New managing director and vice chairman at Radio-Tech

Jeremy Llewellyn has been appointed managing director at wireless and cellular telemetry specialist Radio-Tech, while Brian Back moves to vice chairman.

Jeremy & Brian

Jeremy joined Halma in 2005 as finance director of Palmer Environmental and FCS Inc.  While there, he significantly improved business performance and secured a large grant from the Welsh Assembly Government for business growth.  Prior to this, Jeremy worked at TES Aviation Group and GE Aircraft Engines, and achieved a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Glamorgan.

Brian Back’s new role will allow him to focus on product innovation and identifying new market opportunities.  This includes investigating the potential for applying wireless technology throughout the Halma Group, in order to introduce new products and reinvigorate existing ones.  Brian established Radio-Tech in 1993 and joined Halma in 2005 when his company was purchased by the Group.

Commenting on his new position, Jeremy said: “I’m very pleased to have joined Radio-Tech, which is established in automatic meter reading, temperature, energy and legionella monitoring.  This is an exciting time for the company and I’m looking forward to working with the team here.”

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Radio-Tech appoints new operations director

Ade Asefeso has been appointed operations director at radio and cellular telemetry specialist Radio-Tech Ltd.

Ade

Ade joins Radio-Tech from Keeler Ltd, where he was materials manager and then acting production director.  He transferred to Radio-Tech in April 2006 and was actively involved in the company’s relocation to its current premises in Harlow.

“This is an exciting time to be working at Radio-Tech,” commented Ade on his new position.  “We have several new and important products in the pipeline and I can foresee many opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration in the near future within and outside the Halma Group.”

Ade holds a post-graduate diploma in Management Studies and recently completed an MBA through the Open University.

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Rail Temperature Monitor rolled out by Network Rail

Following a trial last summer Network Rail has extended the use of Radio-Tech’s Rail Temperature Monitor (RTM) to another 200 sites across the UK Network. The fully automatic, battery powered system is designed for critical rail temperature management. It enables temperatures to be monitored constantly, anywhere on the network, providing early warning of the risk of track buckling without endangering personnel.

Rail Temperature Monitor

The trial featured loggers at 34 key points on the west coast main line between London and Crewe. The results gave Network Rail the confidence to extend use to just over 200 other sites throughout the UK network. Installed between May and July, the RTM systems seem to have met expectations, and Network Rail is assessing the impact to see if there is justification for even greater investment.

Until now, temperature monitoring was carried out manually at previously assessed critical areas by personnel on-track. To increase safety for staff and provide a more efficient system of temperature monitoring Radio-Tech developed the new RTM system. The system can be deployed anywhere on the rail network including tunnel mouths, cuttings, areas liable to flooding and restricted areas such as red zone working prohibited areas.

Up to eight non-invasive rail-mounted temperature probes at each location transmit to a track-side wireless data logger with a 70 metre reception radius. This in turn reports back to the central server running the RTM application software, where temperatures can be monitored. The server can also export data over the internet, an intranet or via SMS text message, enabling personnel to remotely access all information.

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Radio-Tech wins innovation award for Rail Temperature Monitor

Radio-Tech has won the prestigious Best Small-Scale Innovation at this year’s Railway Forum / Modern Railways Innovation Awards against strong competition. The awards, announced at a gala reception at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London at the end of June, recognised Radio-Tech’s Rail Temperature Monitor (RTM) system, developed with Network Rail, as a key development.

Innovation Award
L-R: Adrian Lyons, DG Railway Forum, Brian Back, MD Radio-Tech, Chris Green, Chairman Railway Forum, Inder Panesar, Radio-Tech

The award, presented to Brian Back and Inder Panesar of Radio-Tech, is for “small-scale innovations that have a big impact on improving the effectiveness of the railway”. The RTM system is a radio telemetry system that enables rail temperatures to be monitored constantly, anywhere on the network, providing early warning of the risk of track buckling without endangering personnel.

“We congratulate Radio-Tech for their innovation that, although small scale, tackles a big problem in a simple and elegant way”, said Adrian Lyons, Director General of the Railway Forum. “With hotter summers occurring more frequently, improvements in monitoring the impact of heat on the railway to minimse disruption to services are very important developments.”

Up to eight non-invasive rail-mounted temperature probes at each location transmit to a track-side wireless data logger with a 70 metre reception radius. This in turn reports back to the central server running the RTM application software, where temperatures can be monitored. The server can also export data over the internet, an intranet or via SMS text message, enabling personnel to remotely access the information.

Currently, temperature monitoring is carried out manually at previously assessed critical areas by personnel on-track. The RTM system increases safety for staff and provides a more efficient system of temperature monitoring. The system monitors temperatures automatically and can be deployed anywhere on the rail network including tunnel mouths, cuttings, areas liable to flooding and restricted areas such as red zone working prohibited areas.

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Radio-Tech helps Zencus develop compact wellhead monitoring system

When Zencus International was developing a new wireless wellhead monitoring system for the oil and gas industry they called on the radio telemetry expertise of Radio-Tech. Radio-Tech delivered a state-of-the-art transmitter featuring its award winning technology that met Zencus’ requirements. The unit has low power consumption and a long 5 year battery life, is ATEX, CE and FCC approved, very compact and sealed to IP68.

Wellhead Monitoring System

A major constraint to installing real-time wellhead monitoring instrumentation is providing electrical power, cables and conduit at remote wellhead locations. The Zencus system overcomes this by integrating a sensor, low power radio, a data acquisition unit, a signal processor and a small, very power efficient circuit with a long life battery in a compact, water proof enclosure.

Radio-Tech was able to put together in one package a system that several years ago would have required several die-cast box enclosures joined together in series. The combination as a single, shrink wrapped unit also made the product more cost effective and the ATEX approval process simpler.

Currently most monitoring of pressure, temperature and flow-rate parameters at wellhead is carried out infrequently by personnel. The Zencus system delivers remote, real-time wellhead and field production data to the desk-top of field operators, engineers and managers. The system is ideal for retrofitting existing “brownfield” sites as well as new field installations, and has had successful pilot trials with the state oil companies of Mexico, Qatar and Abu Dhabi.

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Track safety system monitors risk of track buckling

Network Rail has approved an innovative new Rail Temperature Monitor (RTM) system developed by telemetry specialist Radio-Tech.  The fully automatic, battery powered system is the first solution specifically designed for critical rail temperature management to gain Network Rail approval.  It enables temperatures to be monitored constantly, anywhere on the network, providing early warning of the risk of track buckling without endangering personnel.

Rail Temperature Monitor system

Currently, temperature monitoring is carried out manually at previously assessed critical areas by personnel on-track.  To increase safety for staff and provide a more efficient system of temperature monitoring Radio-Tech developed the new RTM system.  The system monitors temperatures automatically and can be deployed anywhere on the rail network including tunnel mouths, cuttings, areas liable to flooding and restricted areas such as red zone working prohibited areas.

Up to eight non-invasive rail-mounted temperature probes at each location transmit to a track-side wireless data logger with a 70 metre reception radius.  This in turn reports back to the central server running the RTM application software, where temperatures can be monitored.  The server can also export data over the internet, an intranet or via SMS text message, enabling personnel to remotely access all information.

Installation is quick and simple.  The RTM temperature transmitters can be fitted to all present day flat bottom rail sections in less than a minute without tools.  They share the same physical profile as insulator clips so are invisible to vandals and resistant to tamping.  The system is fully battery powered so no cables are at risk.  The temperature probe’s battery life is 6 to 10 years and the data logger’s batteries last up to a year.  The system features anti-detachment, anti-tamper and anti-tilt alarms, low battery alarms, backup batteries and full error detection.

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