The OUTOKUMPU piracy

Since 1970-th years the Finnish OUTOKUMPU company has been much interested in the instrument the MICRON. In 1971 OUTOKUMPU has addressed to organization where I worked with suggestion to test of the MICRON in Finland.

The organization has forwarded to these tests a non-specialist, and he failed trials.

I was perfecting of the instrument, so it was using on plants in USSR successfully.

In 1985 representatives of OUTOKUMPU have visited two ore dressing factories on Caucasus on which the PSI MICRON was appreciated (3 devices in Mizur, 10 devices in Tirnauz).

In 1986 OUTOKUMPU company has addressed with the request to conduct secondary trials of the MICRON in Finland. The my organization delayed solution about trials as long time as it was possible. So they were held only in 1989. The MICRON on tests was represented by me. The trials have passed on plant in Vammala successfully.

In 1990 the OUTOKUMPU Mintec company has purchased one sample of the MICRON. This company has replaced the analog secondary device with a digital one, electrical box - on a frame construction, has added pulp boxes, has removed labels "MADE IN USSR" and has re-colored the unit in yellow color. So, the MICRON was transformed in PSI-200 and it was represented as the Finnish invention.

The marketing developed quickly, in the world market there was only expensive ultrasonic American instrument PSM-400. The low cost particle size indicator was in demand.

In 1991 - 1995 the OUTOKUMPU Mintec has purchased five consignments the PSI MICRON without secondary instruments through the intermediary company in Moscow - total 105 units. All of them were transformed in PSI-200 and are realized in different countries.

Plagiarism it whether or not? Decide by yourself.

In 1994 I have addressed with the claim to the OUTOKUMPU company and has offered cooperation. OUTOKUMPU has stopped purchase devices in Russia, has started to produce piracy copies, and has not answered to me.

In 1998 I have presented the OUTOKUMPU company documents confirming my copyrights to this technology, and I has offered cooperation secondarily. No answer again, but PSI-200 is produced, is advertised and selling. What is it? Is it a syndrome of accustoming to the another's invention with obvious unwillingness to part with one? I think that it is the cynical piracy hoped on impunity.

At March 2001 there was held the Third Congress of the Dresser's Countries (Commonwealth of Independent States) in Moscow. At this seminar some representatives of Outokumpu company distributed a colorful booklet with advertisement of PSI-200. Since 1998 the Outokumpu company had to restrict the advertisement in the Internet because the my sites had appeared and people can find easy the truth about the Finish "discovery". So, now the Outokumpu company is oblige to use a clandestine advertisement "hand-by-hand". This is one more argument about the piracy.

Here is the text of this booklet:

Outokumpu's electronic group,Outokumpu Mintec Automation, was instructed to develop an affordable particle size analyzer. The specification stipulated that it must be accurate,rugget, reliable and require minimal maintenance. It also had to be suitable for interfacing to a computer based process control system. Outokumpu Mintec Automation embarket on three avenues of research. One investigated the use of laser sensors, another ultrasonic techniques, while the third developed a mechanical measurement method. In 1991, after extensive testing on Outokumu's own plants, we introduced the PSI 200. The mechanical design was chosen and it met and exceeded the criteria set out in the specification. PSI 200's UNIQUE MEASUREMENT PRINCIPLE (marked by Finnes). When Mintec Automation first introduced the PSI 200 some people were skeptical. They could not understand how such a simple measurement principle could work. Fortunately, because of our track record, as the world's largest manufacturer of on-stream X-ray analyzers,many people wanted to try the PSI 200 despite its unique measuring technique. Within relatively short period more than 150 units were sold. Many customers placed repeat orders because they were impressed by the PSI 200's accuracyand reliability.

The unit's innovative sensor has a reciprocating caliper that operates like a micrometer. As the slurry flows through the measuring sensor individual particles are randomly gripped between the faces of a piston and anvil. Each time the caliper closes, it accurately measures a particle and the data is stored

Then there is discribing my measurement technology.

Thiefs and impostors had stoled from Russia and Russian citizen intellectual property, now come to Russia to put up for saleloot!

I, Victor Pidorich, is presents by myself the MICRON at Finland OUTOKUMPU plant...

... And later, the "Finish original particle size indicator" PSI-200. Find some differences...