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A few words about Saia Burgess Controls

At home in Switzerland of excellence



Our company has been based in a bilingual (German and French) part of western Switzerland since it was established.
The locality is home to such world famous companies as Swatch and Logitech, together with leading schools and universities in the technical field.

Like Switzerland itself, our company and our technology have been built on grassroots democracy. Both operate according to the “bottom up” principle. The needs of the grassroots are taken seriously and integrated into the development and manufacturing process. The quality management system, certified according to ISO 9001, can be viewed on internet by anyone and demonstrates with openness and transparency the rules by which we operate and the objectives we work towards.

Key corporate data:

70 million Euro annual sales:


  • 340 employees,
  • 70 of them in the development Production volume:

2 million I/O points per year


  • 40 000 CPUs per year
  • 700 000 small devices per year

1950: In the early days, Saia Burgess Controls mainly manufactured electronic timers. The spectrum of use extended house installations to machine technology.

At the end of the seventies Saia Burgess Controls became a pioneer in the field of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), known and used today under the Saia PCD® brand name. In parallel with this component business, Saia Burgess Controls grew to become a supplier of systems for instrumentation, control and automation technology.

In 2006 the line of electronic energy meters with fully integrated bus compatibility started production.In 2006 Saia Burgess Controls brought to market the world’s first completely web-based touch-panel for automation.

In 2010 reconstruction of the Saia PCD1 means that even the smallest device series has joined the Saia PCD3 and Saia PCD2 in being fully modernized. The 3rd generation of Saia Burgess Controls control devices is now complete. This is characterized by the following equation: Saia PCD® = PLC + IT + Web This formula stands for the seamless integration of world renowned, open technologies for web and IT on freely programmable, industrial electronics with the same quality and lifecycle as the robust, industrial PLC.


As part of the Honeywell Group, SBC aims to increase profitability, efficiency and safety as well as to conserve the environment through automation technology and services. Our products set benchmarks in this field. Together with Honeywell International, we have the financial power to implement large-scale projects at any time and at any place. And thanks to the logistics of a global company, we can be there wherever our products are needed – around the world.

Swiss quality made in Murten: Software, firmware and hardware. Combining product development, production, assembly, logistics, training and support for partners and customers under one roof ensures greater efficiency, effectiveness and reliability. The principle of "lean production" supports environmentally responsible production and helps us adjust production capacities to current orders. Our products are delivered through our logistics division to customers in core markets in Europe and around the world. SBC uses cutting-edge machines for environmentally friendly production. This allows us to flexibly adjust production capacity to the current level of orders. Not only do all SBC products meet the toughest demands for quality, they also boast a long service life and enable reliable operation. Our quality management system is also certified in accordance with ISO 9001.

Alongside the strict requirements of the IEC 61131-2 PLC hardware standard, Saia PCD control technology also meets the most stringent demands of various testing authorities for marine engineering. Our meters comply with the specifications of the EU’s Measuring Instruments Directive and can be used for energy billing without additional calibration. We also made the control technology in our Saia PCD1, Saia PCD2 and Saia PCD3 series far more resistant to interferences than required by CE standards. We always set high standards for ourselves. This ensures safety and peace of mind for our customers, keeping you on the safe side in the long run.