Robert Leyden joins Elite Controls as the new Key Accounts Manager

Robert Leyden joins Elite Controls as the new Key Accounts Manager

Elite Control Systems in Livingston are delighted to announce that Robert Leyden has joined the Team as our new Key Accounts Manager.

With nearly 35 years experience in Engineering Sales, Account Management and Business Development, Robert’s previous employment includes several major global companies within his portfolio.

Speaking of his appointment; Bill Grant, Elite’s CEO said “2021 already looks like it will be an incredibly exciting time for us at Elite with many new projects starting. We are very lucky to secure someone of Robert’s caliber and he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our growing team. All the team are really looking forward to working with Robert – onwards and upwards!

Welcome to the team, Robert!


Here to help & Still open for business

Following the most recent changes announced in January 2021 by the Scottish Government and the new Tier-4 Lockdown instructions we wanted to update you on what this means in terms of our support and services offered to all our clients. 

After carefully reviewing our own safety operating procedures we confirm that; 

  • Being a critical supplier of support for many major industries, we are still available and providing 24 x7 x 365 help to all our clients on support contracts 
  • If you do not have a support contract, then contact us and we will work with you to put in place a support arrangement to at least help you through this latest lockdown challenge 
  • Our engineers are also still available and working on new system projects 
  • We can also help provide you with remote access support and ensure that the current situation does not expose you to increased or new Cyber threats and breakdowns. 
  • In keeping with guidance, our company and team are strictly adhering to all best practice guidelines and importantly, we have put additional measures for staff and client safety during this challenging period. The safety of our staff and those we work with is of the utmost importance to us. 

Client support – Elite support many clients across the UK in the Energy, Food & Beveridge, Manufacturing, Chemical and Oil and Gas sectors.  Many of these are classified as critical infrastructure and consequently these sectors, like Elite Engineering & Support are still working and here to help. 

If you would like help in exploring or readying your operation for remote working, securing operations whilst remote working or, need a Cyber risk assessment please contact us: 

 +44(01506 597900 email

We look forward to your continued support 

Thank you 

New Vacancy – Support Engineer

An exciting Support Engineer Opportunity at Elite Controls!

We are a leading provider of automation, control, and associated Systems Integration services. Our award-winning team, work across a broad range of UK and International manufacturing and process industries designing, building, and supporting control systems for some of the world’s best-known brands.

We are looking for a new Support Engineer who has a proven approach to fault finding and quality minded customer service, familiar with a wide variety of PLC and SCADA/HMI platforms (Rockwell, Siemens, iFix, Wonderware).

For more information, visit

#Support #Engineer #Vacancy #IT #OT #PLC #SCADA #CyberSecurity #Cyber #Security

Elite Team Briefing

Elite Team Briefing

Friday saw another Elite online team briefing making sure that everyone remains safe in our COVID times. A good update and feedback session was held with respect to our 100 day plan and, Bill Grant our CEO also shared the plan for the next 100 days.

Great to also see our “Baku Boys” join us live from the middle of the Caspian Sea! – The wonders of modern technology in action!

Thank you everyone for all your help and support and, most importantly stay safe!

CENSIS Cyber IoT Cyber Security Programme

CENSIS Cyber IoT Cyber Security Programme

Elite were invited to present at the CENSIS Cyber IoT Cyber Security Programme.

Sharing the “stage” with Siemens Industrial Security and Safety Services Manager Paul Hingley, Elite’s own Colin Crosbie provided a pragmatic, insightful and highly informed overview of Cyber threats and best practice design considerations facing all of our major manufacturers today.

In these challenging times, keeping personally safe is very much to the fore in all our minds however, with ever increasing needs around remote working and an increased use of new technologies, making sure that our critical industrial base is also equally safe from Cyber threats has never been more pressing.

CENSIS is the National Innovation Centre for sensing, imaging and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies; they are tasked with raising industry awareness of this critical and ever more important subject as part of the IoT Cyber Challenge Program.

If you have any concerns or worries about your Cyber Security and Resilience please get in touch for a confidential discussion emailing

#cybersecurity #iot #internetofthings #innovation #cyber

Syrup Dosing System

Syrup Dosing System

Following the successful completion of a project last year for a major manufacturer based in Slovakia, Elite were asked to further enhance and expand the client’s control system. The original control system in the new state of the art plant, produces the syrup that is used for the manufacturing of kitchen sinks.

The original control panel design, PLC software programming and designing of the HMI Screens were carried out at Elite’s site in Livingston, with a site visit to Slovakia needed for the on-site commissioning.

The commissioning phase for the system expansion proved to be quite a challenge due to the critical nature of the existing process. Any code modifications or additions had to be performed in a 2-hour window, as this was the maximum permitted downtime.
The entire expansion project lasted around 3 months from initial development to commissioning.

The original hardware used for this work was based on Rockwell’s standard and safety Compactlogix PLC’s.
Linked via Ethernet, these PLC’s were expanded to accommodate the additional control requirements.
Due to the existing installation being an Elite-developed solution, the development for the expansion became much more streamlined and this definitely helped the control expansion to run smoothly.

The successful outcome of this work means that our customer has now doubled their manufacturing capabilities when compared to the previous layout of the plant.