December 1, 2015
By Mark Scantlebury, President and CEO
People often mistake ETC for a plunger lift electronics company or even a plunger lift service company. The reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
ETC does not employ any service technicians, nor have we historically had in-house plunger lift expertise. The reality is that ETC is an electronic controls and sensors company with strong relationships with service companies that happen to specialize in plunger lift.
Back in 2001, ETC was formed by a group of engineers and computer scientists with ties to the oil and gas industry. A plunger lift service company called Advanced was looking to solve a number of common issues with plunger lift controls. Their knowledge of the application and the market combined with ETC’s knowledge of electronics design led to a product that neither company would have been able to create on their own.
Even though Advanced and ETC only worked together for a couple of years, this same formula has worked time and time again. ETC has worked with a number of plunger lift service companies over the years.
Each time, they provided the direction on how the product should operate and ETC came up with the design to make sure it would be rugged, reliable and safe.
Now ETC is expanding into other vertical markets by continuing to do what we do well—understanding our customer’s problems and coming up with unique, reliable electronic designs to solve them. Our internal skill set is focused on hardware, software and mechanical design with a focus on low power, wide temperature ranges, and hazardous locations. These core competencies position us to work in almost any industry.
We worked with VIM Injection Management to develop a chemical injection management system that could retrofit an existing pump. It automates the management of the injection, provides scaling based on temperature, and gives the ability to manage injection rates remotely. Once again, partnering with a company that had industry specific knowledge led to a solution that fits the customer’s needs.
VIM was subsequently acquired by Profire and the product was rebranded as the PC180. This is only one example of ETC successfully working with service companies to help them achieve their goals based on their specific needs.