The passed year 2020 — was the year of challenges and struggle. COVID-19 and a weak economy — might be considered as the two main factors characteristic of the last year. In terms of the company infrastructure we were ready for the limitations and new operational conditions encounted at the beginning of the year. For a long time and by focusing in a systematic way VSP has been getting ready to operate in a digital ecosystem — starting with a cloud 1C system as the basis and a fundamental element of all business processes including the employees’ work tools (notebooks, telephones, tablets,…). Alongside with this, early in the year we did not expect that pandemia and lockdown will last that long and will affect the company operation results to a considerable degree.
VSP 2020 Employees: distinctive results.
Going on with a long-standing Company tradition to nominate and celebrate specialists who have shown distinctive results during the year, VSP summed up work in 2020. Every year there are two candidates considered for two nominations — The Employee of the Year and The Brightest Employee.
The Employee of the Year is no doubt the main nomination, and to be honoured with such a choice is not a simple job at all. The Company chooses The Employee of the Year starting with 2004, and so, the terms and procedure for candidates evaluation are settled.
Happy New 2021 Year!
Just below my window
Stands a birch-tree white,
Under snow in winter
Gleaming silver bright.
On the fluffy branches
Sparkling in a row
Dangle pretty tassels
Of the purest snow
There the birch in silence
Slumbers all day long
And the snow gleams brightly
In the golden sun.
VSP Company: 24 years.
On September, 19, VSP is celebrating its 24th year of operation! One more step, and the Company is 25!
What is important to mark today, on the 24th year? What is important for VSP in the current context, with all the operational conditions showing tougher challenges for business than a year ago? Epidemiological situation, economic crisis, ecology factors, consequential oil prices, and as a result and reflection of all the combination of factors — the Ruble status — it is not easy to do business at all. But, if you think about it, how stimulating all this extensive crisis is in reality for further active and professional approach!
SINAMICS and SIMOTICS Solutions by Siemens.
A few years ago our company set a course on diversifying both business lines and applications, as well as on expanding the platform of VSP partners-suppliers for providing solutions to the market. Under present conditions such an approach implies a possibility of choosing the best technical solution, commercial and logistics terms.
Today we mark an addition to the Electromechanics line, extending the VSP offer — the range of SINAMICS drives and SIMOTICS electric motors make it possible to drastically optimise energy consumption, improve equipment efficiency and cut down expenses. We expect that SIEMENS electromechanical equipment will offer a wider choice for VSP customers and will contribute to working out the optimal technical solutions on Electromechanics.
VSP: Test & Buy: trial operation practice.
«Measure twice. Cut once».
What is the right way to decide that this or other product of a supplier or a manufacturer complies with requirements of a certain process or application?
Based on facts. Whichever long and detailed is the presentation of advantages of a product by the seller or manufacturer comparing benefits of the solution with a competitive example and highlighting disadvantages, in most cases one presentation will not be enough. To be more precise, just a presentation will not be enough to form an objective opinion on whether the product does comply to a maximum with a concrete application.
In such a case which constituents might serve the basis good enough for taking a balanced decision? To our mind, the answer to the question implies considering various components as a must, as well as a certain feasibility of taking a wider view on the selection process on the whole.
GAZPROM: Special Customer.
«VSP is launching work on a new extended program «GAZPROM: Special Customer». Work on business development with one of the major Russian companies will be based on the experience gained under the frames of realisation of the program «ROSNEFT: Special Customer».»
Mid last year we launched work on the specialised program «GAZPROM: Special Customer». The decision was finally approved at the meeting dedicated to finalizing results of the company in the first half of 2019. As per our experience a program practice allows to achieve higher results. Concentrating resources — time of the team, specialists’ expertise, the program budget — on one concrete goal and task, we considerably improve efficiency of one or the other practice. And planning the activities on extended and long-term tasks such as development of relationships with major customers, i.e. Rosneft, Sibur, Lukoil or Gazprom, there is no way to achieve smooth and effective work without a focused approach, proper planning, clear understanding of stages and final aims.
VSP: Program of Advancement.
Here at VSP we keep focused at the following key goal — advancement of every specialist defines future potential of the business on the whole. It is hard to disagree with the statement, especially nowadays, that the defining factor being not «where», but «who» and «what» as the competitive advantage of a person or the company. Today when the opportunities opened by a modern digital world allow to ignore such a notion as distance, the potential and efficiency embodied in every employee as well as intelligence is essential. It is obvious that a winning position is in the first place defined by knowledge. Whichever obvious it is, unfortunately it does not imply smooth integration into a working plan of each and every employee in practice.
ROSNEFT. VSP Special Customer.
The Rosneft Company approached Rospatent with the aim of getting an approval for the same brand to be recognized as well-known on the whole territory of the Russian Federation. After the materials of the application were considered, Rospatent took a decision to satisfy the request of the company.
VSP – Eurotherm: 20+ years of cooperation.
In 2015 Eurotherm celebrated 50 years of its activities. VSP cooperation with Eurotherm has been going on for over two decades — the time span worth of respect. Eurotherm Vision is to be the preferred supplier of machine automation products, applications, systems and services for customers in specialist industries. Eurotherm mission is to solve customers’ problems with pioneering products, bespoke systems, industry and regulatory expertise.
VSP: Audit Results 2019.
The strategy of VSP defines the company development for many years ahead, meaning in the first place a stable basis, i.e. a foundation for relationships with employees, customers, and governmental bodies. Compliance with legal regulations of the country in which the company is doing business is an absolute priority for our operations. The main legal body for activities and operations in Russia is SC «VSP Rus». SC «VSP Rus» and CJSC «VSP Ltd» are legal bodies incorporated in the Russian Federation, which go through regular annual audit to check compliance with Russian regulations. In March this year we have received a positive opinion summing up the company audit for 2019 activities.
COVID-19: Coronavirus disease.
The current epidemiological situation which the whole world is going through is of course worrying. The VSP company cooperates with suppliers whose manufacturing sites are located practically all over the world; the company is active working with customers from Grodno, Republic of Belarus, to Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Far East of Russia. Some of our partners have already officially announced a temporary halt of production activity. Italy, India, an operation mode with some limits imposed in the UK, in the European Community states, steps and measures to stop spreading and to fight against coronavirus undertaken by the Russian Government, special operating regime at industrial enterprises in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan — this is the objective present situation, affecting any business, each and every of us.
Intrinsic safety: competitive Russian market.
The technology of intrinsic safety provides for an acceptable level of safety in all areas. It is possible to assert that such a method of protection means more safety and is less prone to random errors as compared with other methods. So, alongside with flexible application of available apparatus and a possibility of live maintenance of equipment, the technology of intrinsic safety is a natural choice for measurement systems in hazardous areas. In particular, this is the only technique fully applicable in Zone 0. An intrinsically safe circuit is a commonly accepted method of explosion protection, and intrinsically safe barriers make connection of instrument loops safe both in standard operational conditions, and in emergency situations. Safety barriers are based on the principle of limiting the amount of energy allowed to pass between safe and hazardous areas to a level that cannot ignite flammable atmospheres.
VSP advertising campaign on Instrumentation products in 2019.
During 2019, VSP conducted an extended advertising campaign in specialized print media, social networks and search engines, exhibition catalogs. A separate line of the advertising campaign was dedicated to solutions of VSP suppliers and partners on Instrumentation products
VSP: Instrumentation products. Business trip to India.
Instrumentation products has been one of the main VSP business lines for over 23 years. Our team was the first to present Parker Hannifin solutions to Russian customers — in the year 1996 in the capacity of the distributor for the partner-manufacturer VSP started its history of development as an expert on Instrumentation products. Over the years the company accumulated a certain expertise and competence, having realized thousands of projects in terms of Instrumentation products. Knowledge gained on Instrumentation products and understanding of the market requirements of the end-users formed the basis, the foundation, which led to recognition of the fact that VSP main value comes from the nature of our work. Not a manufacturer, but having a certain expertise, the company has to act as a vehicle for solutions but not a supplier of a brand.
Time is flying away quickly. It seems just recently we verified plans for 2019, summed up results of the first half of the year,… On December 20, the whole team got together in the Moscow VSP office to discuss the results of operations for 2019 and tasks for the new year 2020.
Starting with the year 2008, Gecma Components electronic GmbH, Germany has become part of Eaton Electric Limited (former MTL Instruments). The VSP Company as the official MTL partner in Russia was glad to join activities on the new for us at the time solutions for visualization. As of today Gecma remote terminals and computers are used in many critical technological processes in Russia, Belorussia and Kazakhstan — a long way covered from the basic understanding of Gecma potential in Russia to a confident VSP position as a team with certain competence and understanding of actual customer requirements in applications for process visualization.
From 22 to 24 November, based on the venue of the «Oil Extraction. Oil Refining. Chemistry» exhibition in Samara, a VSP team carried out a seminar for industry specialists — «Functional Safety Standards and Intrinsically safe technologies and Solutions by MTL». Samara Region is one of the main focus areas for our team. And taking into the account tasks of a long term programme «Rosneft: Special Customer», and a cluster of operational companies represented in the region, there is no doubt in the necessity of active work in Samara.