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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Drone Wars: French Navy Examines Cutting-edge Tech

(Image: Naval Group)

Defense technology company Naval Group and helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters will together lead an effort to develop warship based aerial drones for the French Navy. The French companies were recently contracted by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) to perform a “de-risking” study ahead of future construction of tactical helicopter drones. The demonstration project will eventually lead to trials of the drone launch system, mission system and airborne rotary-wing vehicle, conducted from a French Navy vessel.

Sensotec Lauches Identity Technology

signal conditioning. for connectivity of sensors and associated signal conditioning. and user defined location information is stored in the sensor. information and automatically sets up and calibrates the signal conditioning with the sensor. market. identity of blind cable and connectors. automatically recognized when the signal conditioning is powered up.

Terion Launches FleetView 3T

Terion launched FleetView 3T -- a product line extension specifically designed for managing tanker trailers. The FleetView 3 technology platform was developed to accommodate all kinds of asset types and to support many different sensors. The product is designed to gather information from cargo sensors, door sensors, Tractor ID devices, tire pressure sensors, and gas pressure sensors. The product communicates real-time trailer location and event status when the trailer is tethered or untethered, and provides an accurate record of loaded or unloaded status by way of a patented Cargo Sensor.

New Master Catalog from Gems

At more than 336 pages the new Gems Sensors, Controls and Fluidic Systems catalog features fluid level, flow & pressure sensors, miniature solenoid valves and proximity switches. This desktop resource features sensors and controls not offered in previous catalog editions. These include new electro-optic level switches, ultrasonic level sensors, float type level sensors, Warrick conductivity level and solid-state controls, new high-accuracy pressure transducers, a complete new line of solenoid valves, new pressure switches, new flow sensors and proximity sensors. There are also many updates to RotorFlow & TurboFlow sensors and SureSite Indicators. This catalog is now produced in full color.

MOSS: Portable Survey System

Photo: TARKA-SYSTEMS

Developed and manufactured for marine surveyors and naval architects by Netherlands-based TARKA-SYSTEMS, the MOSS is a portable measurement solution for monitoring and surveying. According to the developer, the MOSS System features a pragmatic design, clear functionality and the ability of reading a wide range of sensor inputs. The functionality of the MOSS can be applied for marine and offshore applications such as salvage monitoring and survey, marine survey of damaged vessels…

Martek Marine Releases VECSAFE

Martek Marine Ltd has released VECSAFE, their innovative new safety device which safely monitors oxygen and pressure in vapor emission control systems. The combination of the MMS3000 oxygen sensor and MMS200 pressure sensor provides an intrinsically safe vapor emission control system, which continuously monitors oxygen content and pressure, all of which is controlled via the GDS404 control panel. Both the MMS3000 oxygen sensor and the MMS200 pressure sensor are constructed in 316 SS material, ensuring the system is rugged and weatherproof. Operation is fully automatic so, unlike conventional systems, there is no requirement for personnel to change settings, alleviating the danger of human error.

New Kongsberg Sensor Factory, China

Kongsberg Maritime China Jiangsu (KMCJ), a new 2880m2 sensor production facility located in the Norwegian Industrial Park in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, China, was officially opened on Nov. 30 2009 during a traditional Chinese ceremony attended by over 150 guests. In February 2009, work started on the modern new sensor production facility, which is based on the same methodology and processes used at Kongsberg Maritime's Trondheim, Norway. "The establishment of KMCJ was an international effort, involving a number of people from different departments, from our sensor production facility in Trondheim and other Kongsberg Maritime sites," commented Håvard Johnsen, General Manager, KMCJ. "We currently have 15 employees, all of whom were hand-picked for their positions.

Wesmar Introduces New Catch Sensors

Wesmar, a U.S. manufacturer of sonar equipment, has introduced its new line of trawl sonar catch sensors. ‘They are the fastest and most powerful on the market,” said Dennis Soderberg, WESMAR’s Vice President of the Electronics Division. The Model CS20 WESMAR catch sensors work with the highly popular WESMAR TCS780 and TCS380 trawl sonar systems. Up to six catch sensors can be used on the cod end of a WESMAR system. Numbers 1-4 are compatible with other trawl systems. The catch…

Keeping a Watchful Eye

In 2014, Forbes Associate Director for Maritime Services at Control Risks stated that maritime risks are on the rise. Mariners and ship owner/operators experienced a 26% spike in maritime piracy and armed robbery since 2014  and the North Sea Oil Industry admitted that it had been targeted and thwarted cyber attacks, attacks that if successful could have caused untold financial and logistical damage. •    Within the last decade, plans to attack a cruise ship in a major U.S. port were revealed. Maritime surveillance systems play a key role monitoring sea lanes and ports while supporting worldwide maritime safety and security. The ability to operate effectively and securely in any environment (air, land or sea) depends on an acute awareness and understanding of the surrounding elements.

The Digital Future of Exhaust Gas Temperature Sensors

(Image: CMR Group)

CMR Group’s chief technical officer, Patrice Flot, considers the current approach to sensing exhaust gas temperature (EGT) on high horsepower engine platforms and the capabilities provided by new digital technology. An EGT sensor measures the temperature of the engine exhaust gas to prevent damage to critical components such as the after treatment system, turbines and cylinder head exhaust valves. It can also be used inside the combustion chambers where hot gases are generated.

London Gateway Ups Security Measures

(Photo: DP World London Gateway)

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

New Technology for Submarine Wireless Battery Monitoring

The German navigation specialist Raytheon Anschütz introduces a newly developed wireless battery monitoring technology. The core of the system is a new sensor that features an innovative measurement concept to provide highest failure safety while contributing to cost savings during installation and servicing. Raytheon Anschütz, as a subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, presents a wireless battery monitoring demonstration at this year’s UDT in London. The Wireless Battery Monitoring System (WBMS) is the central measuring and evaluation system for main batteries aboard submarines.

TE Connectivity Expands Sensors Offering with AST

TE Connectivity Ltd, a world leader in connectivity, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of American Sensor Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of pressure and position sensing solutions with 2013 revenues of approximately $20 million. The acquisition further expands TE’s growing portfolio of sensors and sensor systems. AST specializes in manufacturing products incorporating their proprietary technologies for use in high performance, harsh and extreme environments such as high corrosion, high and low temperatures, and toxic and hazardous materials settings. AST’s products serve several industries including marine and offshore oil and gas, energy and power generation, industrial controls, aerospace and defense, and industrial and commercial transportation.

LVDT Position Sensors for Offshore Drilling

ULULC and ATEX Approved LVDT Position Sensors for Worldwide Operation

UL/ULC and ATEX Approved LVDT Position Sensors for Worldwide Operation in Offshore Drilling Markets. Macro Sensors offers the HLR 750 Series of UL/ULC listed and ATEX-approved LVDT Linear Position Sensors for use in the high temperature and high vibration environments such as offshore drilling platforms. In addition to holding a UL/ULC classification for Class 1, Division 1 & Class 1, Zone 2 hazards and Class 1, Division 2 & Class 1, Zone 2 hazards, the LVDT Linear Position Sensors are ATEX approved for use in potentially explosive environments throughout the European Union.

Kongsberg Maritime Launches Type-Approved GPS Compass

principle. of other survey systems. and a Display Unit. inertial sensor device. Ethernet. information and push buttons for user control and command. dynamics as with traditional gyrocompasses. advanced phase measurements. provides yaw information. determination until the GPS signals become reliable again. ensure accurate, continuous and robust heading information. of turn.

How to Calibrate an AC-operated LVDT Linear Position Sensor

LVC-4000 (Photo: Macro Sensors)

Calibration is necessary before the installation of an AC- operated linear position sensor to ensure accuracy. Calibration corrects any slight variances between sensors, helping to improve repeatability. Because of the linearity of LVDT Sensor output, a simple two-point calibration is simple. Two points should be as far apart as possible, but within the linear range of the LVDT Linear Position Sensor and preferable within the measurement range in which it will be used. In applications where the LVDT is used on both sides of null…

Seeing Forever: Lockhead Martin's Gyrocam

Lockheed Martin recently completed successful demonstrations of its Gyrocam 15-inch Dual Sensor & 15-inch Triple Sensor to the Navy. The demonstration was conducted as part of a cooperative research and development effort with the Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program. That program was established to help accelerate the delivery of innovative maritime technologies across all armed services. During the demonstration in Virginia Beach, Va., U.S. Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) sailors used the 15-inch gyro-stabilized optical sensors in both day and night exercises. After successfully tracking items of interest and acquiring on-the-move, high-resolution electro-optical and thermal video, end-users provided immediate feedback on the technology.

LVDT Linear Position Sensors Perform in Hostile Environments

LVDT Linear Position Sensors Available in Different Housings to Perform in Hostile Chemical, Radiation and Seawater Environments. Macro Sensors (www.macrosensors.com) offers its AC-operated LVDTs in different material housings to perform in varying operating environments including those with high and low temperature extremes, radiation exposure, seawater and vacuum pressure conditions. Standard configurations of Macro Sensors’ AC-operated linear position sensors are constructed…

TT Club Urges Quay Crane Anti-Collision Systems

The TT Club is urging container terminal operators to fit electronic sensor devices to quay crane booms to prevent them accidentally colliding with vessels during loading and unloading operations in port. The TT Club says that crane booms colliding with the structure or equipment of a ship is an all-to-common occurrence at almost every port around the world, causing serious injuries to workers and costly repairs and operational downtime. In advising its Members and the industry at large, TT Club highlights the frequency of such collisions, and recommends installing effective boom anti-collision systems. Among the various types of device currently in use, the simplest consists of wires run along the length of the crane boom, which activate a switch to stop the crane if they are hit.

New Oil Debris Sensor Launched

Image: Gill Sensors & Controls Limited

Gill Sensors & Controls Limited announced immediate availability of its new Oil Debris Sensor that provides continuous real-time monitoring of particle contamination in hydraulic and engine oil lubrication systems. The new sensor triggers either an immediate shutdown in cases of large particle build-up, or an early warning indication for needed maintenance in both cases preventing unexpected downtime. Typical applications include monitoring helicopter gearboxes, industrial gearboxes…

E Instruments International Intorduces the E8500 Combustion Analyzer

E Instruments E8500

The NEW E8500 combustion analyzer is a complete portable tool for EPA compliance level emissions monitoring and testing. The E8500 is ideal for regulatory & maintenance use in boiler, burner, engine, turbine, furnace, and other combustion applications.

Water in Fuel Sensor Launched by Gems

Image credit Gems

Gems Sensors & Controls launch of the WIF-1250, a no-moving-parts device to detect presence of water in fuel. US manufacturer Gems® Sensors & Controls™ (Gems), a provider of liquid level, pressure, and flow sensors, miniature solenoid valves, and fluidic systems launch a new conductivity based sensor to detect the presence of water in fuel and lubricating oil within a broad range of applications. The WIF-1250 is specifically designed to detect the presence of water in fuel. It is also ideal for use with fuel filters…

Ships Benefit from Intelligent Sensors

Tank gauging systems specialist PSM’s new iCT level pressure and temperature sensors are suitable for all ship sizes and types. The requirement for increasing amounts of reliable data on board has driven up demand for sensors. One consequence of larger manufacturing volumes has been that sensors have become relatively inexpensive. However, installation costs are another matter, and continue to rise. Today, the cost of installing a level gauging system either as a new build or a retrofit can often exceed the cost of the equipment itself. This is particularly apparent in respect of cable costs and system commissioning. PSM has launched a new high stability digital level, pressure and temperature sensor with advanced integrated intelligent signal processing and diagnostics.

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