Bend tech firm's wide reach

Bend tech firm's wide reach

Manufacturing and technology company Powers of Automation has a wide range of expertise, taking on projects for clients ranging from pharmaceutical manufacturers to breweries.

The Bend-based business, staffed by owner Steve Powers and an 11-person crew, has extended its reach beyond local clients.

Last year, when the H1N1 scare was in its height, Powers of Automation worked on a 20,000-square-foot cold room in Tennessee, which was used to store the flu vaccine. Powers' business mapped the entire room and installed control panels that maintained an equal temperature throughout the room to keep the vaccines from deteriorating.

On a project Powers recently landed, his business will retrofit the technology that controls a process used to measure contaminant levels in storm water. His client's machine filters storm water through a tank of bacteria, and currently uses outdated technology to measure the level of oxygen in the tank to determine contamination in the water, Powers said.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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