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Friday, January 19, 2018

Ultrasonic Sensor News

GE Acquires Panametrics

GE Power Systems announced that it has acquired Panametrics Inc., a global leader in high-technology ultrasonic testing equipment and process control instrumentation. The company will become part of GE's Energy Management Services business and will be known as GE Panametrics. Panametrics develops highly specialized, harsh-environment sensors and instruments for nondestructive testing, solar radiation detection and process measurement instrumentation. The company's products include process control instruments; moisture, chemical and gas sensors; multi-phase flow meters; charged particle detectors; ultrasonic transducers and scanning systems for a wide range of applications.

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.

DNV GL Launches Project to Test Biodegradable Lubricants

Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has launched a new joint development project (JDP) in cooperation with marine insurers The Swedish Club, Norwegian Hull Club, Gard and Skuld to test the potential influence of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) on failures in stern tube bearings. DNV GL will oversee detailed laboratory testing of EALs by Leonardo Testing Services Ltd. at the University of Sheffield (UoS), UK. The JDP has been prompted by an increase in stern tube bearing failures over the last few years.

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…

New Submersible Pressure Sensor from AST

Image: AST

The Model AST 4530 Liquid Level Transmitter from American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) is designed to measure the level of harsh liquids such as slurries, salt water and oil in vented tanks or containers. Constructed with PVDF material and a PTFE diaphragm, the AST 4530 submersible pressure sensor features a submersible PVDF cable, cord grip and housing as well as a conduit connection for turbulent installations such as process plants, salt water holding tanks, on-board ships, turbulent tanks and rail cars.

Airmar Acquires Marport Commercial Fishing Division

Airmar Technology Corporation, a company that designs, engineers and manufactures ultrasonic transducers and sensor technology, announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Marport Deep Sea Technologies’ Commercial Fishing division, a leading developer of advanced sonar technology. Airmar will also acquire the Marport name and the web domain as a part of the transaction. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. Airmar began collaborating with Marport approximately eight years ago and has a history of working together to develop products that have been commercialized. Airmar and Marport will continue to jointly develop new products in the same manner…

DNV GL Initiative For Acceptance Of Ultrasonic Flow Meters For Wet Gas

Wet-gas metering

DNV GL has initiated a joint industry project (JIP) to promote the use of multi-phase ultrasonic flow meters for wet-gas applications. Seven industry partners have committed to the JIP, but it is open for more partners. Currently, multi-phase flow meters and wet-gas flow meters are used for both topside and subsea measurements, enabling operators to improve reservoir modeling and management, optimize production, and manage flow assurance. The output of wet-gas flow meters is also used to determine sales allocation between E&P companies and the royalties payable to the host government.

Sonardyne Launches Leak Detection Sonar

Sonardyne International has announced the launch of an Automatic Leak Detection Sonar (ALDS) at the Oceanology International Exhibition and Conference in London. The Sonardyne product is an active sonar capable of detecting and localizing deep water hydrocarbon leaks around offshore installations and pipelines soon after they develop, allowing operators to respond immediately and accurately in the case of a leak.ALDS is designed to detect oil and gas leaks at significant ranges, allowing coverage of wide areas from a single sensor. Typically, in deep water, the system will detect gas leaks of 1bpd (barrel per day) at a range of 500m and live oil leaks of 10bpd at the same range.

Tracerline Marksman Ulltrasonic Tool

Photo courtesy Tracer Products/div of Spectronics Corporation

Tracer Products has introduced the Tracerline Marksman ulltrasonic diagnostic tool, an instrument that converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible “natural” sound. The Marksman uses a two-tiered process to ensure accurate diagnosis. First, the receiver unit converts inaudible sound into audible sound using a process known as heterodyning. Then, the receiver’s Sound Signal Technology fine-tunes the audible sound into the natural sound emitted by the defect itself.

Monitoring for Efficiency, Safety

“... since the monitoring network was installed, we have recorded a sudden drop in temperature of 8°C in just 5 minutes at the port of Armadale on the Isle of Skye, and a maximum wind gust of 96 knots at Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.”

Ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland traditionally would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether it was safe to berth alongside the pier or quayside: a process which wasted time and fuel, and frustrating the paying passengers. The berthing of ferries is a high skill job, particularly during bad weather, and the decision on whether a specific ferry can safely berth at a specific port is subjective and ultimately can only be taken by the ferry Master…

Fuel Efficiency, Reduced Emissions for Maritime

Ferries and ocean going vessels can now sail more efficiently, save fuel, and reduce their CO2 emissions by using the Automated Draft Indicator System (ADIS). Weir-Jones Engineering Ltd. has recently released the third generation of this innovative marine technology. ADIS defines the position of the static water plane relative to the vessel. In this way, the position of any part of the ship relative to the water plane can be accurately determined. Based on these measurements, the position and orientation of the vessel including the draught, freeboard, heel and trim are precisely established. The calculations are carried out in real-time and these parameters are continuously updated and displayed.

GEA BallastMaster Is Awarded IMO Approval

A new solution of GEA Westfalia Separator Group for the treatment of ballast water with the aid of ultraviolet radiation, the BallastMaster ultraV, was certified in accordance with IMO guidelines and regulations. The BallastMaster ultraV ballast water management system is a mechanical/physical system solution for treating ballast water, including that with a high concentration of organisms and sedimentary particles. The two-stage system works with mechanical pre-filtration and subsequent disinfecting of the ballast water by UV-C and ultrasonic radiation without the use or generation of chemicals. In the first stage, an upstream mechanical filtration system removes all organisms and sedimentary particles larger than 20 microns.

Bergen Subsea Cluster Poised for Business

The semi-submersible Songa Delta rig at Coast Centre Base, near Bergen, Norway, for regular 5-year maintenance in November 2011.

The Hanseatic trading city of Bergen, on the edge of the Norwegian North Sea, has a long maritime tradition. From shipping to aquaculture to offshore oil and gas, this is a city whose economic identity is defined by its ties to the sea. The city is by far Norway´s largest port, with more than 13 million metric tonnes of cargo transported to and from Bergen in 2010. Bergen is also the country´s largest center for aquaculture and marine science research, and is home to the Institute of Marine Research and an active marine science research centre at the University of Bergen.

New Coating Thickness Measurement Gauge

A new CTM 20 coating thickness gauge, that uses innovative ultrasonic technology, is available by Krautkramer Branson. The new instrument enables measurements to be made even on coatings and multilayers covering nonmetallic materials. It is possible to measure the total thickness as well as the thicknesses of the individual layers, with the CTM 20. There is also a wall thickness function that enables through-coating measurement of the test part. It is a compact, portable, battery-powered instrument

GLG Shipyard Applies Finishing Touches to 'Biscayne Bay'

Welding work on Cutter Biscayne Bay: Photo GLG

Great Lakes Group says it has reached the final stages of the routine maintenance and drydock contract on the USCG Cutter BISCAYNE BAY, the second of the USCG’s six Great Lakes-stationed 140-foot Bay-class ice-breaking tugs to be drydocked in the Group's shipyard.

New Monitoring Network for Scottish Ports

Photo: OTT

Historically, ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether safe berthing alongside the pier or quayside would be possible. This wastes time and fuel, and can causes frustration among passengers, who may see ferries come close to a port, but thereafter depart without berthing when conditions are determined by the ferry Master to be unsafe. These ferries provide a lifeline service to the islands, so the reliability of ferry services is important.

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.

IMCA Publishes Gas Cylinder Testing Guidance

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published an information note on non-destructive evaluation (NDE) testing of gas cylinders. Advancements in NDE testing techniques for gas cylinders have been the subject of extensive discussion by members of the IMCA Diving Division Safety, Medical, Technical & Training Committee (SMTT). A dedicated workgroup of industry experts was established to take the issue forward and to develop an update of detail sheet 9.1 of IMCA D 018 – Code of practice on the initial and periodic examination…

GF Piping Debuts Ultrasonic Flow Measurement/Logging Systems

GF Piping Systems added an Ultrasonic Flow Measurement and Logging Family to its line of flow and analytical measurement instrumentation. Featuring advanced DSP technology, the new ultrasonic family includes two portable models, Portaflow 220 and 330 ,and two fixed installation models, Ultraflo 3000/4000. Both system types display instantaneous fluid flow rates or velocity and totalized values and install quickly and easily without interrupting the process stream. The systems’…

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.

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.

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.

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