New partner for the United States, Canada and Mexico

Expanding the North American CONVAL® business

F.I.R.S.T. announced today its decision to significantly expand its North American operations through local partnership with AK Consultants. "North American and especially US market represents one of the biggest markets in the world and established presence of advanced instrumentation and process control practices provides an un-matching opportunity to grow F.I.R.S.T. business through delivering world's best instrument sizing and selection solution as well as instrument reliability predictive services." said Andreas Vogt, president of the F.I.R.S.T. GmbH. "Local presence in the US and in the US Gulf area specifically, will allow us to better serve existing customers and expand the software and services solutions offering, preparing ground for the eventual establishment of the full local legal entity. We believe that recent changes in the economy of the oil and gas business are driving the need for further efficiencies in project execution and operations and provide fertile ground for F.I.R.S.T. offerings of CONVAL® software and CAT services.”

“CONVAL® and CAT by F.I.R.S.T. are an opportunity for both EPC’s and manufacturing community to use best of class solutions to improve valve and instrument sizing and selection processes and also capture, retain and reuse this information throughout the operating facility life cycle.” said Alex Koifman, owner and principle of the AK Consultants. “These solutions also allow companies already deploying advanced equipment reliability and instrument design and data management solutions like Meridium®, SmartPlant Instrumentation®, COMOS, Plant 4D Instrumentation and others, to utilize legacy and project data accumulated over the last two decades with CONVAL® and CAT predictive analysis by integrating them together into streamlined and reliable valve and instrument selection process”.

AK Consultants services instrumentation community with consulting services focused on instrument design and data management solutions, with over 20 years of experience in plant design and data management software development and services.