Dave Oakes Gives us his 20-20 Vision On His Second Anniversary as Powelectrics MD

Posted on 27 Jan 2020

It is now 2 years since Dave Oakes took over as Managing Director of Powelectrics and here he reflects on 2019, which was another ground-breaking year, reaping the benefits of our R&D programme, internal restructuring and market re-alignment. In this article, Dave tells us what made 2019 so special and what to look out for this year.

Dave “Its was a real privilege to head the Powelectrics team through 2019. Their hard work has really paid off. Another profitable year saw us launch cutting-edge new technology and develop several new solutions due for release this year. We’ve nearly tripled manufacture in the last couple of years and successfully restructured to improve every aspect of the business, providing the robust foundation needed for future growth. We established international partnerships, introducing our technology into developing M2M sectors and received an unprecedented number of quality enquiries.

Powelectrics exhibited in several industry specific and instrumentation shows last year, where we demonstrated our latest IoT hardware, the Metron4. I’m immensely proud of Metron4. It builds on the global success of the well-proven Metron2 and delivers truly innovative Industry 4.0 telemetry.

We have designed it to support 2G and the LTE-M & NB1 segments of 4G, so it can be deployed globally, irrespective of any 2G or 3G sunset. As well as 4 analogue inputs and expansion cards for pulse counting and RS232, there are now options to develop RS485 & CANBUS interfaces, hugely expanding Powelectrics capacity for IoT edge processing. It has already been well-received and we are working on several new applications and collaborations opened up by its flexibility. More here.

I’m also excited about a number of other new IIoT solutions in the pipeline including hardware to encompass the rapidly expanding LPWAN technologies, especially LoRa and Sigfox.

A brand-new MetronView cloud will be available very soon. MetronView already offers customisable dashboards, reporting & alarms. It is a highly secure and scalable IIoT solution, currently processing millions of readings every day, that will soon have a fresh appearance to go with its extended capabilities.

MetronView 20-20 responds to customer feedback, speeding up operations, giving better aesthetics, easier navigation and better charting. It will be much easier to manage multiple devices and to interact with third party devices and data sources. MetronView 20-20 will also incorporate the ability to store default configurations and for customers to work through simple set-up wizards.

These MetronView developments demonstrate Powelectrics commitment to listening to our customers and making life as easy as possible for them. This ethos is in Powelectrics DNA! We have also created a range of ‘how-to’ videos, available via our web site and YouTube channel, link here, along with Quick Start Guides for our most popular IoT technologies. These will enhance our customers’ experience and ensure that our technology is truly plug’n’play!

I am looking forward to exhibiting again this year. After the huge success of its inaugural year in 2019, Powelectrics are very proud to have been selected once again to demonstrate our latest technologies on the Porterbrook Innovation Train at RailLive in June. We’ll also be welcoming visitors at Sensors & Instrumentation Live at the NEC in September and will be announcing further shows in due course.

2019 saw a number of key appointments. Bringing in the right people and nurturing their development has been a big part of our success.  Our new Finance and Operations Manager has done a tremendous job streamlining and automating internal procedures. Our new Internal Sales Engineer will soon be training her replacement, in preparation for when she heads out onto the road.

I love the buzz created by the mix of existing experience and new ideas and being part of a team with a “can-do” attitude. We get a kick out of customers benefitting from the technology we provide to them, and it’s amazing to experience how our solutions have such a positive effect on our customers’ businesses .... whether making them more efficient or more competitive, or opening up new revenue streams.“