Volk and Keeler appoints new regional sales manager for North India

Team Development will lead to better sales and service support for Volk & Keeler customers.

Amit Saxena has been appointed as the new Regional Sales Manager for North India by the Volk-Keeler team in India. Volk Optical, US is an innovator in the design and manufacture of diagnostic and surgical ophthalmic lenses and equipment. Keeler, UK specializes in diagnostic and magnification products for professionals in the Ophthalmic and healthcare industry. Amit will be responsible for both Volk & Keeler products all across the northern states of India i.e. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. He joins the Volk-Keeler national team which is headed by Mahadev Dhuri and growing aggressively year-on-year.

Amit brings a wealth of experience in ophthalmic products to the role. After completing his BSc from Bareilly College and Post Graduate Diploma in Office Management and Secretarial Practice he has worked for various reputed firms for over 16 years in the medical field with a special focus on ophthalmology. In his previous stint at Abbot Medical Optics he was working as a key accounts manager. He has previously worked with companies like Alcon, FDC and Alkem Labs. His experience in selling ophthalmic products will be of great help as he looks forward to provide full attention to the North India market combined with his love to travel places and meet people.

At Volk-Keeler, Amit will be focusing sharply on the ophthalmology markets, promoting KEELER’s range of ophthalmoscopes, retinoscopes, indirect ophthalmoscopes, non-contact tonometer, cryo-surgery unit, slit lamps, applanation tonometer, and loupes as well as VOLK’s product range comprising of non-contact surgical systems and portable imaging camera.

Mahadev Dhuri who leads the India team says: “Volk & Keeler have a tremendous reputation in ophthalmology & optometry gained over long period of history, and Amit is joining at an exciting time, with several major new products being introduced. We place a great emphasis on building long lasting relationships with our distributors and customers, and I am looking forward to working with Amit. North Indian market has a lot of unfulfilled potential in a competitive environment for Volk & Keeler which Amit will help us focus on with his systematic, dedicated and aggressive efforts”.

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. Amit Saxena can be contacted on M: +91 78300 07832, E-mail: amit.saxena@halma.com

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Downhole Corrosion Monitoring System from Cosasco® at DUG Eagle Ford

Only tool capable of providing corrosion rates from inside downhole tubing

Corrosion monitoring expert Cosasco will display its Downhole Corrosion Monitoring System (DCMS™) at the DUG Eagle Ford exhibition, booth 2030. The show takes place October 25-27 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (San Antonio, Texas).

Production wells typically contain water, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, which combine with varying temperatures in downhole tubing to create an extremely corrosive environment. The DCMS is a tubular electronic instrument that uses a Cosasco electrical resistance probe to determine the rate of metal loss within the downhole tubing. It is the only tool on the market that provides corrosion rate data from within hostile downhole environments to test the efficacy of corrosion inhibitor treatments and ensure safe, environmentally friendly, economical operation.

The DCMS is constructed from highly corrosion resistant 17-4 PH stainless steel, and designed to withstand temperatures up to 302°F (150°C) and pressures up to 10,000 psi. It has a battery life of 90 days with measurement settings at two hour intervals, allowing for enough time to accurately evaluate corrosion inhibitor effectiveness.

More information and specifications can be found at www.cosasco.com.

This Press Release and an archive of all company news can also be found on the Rohrback Cosasco News Blog at; http://halmapr.com/news/rcs/

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Malaysian Soft Drink Manufacturer uses Hanovia UV to Remove Bacteria from Process Water

UV disinfection system installed after dechlorination unit

F&N Beverages Manufacturing Sdn Bhd in Malaysia has installed a Hanovia UV disinfection system at its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Inanam, Kota Kinabalu. The Hanovia UV system is installed after an activated carbon dechlorination unit and is used to eliminate bacteria from water used in the soft drinks manufacturing process.

F&N is Malaysia’s largest soft drinks manufacturer, producing many of the country’s most well-known brands, including 100PLUS, F&N Fruit Tea and F&N SEASONS. The company’s brand promise is ‘Pure Enjoyment, Pure Goodness’, so quality is uppermost in all its manufacturing processes.

UV technology is required for this application to fulfil local QA/QC (quality assurance/quality control) requirements. Hanovia was selected as the UV system supplier due to the company’s reputation in the beverage industry and the fact that its UV systems are optimised for process water applications such as those found in beverage manufacturing. Added benefits for the customer included low operating and maintenance costs.

The benefits of UV

Meeting the increasingly rigorous hygiene standards required in the beverage industries is a real challenge. If improvements need to be made to plant and equipment, they need to bring quick returns on the investment and measurable improvements in product quality.

For manufacturers seeking to improve the quality of the end product, UV is an economic, realistic option. It is an established method of disinfecting drinking water throughout the world, and is also widely used for high purity applications such as pharmaceutical processing and microchip manufacturing, where water of the highest quality is essential.

There are no microorganisms known to be resistant to UV – this includes pathogenic bacteria such as Listeria, Legionella and Cryptosporidium (and its spores, which are resistant to chlorination).

UV disinfection systems are also easy to install, with minimum disruption to the plant. They need very little maintenance, the only requirement being replacement of the UV lamps every 9 – 12 months, depending on use. This is a simple operation that takes only a few minutes and can be carried out by general maintenance staff.

For more details contact Mr.Gunvinder Bhogal; Tel: +44(0)1753 515300, E-mail: gunvinder.bhogal@hanovia.com; Website: http://www.hanovia.com

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Science and Creativity Come Together with Spectroscopy and Pyrotechnics

Ocean Optics’ spectrometer assures special effects colour purity and safety for Le Maitre

Spectrometers from Ocean Optics are being used by Le Maitre Ltd in Surrey to ensure the quality and safety of its close proximity pyrotechnics. Ocean Optics spectrometers measure plasma emission and emissive colour of effects used in theatre productions, concerts, and sporting events. The measurements help Le Maitre ensure these explosive displays are consistently amazing and, most important, safe.

Le Maitre Pyrotechnics Developer Hamish Cavaye, Ph.D., runs live product tests in a silo in rural England. His challenge is to objectively verify that effects are producing the desired colours. As was recently proven with the pop culture “What colour is the dress?” phenomenon, the human eye is easily fooled. Using a spectrometer to verify colour purity, Cavaye looks for particular emission bands indicative of a specific chemical composition.

Measuring the emissive colour of pyrotechnics with a spectrometer also has the ability to signal safety issues. If the spectra identify elements that are not expected, it may indicate contamination. Verifying consistency not only ensures a pleasing colour for the audience but helps assure the safety of patrons and performers.

Measurement speed is also important in testing pyrotechnics, as some effects can last less than a second. With integration times on some Ocean Optics spectrometers as low as 1 ms, Cavaye can easily capture multiple spectra for each effect. Along with needing the precision and accuracy typically required of spectrometer measurements, Le Maitre had the additional challenge of requiring an instrument that was portable and durable. Compact miniature spectrometers can easily be brought to the testing silo and are rugged enough to withstand close proximity to live effects as they are firing.

Ocean Optics recently visited Le Maitre to see its spectrometers and Le Maitre’s effects in action. Watch the explosive video here: http://youtu.be/Nw0bNfNUYuQ?a.

This isn’t the first time Ocean Optics’ spectrometers have felt the heat. They’ve also been used for studying muzzle flashes from rifles, rocket plume emissions, and applications involving flame analysis of metals and other materials.

To learn more about Ocean Optics range of spectroscopy solutions, please contact an Ocean Optics Applications Scientist at info@oceanoptics.com, visit the website at www.OceanOptics.com.

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FFE Seeks Indian Partners for its Talentum Flame Detectors

Ambitious new global partner programme launched

Flame detector manufacturer FFE has unveiled an ambitious new partner programme for its Talentum range of optical flame detectors. The Talentum Partner Programme offers unrivalled support by helping partners expand their customer base, become more competitive, reduce costs, increase profits and increase their industry profile.

FFE is now seeking suitable partners from India to join the programme.

“The Programme is a vehicle for us to engage with our distribution channel and build a relationship with key partners which will bring the unique Talentum flame detection technology to our chosen markets,” comments FFE’s Managing Director Mark Osborne.

“We carefully select our partners to make sure they are right for us. They need to demonstrate that they are close to their local markets and that they have a track record of offering outstanding service to their customers. In return, we offer dedicated account management and up-to-the-minute training and certification, ensuring partners’ sales and technical teams are up to date with the latest Talentum technology,” he adds.

Benefits of the Talentum Partner Programme include:
• Online partner portal
• Lead generation and referrals
• Training and education
• Technical support
• Marketing and sales material
• Certifications
• Regular newsletter updates

Mr Osborne continued: “We’ve always been completely focused on our customers – they are the life-blood of our organisation – so it’s crucial for us to continue making significant investments in our channels. We’re very excited about this new programme which we know will generate tremendous success for our growing list of partners.”

FFE acquired Talentum in 2013, adding its highly respected range of optical flame detectors to FFE’s established product offering of Fireray infrared beam smoke detectors, so providing a unique value proposition to the fire protection industry.

By utilising infrared (IR) sensing technology, Talentum products detect flames within seconds, irrespective of any dust, steam or smoke present. With the addition of an ultraviolet (UV) sensor the detector also becomes immune to false signals such as sunlight. They are often used in sensitive or dangerous environments to detect fires even before there is any smoke produced, or where smokeless fires may occur. Applications are wide-ranging and include warehouses, petrochemical plants, waste handling facilities and aircraft hangers.

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

About FFE
FFE is a global design and manufacturing business, dedicated to supplying specialist detection products to the fire industry. Headquartered in the UK with offices in the USA, Dubai, India and China, 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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Advanced Protection for Magna Carta

One of the most famous historical documents in Britain, if not the western world, is being protected by extinguishing and fire alarm panels from Advanced with installation by Reflex Systems.

Sealed by King John at Runnymede in 1215, Magna Carta is celebrating its 800th anniversary (the actual anniversary is 15 June). It is the first example of an absolute monarch surrendering some of his powers, the beginning of a process that led eventually to our current system of government and the prototype for democratic government all over the world.

The version protected by Advanced is particularly precious being one of only four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta sealed by King John and is kept in a special vault at Lincoln Castle, itself a Scheduled Monument, alongside Magna Carta’s sister document The Charter of the Forest (1217).

Lincoln Castle, one of the best preserved in England was constructed in the 11th Century by William the Conqueror, and is one of only two to have two mottes. The fire and suppression systems installed by long-time Advanced partner Reflex Systems incorporate two MxPro 5 panels in the main heritage centre and the former Victorian prison building, which closed in 1878. Advanced’s ultra-dependable ExGo extinguishant release system has been installed in the Magna Carta vault.

ExGo has been developed specifically for sensitive and strategic assets such as server rooms, historic and cultural attractions and control rooms. It has been installed in high-profile buildings across the globe, including the Romanian National Library and along oil pipelines in Sudan.

MxPro is the industry-leading multiprotocol fire system. Offering real choice and flexibility, it includes two panels ranges, the EN54-2&4 approved MxPro 4 and EN54-2,4&13 approved MxPro 5. It offers four protocols, Apollo, Argus, Hochiki and Nittan and a completely open installer network that benefits from free training and technical support.

John Pye, Managing Director of Reflex Systems said: “Lincoln Castle required an open protocol fire system and we knew that Advanced panels could deliver maximum reassurance and long term reliability. Having worked with Advanced in the past, we knew that the equipment would be of the highest quality for such a historic building plus the system offers the flexibility to meet future requirements.”

MxPro 5 panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas and tens of thousands of field devices. In total, one MxPro 5 four-loop panel was installed in the main prison building and one MxPro 5 two-loop panel was installed in the heritage centre.

ExGo is suitable for almost all single-flooding area applications and includes a range of control options and devices. It is approved to EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13 and EN12094-1 and is among the first systems to combine these with EN12094 Part 3 in a single solution. EN12094-3 relates to the integrated manual release on the front of the panel. ExGo can be integrated into Advanced’s Axis and MxPro fire panels, or any third party fire system.

A spokesperson for Lincoln Castle commented: “We’re very pleased with the Advanced systems installed by Reflex. As the Castle is a listed building, it was essential that the panels and detectors be as discrete as possible, particularly in the prison and the Magna Carta Vault. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta and we are happy that our visitors will be able see one of the four original copies under the protection of Advanced panels.”

Neil Parkin, Sales Manager for Advanced added: “Advanced fire systems are famous for their quality and ease-of-use and being specified to protect life and cultural assets of this importance is testament to our work to stay at the forefront of the market. As a company we are proud of all of our jobs but this one is very special. They don’t come up very often and it says a lot about Advanced products that we are the first choice.”

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 please contact Reji Mathew, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com and also visit .

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Advanced Consolidates Transportation Credentials by Joining Rail Industry Fire Association

Global fire systems business Advanced has recently become a member of the Rail Industry Fire Association (RIFA), reinforcing the company’s credentials in the transport industry.

Kings Cross Station in London, where Advanced fire systems are installed

“We have a long track record in the railway and urban transport industry,” comments Advanced’s Marketing and Communications Manager Aston Bowles. “Our EN54 and UL864 fire alarm panels and systems are installed in some of the UK’s and the world’s leading facilities, including Waterloo and Kings Cross stations in London, the Crossrail development, many stations across the London Underground, the Istanbul Metro, the Tyne & Wear Metro and many more.

“Joining RIFA is a natural step for Advanced and helps us consolidate our position in an industry with extremely rigorous fire safety standards. It will also allow us to learn more about a fast-growing and rapidly evolving sector,” added Aston.

Advanced is constantly developing new products to meet the needs of the transport and wider fire protection industry. The company’s recently-launched TouchControl touchscreen fire system repeater and remote control terminal is a 10” HD touchscreen with dynamic graphics and zone plans called Active Maps. Active Maps allow any image from a technical drawing, zone plan, photograph or even a Google map image to be used to display fire info. Multiple views allow users to interrogate the status of zones in a site from different angles or scales, while Map App software makes it simple and easy to add map images and associate them with a zone.

For more details please contact Reji Mathew, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com and also visit www.advancedco.com.

About RIFA
RIFA is a global association established to share information, experience and best practice in the management of fire safety throughout the railway industry. Fire prevention within railways involves special consideration that requires understanding of the operational railway and its users. Whether it’s a heavy haul goods operation, high speed rail, metro or light rail, there are impacts from fire that have to be considered. RIFA is an independent and authoritative source of fire safety information for rail industry best practice.

About Advanced
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. Advanced is a Halma company.

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New PixelSensor with Electronics Board for OEM clients from PIXELTEQ Unveiled at SPIE Optics and Photonics

PIXELTEQ displayed its PixelSensor spectral sensor with new OEM electronics board at SPIE Optics + Photonics exhibition, booth 641. The show took place from August 11-13 at the San Diego Convention Center (California, USA).

PixelSensor, now partnered with a new OEM electronics board, is designed for easy integration into customers’ analytical equipment and provides a smaller footprint (45.72mm x 21.34mm) and faster time-to-market. This offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional sensor technology. The parallel channel design results in no moving parts and faster measurements than discrete optic designs and spectrometers.
PixelSensor provides spectral sensing in an integrated package design that includes up to eight photodiodes with optical filters. The number of channels, package type and filter characteristics may all be customized to fit customers’ specific application needs. PixelSensor with new OEM electronics board is ideally suited for in vitro diagnostic instruments, biochemical assays, imaging and colorimetry applications.
To learn more about the solutions offered by Pixelteq, please contact Marco Snikkers on marco.snikkers@pixelteq.com or visit www.pixelteq.com

About Pixelteq:
PIXELTEQ provides micro-patterned spectral filters, sensors, and cameras – helping users shrink multi-wavelength devices into a single package, enable new optical features, and deliver application-specific sensors and cameras. Leveraging comprehensive know-how in thin film coating, micro-patterning and electro-optical integration, PIXELTEQ’s specialists collaborate with client teams to provide expert design assistance and custom-engineered solutions from rapid prototyping through high-volume OEM production.

PIXELTEQ is a subsidiary of Halma plc., an international market leader in safety, health and environmental technology.

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Advanced Sets the Standard with Touchscreen Fire System – ‘TouchControl’

Global fire systems business Advanced has launched TouchControl, its new touchscreen fire system repeater and remote control terminal which features Active Maps and zone plans.

TouchControl uses its 10” HD touchscreen to deliver all the panel and network control and monitoring features you’d expect from Advanced, plus dynamic graphics and zone plans called Active Maps.

Active Maps allow any image from a technical drawing, a zone plan, photograph, even a google map image to be used to display fire info, with multiple views available allowing users to interrogate the status of zones in a site from different angles or scales. Advanced’s Map App software makes it simple and easy to add map images and associate them with a zone.

When not used in Active Map view, it features a unique, colour-coded interface that clearly displays device, zone and network information, using the large 10” HD touchscreen to facilitate easy control and interrogation. Users can immediately identify zones and devices in fire, fault, disablement, test or normal operation via colour-coded status buttons.

TouchControl is a network node in its own right, working in standard or fault tolerant modes. Designed to be recessed and flush fitting, its low profile design will enhance any architectural environment and can be used in areas from receptions to nurses’ stations where network control, aesthetics or simply communicated detailed information are required. The background image can be easily changed to show any image from site plans to logos or products. A surface mount option is also available.

Another feature for its use in public areas is the ability for users to add presentations, company introductions, visitor boards or safety information to run when the fire screen is not reporting fire system information. As soon as the screen is touched or a fire condition arises, it reverts back to fire operations.

John Newton, Advanced’s Products Manager said: “Advanced customers do not expect us to follow the herd, but deliver something innovative and more useful. TouchControl is absolutely unique and we think the right way to add touch technology to fire systems. We don’t compromise the touchscreen by reducing its size to fit in a panel and we don’t add cost to a panel that may be out of view. Instead we’ve developed a high quality touchscreen unit that has all the benefits a touchscreen can deliver plus more, such as Active Maps. We have invested significant time ensuring it is easy to install and configure, especially when it comes to adding maps and demand is already high.”

TouchControl operates with Advanced’s three levels of user control, accessed via passcode. Depending on the level of access users can: Evacuate/Mute/Silence/Resound & Reset; View fires/faults/disablements/alarms/inputs/outputs/supervisory and network via ‘instant filters’; View/enable/disable zones and devices; Enable/disable outputs by type; Enable Walk Test mode; Test display/zones/outputs/buzzer and LEDs; Quickly access all zones in fire/fault/disablement/test via ‘instant filters’ and where allowed change status; View 1,000 general and 500 Fire event log and set the network time and date.

TouchControl is compatible with Advanced’s MxPro 4 and 5 panels and Axis EN and Axis AU Fire Systems, with more to follow. Visit http://touchcontrol.advancedco.com for more information, ordering info or to book a demo.

For more details please contact Reji Mathew, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com and also visit www.advancedco.com.

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Cost-Effective Pool and Spa Water Quality Monitoring by replacement with pH/ORP Sensors

Sensorex pH/ORP sensors cost-effective direct replacement for effective aquatic, pool and spa water quality monitoring

Sensorex’s cost-effective pH and ORP sensors monitor pH and ORP levels, critical to keeping pool water clean and safe. The Sensorex S465 Series are a direct replacement alternative to Acu-Trol® pH and ORP probes, and the robust S420 Series replace Strantrol® pH and ORP probes. In addition to a reasonable price point, both Series are easy to integrate into existing systems and offer long, reliable service life–ideal for use by both integrators and end users.

Continuously checking the balance of a pool impedes algae growth, reduces surface erosion and increases swimmer enjoyment, without causing any harm to the surrounding environment. In addition to the typically monitored pH levels, monitoring of Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), is one the most reliable and effective ways to ensure the effectiveness of a sanitizer, such as chlorine, in pools and spas. Just as pH levels of commercial pools should be kept at a certain level, ORP levels indicate effective chlorination concentration for killing off bacteria and preventing organism growth.

Sensorex’s advanced sensor technology delivers accurate measurement over a range of 0-14 pH or +/-1000 mV for ORP. Sensors use a higher volume of Sensorex’s proprietary polymer sensor reference gel for longer service life.

Both the S465 Series and S420 Sensor Series employ a ½” NPT connection for easy in line installation or use with existing Acu-Trol® or Strantrol® flow cells, without modification. Advanced signal shielding reduces noise for more accurate communication with process control systems. The S465pH and ORP models are supplied with a BNR connector for quick connection to an aquatic controller, while the S420 models are available with the option of 30 inch or 10 foot cable lengths for easy integration into existing systems.

To learn more about Sensorex’s full range of standard and custom OEM sensor designs, please visit our India web-site at www.sensorex.in or contact Mr. T.A. Kumar on M: +91 93870 64044 or E-mail: ta.kumar@sensorex.com

Visit Sensorex’s online news archive at: http://halmapr.com/news/sensorex/

*Acu-Trol is a registered trademark of Pentair. No affiliation, endorsement or sponsorship is stated or implied.
*Strantrol is a registered trademark of Evoqua Water Technologies. No affiliation, endorsement or sponsorship is stated or implied

About Sensorex:
Since 1972, Sensorex has been a global leader in the design and manufacture of quality electrodes and sensors for water quality and process applications. Sensorex has been approved and certified by NSF International to the ISO 9001:2008 standard for the design and manufacturing of laboratory and industrial analytical sensors for aqueous solutions. The company offers more than 2000 sensor packages for pH, ORP, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, free chlorine, chlorine dioxide, UV transmittance and other specialty measurements, as well as a full line of sensor accessories and online transmitters. Its expert technical support engineers solve analytical sensor challenges with custom OEM 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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