion, “We are working with our customers and existing and potential partners to leverage this IIoT platform for other applications in Oil and Gas.”

“Other solutions require customers to procure and integrate several pieces of hardware and software to achieve what we can now offer in our single edge device,” said Chris Smith, President and CEO of Detechtion, “This creates a more cost-effective solution in the short term and a much lower total cost of ownership over the lifetime of a fleet of compressors.”

Detechtion Delivers First Commercially Available Dual Communications Telemetry Device

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HOUSTON, TX (September 20, 2017) – Detechtion Technologies, the world leader in compression fleet optimization, today announced that it has delivered its first Enbase™ Hub with both satellite and cellular communications.

Designed specifically for oil and gas, the Enbase™ Hub defines the new paradigm for compression monitoring, protection, control, and optimization. The Enbase™ Hub mounts inside an existing compressor control panel and connects instantly to controllers, annunciators, pyrometers and sensors to provide all the information from these devices remotely through the Enbase™ Dashboard.

“Detechtion has taken advantage of the ubiquity and relative affordability of cellular networks in North America for connectivity to our edge devices.” said Virgil Haney, Chief Technology Officer of Detechtion. “This has created the opportunity for our customers to have visibility to a much denser set of data for decision making. There are, however, still areas where cell coverage is not adequate to ensure essential callouts are received immediately when an incident occurs.”

The new dual communications Enbase™ Hub utilizes satellite communications for callouts like compressor shutdowns or other events that need immediate attention, while still using the cellular network to backhaul data to the Enbase™ Dashboard that is stored on local memory when cellular connections are available.

“Our mission is to create value by bringing connectivity and automation to remote and hostile environments”, said Haney, “and while we are still able to deliver that density of data at a price point that is not cost prohibitive utilizing the cellular network, essential callouts are not missed by relying on our satellite communications.”

Detechtion Technologies Establishes Preferred Service Provider Program with Alitek, Exile Automation and Techneaux Technology Services

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HOUSTON, TX (March 10, 2017) –  Detechtion Technologies, the world leading Industrial IoT and Mobility solution provider in the oil and gas industry, today announced the launch of its Preferred Service Provider Program, designed to ensure customers receive unparalleled service and allow Detechtion to scale its business as demand for its solutions rapidly grows. The company also announced it has added its first three service providers to this program: Alitek, Exile Automation and Techneaux Technology Services.

Houston-based Alitek offers a variety of services to help clients identify, plan, implement, deploy, and support solutions that improve business processes, increase efficiency and reduce risk through better management of information. To date, Alitek has focused on projects implementing Detechtion’s Fieldlink™ mobility solution.  “We have a strong track record partnering with commercial software providers to deliver their solutions in a way that enables customers to use their technology, information, and employees more effectively and efficiently, which is why Detechtion’s offerings are such a great fit for us,” said Tod Knight, Alitek Partner and CTO.

Exile Automation, based in Calgary, Alberta, manages, designs, and maintains a variety of high-quality process control, measurement and automation projects. Exile has capabilities to install Enbase automation products as well as complete compressor control panel retro-fits.  Dean Blahut, Managing Partner with Exile Automation said, “we have worked with Detechtion Technologies for years helping clients get compressor data into Enalysis™ and are excited for the opportunity to help bring the new Enbase™ products to the Canadian market.”

The team at Techneaux, with offices in Lafayette, Houston, and Denver, helps customers design, implement, and maintain solutions to solve their process control and monitoring needs. Techneaux is primarily focused on projects deploying Enbase™ Hubs, the edge devices serving as the backbone of Detechtion’s Industrial IoT platform.  Shannon Landry, who leads the Industrial Controls team at Techneaux Technology Services, said, “we are excited to be part of the new Preferred Service Provider Program with Detechtion, to help customers implement the Enbase™ product line to gain better transparency and control of their oilfield assets.”

“We selected Alitek, Exile and Techneaux for our Detechtion Preferred Service Provider Program based on our past history working with these companies, their strong technical capabilities, and our shared commitment and passion for customer success,” said Eric Neason, Senior Vice President of Products & Services at Detechtion Technologies. “While we will retain and grow our own dedicated field and implementation services teams, partnering with these three companies allows us to scale as demand for our offerings continues to grow.”

Detechtion Technologies and Enbase Combine to Power the Digital Oilfield

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Detechtion Technologies and Enbase Combine to Power the Digital Oilfield Through Leading Industrial IoT, Mobile, and Analytics Solutions

• Shared vision to address industry challenges
• Fully integrate companies to accelerate innovation and deliver superior solutions
• Enbase co-founder Virgil Haney to join Detechtion Board of Directors

Houston, Texas – (October 17, 2016) – Detechtion Technologies, the world leader in compression fleet optimization and a portfolio company of Element Partners, announces that it has completed a majority investment in Enbase LLC, a world leader in field automation, mobile applications and predictive analytics for the oil and gas industry. This merger creates a company that will deliver an Industrial IoT platform to remotely monitor, control and optimize processes and equipment across the oil field. The companies will fully integrate and operate under the Detechtion name.

Shared Vision to Address Industry Challenges
The oil & gas industry is faced with increasing production and lowering operating costs, all while addressing increasing regulatory requirements. These challenges have created tremendous pressure on the entire oil and gas supply chain. Detechtion and Enbase addressed these challenges separately, each with their unique product approaches.

Founded in 2009, Enbase addresses industry challenges with field automation and mobility solutions that deliver actionable information. Their cloud-based solution leverages that information to enable exception-based management and predictive analytics. Today, Enbase is a market leader in telematics and control for well-head chemical injection and compression assets.

Detechtion is a developer of proprietary algorithms, which working in tandem with simulations, identify opportunities to reduce operating costs and increase production of compression assets. Established in 1999, Detechtion has grown into the market leader in predictive analytics and simulation for compression fleets through its Enalysis™ software.

Fully Integrate Companies to Accelerate Innovation and Deliver Superior Solutions
Industry challenges cannot be addressed with disparate systems. Users expect solutions that integrate hardware, communications, software and mobile capabilities for actionable information. By building upon their existing products, the combined entity will continue to innovate and deliver solutions needed to power the digital oilfield.

Chris Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Detechtion said. “Through this combination, we immediately become the market leader of end-to-end solutions encompassing control, telematics, mobile, and predictive analytics in the oil and gas industry. The Enbase team has done a fantastic job of building solutions and delivering exceptional service and we look forward to their continued contributions.”

The combination will create an unparalleled Industrial IoT platform for oil & gas that includes:

● Cutting-edge field automation that combines control, telematics, configurable logic and analytics
● Mobile solutions to automate work processes and enable collection of non-digitized data
● Cloud-based analytics platform that transforms the data into actionable business intelligence
● Simulation solutions that answer “what-if” questions to optimize asset performance
● Engineering and professional service capabilities enabling customers to fully leverage our solutions
● All products will be available stand-alone to minimize disruption to the current customer base

Virgil Haney, co-founder of Enbase and Chief Technology Officer at Detechtion said, “We are excited to join the Detechtion team and will continue to provide our existing, world-class products and services to our chemical automation and leased compression customers. Looking forward, we are particularly excited about the opportunity to expand our offerings, bringing even more value to our customers.”

To fully leverage the combined experience of both companies, Enbase executives Virgil Haney, Colin Hendricks and Eric Neason will join the Detechtion executive team. Mr. Haney will also become a member of the Detechtion board. All three will continue to be significant investors in the combined company. The corporate headquarters will be in Houston, Texas, and the Canadian headquarters will continue to be located in the current Detechtion offices in Calgary, Alberta. The combined company serves well over 100 customers and manages tens of thousands of assets.

About Enbase
Enbase is an oil and gas technology company focused on field automation, mobile applications, predictive analytics, and operate-by-exception solutions. Headquartered in Houston, Texas and serving E&P, midstream and energy service companies world-wide, Enbase is the company that Powers the Digital Oilfield. For more information about Enbase and its industry-leading solutions visit www.enbasesolutions.com.

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Detechtion Technologies Eliminates Over 600,000 Metric Tons of CO₂ Emissions Every Year

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Detechtion Technologies, the world leader in compression optimization and fleet management, announced today that a recent study showed that it enables its customer base to eliminate over 600,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions on an annual basis through ongoing compressor optimization. Using Enalysis™, Detechtion customers are able to look for inefficiencies in compression fleets that, when acted upon, lead to less power consumption to move the same amount of natural gas.

As more companies strive to reduce their carbon footprint due to tightening regulations from province, state and federal agencies, oil and gas production and midstream companies must find ways to deliver natural gas to the market in more efficient ways. Compressors that are configured sub-optimally waste power leading to unnecessary CO₂ emissions. Finding low cost, high impact opportunities for efficiency gains not only saves the environment from those extra greenhouse gas emissions, but the companies enjoy the added benefit of reducing expenses through reduced carbon levies, fuel gas and/or electricity usage.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of CO₂ per year. The reduction in CO₂ emissions enabled and acted upon by Enalysis™ users results in the equivalent of eliminating more than 130,000 passenger vehicles from North American roadways.

Mike Hill, SVP of Sales and Marketing for Detechtion, said “The primary value we bring our customers is through identifying opportunities to increase utilization in compression fleets, but just as importantly, we also detect opportunities to increase efficiencies and save power consumption leading to lower CO₂ emissions without sacrificing production. When asked recently how Detechtion helps companies reduce their carbon footprints, I was pleased to commission a study by our engineers to quantify just how much we were helping to affect this increasingly important metric.”

Detechtion Technologies Announces Latest Release of Enalysis™

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Detechtion Technologies, the world leader in compression optimization and fleet management, announces the release of Enalysis™ 3.17. This new release enhances calculations for rotary screw compressors, along with numerous other enhancements, bug fixes, and usability improvements.

Roughly 20% of units in Enalysis™ are rotary screw compressors, and our screw compressor diagnostic software offers the same predictive analytic capabilities as our best-in-class software for reciprocating compressors. Manufacturers of screw compressors continue to release new products and new technologies that impact the calculations within Enalysis™, and we monitor these evolving equipment and technology advances and adjust our calculations accordingly. In this release, we have carefully enhanced the rotary screw compressor calculations, introducing equations that enable Enalysis™ to better model units under partial load from user-configurable slide valve adjustments, and we refined efficiency calculations for over and under-compression operating conditions. All of these enhancements provide more accurate machine horsepower calculations which result in more precise configuration recommendations.
In addition to these enhancements, we also made improvements to Enalysis™ reporting, added electrical current draw to multiple reports, and enhanced our compression simulation functionality for fixed compressor unloaders. For customers who use the Enalysis™ maintenance module, we have continued to deliver workflow and usability enhancements to the system based on close collaboration with our customers.

Gerry Conroy, SVP of Product and Portfolio for Detechtion, said “We are pleased to release our improved rotary screw compressor enhancements along with other software investments to improve the usability and reporting capabilities in Enalysis™. Our customers are challenged to manage large compression fleets comprised of a mix of machines from different manufacturers and different vintages. Enalysis™ provides a single repository of hundreds of different compressors and configuration options that prioritizes opportunities across the fleet to deliver improved throughput, reduced operating costs and catastrophic failure prevention, delivering top-quartile asset performance. In a difficult commodity environment, we continue to invest in differentiating features of Enalysis™, producing a unique value proposition with substantial returns to owners and operators of natural gas compression fleets.”

Detechtion Technologies Announces Latest Release of Enalysis™

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Detechtion Technologies Announces Latest Release of EnalysisTM

Detechtion Technologies, the world leader in compression optimization and fleet management, announces the release of EnalysisTM 3.15. This release includes functionality to enable our customers to better track equipment failures and causes, along with enhancements to improve navigation of our web-based software.

In the challenging current environment of low oil and gas prices, our customers and prospects are more focused than ever on assuring compression equipment runtime, availability and reliability. Tracking these equipment metrics requires capturing scheduled and unscheduled downtime. As the one-stop shop for compression management, EnalysisTM now automatically calculates equipment downtime, and enables operators to classify that downtime into scheduled and unscheduled categories along with capturing the associated downtime reasons. A complementary set of reports aids operators in tracking runtime, availability and reliability at the fleet, area, field and machine level, along with a corresponding summary of total downtime hours by reason across the fleet.

This version of Enalysis also introduces user favorites, which streamlines navigation to key activities and equipment within the software.

Gerry Conroy, SVP of Product and Portfolio for Detechtion, said “We are delighted to deliver this new release of EnalysisTM to the market. In the current challenging low commodity price environment, our customers are focused on measuring and maximizing the amount of oil and gas that gets sold to the market. Supporting further insight into equipment downtime is an obvious complement to our to our industry leading Asset Performance Management (APM) capabilities. These enhancements will dramatically improve our customer’s ability to track, measure, and ultimately improve the most critical measures of reliably getting production to the market. At the same time, our continued investment into software usability and minimizing the number of clicks is an investment in time-savings for our end users. Through challenging industry times Detechtion continues to strongly invest in our software solution to enable our customers to achieve best-in-class asset performance.”

About Detechtion Technologies

Detechtion Technologies is the world leader in compressor fleet optimization for natural gas fleet operators that are committed to improving the efficiencies of their compressor fleets and the people that service them. Using Enalysis™, Detechtion’s customers are better able to increase revenues, decrease costs, and accomplish best in class asset management. Through its compression training segment, Detechtion has trained over 9000 operators, mechanics, foremen, superintendents, and engineers. Currently, Detechtion provides predictive analytics and optimization services for approximately 20% of active compression horsepower in North America, including client relationships with 15 of the top 25 North American independent gas producers.