Explore the History of Our Rotating Machinery Control Company

  • 1970's

    Petrotech’s turbomachinery control knowledge is traceable to a 1960’s era company called Compressor Automation Controls, later known as Baker CAC.

    In 1978 Petrotech Incorporated was formed by the turbomachinery group that separated from Baker CAC. Originally the group produced pneumatic compressor controllers and wellhead safety systems. The group focused primarily on the upstream and midstream Oil & Gas sectors.

  • 1980's

    Petrotech begins to market its system to the midstream pipeline compressor market. The company becomes the preferred anti-surge control supplier for Solar Turbines and Demag Delaval.

    Petrotech also develops its solid-state, stand-alone compressor controller – the ASC-M series, providing more functionality.

    In the eighties, Petrotech expands into I&E and System Integration. This significantly expands its capabilities beyond Turbomachinery into the Reciprocating Equipment and Balance of Plant (BoP) automation.

  • 1990's

    The company sees significant growth in its market share of pipeline compressor control retrofits. Also, the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) begins to emerge as a superior alternative to proprietary controllers. Petrotech leads the Turbomachinery industry by adopting an open architecture approach to control system solutions.

    Petrotech expands into an EPC role. Designated as an engineering and construction unit producing whole offshore modules, the EPC business unit is built around compressors and general I&E engineering work.

    In 1995 Petrotech acquires Unitech, a New York-based gas turbine/generator control systems supplier. Unitech brings extensive experience in General Electric and other gas turbines and integrated generators.

    In 1997 Roper Industries acquires Petrotech.

    With the popularity of the PLC making sizable market share gains, the ASC-M series standalone anti-surge controller product lines are brought to a close in 1999 in favor of commercially available superior processors.

  • 2000's

    Petrotech consolidates its various offerings into the core Compressor & Turbine Controls Group, forming the total solution Petrotech of today.

    In 2003 Roper Industries divests the unified Petrotech Company to a management led, private investors group.

    Following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Petrotech expands into full-scale operations in Houston, Texas to accommodate double-digit growth.

    In addition to its fully integrated systems, Petrotech introduces a series of new products to address existing stand-alone compressor control requirements in the marketplace. The Em-400 series, a comprehensive system, includes a color touch-screen display, high speed processing and state-of-the-art connectivity. It is designed to provide a migration path for the ASC-M series, some of which are still in use 30 years after installation.

    In 2009 Petrotech wins the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Customer Value Award. This award recognizes the consistent value customers receive from Petrotech’s Turbomachinery control capabilities and experience, combined with custom solutions, an unmatched return on investment and reduced life cycle costs.

  • 2010's

    In 2013 Petrotech acquires Amot Systems, a division of Amot, a Roper Industries subsidiary. Amot Systems, now Petrotech (UK) Limited, brings over 50 years of design experience in control and monitoring systems, specializing in diesel engine controls, hazardous area electrical and mechanical engineering.

    The addition of a manufacturing, sales and service facility in the United Kingdom expands Petrotech’s footprint closer to customers in Europe and the rest of the world. Additionally, the UK facility and engineering staff enhance the ability of Petrotech to meet unique certification requirements worldwide.

Petrotech’s acquisitions and product expansions over the years are designed to expand its market leadership role in full turnkey services for all rotating equipment such as Gas, Hydro and Steam Turbines, Compressors, Reciprocating and Diesel Engines, Pumps with all their auxiliary systems and Balance of Plant control needs.

Petrotech continues to pride itself on being a leader in Turbomachinery controls, serving several major industries within the energy sector, including: