SERV Trayvou Launches RGV Interlocking Device to Prevent Tanker Drivers Delivering a Load to the Wrong Silo

French safety specialist SERV Trayvou Interverrouillage has developed a new version of the RGV, its lockable Guillemin-type hose coupling, to prevent tanker drivers delivering their load to the wrong silo. Now more resilient and easier to use, the latest RGV enables the safe transfer of solids and liquids via trapped-key interlocking technology.

SERV Trayvou Launches RGV Interlocking Device to Prevent Tanker Drivers Delivering a Load to the Wrong Silo

SERV Trayvou Launches RGV Interlocking Device to Prevent Tanker Drivers Delivering a Load to the Wrong Silo

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The product is simple to operate. The operations manager gives the driver an individually-coded key, which will only permit the driver to connect the tanker’s hose to a specific silo. The driver inserts the key into the lock on the RGV and turns it, unlocking the RGV and allowing the hose to be attached to the coupling.

The RGV is commonly found in the food, concrete, plastic and chemical industries, and is available in both mechanical and electro-mechanical versions. Each RGV key can be stored in a key exchange box – such as SERV’s TMEC – so that keys cannot be taken without the prior agreement of the manager.

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Palintest Launches ChlordioXense – a new Digital Method of Testing for Chlorine Dioxide in Water

Palintest Ltd, the leading water analysis technology company, has developed a completely new method for testing Chlorine Dioxide levels in water. The ChlordioXense provides accurate testing without relying on subjective analysis for results. The instrument eliminates the potential for user error giving precise, consistent results whatever the operator’s level of experience.

Palintest Launches ChlordioXense – a new Digital Method of Testing for Chlorine Dioxide in Water

Palintest Launches ChlordioXense – a new Digital Method of Testing for Chlorine Dioxide in Water

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Developed from the successful electrochemical sensing technology in their ChloroSense digital chlorine sensor (now EPA approved), the ChlordioXense is very easy to operate. Simply insert a disposable electrode along with the water sample and close the lid to start a test. The instrument works for a wide range of concentrations, from 0.02 – 50 mg/l, with sample temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius, with results given clearly on the LCD screen in less than a minute.

Compared to the US EPA-approved Lissamine Green test method, the ChlordioXense gives accurate results with greater consistency. This means that the time taken and the training needed to get results is significantly reduced, benefiting a wide range of applications from food processing to paper mills and building services.

The unit stores up to 500 results in its on-board memory, and can be connected by USB to a PC for simple downloading. Powered by AA batteries and weighing less than 1kg, it is truly portable and offers effortless Chlorine Dioxide measurement for any situation.

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New Smart Cuvettes Ideal for Non-intrusive pH Monitoring

Optical pH sensing cuvettes turn spectrophotometers into drift-free pH meters

Proprietary sol gel coating materials developed by Ocean Optics (www.OceanOptics.com) have enabled new technology for convenient, non-intrusive monitoring of biological samples. By encapsulating pH indicator dyes into coatings applied to its new Smart pH Cuvettes, Ocean Optics miniature fibre optic spectrometers and accessories can be used for optical pH sensing of 5.0-9.0 pH range samples. With Smart pH Cuvettes, pH readings can be taken quickly and accurately using existing spectrometer setups, negating the need for a dedicated pH meter. PH measurements are critical in applications ranging from DNA analysis, drug discovery, and blood analysis, to environmental monitoring and food and beverage production.

New Smart Cuvettes from Ocean Optics Ideal for Non-intrusive pH Monitoring

New Smart Cuvettes from Ocean Optics Ideal for Non-intrusive pH Monitoring

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The Smart pH Cuvettes’ immobilized indicator dye is encapsulated into a robust sol gel matrix, allowing for the diffusion of ions while preventing leaching of the dye. Unlike traditional pH electrode meters, Smart pH Cuvettes can be used for monitoring low conductivity samples such as boiler water. In addition, fully integrated Smart Cuvette pH systems provide full spectral analysis to help eliminate errors from changes in turbidity, temperature and ionic strength. The physical properties of the immobilized indicator dye eliminate the need for frequent calibration.

Smart pH Cuvettes are 1-cm square, come in plastic Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) or quartz and are coated on their inner walls with a sol gel embedded with Bromocresol Green pH indicator dye. The cuvettes are available separately (in 8-, 50- and 100-cuvette packs) or as part of a fully integrated desktop or handheld spectrometer-based pH system.

The PMMA Cuvettes have a temperature range of -5 °C to 70 °C, while quartz is available for high-temperature applications. The PMMA Cuvettes are compatible with aqueous solutions, ethanol/methanol solutions, ammonia, peroxides and sodium hypochlorite solutions. The quartz cuvettes also can be used in acetone and concentrated acids (including nitric, sulphuric and acetic). Although PMMA cuvettes are designed to be disposable, they can be used multiple times depending on sample environments.

For additional applications, such as through-package monitoring, Ocean Optics’ proprietary pH-sensitive transducer materials can also be formulated as self-adhesive patches and integrated into biological and other types of sample containers.

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NETHERLOCKS Partial Stroke System Meets SIL 3 According to FMEDA Report by Exida

An FMEDA (Failure Modes, Effects, and Diagnostic Analysis) report, carried out by Exida, has shown that the NETHERLOCKS partial stoke system FAITH (Fail Action Integrity Test Handling) to be very reliable, with 0 Fail Safe Detected, Fail Safe Undetected and Fail Dangerous Detected conditions recorded from the tests. For most cases, the FAITH is suitable for use in SIL3* applications.

NETHERLOCKS Partial Stroke System Meets SIL 3 According to FMEDA Report by Exida

NETHERLOCKS Partial Stroke System Meets SIL 3 According to FMEDA Report by Exida

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The FAITH system was subject to a thorough examination according to IEC 61508 to determine Probability of Failure on Demand (PFD) statistics for this device. The failure rates of the FAITH System must be added to the failure rates of the valve-actuator combination when determining the PFD AVG and Safe Failure Fraction (SFF) for the final element.

FAITH makes it possible to carry out a manually-initiated partial stroke test on ESD (Emergency Shut Down) valves during normal operation, without interrupting process flow. It limits, with mechanical stops, the angle of the stroke of the valve-actuator combination to a set percentage – ensuring the ESD valve ‘works’, without actually shutting down the operation. By operating mechanically rather than relying on electronic contacts or signals, reliability and simplicity is maximised.

* SIL (Safety Integrity Level) is defined as a relative level of risk-reduction provided by a safety function, or to specify a target level of risk reduction. In simple terms, SIL is a measurement of performance required for a Safety Instrumented Function (SIF).

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Labsphere Appoints New Indian Representative

To expand service in the growing Indian light measurement market, light measurement and testing specialist Labsphere has appointed Laser Spectra Services India Pvt Ltd (LSS), as a reseller for Labsphere products in southern India.

LSS will market and sell the complete line of Labsphere products which include integrating spheres, lamp and LED measurement systems, laser power measurement systems, uniform light sources and luminance/radiance standards, as well as Labsphere’s Spectralon® diffuse reflectance standards and targets.

Located in Bangalore, LSS is a leading high technology trading and technical service company specializing in representing established overseas photonics companies. LSS has been involved in the scientific instruments business for the past 24 years representing such companies as Newport Corporation, USA and Horiba Jobin Yvon in India. LSS carries products covering fields such as spectroscopy, lighting, photonics, optics, physics, and electronics that are used in research, product development and education.

LSS Contact Details:
Suresh Kumar, Technical Sales
Laser Spectra Services India Pvt Ltd.
80/10, First Floor, Raj Towers
M.S.Ramaiah Main Road
Mathikere, Bangalore-560 054
Tel: 080 2357 6907, Fax: 080 2357 6904
E-mail: lss.skr@vsnl.net

For more information about Labsphere in India please contact Vikrant Mahajan, Labsphere’s USA-based Applications Engineering Manager, on e-mail: vmahajan@labsphere.com or telephone: +1 603 927 4266 (extension 2198).

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Halma Water Management Provides Environmental Data Logging in Remote Scottish Locations

Over 60 Senator+ datalogging systems from Halma Water Management (HWM) are currently being used to collect, collate and transmit data about various environmental conditions in some of the remotest areas of Scotland, where traditional telecoms are unavailable or impractical. Reservoir levels, compensation channel levels and flows, and pipeline flow rates from treatment works to compensation returns all need to be monitored, but they can often be located in hard to access and non-GSM covered places. The Senator+, developed by HWM in conjunction with satellite communication specialist Wireless Innovation Ltd., is purposely designed for just such situations.

Halma Water Management Provides Environmental Data Logging in Remote Scottish Locations

Halma Water Management Provides Environmental Data Logging in Remote Scottish Locations

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Where there is no infrastructure for more traditional telemetry services – no GSM/SMS signal, too remote for PSTN lines – the Senator+ is able to use its MicroSAT satellite data transmission technology and solar-charged battery power to provide reliable and maintenance-free datalogging services. Scottish Water has been using the product extensively to retrieve important environmental monitoring information remotely: many of the installations can only be reached by various combinations of all-terrain four-wheel-drive vehicles, quad bikes and even hiking.

Fortunately, after the initial installation (easy with the all-in-one cabinet), the units are self-sustaining, and no subsequent maintenance has been needed or undertaken. Significantly, until now this monitoring was effectively impossible – requiring time-consuming and costly manual site visits for each individual reading at each location. Now, the satellite system transmits recorded data as often as every 5 minutes, straight to the user’s computing device of choice, wherever they may be. At the heart of the system is the Multi-Channel Senator+ data logger; each logger records from up to 9 separate inputs, can store up to 48,000 individual readings and has programmable alarm condition parameters. The unit is also available with more traditional cellular or PSTN communication options.

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Fire Fighting Enterprises Joins Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI)

Optical beam smoke detector specialist is committed to contributing to the Indian fire safety industry

British fire safety specialist Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) has joined the Fire and safety Association of India (FSAI). A subsidiary of Halma p.l.c., FFE is the world’s largest manufacturer of infrared optical beam smoke detectors.

“Our decision to join the FSAI confirms FFE’s commitment to the Indian fire safety market,” commented Vishwajeet Thakar, the company’s recently-appointed India Manager. “Although we have many installations across the country, we are relative newcomers to the Indian market. Joining the FSAI will not only enable us to keep abreast of the latest industry developments, it will also offer us valuable opportunities to network and learn from the major players in the Indian fire industry.”

Any further information can be obtained from Vishwajeet, who can be contacted via e-mail on vthakar@ffeuk.com or by telephone on 022 6708 0414.

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Solenoid Operated Micro-Pumps from Bio-Chem Fluidics

Customisable pumps feature zero metallic contamination

Bio-Chem Fluidics’ full line of Micro-Pumps from its Bio-Chem Valve range deliver precise fluid volumes for analytical and chromatography equipment manufacturers, medical and IVD instrumentation, biotechnology and research scientists.

Solenoid Operated Micro-Pumps from Bio-Chem Fluidics

Solenoid Operated Micro-Pumps from Bio-Chem Fluidics

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Solenoid-operated Micro-Pumps offer accurate, discrete dispense volumes from 4 to 250 µl to make certain that downstream instruments receive an accurate volume of liquid. Pumps with dispense volumes of 20 µl and larger are self priming and don’t require a separate priming cycle.

All of the pumps’ wetted parts are constructed from non-metallic, inert materials for zero metallic contamination to the fluid stream passing through the pump. They are capable of continuous duty operation with a high degree of repeatability.

Users can customise their pump order; specifying the construction materials, operating voltages and dispense volumes that fit their application. The Micro-Pumps’ activation mechanism is rated up to 20 million cycles to ensure each pump has a long service life.

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New Ocean Optics Light-Measurement System Ideal for Analysis of LEDs, Lamps and More

Jaz goes beyond traditional light meters to provide full spectral analysis

Now available from Ocean Optics is a light-measurement system for spectroradiometric analysis of LEDs, lamps, flat panel displays and other radiant sources, as well as solar radiation. With its small footprint, powerful microprocessor and low-power display, the new Jaz-ULM-200 is a convenient, versatile alternative to standard light meters and radiometers.

New Ocean Optics Jaz Light-Measurement System Ideal for Analysis of LEDs, Lamps and More

New Ocean Optics Jaz Light-Measurement System Ideal for Analysis of LEDs, Lamps and More

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Jaz is family of stackable components that share common electronics and communications and are configurable for a variety of applications. Included in the Jaz-ULM-200 stack is a CCD-array spectrometer that can be optimized for a variety of radiometric measurements and a microprocessor with onboard display.

Jaz provides functionality not found in traditional light meters, allowing users to capture, process and store full spectra without the need for a PC.  With only three pushes of a button, the system’s irradiance-measurement software, which is stored on an SD card, collects full spectral irradiance information from the selected light source. This data can then be post-processed to give the intensity parameter of choice, including W/cm2, lumens, lux, PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) or any other light intensity parameter. The system’s three-button wizard simplifies operation so that even non-spectroscopy experts are able to perform fast and accurate measurements.

In addition to the Jaz-ULM-200’s spectrometer and microprocessor, it includes an Ethernet module to store data via an SD card slot and allows users to connect to the Jaz unit via the Internet.  The internet capability enables remote measurements such as solar irradiance and the creation of networked sensing modules. Also included are a rechargeable lithium-ion battery module (with SD card slot) for portability and a special mounting fixture for orienting the Jaz stack horizontally to facilitate hands-free operation.

Additional system components include a direct-attach cosine corrector for collecting radiation within a 180-degree Field of View, a carrying case with shoulder strap and a rugged Pelican case for storing all related gear. Software includes the Jaz system software and JAZ-A-IRRAD, an irradiance-measurement application that comes on an SD card.

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