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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HWM launches GPRS Pressure Transient Logger that remotely monitors for water hammer

New unit offers cost-effective data transmission and prolonged battery life

HWM has added GPRS data transmission to its pressure transient logging capability. The new GPRS Pressure Transient Logger triggers a capture window around a transient event and transmits this data, keeping costs down and prolonging battery life.

The ‘event window selection’ feature allows operators to send transient alarm information and a selectable window of fast logged data before and after the event. Network transient monitoring is now feasible via remote telemetry rather than manual site surveys. As transients are immediately identified, swift remedial action can be taken to avoid burst and infrastructure damage.

Specifically designed to combat water hammer, the data logger features sampling rates up to 100 times per second to effectively monitor for damaging pressure spikes, which may only last a fraction of a second. Addressing these brief moments of extreme pressure is a major factor in reducing burst water mains. Now that data is immediately available through remote telemetry, swift remedial action can be taken to avoid infrastructure damage.

The sampling rate on the logger’s pressure transient channel extends to 100 times a second and operators can define sampling intervals and transient data capture trigger levels. With the optional addition of flow channels, the unit is able to provide comprehensive transient and general network monitoring.

Supplied in an IP68-rated case, the logger is designed for long-term field deployment. Its 4GB flash memory (SD card) offers storage for up to eight billion readings. Typical battery life is two years with internal batteries at a sampling rate of 25 Hz, one data connection per day and typical event window dial-ins. External HWM battery packs can be added to support more frequent sampling or dial-in rates, or to extend life between battery changes.

For more details about HWM range of products, please contact the Regional Export Manager, Paul Harrison at PHarrison@hwm-water.com

About HWM
HWM produces cost-saving water and energy management solutions. Our innovative technology is used throughout the world to combat water leakage and energy wastage, thereby helping to reduce C02 emissions and protect our natural resources.

HWM comprises five Halma companies: Palmer Environmental, Radcom Technologies, Radio-Tech, ASL and Fluid Conservation Systems (US Office). HWM is committed to providing the best levels of service and support through its own staff and a network of international distributors.

Visit the HWM website at www.hwm-water.com

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Advanced wins ESX 2015 Innovation Award for PerfectSync Emergency Communication System

Peter Bell, Advanced’s VP of Engineering, with the award.

Global fire systems business Advanced has won a Fire and Life Safety Innovation Award for its PerfectSync emergency communications system at the 2015 ESX Show in Baltimore, USA. The awards recognise industry products for their innovative design, as well as how well the product helps security and life safety professionals maximise their businesses.

PerfectSync automatically synchronizes audio, voice and strobe signals across Advanced’s Axis AX fire alarm networks dynamically, as conditions change. Synchronization of audio and visual signals across multiple notification zones, floors & areas, prevents confusion in an emergency situation and aids in meeting intelligibility standards.

PerfectSync uses high performance, distributed, digital amplifiers that come standard with an integral backup amplifier and power source, while supporting up to 16 messages. Messages can be easily programmed from a library or created manually. Activation and control of messages can be automatic or manual. Live notifications/ paging can be delivered through microphones or fire wardens’ telephones. Upon completion of paging, recorded messages will restart, playing the full message from the beginning.

PerfectSync ensures that all audio messages and strobes are fully synchronized without the need for special wiring or programming. Should a fire spread to an adjacent floor or area, audio and visual indicators come on immediately, and the audio messages will quickly synchronize with any identical audio message on the system.

Mike Troiano, President and CEO of Advanced in the USA, comments: “I’d like to thank all of the engineered system distributors, engineering and consulting firms, AHJs and regulatory officials from all across the country that contributed to the specifications that drove the design of PerfectSync. The end result is a technologically advanced, easy to use audio and visual communications system that improves life safety for all of the occupants of a building in an emergency situation.”

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 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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David Keeler Retires from Keeler Instruments Inc. after 50 Years of Service

Keeler says goodbye and thank you to David Keeler, who recently retired as President of Keeler Instruments Inc. after 50 years of service.

David Keeler, whose grandfather began the Keeler ophthalmic manufacturing company in 1917, joined the family business in 1965 after qualifying as a dispensing optician. He moved to Philadelphia, USA in 1972 as President of Keeler Instruments Inc. where he led a team, supplying Keeler’s high-quality, diagnostic products to ophthalmologists and optometrists.

Keeler USA held a retirement party in David’s honour which was attended by family, friends, employees both past and present, customers, industry contacts and the press.

Jobson Medical Information LLC, publishers of the oldest and most respected Journals Review of Optometry and Review of Ophthalmology attended the event and presented David with its annual Lifetime Achievement Award.  Such an award is typically only awarded to doctors who make outstanding contributions to the eye care industry. David is the first recipient who is not a doctor.

Andrew Williams, CEO of Keeler’s parent company, Halma, thanked David ‘for his immense contribution and his 50 years of service to the Keeler Group in his role as President of Keeler Inc.’ and wished David ‘a long and happy retirement.’

For more details about Keeler in India, please contact Mahadev Dhuri, General Manager – India  on T: 91-22-67080400, M: +91 99303 11090, E-mail: mahadev.dhuri@halma.com

About Keeler

Keeler Limited (a Halma company) specialises in Diagnostic and Magnification Products for professionals in the Optical and Healthcare Industries. We aim to provide you with the latest instrumentation and service to enable you to execute your work more accurately, saving you time and money!

Visit the Keeler website at www.keeler.co.uk

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Clinical Blood Pressure Monitor Designed for Speed and Accuracy

ri-medic from Riester is an electronic, clinical-grade blood ressure device. It is designed for busy clinical environments where speed and accuracy are of equal importance by delivering accurate measurements in 30 seconds with the push of a button.

Independently validated by the BHS, ESH and AAMI SP10 specifications*, ri-medic meets international standards for oscillometric blood pressure measurement of adults and children over three years of age. The device also offers a manual SphygMode, with auto-deflate, allowing clinicians to manually monitor blood pressure with a stethoscope and verify automated readings without needing to remove the cuff. The unit has a powerful, rechargeable battery that offers a minimum of 200 measurements in 12 hours before recharging is necessary.

ri-medic is available as a desk, wall or mobile model to suit the user’s needs; storage baskets are available with mobile and wall versions. The ri-medic wall model can be easily mounted alongside the ri-former modular wall diagnostic station which holds a number of pre-selected instruments to suit the clinician’s needs.

The option to wirelessly connect ri-medic to VitalShare Management Software using Bluetooth® is available to customers. This feature allows for the efficient documentation of measurement data with just two clicks and helps streamline the clinical workflow of patient data.

The unit is designed to be durable, and comes with a two year warranty. For more information about ri-medic, please visit the company website at http://www.riester.de

*BHS =British Hypertension Society, ESH =European Society of Hypertension, AAMI =Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation

For more information on Riester’s range of products, contact Govardhan on: M: +91 98410 47371, or Email: govardhan@reister.de

About Reister:

Riester is a German company that engineers and manufactures diagnostic instruments for general practitioners, hospitals, clinics and even the home. Its major product lines include sphygmomanometers, E.N.T. and ophthalmic instruments, stethoscopes, laryngoscopes and examination lamps.

Founded by Rudolf Riester in 1948, the company has 60 years of experience in developing products that embody the high quality and precision of German engineering. Today Riester remains committed to its long tradition of innovation and product development, employing 150 people at its headquarters in Jungingen, Germany and selling its products in over 150 countries worldwide. For more information visit www.riester.de

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Bajolock® Couplers from Smith Flow Control Protect Workers Operating Systems under Pressure

To prevent accidents when opening couplings under pressure, Smith Flow Control has introduced Bajolock® patented couplers to its product portfolio.

Bajolock® couplers are ideal for use in a wide range of industries where it is common for pipes and systems to be under pressure when couplings are opened. It is often hard to determine the residual pressure in the system, and using conventional couplings can be dangerous. With Bajolock, pressure is caught and automatically equalised; any potential harmful residue material is discharged away from the operator. Bajolock can then be uncoupled easily and safely with a simple twist. It is interchangeable with existing, similar couplers, enabling seamless integration in plant processes.

Smith Flow Control’s Bajolock coupler is designed for use in transfer systems for pressures up to 10 bar (145 psi). It is ideal for a wide range of applications including oil & gas, petrochemical, shipping, pipe, bulk, medical and the food and beverage industry, in addition to road transportation applications.

The Bajolock coupler is manufactured according to the Pressure Equipment Directive and bears the CE mark. It is constructed from high quality 316L stainless steel and incorporates market-leading gaskets.

For more information about Smith Flow Control’s Bajolock® coupler, please contact  Business Manager – India,  Mr. Sunil Verma  at +91 98106 04307, Email:  s.verma@smithflowcontrol.com, or sales@smithflowcontrol.com ;  or visit www.smithflowcontrol.com

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Dynamic Sampling Accessories Provide Measurement Consistency

Ocean Optics spectroscopy tools ideally suited to inhomogeneous samples

Ocean Optics has introduced a line of spectroscopy accessories that makes dynamic sampling measurements simple and reliable for both solid and liquid samples. Dynamic sampling is a technique where rotational or linear motion is used to measure an “average” signal across the sample, removing localised variance from results and improving measurements of inhomogeneous and irregular samples such as grains, feed and soil.

Ocean Optics offers four dynamic sampling accessories – a diffuse reflectance probe, rotating sampling cup, multiplexer and flow cell – that fit seamlessly with existing UV-Vis and NIR spectrometers and accessories, resulting in a system optimised for the user’s application. Dynamic sampling accessories are ideal for users who take routine measurements of the same sample types or need to measure a large number of different samples frequently.

The Diffuse Reflectance Probe (DR Probe) integrates a light source and collection optics into one unit to measure 45° diffuse reflectance. It is ideal for applications such as colour analysis, material identification and quality monitoring of foods. The DR Probe has rugged, all-metal construction with 40 mm focal length and an integrated, 10,000-hour bulb for extended time between servicing.

Also available for diffuse reflectance measurements is the DynaCup, a rotating device that presents samples to the DR Probe. The rotation allows the probe to scan the sample multiple times to collect a more consistent, representative spectrum of the sample. This method is important with inhomogeneous samples like grains, where variables such as shape, moisture and starch distribution within kernels can vary greatly.

To save sample measurement time and streamline sample processing, the multiplexer accessory is a mechanical actuator that distributes light through 10 customisable channels from a single light source. The multiplexer is useful for any kind of light transmission and optical fibre size. Two models offer a choice between fast positioning, or high repeatability and accuracy of performance. The multiplexer features SMA 905 connections and a USB port for communication and remote control.

For flow applications users can select the DynaFlux, an integrated transmission and absorbance flow cell. DynaFlux accepts standard transmission cells with pathlengths up to 10 mm (sold separately) and a temperature controlled sampling chamber. A programmable timer allows the flow cell pump to run for fixed times with options for continuous flow to analyse large volumes, or stop-flow mode to analyse static samples. DynaFlux is an all-in-one accessory for dynamic sampling of liquids, for both NIR and UV-Vis transmissive measurements.

To learn more about Ocean Optics dynamic sampling accessories, please contact an Ocean Optics Applications Scientist at info@oceanoptics.com, visit the website at www.OceanOptics.com.

About Ocean Optics:
Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics (a Halma company) is a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 200,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, metrology products and optics. Ocean Optics is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.
View Ocean Optic’s press release archive at: http://halmapr.com/news/oceanoptics/

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