#ISAutoIRL 2011 Pioneer Award

Criteria
To be awarded, on the nomination of two or more Society Members, in recognition of a lifetime devoted to Instrumentation and Control in Ireland.

Recipient: Mr Pat J Boner, P J Boner & Company
Nominated by:
Mr. Patrick M Boner, P J Boner & Company
Mr. Eoin O’Riain, Read-out Publications

Pat J Boner with family members and President John Downey and Deputy Lord mayor Fitzgerald

Pat J Boner has been actively involved in Instrumentation and Automation all his working life, Pat was born in Dungloe, Co Donegal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland at the age of 12, after completing his school education, he began an Electrical apprenticeship working with the Scottish National Coal Board. Pat excelled in his early years and was selected to move to the Instrumentation Apprenticeship after his first year. In this year he was selected to represent Scotland in the National Apprenticeship awards. Soon after completing this apprenticeship he moved to Birmingham, England to take up employment with ICI in the metals division as an Instrument Technician, within 6 months he was promoted to Shift Instrument Artificer age 23. Pat then worked with GKN Forge & Press Works before being offered a job with Honeywell, which would involve moving to Dublin to take up an employment opportunity as a Service Engineer covering all 32 counties.

After 4 years with Honeywell, he joined GEC Elliott in 1974 as Area Manager for GEC Elliott for both Sales & Service in Ireland.

Pat Boner acknowledges receipt of his award.

In 1978 Pat founded P.J. Boner & Company to provide a quality Instrumentation Service along with the supply of Instrumentation & Weighing Goods from International manufacturers to the Irish market. The company started from Pat’s house in South Dublin, starting with just three employees working from the front room before moving to a much larger premises in 1983, and with it additional employees including Instrument Technicians, Panel Builders, Apprentices and Administration staff.

From its foundation, P J Boner & Company started working with many of Irelands most prestigious companies with quality being at the forefront of every job undertaken and completed. Pats expert knowledge of Instrumentation and weighing was a primary factor in the initial development of contracts with some of Ireland’s best known companies, some of these contracts that are still standing to this day, 33 years later. By the late 1980’s Pat had seen a market for the automation of batching systems in Ireland and began programming, installing and commissioning some of Irelands most complicated, accurate and fast systems for concrete, feed & process.

Through this time and up until present day, P J Boner & Company employed staff in the
Instrumentation, Weighing and Automation fields, all interviewed, inducted and guided
by Pat in the development of their trades and up to the high standards that are expected by
all at P J Boner’s which has been instilled through Pats years as Managing Director.
Pat retired from day to day management in 2009 after working in the Instrumentation
Industry for 50 Years, with 31 of those years involved running one of Ireland’s most
successful instrumentation companies and giving employment to hundreds of Technicians
down through the years. He has taken up the role of Company Chairman to assist with the
continuing success of the business. Pat has been a member of the ISA for 34 years and
was present at the initial founding of the ISA Ireland section in 1977.

About Eoin Ó Riain

Sé Read-out iris uaithoibríoch, ionstraim agus stiúradh na hÉireann agus an "Signpost" a áit ar an idirlín! Read-out is Ireland's journal of automation, instrumentation and control and the Instrumentation Signpost is it's web presence.
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