name, Vista Control Systems®, reflects the detailed view of your facility
provided by our suite of real-time process control software products,
collectively referred to as Vsystem®. It also points out our
staff's reputation for breadth of vision. And in a moment of whimsy, the
founders of Vista decided that the name was quite fitting for a company
located in Los Alamos, atop the Pajarito plateau, high above the upper Rio
Grande valley in north central New Mexico. Spectacular views of three
separate ranges of the southern Rocky Mountains can be had just a short
distance from our corporate headquarters.
Vsystem grew out of work
performed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Peter
Clout, now president of Vista, led a team of talented individuals
developing a control and monitoring system for the Proton Storage Ring
project. Early Vista employees, including Virginia King, worked with Peter and others to design a graphically oriented
control system for newly available workstations. The result of their
efforts was a revolutionary tool kit for real-time control.
In 1987, Peter demonstrated
this software at a conference in Switzerland. There he met Richard Tatham,
owner of Hytec Electronics
Ltd., a British manufacturer of data acquisition and control systems.
Richard, along with other conference attendees, recognized the software's
power, and he knew that there was nothing quite like it on the market.
In 1989, with Richard's
encouragement and support, Peter, Virginia, and others left the laboratory
to establish Vista Control Systems. The new company licensed the
laboratory software and developed it into an advanced suite of products,
which collectively came to be known as Vsystem.
immediately saw advantages to Vsystem: an easy-to-use graphical user
interface, quick logging, and effective alarming. Industrial managers are
particularly impressed with Vsystem's open architecture, extendable
software, and ease of implementation. Now well over half of Vista's sales
are in the industrial sector.
Vsystem is one of the most
advanced data acquisition and control tools in the world. With
installations in such diverse parts of the world as the United States,
Japan, Korea, Germany, Russia, England, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium,
Thailand, China, and The Netherlands, Vista Control Systems has gained
We feel that our success
results from a variety of tangible factors, including a commitment to hire
the best people to pioneer the best in process control technology,
world-class after-the-sale customer support, and a dedication to our
Vista Control Systems is
also one of the authorized sales agents for Hytec Electronics products
sold throughout North America. Hytec
Electronics is a leading manufacturer of CAMAC and VME I/O products.
Dr. Peter N. Clout
University of York, England
being awarded a D.Phil. in Physics, Peter worked as a Research Fellow at
the University of York in the UK and then as a scientist or staff member
at research laboratories in the UK, Germany, and the US. In 1989, Peter
and two others started Vista Control Systems, developing software for data
acquisition, SCADA, and process control.
Peter has worked on CAMAC
hardware and software standards, and has organized conferences and
exhibits. He wrote data acquisition software for a synchrotron radiation
facility and for the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Since
completing his degrees, he has worked exclusively in the fields of
real-time software and hardware, mostly applied to research. At Los Alamos
National Laboratory, Peter led a group that developed control systems for
charged particle beam accelerators and storage rings.
Peter is an active
member of IEEE, and has served as secretary, vice president, and president
of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. IEEE acknowledged his
service to the society and his achievements by presenting him with the 2002 Richard F. Shea
Distinguished Member Award and
the 2007 IEEE Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Science Award.
He has also served as a member and chairman of the IEEE Society Review
Committee and in 2009 was elected (2011-12) Division Director for Division
IV to the
IEEE Board. He is a member of the Institute of Physics in the United Kingdom, the Instrument
Society of America, and the Association
of Iron and Steel Technology. With over 60 papers published in journals and
at conferences, Peter is an established member of the physics, SCADA and process
B.S. Computer Science
Texas Tech University
A company cofounder,
Virginia has been instrumental in developing many of the concepts of
graphical user interface for Vista products. Her computer science degree
and experience working on accelerator control systems give her the
distinct ability to produce graphical products oriented toward process
control. She is fluent in Xwindows and MS Windows programming, and
proficient with C, FORTRAN, and Java programming languages.
As a graduate research
assistant and contract employee in the Accelerator Technology Division at
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Virginia designed portions of, enhanced,
and maintained the Ground Test Accelerator control system user interface.
She worked on the original Vdraw at the laboratory, and after leaving to
found Vista, she was instrumental in developing Vdraw further and
designing our VGI multi-platform graphics library, and the Vtrend application.
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