In late March, it was announced that MSA, the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of safety products, equipment, and infrastructure, would be acquiring Sierra Monitor, a leading IIoT and cloud gateway provider.
To the average person, this may seem like an odd pairing. Why would a company that makes respirators, head protection and other products designed to make emergency personnel and workers safer possibly want to acquire a company that specializes in gas detection and IIoT gateways that can cloud-enable commercial and industrial equipment?
To learn the answer to that question, we recently sat down with Gustavo Lopez, General Manager of Software as a Service and Portable Gas Detection at MSA Safety Incorporated. According to Gustavo, the addition of Sierra Monitor’s solutions to MSA makes a lot of sense for both companies.
Here is what he had to say:
MSA is investing heavily into technologies that enable the connected worker and the connected worksite. In that regard, we have a wide breadth of products designed around making the worker and infrastructure safer and more connected. MSA even spun up a new company called Safety io that is also designed to enable that.
The acquisition of Sierra Monitor fast tracks what MSA was already working towards with connected infrastructure. Sierra Monitor had capabilities that we were looking to build out in the next three or four years. With Sierra Monitor in the fold, we now have those capabilities and the ability to attack that market today.
The Sierra Monitor acquisition also gives MSA access to different market verticals that the company isn’t present in right now. Overall, there was very little overlap between the two companies, and the synergies between the companies were incredible.
With the addition of Sierra Monitor, equipment manufacturers and commercial facilities owners will be able to connect all of their facility equipment and safety equipment together. This will give them an incredibly holistic and comprehensive view of their operations and increase their situational awareness. It will be a better, more comprehensive solution for our customers.
It shouldn’t impact the customers’ experience or what they’re receiving from MSA now.
I think what they can expect in the future will be the introduction of new and exciting products in our fixed instrument line, which is used in both industrial and HVAC applications. They’ll be enabled for cloud connectivity faster and be more cloud-enabled into the future, allowing advanced capabilities such as preventative maintenance, remote monitoring, and other services in the future.
Sierra Monitor and the capabilities that they have for cloud-enabling devices and equipment fits our long-term strategy to build a more connected worker and worksite that increases worker efficiency and helps to reduce worker casualties and injuries from the worksite altogether.
The mission of MSA is to ensure that workers get home to their families every day, Sierra Monitor’s solutions will help employers and facility owners and operators ensure that their workplaces are safe for their workers, and that they walk through their front doors every night.
Sierra Monitor enables that by allowing employers to aggregate all of the data from their fixed assets, whether they’re in a building or a manufacturing plant or a warehouse, and overlay it with some of the other connected devices that exist in that environment. When they analyze all of that data together, they’ll have a true, accurate and real-time picture of what’s happening in the workplace. This will ultimately help us achieve our mission of eliminating injuries in the workplace.