Halma appoints Prasenjit Datta as Managing Director of Halma India.

Halma, the leading safety, health and environmental technology group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Prasenjit Datta as Managing Director of Halma India.

Mr.Prasenjit Data, Managing Director of Halma India.

Mr.Prasenjit Data, Managing Director of Halma India.

Before joining Halma, Prasenjit was Managing Director of Brady India. Previously he has worked in Senior Management as well as Sales & Marketing roles at 3M, Smithkline Beecham and Blue Star. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Halma plc (www.halma.com) is an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology. It is a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange and has over 4000 employees in 40 subsidiaries worldwide. Halma’s subsidiaries make products that protect lives and improve the quality of life for people through innovation in market leading products which make its customers safer, more competitive and more profitable. These subsidiaries are assisting India’s economy in areas such as energy, manufacturing, healthcare, water and waste treatment, construction and transport. Halma has a hub office in Mumbai.

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Press contact in India:
Sunil Balan
Marketing Manager
Halma India
B-1, Boomerang, Chandivali,
Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400 072, India.
Board : +91 22 6708 0400
Mobile: +91 77381 61211

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Dependable Detection of Refrigerant Gases with Crowcon’s F-Gas Detector

Fluorinated (Freon) gases, which include hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), are a family of man-made chemicals containing fluorine. These ’F-gases’ are extremely powerful greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming – most are between 1,000 and 20,000 times more powerful than CO2 in terms of their impact on the atmosphere.

Not only are F-gases harmful to the environment, they are also extremely toxic and represent a significant health risk if inhaled. SF6 also poses an asphyxiation risk as, once inhaled, it may be too heavy to expel from the lungs.

In EU, the use and emission of F-gases comes under Regulation 842/2006, which mandates leakage control and regular checks. Leakage checks must be carried out by certified personnel for all plant with equipment containing 3kg or more of F-gases. Frequency of leak checks depends on the amount of refrigerant charged. In addition, detailed records must be kept in a log book – failure to comply may lead to severe penalties.

Common uses of F-gases include:
• Refrigeration and air conditioning systems
• Heat pumps
• Aerosols
• Fire-fighting equipment
• High voltage, gas-insulated switchgear

There are also many industrial applications including magnesium smelting, electronics manufacture and insulating foam manufacture. Effective monitoring and detection of these gases is essential. Crowcon’s F-Gas infrared detector is a fixed-point detector specially calibrated to detect a wide range of F-gases.

Rugged and easy to install, it can be connected to any control system which accepts analogue signals. Together with Crowcon’s Gasmaster control panel and Xgard toxic gas detector, the F-Gas detector provides an effective gas leak detection package.

In addition to protecting personnel from toxic gas risks, installing the F-Gas detector also offers the following benefits:
• Provides an early warning that the gas is leaking and thus maintains system efficiency and reduces potentially huge gas replacement costs
• Enables the supplier and user to comply with the mandatory F-gas regulations
• Helps to reduce the risk of leakage of powerful greenhouse gases into the environment

The detector operates from 24Vdc nominally and provides a 4-20mA signal (the output can also be set to 0-20mA, 0-2V, 0-5V or 0-10Vdc). It is compatible with most control systems or 4-20mA type controller. Housed in a rugged IP54 enclosure, the detector is suitable for use in non-hazardous areas such as plant rooms or switchgear rooms. With no moving parts, very little maintenance is required – just a bi-annual gas check (with re-calibration if necessary).

Special features of the F-Gas detector include:
• Superior IR sensor technology: provides fast, stable and dependable performance with low maintenance and long life. Unlike semi-conductor type sensors, the F-gas detector is not affected by other types of gas or changes in temperature or humidity
• LED indicators: tri-coloured LEDs indicate the operating status of the detector and, in combination with the function keys, facilitate simple adjustments such as zero and calibration
• Choice of signals: the analogue output signal can be set as 4-20mA, 0-20mA, 0-2V, 0-5V or 0-10Vdc for compatibility with virtually any control system
• IP54 rated enclosure: provides good protection from dust and water ingress in indoor environments

More information about the EU regulations can be found at:

For more information please contact Crowcon’s India Office:
Sandip Diwate
Crowcon Detection Instruments Ltd.
B1-401, Boomerang,
Chandivali, Andheri (E).
Mumbai. 400072
Tel: +91 22 6708 0400
Mob: +91 98205 76070
E-mail: sandip.diwate@crowcon.com / salesindia@crowcon.com
Website: www.crowcon.com

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Labsphere makes its presence felt at ICOL-2014, Dehradun.

World leader in light measurement supports optical research efforts in India

Labsphere – the world’s premier source for ground-based calibration systems for large earth observing satellites, imaging systems and remote sensing optical calibration solutions has been at the forefront, supporting optical research scientist in India. Hence, a presence at The International Conference on Optics and Opto-Electronics (ICOL as it is populary called) was held in Dehradun, Uttarakhand from March 5-8 wasn’t surprising. International delegates from USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore and France participated in the conference which saw a total of over 700 delegates and 120 exhibitors in attendance.

Labsphere at ICOL 2014 in Dehradun

Labsphere’s booth saw a steady stream of scientists and researchers who were seeking solutions and measurement systems for the various technological challenges faced by them in their field of optical research. “In addition to our high performance systems, we offer a modular and flexible product line that enables us to engineer product to specific test problems.” explained Makarand Wadhavekar, the Sales Manager for India who was ably supported by his distributor Mr. Rajeev Gupta of Precision Components. The fact that IRDE (Instruments Research & Development Establishment) where ICOL was held, already had a Labsphere installation in a neighboring building added to the conviction that comes with a local presence.

Acknowledgement of the recognition that Labsphere enjoys in US came from one of the Senior Optical Physicist at NASA who had come to make a paper presentation at ICOL.
ICOL 2014 saw a lot of interest in Labsphere light measurement products, as optical research is set to grow further in India in the defence sector, increased adoption of LED in various applications and UV testing of textiles.

For more information, contact Makarand Wadhavekar at +91 98209 32299, email sales@labsphere.com, mwadhavekar@labsphere.com, or visit www.labsphere.com

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Perma Pure Hires Business Development Manager for India

Sanjeev Rai has joined Perma Pure as India Business Development Manager.  Mr. Rai adds to Perma Pure’s investment in the strategically important India market and will drive our Sales and Marketing efforts there.

Perma Pure hires Sanjeev Rai as India Business Development Manager

Perma Pure hires Sanjeev Rai as India Business Development Manager

Mr. Rai comes to Perma Pure with a degree in Chemical Technology from HBTI Kanpur and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.  Mr. Rai has a strong background in promoting wireless HART technology for process industry.

While the India market offers many opportunities for Perma Pure’s unique products, Mr. Rai’s initial efforts will be focused on CEMS and process management at thermal power plants and petrochemical facilities, where he will promote the GASS family of sample-conditioning products and Nafion® dryers, which are manufactured exclusively by Perma Pure LLC, a Halma company.  For further information, please visit our web-site at www.permapure.com or contact one of our offices in India.

Sanjeev Rai, the new India Business Development Manager can be contacted on                    T: +91 99100 98244  or E-mail: srai@permapure.com


Press contact in India:
Sunil Balan
Marketing Manager
Halma India
B-1, Boomerang, Chandivali,
Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400 072
Board : +91 22 6708 0400
Mobile: +91 77381 61211
E-mail : sunil.balan@halma.com
Website: www.halma.com

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VOLK & KEELER appoints new sales manager for South India

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

Ashok Kumar has been appointed as the new Regional Sales Manager for South 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 equipments. Keeler, UK specializes in diagnostic and magnification products for professionals in the Ophthalmic and healthcare industry. Ashok will be responsible for both Volk & Keeler products all across the southern states of India i.e. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He joins the Volk-Keeler national team which is headed by Mahadev Dhuri and growing steadily year-on-year.

K Ashok Kumar

Ashok brings a wealth of experience in medical products to the role. After completing his B.Pharmacy he has worked for various reputed firms for 10 years out of which 5 ½ yers were in the field of ophthalmology. In his previous stint at Contacare Ophthalmic he was selling IOL’s. He has previously worked with Novartis Healthcare. His experience in selling ophthalmic products like genteal eye drops, genteal gels, visudyne and voveran optha will be of great help as he looks forward to provide focused attention to the South India market.

At Volk-Keeler, Ashok 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 BIO lenses, slit lamp lenses, gonioscopy lenses, surgical lenses & 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, and Ashok 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 Ashok. South India market has a lot of potential for Volk & Keeler which Ashok will help us focus on with his systematic and dedicated efforts”

Sunil Balan, the Marketing Manager of Halma India (Volk & Keeler are Halma companies) said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ashok Kumar to the Volk-Keeler team in India. With his tremendous experience in medical device sales, as well as sales of ophthalmic products, I am looking forward to see Ashok bring his rich experience to benefit Volk-Keeler and our customers alike.”

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

Press contact in India:
Sunil Balan
Marketing Manager
Halma India
B-1, Boomerang, Chandivali,
Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400 072
Board : +91 22 6708 0400
Mobile: +91 77381 61211
E-mail : sunil.balan@halma.com
Website: www.halma.com

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PIXELTEQ Demonstrates Multispectral Opportunities at ICOL-2014

Multispectral sensors & cameras are a key to next-generation optical devices

Live demonstrations featuring multispectral near-infrared imaging and 8-band spectral sensors were highlights of the International Conference on Optics and Opto-Electronics (ICOL) held earlier this month by the Optical Society of India.


Among the new products demonstrated were PixelSensor™ Multispectral Sensors, wavelength-selective sensors that deliver 8-band spectroscopy in < 1cm2 footprint. Using the PixelSensor Developer Board, the compact device makes real-time precision measurements of discrete spectral bands.

The SpectroCam Multispectral Camera delivers live processed images of visible and near-infrared wavelengths to distinguish materials and highlight features invisible to the human eye. With a library of more than 150 interchangeable spectral filters, SpectroCam can be configured for a variety of applications or customized to fit yours.

PIXELTEQ’s exclusive micro-patterned filters help OEMs to shrink multi-wavelength devices into a single package, enable new optical features, and deliver application-specific sensors and cameras. PIXELTEQ provides custom optical filters and wafer-level coatings for scalable production.

“Clients are using our PIXELTEQ’s micro-patterned filters, sensors, and cameras to deliver more portable and cost-effective optical devices,” explained Bhushan Dhakras, Regional Manager at PIXELTEQ. “The multispectral sensing & imaging trend is innovating new optical devices across agricultural, biomedical, security, and scientific applications.”

To learn more about the solutions we showed at ICOL or our custom OEM capabilities, call Bhushan Dhakras at +91 22 67080420, visit www.pixelteq.com, or email bhushan.dhakras@pixelteq.com.

Company Contact:
Bhushan Dhakras,
Regional Manager,
B1 401, Boomerang, Chandivali,
Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400 072, India.
Board: +91 22 67080400
Mob : +91 9930021866
Email: bhushan.dhakras@pixelteq.com
Web: www.pixelteq.com

Press Contact:
Sunil Balan
Marketing Manager
Halma India
B1 401, Boomerang, Chandivali,
Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400 072, India.
Board: +91 22 67080420
Mobile: +91 77381 61211
E-mail : sunil.balan@halma.com

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SAM-1™ Smart Aqua Meter Transforms Smart Devices into Lab or Portable pH, ORP, Conductivity and Temperature Meters

Sensorex device is Apple and Android compatible.

The SAM-1™ Smart Aqua Meter from Sensorex harnesses the convenience of handheld smart devices to measure and record pH, ORP, conductivity and temperature values. Compatible with both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, SAM-1 delivers accurate analytical measurements in the lab or field for use in environmental, education and industrial applications.

Sensorex Smart Aquameter

The SAM-1 plugs into the headphone jack of a smartphone or tablet and connects to Sensorex smart analytical sensors for measurement. The SAM-1 App, available as a free download, instantly recognizes the smart sensor type and calibration data. The interface makes taking measurements and managing data simple and error-free, eliminating handwritten logs and potential for transcription errors.

Time, date, and GPS location are automatically recorded with each reading and users may add location name and additional comments. Readings can be shared instantly via email or exported to a spreadsheet for analysis and record retention. SAM-1 is currently Apple™ iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® compatible and will be available for Android devices in May 2014. Additional sensor types will be supported in the future with seamless software updates.

To learn more about the SAM-1 Smart Aqua Meter, visit www.sensorex.com, email sales@sensorex.com, or call +1 714-895-4344.

Company Contact:
11751 Markon Drive,
Garden Grove,
CA 92841, USA
Tel: +1 714-895-4344
Fax: +1 714-894-4839
Email: sales@sensorex.com
Web: www.sensorex.com

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Two-way rupture disc delivers significant cost savings

Elfab’s innovation eliminates need for separate discs in many applications.

Pressure management specialist Elfab has developed a two-way rupture disc to prevent vessel damage under vacuum or from overpressure.

Customers who previously relied on separate rupture discs for positive and negative pressure relief can now use this disc alone to fulfil the same protective function via a single installation point. This allows customers to safeguard their application while significantly reducing costs


Available in non-fragmenting composite or graphite designs, and compatible with liquid, gas and vapour, the two-way disc is suitable for most customer applications. Both disc designs feature Elfab’s unique non-invasive, ATEX-approved detection system, Flo-Tel™, making them the only bidirectional discs on the market to benefit from reusable burst detection. Instant burst indication is critical to many process applications while the detection system’s reusable nature enables customers to make further cost savings.

The composite design is supplied in stainless steel as standard but a wide range of other materials can also be provided. The graphite disc is non-torque sensitive and needs no holder, instead fitting directly between flanges. Both can be installed between a variety of flange arrangements, depending on specific application requirements.

Company contact:
Deborah Bevan
Elfab Ltd
Alder Road
North Shields
Tyne & Wear NE29 8SD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)191 293 1208
Fax: +44 (0)191 293 1200
E-mail: deborah.bevan@elfab.com
Website: www.elfab.com

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Smith Flow Control’s SmartKey+ Securely Manages Safety Interlock Keys in Real Time

SmartKey+ key cabinets provides a safe and visual way of storing interlock keys

SmartKey+ is an extension of Smith Flow Control’s (SFC’s) Key Management Systems. Key cabinets provide a safe and visual way of storing interlock system ‘initiating’ keys. SmartKey+ has been developed to provide all the features of SFC’s Visual Alert Key Cabinet, along with the ability to record movements of keys in real-time, providing complete accuracy.

SmartKey+ uses RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology which allows a key to be tracked with complete confidence, providing operator and control room personnel with information on interlocked processes and their status. Full transaction history is available, revealing details of key insertion/removal. The unit is designed to support a remote web interface, without any specific licence.
SmartKey+ with a 36 key requirement

SmartKey+ has enhanced levels of system security. All keys are trapped in the cabinet until authorization is granted; a user is identified by a pin code. SmartKey+ highlights specific key positions that the operator is authorized to use. The user selects the appropriate key from the panel and removes the key as the selected key position is unlocked.
To reinsert a key in the SmartKey+ Cabinet, the user scans the key in front of the integrated scanner and the appropriate key position is highlighted on the frontal display for re-insertion.
The SmartKey+ Cabinet is configured around a central control panel capable of running a system with over 500 keys. SmartKey+ is comprised of modular sections, each containing 18 key positions, and can be increased incrementally.
SFC’s SmartKey+ provides a unique solution to key management, combining innovative software and smart technologies.

Enquiries to:
Ms. Louise Cracknell,
Smith Flow Control Ltd.
6 Waterside Business Park
Eastways Industrial Estate
Witham, Essex CM8 3YQ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1376 517901
E-mail: l.cracknell@smithflowcontrol.com
Website: www.smithflowcontrol.com

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Smith Flow Control Introduces TorkDrive to Prevent Plant Shut-Down and Protect Plant Assets

Torkdrive helps in preventing Valve damage by controlling the torque applied.

Smith Flow Control launches TorkDrive, a device that can be mounted to either the valve input handwheel or directly to the valve input shaft to safeguard the valve from excessive torque.

TorkDrive has two distinct benefits. It prevents valve damage, thus reducing the need for expensive plant shutdown and valve replacement (through over-torque) and provides vital information regarding site maintenance requirements.

SFC TorkDrive

TorkDrive can increase valve life as it prevents the operator from applying excessive force when closing the valve, protecting the valve seat. TorkDrive controls the torque applied when operating a valve, ensuring that the same force is used regardless of the strength of the operator.

TorkDrive can be incorporated seamlessly into plant maintenance systems and schedules. TorkDrive is set to a predetermined maximum torque and, if during the operation cycle of the valve, the operating torque increases above the maximum limit, the TorkDrive will slip, indicating an irregular valve condition. This will alert the operator to report the valve status to Site Maintenance, rather than continue to apply force to the valve.

TorkDrive boasts a compact design, weighing less than 4kg, despite an all-mechanical construction. It is a completely maintenance free device, made from 316 Stainless Steel and is suitable for oil refineries, power plants, paper mills, water plants and chemical processing facilities. TorkDrive withstands temperatures from -56°C to +100°C, with a torque setting range from 80Nm – 500Nm. TorkDrive can be installed directly to manually operated valves, requiring torque monitoring over 80Nm (Ball, Gear, Gate & Globe etc). TorkDrive also benefits from IP65 protection, safeguarding the device in the most aggressive of environments.

TorkDrive features unique clutch plates that are controlled by a series of calibrated compression springs. Two spring set configurations are available, a low range TorkDrive unit offering a maximum torque output range between 80Nm – 280Nm and a high range unit offering 250Nm-500Nm. Each unit is factory set before installation and the unit can be adjusted to suit the host equipment’s torque requirements using a calibrated setting scale within the body of the device. Each spring set has a unique colour code, thus ensuring that the correct torque range is always used.

TorkDrive comes complete with a tool for making fine adjustments.

The TorkDrive is supplied with bespoke adaptation to the host valve and its own operating handwheel/lever.

Enquiries to:
Mr. G V Lakshamanan,
Smith Flow Control Ltd.
B-1,401 Boomerang, Chandivali,
Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400 072
Tel.: +91 22 6708 0400
Mobile: +91 99300 27577
E-mail: v.lakshmanan@smithflowcontrol.com
Website: www.smithflowcontrol.com

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