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The advantages of quick connectors for multi-channel fibre in explosive atmospheres 16 December 2019

This article by Phillip Hoyle of Optical Cable Corporation highlights one solution for rapid certification of fibre-optic cabling installed in explosive atmospheres....

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Reliable leak detection in industrial gas pressure-relief stations 13 November 2019

Belgian inspection company The Sniffers used the FLIR GF77 uncooled optical gas imaging camera during a leak detection job at one of Belgium’s leading chemical groups. Tessenderlo Kerley International is a chemical group that supplies value-added liquid, soluble, and solid plant nutrition for agriculture applications. ...

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Due diligence against workplace exposure: SOCOTEC UK and Casella 12 November 2019

Exposure monitoring is a way of measuring the extent of hazardous substances during a task to ensure workers avoid exposure that could cause a wide range of health issues. It is important to monitor the level of exposure and ensure appropriate control measures are introduced....

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Next generation Remote IO Systems in hazardous areas 23 October 2019

Many Remote IO Systems are made for non-hazardous areas and only subsequently upgraded for hazardous areas. This means the capabilities of these units are restricted to Ex Zone 2 due to limited explosion protection measures, but the advantage with these devices is that they are mostly technically up-to-date. ...

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Personnel location technology on an offshore super-complex in the Persian Gulf 28 August 2019

The Al Nasr super-complex consists of many platforms, towers and facilities off the United Arab Emirates. In this. In this article, Dr Charlotte Richardson of S3 ID discusses the different radio location technologies used on the project and explores the benefits of each. ...

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SKF dynamic motor monitoring improves equipment reliability for EDF Energy 05 August 2019

EDF Energy is using dynamic motor test equipment from SKF to monitor the condition of key components at Hartlepool nuclear power station....

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Challenges and opportunities: Taking the Scotch whisky sector beyond compliance 28 June 2019

Last autumn, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) launched its first Sector Plan for one of the biggest industries in Scotland: Whisky. This sector plan is not about implementation, because all but a small number of distilleries in Scotland fulfil their obligations, says Paul Guppy of DPS Group. This is about a new key phrase which is becoming increasingly important, moving beyond compliance....

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New real time optical particle counting technology offers step change in mine, quarry and mineral processing site safety 23 May 2019

The Air XD from UK detection and electronic systems manufacturer Trolex uses optical particle counting technology to dynamically count and size airborne particulate in real time. This has many advantages over conventional monitoring techniques which typically only give total exposure over a fixed monitoring period after that exposure has occurred. ...

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Case study: The challenges of personnel location in the Kashagan Field 20 February 2019

The Kashagan Field is a very large offshore oilfield located in Kazakhstan’s part of the North Caspian Sea where a number of artificial islands have been built as bases for hydrocarbon extraction. The largest of these is D-island, which is approximately 120,000 m2. Dr. Charlotte Richardson of S3 ID looks at some of the challenges of personnel location in this particularly hostile work environment and explains the solution arrived at to provide effect...

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ANYmal – A unique quadruped robot for harsh environments 14 December 2018

In this article, the latest in a series on the development of robotic solutions for difficult environments, Dr. Peter Fankhauser of ANYbotics AG of in Switzerland describes the development of ANYmal, built specifically to work autonomously in challenging surroundings....

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