New Touchscreen Interlock Management System from Netherlocks

Dutch interlock specialist Netherlocks has now launched its new Interlock System Information (ISI) Touch Screen key management device. As a standalone unit or integrated into either a key cabinet or control panel, the ISI Touch Screen stores all relevant information about an interlock system in a digitised, centralised, user-friendly format that is easily accessible by any operator without a need for specialised training.

New Touchscreen Interlock Management System from Netherlocks

New Touchscreen Interlock Management System from Netherlocks

All relevant interlock keys are shown on screen, and simply touching them will display detailed information about the key itself and the related system: system name, operating sequence logic, P&ID and Location. Additional buttons are present for on-screen instructions, general interlocking information and Netherlocks contact details; company-specific content can also be added if desired. If a printer is connected, operating sequence instructions can even be printed out for future reference away from the console.

By making clear information about the lock system and safety procedures easily available to everyone in the workplace, the ISI Touchscreen helps to keep all workers well-informed to reduce confusion, enhance productivity and improve plant safety.

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Ocean Optics Probe Improves pH Response

R1000-4-Angle probe performs in colored and turbid environments

Ocean Optics’ new R1000-4 reflection probe maximizes efficiency of pH measurement. Paired with Ocean Optics’ non-intrusive reflective pH sensing patches, the R1000-4 overcomes the shortcomings of alternative pH measurements methods to deliver accurate pH response in turbid or colored environments.

Ocean Optics Probe Improves pH Response

Ocean Optics Probe Improves pH Response

Ocean Optics’ optical pH sensor systems consist of a fiber optic probe that accommodates pH reactive patches, plus a light source, spectrometer and software. Indicator material patches and probes can be optimized for monitoring pH in a variety of samples and conditions, from clear and lighter-colored samples such as alcohols and solvents, to turbid and optically dense samples such as slurries and surface waters. Sensing patches can be applied directly to fiber optic probes or to cuvettes and other substrates.

In food, beverage and environmental testing environments, the often colored or muddied solutions make pH measurement a challenge. The R1000-4 probe design greatly increases back reflection from reflective pH patches, increasing signal-to-noise ratio for more accurate results. The combination of the R1000-4 probe and Ocean Optics reflective patches enables accurate, non-intrusive pH measurement for applications from fermentation monitoring of beer and wine, to testing of lake and river water.

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Texecom’s Premier 24 Ricochet Kit Brings Superior Wireless Security to Smaller Premises

Ricochet, the wireless mesh network technology from leading security product manufacturer Texecom Ltd., is more reliable, easier to install and more adaptable than any comparable system. The new Premier 24 Ricochet Kit provides in one package all the components necessary for a superior wireless-enabled security system for smaller commercial and premium residential projects.

Texecom’s Premier 24 Ricochet Kit Brings Superior Wireless Security to Smaller Premises

Texecom’s Premier 24 Ricochet Kit Brings Superior Wireless Security to Smaller Premises

The Ricochet technology enables devices to communicate not only directly with the control panel, but also to route their communications through any other nearby Ricochet devices. This means that not only is the range of the system greatly extended, but the signal strength is kept to an optimum level by automatically using the strongest signal path. The system will even ‘self-heal’ if a particular signal route becomes weak or blocked, rerouting the communication channel through other devices to bypass the interference and maintain system integrity. This level of wireless security system has previously only been viable for large commercial installations; now Texecom is bringing its benefits to a much greater range of customers.

The kit contains a Premier 24 control panel and Premier 8XP-W wireless Ricochet-enabled 8 zone expander, 3 wireless Prestige XT-W PIRs, one Impaq Contact-W wireless magnetic contact, a Premier LCDP Keypad and a Premier SmartKey. When commissioning a new system this package provides an excellent, easy to install foundation – with many options then available to expand coverage by adding further wired or wireless devices as required for the project.

For more information please contact:
Munish Dudeja
Texecom Business Development Manager for India
Halma Trading and Services India Pvt. Ltd.
201 Hyde Park, Saki Vihar Road
Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400 072
Tel: 022 6708 0400, Cell: 09899 020406
Fax: 022 6708 0415
E-mail: mdudeja@texe.com
Website: www.texe.com

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Tritech Launches real-time Anchor and Riser Monitoring System (RAMS) for FPSOs

Tritech, leader in acoustic technologies, has developed a system for the real-time integrity monitoring of mooring lines, umbilicals and risers on Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units (FPSOs). RAMS (Riser and Anchor Monitoring System) is a 360° riser and anchor chain monitoring system for FPSOs that is deployed beneath the vessel and monitors the presence, integrity and position of mooring lines and risers 24/7 from a single sonar head.

Graphic showing a representation of Tritech's RAMS head deployment; real-time 360° riser and anchor chain monitoring for FPSOs

Graphic showing a representation of Tritech's RAMS head deployment; real-time 360° riser and anchor chain monitoring for FPSOs

RAMS has been extensively tested and the accuracy of the system has shown to be 100% effective in its current deployment on Teekay’s Petrojarl Foinaven FPSO, operating on a BP deepwater oil field, within the UKCS (UK Continental Shelf), located approximately 190km (118mi) off the West Coast of Shetland.

RAMS has been developed in conjunction with BP who had a requirement for an automated system able to monitor the series of bend stiffeners, umbilicals and risers on an FPSO. The RAMS technology builds on the leading proprietary multibeam sonar technology developed by SRD prior to its acquisition by Tritech (a Halma company).

RAMS is deployed beneath an FPSO’s turret in the centre of the risers and mooring chains. Through its multibeam sonar array, RAMS can provide simultaneous real-time updates on the status of all lines, with continuous recording and data export. Tritech’s unique RAMS technology has the option to provide the end user with an alarm-based system notifying the operator of any out-of-specification movement without delay, in addition to trend data that allows for more accurate [material] fatigue analysis.

Angus Lugsdin, Tritech’s Business Development Manager, comments: “With an increased focus on mooring and riser integrity to meet defined and implied safety regulations and stricter corporate governance, Tritech has developed a field-proven, real-time monitoring system that provides the FPSO operator with an easy to understand alarm-based system that detects the presence and measures the movement of mooring lines and risers. Unlike other technologies RAMS immediately notifies the operator of any movement that is out of specification and records all the data for export which allows long term trend data to be studied; this has the potential to revolutionise mooring and riser integrity studies.”

A BP Representative comments: “RAMS has been installed on the Foinaven FPSO since 2009 and shown to be 100% effective. We are confident of the system and its ability to monitor the integrity of risers  and umbilicals and its capability for data export in order to analyse riser/ bend stiffener movement which is very important, not only to maintain the asset but to identify the need for corrective action.”

Tritech is working with partners NCS Survey, an Acteon Company, who will deliver the installation, commissioning and after-sales support of RAMS. NCS Survey provides global survey and positioning services to the offshore markets, including the upstream oil, gas and renewable sectors, and marine and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) contractors. NCS Survey is experienced with RAMS having acquired the service business line of SRD, a Halma company, in January 2010. By combining resources, Tritech and NCS are able to offer a complete solution to the FPSO industry.

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Labsphere Earns NVLAP Accreditation

Calibration Lab for Optical Radiation Measurements now a NVLAP ISO 17205 calibration lab

Labsphere, Inc. has earned accreditation as a NVLAP ISO 17205 calibration laboratory. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) governs the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP). Labsphere’s status as NVLAP Lab 200951-0 was granted following successful completion of rigorous on-site assessments and technical evaluations of the company’s Calibration Lab for Optical Radiation Measurements.

Labsphere’s NVLAP accreditation team (from left to right): Dr.Yang Wang, Labsphere Applications Engineer; Yuqin Zong, NIST Auditor; Dr. Peter Weitzman, Labsphere Senior VP; Richard Corbyn, Labsphere Director of Quality; Cameron Miller, NIST Auditor; Joseph Linquata, Labsphere Quality Manager; Greg McKee, Labsphere VP Engineering

Labsphere’s NVLAP accreditation team (from left to right): Dr.Yang Wang, Labsphere Applications Engineer; Yuqin Zong, NIST Auditor; Dr. Peter Weitzman, Labsphere Senior VP; Richard Corbyn, Labsphere Director of Quality; Cameron Miller, NIST Auditor; Joseph Linquata, Labsphere Quality Manager; Greg McKee, Labsphere VP Engineering

(Caption: Labsphere’s NVLAP accreditation team (from left to right): Dr.Yang Wang, Labsphere Applications Engineer; Yuqin Zong, NIST Auditor; Dr. Peter Weitzman, Labsphere Senior VP; Richard Corbyn, Labsphere Director of Quality; Cameron Miller, NIST Auditor; Joseph Linquata, Labsphere Quality Manager; Greg McKee, Labsphere VP Engineering)

NVLAP accreditation signifies that Labsphere operates in accordance with stringent guidelines pertaining to quality systems, engineering expertise, technical personnel, test and calibration methods, laboratory equipment and environment, measurement traceability, handling of test and calibration items, and accuracy in test and calibration reports.
Dr. Peter Weitzman, Labsphere’s Senior VP Sales/Marketing, remarked, “Labsphere’s NVLAP accreditation validates its reputation as a world class provider of NIST-traceable optical calibrations. Customers worldwide relying on high quality Labsphere solutions can be confident that the calibration of those systems has been performed in our accredited ISO 17205 calibration facility.”

Accreditation requirements are established in accordance with the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR, Title 15, Part 285) and accreditation is granted to a select few laboratories. Labsphere is accredited to perform calibrations, at specified ranges and uncertainties, covering more than eighty parameters. To become accredited, laboratories must meet the requirements set forth in NIST Handbook 150, ‘NVLAP Procedures and General Requirements.’

For further information please contact:
Makarand Wadhavekar
Labsphere India Sales Manager
Halma Trading and Services India Pvt. Ltd.
201 Hyde Park, Saki Vihar Road
Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400 072
Tel: 022- 67080400, Fax: 022-67080415
E-mail:  mwadhavekar@labsphere.com
Website: www.labsphere.com

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SMART Log Helping Fight Leaks for British Water Utility

A major project to fight leakage by British utility company Yorkshire Water is using HWM’s Radio-Tech SMART Log wireless datalogging automatic meter reader (AMR) to significantly reduce the time and cost taken to find and fix leaks in the network. The SMART Logs are being installed by Vernon Morris & Co. Ltd. along with its Incertameter ‘bolt-on’ in-line flow meter, enabling Yorkshire Water to split 250 of its existing DMAs* in half for more efficient water management – without the need for constructing any new, expensive metered bypasses. The initial phase includes 350 installations, with more planned to follow as the project rolls out across the network.

Halma Water Management's RAdio-Tech SMART Log Helping Fight Leaks for British Water Utility

Halma Water Management's RAdio-Tech SMART Log Helping Fight Leaks for British Water Utility

Dividing a water mains network into DMAs is current water loss prevention best practice. It allows water companies to examine their network in small pieces, narrowing down areas where water is being lost so that leakage teams can then pinpoint the location within that DMA. Obviously, smaller DMAs result in more detailed initial information, and proportionally less time taken to identify the exact position of the leak; in these cases time equals not only money but also water, personnel and the chances of a severe service disruption.

SMART Log and Incertameter allow for the easy and very cost-effective creation of more and smaller DMAs, and very rapid collection of data from them. SMART Log’s wireless technology means that data collection teams no longer need access to the meter itself, but instead can download the data via a secure wireless link from up to 100 meters away – even from a moving vehicle. This drastically reduces the time taken for data gathering, which, in addition to the use of smaller DMAs, results in impressive savings.

A major project to fight leakage by British utility company Yorkshire Water is using HWM’s Radio-Tech SMART Log wireless datalogging automatic meter reader (AMR) to significantly reduce the time and cost taken to find and fix leaks in the network

A major project to fight leakage by British utility company Yorkshire Water is using HWM’s Radio-Tech SMART Log wireless datalogging automatic meter reader (AMR) to significantly reduce the time and cost taken to find and fix leaks in the network

In a series of blind pilot trials conducted last year to compare the before and after effects of the project, results indicated an average saving per leak of roughly 60 hours of detection time and over £1500, even without factoring in the initial saving of £5000+ per sub-metering point created. Leakage inspectors can expect to cover a DMA approximately five times faster than before, and prioritise their leak repair activities much more effectively according to the severity of a leak and its impact on the water supply.

Advanced technology not only enables this level of functional efficiency, but has resulted in an impressive battery life for the systems. Batteries last for 5 years with a 5 minute sample rate, meaning that the time and cost savings first made at the installation continue on for half a decade. The SMART Log technology has already seen extended use in Scotland and England over the last few years, both in conjunction with the Incertameter and as a standalone AMR or commercial datalogger, and has consistently proved itself a valuable tool in improving a project’s operational functionality and underlying efficiency.

*District Metered Area

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Crowcon’s Gas Detectors Ensure Safe Operation at Oil and Gas Terminal in Rajasthan

100 Nimbus flameproof (Exd) detectors supplied Cairn Energy’s Mangala processing facility

100 of Crowcon’s Nimbus flameproof (Exd) hydrocarbon gas detectors have been installed at Cairn Energy’s Mangala oil and gas processing terminal in Rajasthan, India. Supplied via Larson & Toubro, the Nimbus units are located at strategic locations throughout the facility and ensure the safety of workers and equipment by detecting elevated levels of flammable hydrocarbon gases.

100 Crowcon Nimbus flameproof (Exd) detectors supplied Cairn Energy’s Mangala processing facility

100 Crowcon Nimbus flameproof (Exd) detectors supplied Cairn Energy’s Mangala processing facility

“Hydrocarbon gas detectors are required by local legislation,” commented Crowcon’s Indian distributor, Mr Kishore Degwekar of Detection Instruments Pvt. Ltd. “Larsen and Toubro, our customer, purchased the Nimbus detectors as they are certified by the Indian Directorate General of Mines Safety”.

Crowcon’s Nimbus gas detectors have an excellent 10-year proven track record and, as well as having local certification, are also ATEX and UL certified. The detector is also assessed to the globally recognised functional safety standard IEC61508 and is suitable for use as part of SIL 2 systems.

Many thousands of Nimbus detectors are installed in locations across the globe, in all climatic conditions, such as the north of Sweden with its sub-zero winters, the deserts of Qatar, where summer temperatures can exceed 50oC and where sandstorms are common, and hot and very humid regions such as Malaysia.

It is used in all manner of locations, including underground tunnels, oil and gas rigs, oil and gas refineries, over-ground pipelines, compressor stations, turbine halls, pumping stations, sewage works, chemical works, aerosol filling plants, floating production ships (FPSO’s) and power stations.

Designed to be integrated with existing gas detection systems, Nimbus can be used in conjunction with digital communication networks (via RS-485 Modbus) or conventional 4-20mA control systems such as Crowcon’s Gasmonitor.

Rated to IP67, Nimbus functions in even the dirtiest conditions. The optics operate at up to 90% obscuration, with a dirty optics warning light activating at 75% obscuration.  An external status light indicates whether the unit is in normal function or fault, alerts users to rising gas levels, and also identifies 22 further conditions for simple diagnosis.

About Cairn Energy’s Mangala oil processing terminal
The Mangala processing terminal covers an area equivalent to 200 football pitches and includes oil, gas, power and water infrastructure. At an eventual length of 670 km, the pipeline will provide access to more than 75% of India’s refining capacity. At the peak of construction, approximately 16,000 workers were involved: 5,000 on the pipeline and 11,000 on the processing terminal.

Contact details for Crowcon’s distributor in India:
Kishore Degwekar, Managing Director
Detection Instruments Pvt. Ltd.
Plot No. El-36, Electronics Zone
TTC Industrial Area, MIDCl – Mahape
Navi Mumbai 400 710
India
Tel: 022 2761 7663 / 64 / 65 / 66, Fax: 022 2761 2103
E-mail: general@detection-india.com / sales@detection-india.com
Website: www.detection-india.com

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Ocean Optics Spectrometers Head to Mars

ChemCam instrument launches on Curiosity Rover to study rock and soil composition of the red planet

Three Ocean Optics (www.OceanOptics.com) instruments have begun their eight month journey to Mars. Customized HR2000 spectrometers are a part of the ChemCam unit on NASA’s Mars Science Lab rover, Curiosity, launched November 26, 2011 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Spectrometers from Ocean Optics will enable rapid sample analysis on Mars

Spectrometers from Ocean Optics will enable rapid sample analysis on Mars

Ocean Optics supplied three modular HR2000 high-resolution miniature fiber optic spectrometers that were configured for analysis of Martian rock and soil composition using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). A laser mounted to the mast unit of the ChemCam instrument can fire at targets up to nine meters away, generating a series of laser pulses, the light from which is collected for the LIBS analysis.

The modular design of the HR2000, with selectable optical bench options such as detector, grating and entrance aperture (slit), made it an ideal choice for the mission. Each ChemCam spectrometer is configured to detect elemental signatures over a different wavelength of light: 240-336 nm, 380-470 nm, and 470-850 nm. The use of the three spectrometers simplifies the design and creates redundancy, as many elements under study have spectral lines in more than one of the spectral ranges covered by the three units.

Another reason the HR2000 was chosen for this mission was its reliability – a must for remote space operation where maintenance is impossible. Because the spectrometer contains no moving parts to fail, it can withstand the G forces associated with space travel. Additionally, the spectrometers were modified to handle extreme temperature ranges, radiation, shock and vibration.

The Curiosity Rover has been described by NASA as having the most advanced scientific instrumentation ever used to study the surface of Mars. With the analysis enabled by Ocean Optics’ equipment, sample analysis is exponentially faster. On prior missions, the time required to determine composition of a single sample was two to three days; ChemCam’s output is anticipated to be one dozen compositional measurements per day.

This is not the first space voyage for Ocean Optics equipment. In 2009, the company also collaborated on the ALICE spectrometer, which was instrumental in detecting the presence of water ice on the moon. Other NASA researchers have utilized Ocean Optics spectrometers for applications both on Earth and in space.

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