Smith Flow Control Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Valve interlocking firm has grown from three staff members to 78

Valve safety interlocking specialist Smith Flow Control (SFC) has celebrated 30 years of protecting people and assets at process plants worldwide.

SFC was formed in April 1985 by Malcolm Brown, Mike Smith and current managing director Mike D’Anzieri. The company now employs a total of 78 staff, mostly at its headquarters in Witham, Essex, but also in regional offices in Australia, China, India, the Netherlands and the United States. A third of all staff have been with the business for more than 10 years.

SFC introduced the coded card linear key concept to interlocking technology, and the concept has achieved widespread adoption on a global scale. The firm’s product range has evolved considerably over the past 30 years to include a full suite of mechanical interlocks for a wide range of applications and valve management products. More recently, new product development has diversified into electronics and RFID technology.

“Our product range is constantly evolving and we pride ourselves on delivering customised solutions that our clients need,” explained Adrian Brown, SFC’s R&D manager and son of founder Malcolm. “For the last three decades, SFC has offered a precise and personal service. We appreciate and value the importance of supplying suitable products to our customers, and so adapt our product range to meet individual requirements. The continuous quest for new product development and ongoing product improvement requires a high level of energy and commitment, which can only come from a collective dedication to being the best in the industry.”

Managing director Mike D’Anzieri added: “The business continues to grow at a tremendously fast pace. I am incredibly proud of our achievements to date, and I am especially grateful to all the employees for helping to make it happen.”

For more information, contact India Sales Manager, Mr.Sunil Verma at +91 98106 04307, Email: s.verma@smithflowcontrol.com, or sales@smithflowcontrol.com ; or visit www.smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve interlocks and valve management systems, EasiDrive portable valve actuators, FlexiDrive remote valve operators and TorkDrive torque limiting devices for the effective operation of valves. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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Advanced’s MxPro 5 Multiprotocol Panel now Supports Nittan

Advanced’s industry-leading multiprotocol fire panel, the MxPro 5 now has full, enhanced support across its entire range for the Nittan Evolution protocol.

This partnership offers major advantages to fire professionals, including faster loop polling, intelligent isolators reported on the panel and support for the latest Nittan devices. The change covers the entire MxPro 5 range in one, two, four or eight loop formats, with up to 254 devices per loop.

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Features of the analogue addressable MxPro 5 include Advanced’s renowned networking capabilities, which allow up to 200 panels to be quickly and easily connected in radial or fault-tolerant networks. The Nittan supported panels also use Advanced’s easy to use Dynamix Tools config and service software, making even the largest of sites, with complicated cause-and effect, easy to programme and maintain. All MxPro 5 panels also support Advanced’s leading AlarmCalm false alarm management solution.

“Our enhanced support for the Evolution protocol adds real value for Advanced and Nittan customers,” comments Advanced’s marketing manager Aston Bowles. “Our fire panels are well known for their leading quality and performance and the choice available to customers has taken another step forward.”

The result of decades of research and development involving installers, specifiers and end users across the world, the MxPro 5 range is designed to offer more power and performance in a user-friendly format. It supports protocols from four of the world’s leading detector manufacturers: Apollo, Argus, Hochiki and Nittan and is approved to EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13. It is one of the few EN54 Part 13 approved panels available.

The Evolution range is the latest advanced, premium fire system developed by Nittan. It uses ASIC technology in the sensors and sophisticated detection algorithms, combining extremely reliable fire detection together with a very high degree of protection against unwanted false alarms. Its advanced, highly flexible protocol is not only uniquely resistant to noise, but also allows for substantial amounts of information to be transmitted at high speed.

Lee James, Nittan’s Europe’s general manager for sales and marketing, said: “The Evolution protocol and detector range offer a great many advantages. To truly benefit, customers need to team the detectors with an equally high quality panel range, such as Advanced’s MxPro 5. We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with one of the highest quality intelligent panel businesses in the market.”

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems.

For more details contact Reji Mathews, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com

About Advanced
Advanced (a Halma company) is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com

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Smith Flow Control Hires Regional Sales Manager for India

Sunil Verma joins Smith Flow Control as Regional Sales Manager for India. Mr.Verma’s appointment supports SFC’s strategic investment in the region, with Sunil responsible for driving sales and marketing efforts.

Sunil Verma Photograph

Sunil Verma comes to Smith Flow Control with a B.Tech degree in Instrumentation and Control from USIC, Kurukshetra and MBA in Finance & Marketing from MDI, Gurgaon. Mr. Verma has a strong background in promoting advanced technology in the oil & gas, energy and process industries, having worked with Emerson for over 8 years.

While the Indian markets offer many opportunities for Smith Flow Control’s unique mechanical interlocks and valve management systems, Mr.Verma’s is also responsible for supporting SFC’s international clients who have a significant presence in the region. Incidentally, Sunil joins Smith Flow Control at a momentous time in its history. This year, the organization is celebrating 30 years in operation, providing market leading and innovative process safety solutions to its customers. For further information, please visit our web-site at www.smithflowcontrol.com.

Sunil Verma, the new Regional Sales Manager will be based out of Delhi and can be contacted on
T: +91 98106 04307 or E-mail:s.verma@smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control (SFC) is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve interlocks and activity management systems: EasiDrive portable valve actuators, FlexiDrive mechanical valve linkage systems for remote and/or simultaneous valve operation and TorkDrive, a torque limiting device. SFC is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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Advanced Launches Mobile Managed Emergency Light Testing

Lux Intelligent makes emergency light testing and management so easy you can do it from your phone

Global fire systems business Advanced has launched Lux Intelligent, a new emergency lighting testing system with cloud monitoring and mobile management. It offers time and cost savings, a host of unique technical features and proves compliance with BS5266-1.

Lux Intelligent is an addressable, automatic test system that shows all emergency lighting is compliant and functioning, with no engineer intervention required, saving money and time. It can be easily networked and retrofitted onto existing wiring and luminaires, keeping installation costs to a minimum.

A unique feature of Lux Intelligent is cloud monitoring and system management via mobile and web apps. Test data is stored securely in the cloud and the system delivers live details on status, faults, test failures and advisories from a smartphone or via a web browser, allowing users to monitor all their sites, anywhere in the world, right down to individual devices. Users can share the sites or panels with engineers and maintenance staff and e-mail maintenance and test reports in one click.

The system is easily installed in one panel or networked formats. Networks can be standard cable, allowing 200 panels to be networked, or customers can use their own LAN and wireless networks. This low cost, no disruption method allows an unlimited number of panels to be networked to cover large or multiple sites right across the globe and monitored via the cloud.

Lux Intelligent works with almost any light, including LEDs, from almost any manufacturer and can be easily added to existing wiring, offering considerable savings on installation and maintenance costs. It works with any existing system including central battery, and each panel has up to four loops each supporting 249 luminaires.

The system has a unique set of test methods that include the standard current and voltage tests, but also direct light level measurement via fibre optics. Once installed, the panels should never need to be looked at, apart from a three year battery check; in fact, their reliability is so high that Advanced has removed the key from the panel front.

“It’s probably fair to say that no other emergency lighting testing system makes compliance with BS5266-1 easier or more cost effective,” comments Advanced’s marketing manager Aston Bowles. “In fact, we’re so confident that Lux Intelligent will save users time and money that we provide a savings calculator on our website, showing how the automatic testing technology, easy installation and cloud monitoring add up to impressive savings and benefits within a very short time.”

“I don’t believe there’s another system out there that can match Lux Intelligent for performance and ease-of-use,” adds Dave Henderson, the company’s emergency lighting product manager. “A well-tested, compliant system that works when you need it is the goal. We achieve this in a few simple steps. Firstly, we offer live status and test reporting; secondly, we store all of your data securely in three places: the panel, the PC and the cloud; thirdly, we give you access to that data on your phone, tablet or any computer and, finally, we make it simple to share sites, panels or test and maintenance reports with your team or 3rd party partners quickly and easily.

“It’s this combination of zero time testing, data integrity and quick resolution of problems and maintenance needs that make Lux Intelligent so reliable and cost effective. Add to this the fact your system can easily scale to cover any site anywhere and work with just about any light or LED fitting, and you’ve got a system that’s unbeatable and future-proofed, saving on expensive one-off investment in the future,” concluded Dave.

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems and emergency lighting testing. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single-panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging systems and emergency lighting testing.

For more details contact Reji Mathews, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com

About Advanced

Advanced (a Halma company) is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com

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Safety Interlocking in Extreme Environments

The processing and transportation of oil and gas presents many safety challenges. While pipelines are the most viable means of transport over long distances, measures are always necessary to eliminate any possibility of error – either accidental or through deliberate sabotage.

The oil and gas industries generally have a disciplined approach to pipeline design and operating practice, governed by interna¬tional standards and enforced by regulators and cer¬tification authorities. While good practice begins with good design, both are inevitably hostage to the ‘human factor’. It is estimated that up to 70% of reported incidents in the oil and gas industry worldwide are attributable to human error and account for in excess of 90% of the financial loss to the industry.

The contracting out of key functions inevitably increases the risk of accidents through human error. Reliance on written safety procedures is an act of faith in the alertness and goodwill of the worker. Accident prevention and violation reduction requires physical systems that compel compliance.

Human Factors Engineering (HFE) is the design of work processes and systems to ensure the safe and efficient functioning of workers by taking into account human capabilities, limitations and requirements. Mechanical interlocks play a role in HFE by adding an additional safety element to the process.

Mechanical key interlocks
Key interlock systems are single or dual-keyed mechanical locking devices which operate on a ‘key transfer’ principle, controlling the sequence in which process equipment is operated. Interlocks are now widely accepted as an effective safety management tool and used by every major operating company across the world to adhere to HFE.

Typically they are applied to valves, closures, switches or any form of equipment which is operated by human intervention. The ‘open’ or ‘closed’ status of an interlocked valve, or the ‘on’ or ‘off’ status of an interlocked switch can only be changed by inserting a unique coded key; inserting the key unlocks the operating mechanism (e.g. handwheel or push-button) enabling operation of the valve or switch.

The interlocking process starts with the use of an initiating key, which unlocks the equipment. When the operation is complete, a secondary (previously trapped) key may then be released, locking the equipment in the new position. This secondary key will be coded to operate the next interlock in the sequence, and so on. Using this extremely simple coded-key transfer principle, a ‘mechanical logic’ system is created which minimises the risk of operator error and ensures safe plant operation.

Mechanical key interlock systems are ideally suited for integration with Permit-to-Work (PtW) procedures; indeed, the Cullen Report on the public inquiry into the Piper Alpha offshore rig disaster (1990) strongly recommends the use of locking systems integrated with PtW procedures, especially where routine procedures cannot be accomplished in the time-scale of a single work shift.

Whether a pipeline or process module is of simple design, with basic functions controlled by manually-operated valves, or of complex design controlled by sophisticated mainframe Distributed Logic Control (DLC) systems, key interlocks can provide a totally reliable mechanical assurance of safe operating practice in which the operator’s scope for error is eliminated.

Extreme Environments
Much of the world’s hydrocarbon reserves are situated in or under some of the most inhospitable regions, including deserts, the Arctic, tropical jungles and oceans. Finding, accessing and extracting these reserves takes a monumental effort and is a multi-trillion dollar industry.

Ensuring the safety of plant and personnel in these conditions can be a real challenge for operators. Extreme weather or physical conditions not only contribute to the wear and tear of pipelines and process equipment – they also make the maintenance and operation of valves and interlocks much more challenging.

Working in extremely hot, humid or cold environments each presents its own challenges, but they can all make the work tiring and stressful. In the Persian Gulf, for example, where temperatures can reach 50°C, workers are exposed to constant heat while undertaking dangerous, repetitive tasks that often require intensive labour. In extreme cold environments such as Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, where temperatures can reach the opposite extreme of -50°C, the challenges are different but just as demanding. Workers may need to wear bulky clothing and gloves, for example, making the operation of equipment more difficult. Contractual staffing arrangements in most projects, combined with hazardous working conditions, can also result in an increased risk of accidents.

In these and other extreme environments, valve systems must be designed for safety rather than placing sole responsibility on the operator. Simple blunders can lead the operator to make catastrophic errors, so simply relying on operator adherence is not enough – safety must be built into the process itself. The focus then becomes accident prevention, not accident management.

The principles of HFE can easily be applied to the physical operation of valves in extreme environments. Some valves can require over a hundred turns using excessive, sustained force by several operators at once. Under these circumstances, portable valve actuators can reduce the stress on workers and improve productivity, especially with valves that require a high number of turns or are otherwise difficult to operate because of high torque. With the tool, one operator can efficiently work banks of valves, dramatically reducing fatigue and the risk of injury.

Valves may also be located in dangerous or inaccessible areas but still require permanent access. In these circumstances operators may have difficulty ensuring valves are properly open or closed. Remote valve operating systems are the common sense approach to these valves, ensuring that operators are kept at a safe distance while valves are actuated efficiently. Remote valve operating systems can pass through walls and floors and operate valves at some distance away. In this way they allow workers to stay in safe, designated areas while critical valves are operated remotely.

Case Study – Ichthys LNG Project, Australia
The Ichthys LNG Project, currently under construction 220 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, is one of the most significant oil and gas projects in the world, involving some of the largest offshore facilities in the industry, a state-of-the-art onshore processing facility and an 889 km pipeline uniting them. The project’s onshore processing facility is located in Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, where daytime temperatures rarely fall below 30°C, with high humidity.

The project owners place great emphasis on the safety and wellbeing of its operators, adhering to best practice HFE principles to ensure quality, safety and fit for purpose equipment and facilities. HFE includes all those considerations that enhance or improve human performance in the workplace and minimise the possibility of human error. Consideration is given to all work processes and systems, ensuring the safe and efficient functioning of workers by taking into account human capabilities, limitations and requirements.

Smith Flow Control’s interlocks are used throughout the facility to provide protection for over-pressurisation of vessels and other valves across the plant. A twin or multiple relief system enables a relief valve to be removed for service without the need to shut-down the system. Interlocks guarantee an open path to pressure relief is maintained at all times during maintenance or other work exercises on process equipment, removing the possibility of both or all relief valves being simultaneously isolated. A simple mechanical valve interlock system ensures that no relief valve can be isolated until the spare relief valve has been brought on-stream. A spare relief capacity enables continuous production while maintenance procedures take place, eliminating the need to isolate and shut down the whole process, maintaining efficiencies at all times. In total, over 2,500 interlocks were supplied to the Ichthys onshore processing facilities.

As an additional layer of safety, interlocks were specified on the facility’s main pig trap, serving the main line from offshore. The vessel closure interlock was fitted to a 42” pig trap receiver, connecting to the large subsea pipeline.

Pig traps are launching and receiving stations that allow operators to insert and remove pigs (pipeline tools) without interruption to the pipeline product flow. The greatest danger occurs when opening the pig launcher or receiver door; during this part of the process, the launcher/receiver vessel can be under pressure if there is nothing to prove its status. Opening the vessel without correctly isolating, venting and draining can cause the trap door to fly open and the pig to shoot out at high speed, with potentially fatal consequences. Key interlocks negate this risk by mechanically proving the ‘closed and isolated’ status that enables venting and draining of pig trap vessels before loading or unloading operations.

Over 1,000 of Smith Flow Control’s EasiDrive portable valve actuators were also supplied to the Ichthys project to help ease valve operating problems.

Conclusion
Many routine pipeline operations are potentially dangerous if executed incorrectly or in unsafe conditions and this is exacerbated in extreme environments. By taking simple steps to integrate safety into valve operating systems, workers are protected and operations proceed in a designated, safe way. Interlocks are versatile building blocks that can be configured to meet almost any simple or complex procedure. In addition, portable or remote valve drive systems are cost-effective ways to operate difficult to open and/or hard to reach valves, protecting personnel while increasing efficiency.

For more information, contact Ms. Louise Cracknell at +44 (0) 1376 517901, Email: l.cracknell@smithflowcontrol.com, or sales@smithflowcontrol.com ; or visit www.smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control Ltd is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve Interlocks and activity management systems, EasiDrive portable valve actuators, and FlexiDrive mechanical valve linkage systems for remote and/or simultaneous valve operation.

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Fire Fighting Enterprises becomes FFE

Rebrand announced at Intersec 2015

On January 18, 2015 Fire Fighting Enterprises officially became FFE. Known the world over as a specialist in smoke and flame detection through its Fireray and Talentum product brands, FFE is using Intersec Dubai as the platform to announce its rebrand.

“We are delighted to be making this key announcement at Intersec. Changing our name and updating our image marks an important milestone for our company and our customers,” commented FFE’s managing director Mark Osborne. “We’re putting more focus on our two world-renowned product brands – the Fireray optical beam smoke detector and the Talentum flame detector. We welcomed many visitors to our booth number 4-G37 at Intersec to discuss how we can work with them to deliver world-class fire safety.”

FFE has always been driven by innovation, from the introduction of the first Fireray optical beam smoke detector over thirty years ago to the integration of the Talentum flame detector range in 2013. These products are relied on to protect some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including the White House, Buckingham Palace, Dubai Airport and the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, as well as countless industrial installations worldwide. Talentum flame detectors have also been selected to protect the Bloodhound supersonic car, set to break the world land-speed record later this year.

Over 8% of all FFE’s revenues are re-invested back into R&D, developing the technologies that are at the core of Fireray and Talentum and helping to bring about new technological breakthroughs. Through this ongoing research, FFE is not only providing quality today, but developing world-leading technologies for tomorrow.

“Underpinning everything we do is our most valuable asset, our people,” says sales and marketing director Tracy Kirk. “We couldn’t do what we do without our R&D team of highly qualified engineers, a dynamic and truly customer-focussed sales and marketing team, and a UK-based manufacturing facility covering production, testing and calibration.

“Added to that is our purpose-built, on-site training space, where we offer training courses not only on the products we supply, but also on the fundamental principles of smoke and flame detection.”

FFE has offices in the UK, USA, Dubai, India and China and a global network of distributors and channel partners. Continuous growth now sees the company’s products protecting lives in over 90 countries round the world – and this growth is set to continue.

Held between 18-20 January, Intersec is the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade and networking exhibition for the security and safety industries. It offers a unique spectrum of products from the fields of Commercial Security, Information Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security and Policing.

For more details, please contact India Business Manager, Mr. Sasi Kumar on T: +91 98869 41982 or E-mail: SKumar@ffeuk.com.

About FFE
FFE is a UK-based, global design and manufacturing business, dedicated to supplying specialist detection products to the fire industry. The company’s two leading brands are the Fireray optical beam smoke detector, with over half a million units installed worldwide, and the Talentum flame detector, one of the world’s most respected flame detector brands. FFE also leads the global market in providing fire extinguishers for aviation use and produces a range of vibration switches for industrial applications. FFE is a Halma Company.

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Smart+ Combines Mechanical Interlocks with Process Safety Sensors

SmartTrap+ ensures process vessels and pipework are safe to open

In the process industry, mechanical interlocks guarantee strict adherence to procedures and help avoid human error. They are particularly useful for highly dangerous operations such as pigging and valve changeover procedures.

While interlocks ensure extremely high safety levels, they usually function as stand-alone safety systems. New digital technologies are now emerging that enable traditional interlocking to be combined with digital process control and instrumentation systems.

Smith Flow Control is the first company to combine these mutually beneficial technologies in the development of the SmartTrap+, which incorporates signals from sensors into the interlocking sequence.

During a pigging operation certain safety conditions need to be met: the vessel pressure should be at a safe level and all dangerous gases and residue must be removed before opening the pig door. Mechanical interlocking guarantees that all required valve operations are performed, but cannot guarantee the outcomes of these operations.

For example, opening and closing a vent valve does not give real time information that the vessel pressure has actually reached a safe level; while opening and closing a drain valve does not guarantee that all residue has been removed.

By incorporating signals from other field devices like pressure or H2S/CO2 sensors into the interlocking sequence, the SmartTrap+ ensures interlock keys can only be released if particular process conditions have been met. So, for example, this could mean that the key for opening the vessel closure door will only be released when the pressure inside the vessel is acceptable and no dangerous gases or residue are detected.

SmartTrap+ incorporates permissive signals and a door lock proximity switch (4-20mA) as standard. The signals can include (but are not limited to) pressure detection, gas detection, flow/ level and pig detection.

Some of the factors contributing to pipeline pigging incidents include:
• Lack of training or complacency
• Lack of hazard awareness
• False sense of security and reliance only on pressure gauges

SmartTrap+ effectively deals with these factors, making pigging a safer operation and grants full traceability in real time.

The process industry’s standard preventive actions include:
• Hazard identification and risk assessment including management of changes
• Awareness, training and competencies of personnel
• Procedures that address normal and upset conditions

SmartTrap+ reinforces these actions and implements genuine physical control on any pigging operation.

For operators needing to ensure higher levels of process safety, the SmartTrap+ is an ideal solution. By incorporating the best of traditional mechanical interlocking with process sensor information to ensure all vessels are safe to access, it will help to reduce accidents and reduce downtime.

For more information, contact Ms. Louise Cracknell at +44 (0) 1376 517901, Email: l.cracknell@smithflowcontrol.com, or sales@smithflowcontrol.com ; or visit www.smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control (SFC) is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve interlocks and activity management systems: EasiDrive portable valve actuators, FlexiDrive mechanical valve linkage systems for remote and/or simultaneous valve operation and TorkDrive, a torque limiting device. SFC is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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Advanced Panels Protect the Eighth Wonder of the World

Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, built almost 1,500 years ago and a landmark of global importance is being protected with an Advanced fire system.

Advanced protects hagia sofia

Built on the orders of Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian in 537 in what was then Constantinople, it was the world’s largest cathedral and a cornerstone of Christianity for nearly 1,000 years. It then became the city’s most important mosque for almost 500 years and is now a world famous museum and a crown jewel in the history and skyline of Istanbul. As far back as the 6th Century it was called ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. It welcomes millions of visitors every year and became Turkey’s most visited tourist attraction in 2012.

A recent upgrade to its fire system, installed by Advanced’s partner, D Sistem, saw an Advanced MxPro 4 fire system installed, supporting optical smoke and air sampling detection, with a range of input and output devices.

MxPro offers customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network that enjoys free complete training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, multi-loop panels in 200 node networks covering huge areas. Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application.

MxPro 4 is Advanced’s benchmark panel and is EN54 2 & 4 approved, offering users high quality and performance and the knowledge that its fire system can be easily upgraded in future. Its partner Advanced’s MxPro 5 is EN54 2, 4 & 13 approved and is backward compatible with the MxPro 4.

Gerda Koberidze Özkan, spokesperson for D Sistem Ltd said “The improvements to this historic building have involved bringing the fire detection system up to date, ensuring that the building has the best quality fire alarm system and meets the highest standards in fire safety. We have used Advanced panels for several projects in the past as they are highly reliable, adaptable and can be upgraded in the future.”

Etienne Ricoux, Advanced’s Export Sales Manager for Europe, commented: “The Hagia Sofia is the latest landmark building to be protected by Advanced panels. It’s probably the oldest building we’ve ever protected and beautifully illustrates the power and quality of Advanced’s fire systems. On the one hand we protect one of Europe’s oldest landmarks and the other its current tallest building, The Shard in London.

“We believe that MxPro ticks all the boxes, combining proven reliability with innovation and ease-of-use. It also delivers a future-proof solution, with the capability to be easily upgraded and supplemented in future.”

For more details contact Reji Mathews, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com

About Advanced
Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com.

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Contact lens fitting revolutionized with the Volk Eye Check

New Contact Lens Module reduces drop outs and improves first time fit

Volk Eye-Check Logo
Volk Eye Check – for accurate, objective ocular measurements.

Volk Optical announces the launch of Volk Eye Check for the contact lens market. An addition to the current Volk Eye Check device, which provides ocular measurements and aids in the diagnosis of ophthalmic abnormalities such as strabismus, The Volk Eye Check Contact Lens module is a new software application focused on assisting the contact lens practitioner to achieve a quicker fitting process and to reduce drop-out rates.

Eyecheck front angle

By automatically providing objective and accurate measurements of key eye parameters such as HVID, pupils and lids, Volk Eye Check’s Contact Lens module will assist practitioners in quickly identifying patients that may require non-standard optics in their lenses, and also to assist in the quick and smooth fitting of progressive, RGP, and scleral lenses.

Eyecheck in Use

Eyecheck in Use

“We believe that this new and unique device will add value to the contact lens practitioner and manufacturer by saving time and money, reducing trial and error, and ultimately achieving lower drop-out rates.” said Pete Mastores, President of Volk Optical.

“Volk Eye Check’s Contact Lens Module provides fast, accurate and objective measurements within a small, mobile and cost-effective device. We believe that the device may revolutionize the way contact lenses are designed and fitted and open up opportunities for better fittings and greater patient satisfaction” said Yuval Yashiv, Chief Executive of IRISS Medical Technologies, Volk’s technology partner for the device.

Volk will be displaying the Volk Eye Check for the first time at the All India Ophthalmic Congress (AIOC-2015) in New Delhi this week (Feb 5-8).

For more details contact Mahadev Dhuri, General Manager – India (Volk-Keeler) on T: 91-22-67080400, M: +91 99303 11090, E-mail: mahadev.dhuri@halma.com, Website: www.volk.com

About Volk:
Volk Optical is an industry leader in aspheric optics and diagnostic imaging. Glass lens construction and the company’s patented double aspheric technology result in the highest resolution imaging with the best stereopsis for precision diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical work. Volk’s portable, electronic, digital imaging devices are building the foundation for the future of ophthalmology, optometry, and general medicine. The company is based in Mentor, Ohio, USA and has representatives and distributors around the world.

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Sensorex Adds the UVT-LED Monitor to Water Instrumentation Offerings.

Portable, highly efficient UV-C LED monitor now available exclusively from Sensorex.

Sensorex is now the sole supplier of the UVT-LED Transmittance Monitor, formerly known as the PearlSense T254. The UVT-LED is the first instrument of its kind to use highly efficient UV-C LED technology. The compact monitor delivers fast, accurate transmittance readings in the field, water treatment facilities or industrial settings.

Transmittance measurement with the UVT-LED ensures proper UV dosing and efficient operation. The use of mercury free UV-C LED bulbs results in a compact design, easily used as either a handheld portable meter or an in-process instrument. The LED light source is ready for instant operation with zero warm up time. Capable of battery and solar-powered operation, the UVT-LED offers long lamp life with little maintenance and low operating costs.

Simple to operate, with a clear backlit LED display, the UVT-LED takes automatic measurements every 60 seconds. Integrated wiping prevents fouling and build-up in all water conditions, with a self-calibration check to ensure continual accuracy. The handheld model comes with battery power and convenient carrying case for use in the field and lab. The continuous model for in process use runs on 24 VDC power, and can be used in an open channel configuration or directly in a pressurized pipe. The ultra-small instrument is ideal for retrofit installations.

UV transmittance values are used to track changes in water quality, as well as detecting the presence of organic compounds and other issues. From municipal water treatment facilities to food and beverage applications, consistently accurate measurements can save energy and ultimately provide superior water quality.

To learn more about the Sensorex UVT-LED Transmittance Monitor, visit www.sensorex.com, email sales@sensorex.com, or phone +1 714-895-4344.

About Sensorex:
Sensorex(a Halma company) is a global leader in design and manufacture of quality sensors for water applications. The company offers more than 2000 sensor packages for pH, ORP, dissolved oxygen, free chlorine, chlorine dioxide and other specialty measurements, as well as a full line of sensor accessories. Its expert technical support engineers solve analytical sensor challenges with custom designs and off the shelf products. Headquartered in California, with a global distributor network, Sensorex is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

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