The story of Hycontrol’s foam control technology begins in the 1980s, at the Shell Research bioscience centre in Kent, UK. Fermentation technology was used for tertiary oil recovery and the discovery of novel molecules for agriculture. The fermenters, controls and many of the sensors were developed and built on site as the requirements exceeded what was easily commercially available. New technology was developed to measure foam, which was a considerable problem. Subsequently, the technology was developed further by a new start-up company called Charis Technology, which led to the production of a range of products. The first applications were in fermentation and then pharmaceutical production. As time went on, Charis found many other applications for foam control systems. They introduced a wider range of products, selling foam control systems to customers all over the world.
In 2013 Charis Technology was approached by UK level measurement experts Hycontrol, who subsequently acquired the company. Design and production were incorporated into the Hycontrol facilities in Redditch, Worcestershire. This acquisition has increased the capacity for R&D, product development and improvement.
Charis equipment has now been rebranded as part of the Hycontrol product family. However, it is still based on the expertise gathered by Charis.
For over thirty years, Hycontrol has consistently proved to be an innovative leader in the field of level measurement and control. Headquartered in Redditch, Worcestershire, they have been trusted to oversee thousands of applications across the UK and around the world. By working closely with customers and by understanding the consequences of inaccurate or unreliable level systems, Hycontrol aim to deliver precisely-tailored systems that provide the best-engineered solution – without compromise.
For further information on Hycontrol and the full range of products the company offers, please visit: www.hycontrol.com