New Castell MD wants to increase the speed of change

29 September 2017

Neil Webster plans investment to fuel growth and NPD

New Castell managing director Neil Webster wants the company to capitalise on its standing in the industrial safety sector by injecting a sense of urgency into how it operates.

“Castell has huge credibility as a brand,” said Neil. “It’s time we took that authority and upped the pace in everything we do: how we communicate with customers, how we develop new products and how we increase our global footprint.

“We’ve got a significant investment plan for the business which will fuel our growth, whether that’s systems-led or directed into NPD. We want to maintain and increase our reputation as the go-to partner for our customers, both for knowledge and solutions.”

Neil joins Castell from TALIS Group, a manufacturer of valves for the water industry. He brings extensive experience of the automation, process control, hazardous area and lighting industries.

Castell has a distributor presence in India.For more information about Castell, please contact E-mail: sales@castell.com, visit www.castell.com

About CASTELL:

Established in 1922, Castell manufactures the world’s widest range of industrial safety interlocking systems. Designed to protect personnel working with dangerous machinery or in hazardous environments, the company’s products are robust, durable and suitable for the heaviest of applications. Available in a range of materials, including stainless steel, they are proven even in dusty, corrosive and aggressive operating environments. All products conform to European safety standards.

Advanced’s Fire Networking is Now Miles More Flexible

27 July 2017

Global intelligent fire systems leader Advanced has recently launched a new device that makes its market-leading networking more flexible and configurable than ever.

The PENN (Peripheral Expansion Network Node) is a new card and network node that allows Advanced’s range of peripheral input and output cards to be placed anywhere on the network, and up to 1.5km from the nearest fire panel or next PENN node.

Up to 32 peripheral cards – covering everything from input, interface and i/o cards to relay, sounder, LED and switch cards – can be attached to a PENN, and 199 PENNs can be added to a network. This means over 6,000 peripheral cards can be placed almost anywhere around the network.

The PENN adds to the flexibility of Advanced’s fire panel offering. Previously, peripheral cards had to be connected to a fire panel’s P-BUS (they still can be) and limited to 10m from the panel.

Aston Bowles, head of marketing at Advanced, said: “Advanced’s ease-of-use and the power and resilience of its networking are already well understood and admired. The PENN provides our customers with more freedom, even simpler installation, and configuration that improves performance and reduces installation costs”.

“Freeing the peripheral cards from the panel is a good idea, but the creative ways our customers are using the PENN and peripheral cards to solve installation and configuration challenges is genuinely surprising, and we’re seeing it used on all manner and sizes of projects.”

The PENN is currently compatible with Advanced’s MxPro multiprotocol panels and Axis EN fire systems.

For more details please contact Reji Mathew, India Business Manager who is based in Bengaluru on M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com and also visit www.advancedco.com or http://halma.in/companies/advanced/

About Advanced:

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

New STEM Education Packs from Ocean Optics

19 July 2017

Cost-effective spectral sensing kits bring the excitement of spectroscopy to the classroom

To inspire today’s tech savvy students, Ocean Optics has released two new Education Packs, built around its STS microspectrometer and Spark spectral sensor. With the kit hardware and commonly available samples, teachers can integrate absorbance, transmission, fluorescence, emission and pH measurements into their curricula, bringing spectroscopy concepts to life. Modular and flexible, the Education Packs are a budget-friendly option compared to the cost of purchasing all the included hardware individually.

The kits package a small-footprint spectral sensing system and illuminated cuvette holder (EDU-STS-VIS-PACK) or direct attach cuvette holder accessory (EDU-SPARK-PACK) with the ideal combination of accessories and software. The included components can be assembled in multiple configurations to perform several types of measurements. By purchasing Education Packs, educators can save up to 40% off the retail cost of the components if purchased separately.

The EDU-STS-VIS-PACK covers the wavelengths of 350-800 nm while the EDU-SPARK-PACK provides measurement over the range of 380-700 nm. Both are capable of multiple types of spectral measurements demonstrating several different spectroscopy concepts, including:

• Absorbance: Beer’s Law
• Emission: Atomic emission
• Fluorescence: Excited state molecules
• pH: Henderson Hasselbalch
• Transmission: Color measurement

To support educators in using the kits, Ocean Optics has established an educational resource page at https://oceanoptics.com/educational-resources. The page contains experiments and teaching materials to help educators get started, and is expected to grow as members of the user community share their own experiments and materials. The range of experiments are geared from high school, to community college, and up to university level.

To learn more about Ocean Optics Education Packs and review the educational resources available, contact Raghu Charan can be contacted on M: +91 96 3232 6932, Tel: +91 80 6747 5336 or E-mail: Raghu.charan@oceanoptics.com. Visit the website at www.OceanOptics.com

About Ocean Optics:

Headquartered in Dunedin, Florida, USA, Ocean Optics is a leading supplier of spectral solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 260,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers and optics. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

Avoid costly heat and energy loss with Elfab’s thermally insulated explosion panel

17 July 2017

Pressure management experts, Elfab,

have enhanced its product range further by offering an explosion panel with integral thermal insulation. For many safety critical applications, it is critical the temperature and energy within the vessels are maintained making Elfab’s thermal insulation panel an obvious choice as it combines reliable explosion protection with enhanced safety and performance characteristics.

Elfab Thermal 1

In diesel, gas and dual-fuel engines for example, explosion panels are often used to protect equipment from the potential damage caused by the combustion of unburned gases in the exhaust system rather than in the combustion chamber. High temperature exhaust gases provide a volatile process environment that makes alternative technologies such as relief valves less suitable due to their potential for failure due to vibration and corrosion. Elfab’s thermal panels, in latest domed construction, are static devices designed to cope with the harshest of environments protecting people and equipment from potentially dangerous and costly explosions.

Traditional explosion panels are conductive, hence, allow the critical heat and energy to escape from the vessel while being potentially harmful to workers. If touched, hence aren’t suitable for every application. Elfab developed a technically superior, thermally insulted domed explosion panel to its already industry-leading venting range to offer an explosion vent suitable to a wider range of customers and applications. Elfab’s thermal explosion vent is a single product solution ensuring minimal space required while reducing ongoing purchasing costs. By offering integral insulation, burst detection can also be offered just like any other panel in Elfab’s range, giving instantaneous notification of panel burst.

To support with thermal calculations, Elfab have developed an in-house tool to provide the best solution for your venting requirements in high temperature applications.

For more details, please contact Elfab Sales Team on E-mail: pr@elfab.comm or visit www.elfab.com

About Elfab:

Elfab (a Halma company) is a leading manufacturer of rupture discs, bursting panels and associated detection devices. These intelligent pressure relief systems protect people, plant and equipment across the globe. Elfab also delivers unique design, testing and consultancy services for pressure management. Elfab’s customers are predominantly in the energy industry (oil & gas, biomass, power generation and utilities), process industry (chemical, pharmaceutical, food & beverage) and transportation industry (storage & distribution, Intermodal containers, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive). The company’s technology is also used in a wide range of OEM applications like solid and bulk handling, medical, gas and liquid handling and various industrial applications from launch systems in space rockets and air bags in cars, to cryogenic systems in body scanners.

Sheffield’s tallest building upgraded with Avire LCD displays

14 July 2017

33 C1Ls installed in St Paul’s Tower as part of refurbishment project

Residents of the tallest building in Sheffield have had their lift experience improved thanks to LCD displays from Avire. As part of an ongoing refurbishment programme, Curti Lifts has completed installation work and all 33 floors of St Paul’s Tower now feature an E-Motive C1L display.

Our residents can now clearly see where the lift is while they’re waiting for it,” explained Peter Shaw, development manager at City Lofts, who manages the building on behalf of Premier Estates Limited. “The feedback has been great, all positive.

“This was far from a cheap fix, but Curti advised us that the C1L was the most cost-effective option available and we were happy to take their recommendation, particularly given that another lead contractor had quoted considerably more for the project.”

The C1L is a colour LCD display which supports picture and text content. The display includes a power-saving feature that turns off the backlight when the lift is in idling mode. The C1L’s slim profile makes it particularly suitable for surface mounting in modernisation projects. The display is available in sizes of 3.5, 4.3, 5.6, 7, 8 and 10.4 inches.

For more information about Avire in India, please contact Rajeev Joshi, Regional Business Manager – IMEA on M: +91 91677 30003, E-mail: rajeev.joshi@avire-global.com, visit www.avire-global.com. Avire operates in India from an office located in Wagle Industrial Estate in Thane, Maharashtra.

About AVIRE:

Avire – home to E-Motive, Janus, TL Jones and Memco – offers an extensive range of lift safety and communication products. With manufacturing locations in Singapore, China, India and the Czech Republic, and sales offices in 13 locations worldwide, Avire is a truly global brand. Avire’s products include light curtains, electronic displays, emergency telephones and LED lighting. Avire is a Halma company.

Apollo Fire Detectors – protecting the India Habitat Centre

29 April 2017

The India Habitat Centre (IHC), a new national business centre located in India’s capital city of New Delhi, has chosen an Apollo fire detection system to safeguard the staff, visitors, buildings and property at its innovative site.

The IHC is a multipurpose building combining work, commercial and social spaces. The idea for the Centre first emerged when India’s public agency, the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd (HUDCO), wanted an office building for its workers and made the unprecedented decision to invite chosen non-profit organisations that shared their concern about habitat to share that work space.

An urban design project rather than a traditional office building, the IHC provides spaces for a number of uses across its vast nine-acre site. The Centre encompasses multiple courtyards, communal meeting rooms, a performing arts and cultural venue, a library, a restaurant, a museum and hotels. This presented additional challenges for the design of the fire detection system.

To provide effective fire detection in this significant space, installers Fire Hut Commercial Equipment Pvt Ltd specified a range of devices from the Apollo Fire Detectors XP95 and Discovery ranges. In total, over 6,000 devices are linked to fire control panels which communicate via a central monitoring system in the control room of the complex.

Commenting on the installation, Anil Vadera, owner and CEO of Fire Hut Commercial Equipment Pvt Ltd who executed this project, explains: “We have been associated with Apollo for the last 18 years. The India Habitat Centre is one of the most prestigious Government building centres to be protected with Apollo Fire Detection and Alarm Systems. This is truly a partnership of pioneers and we look forward to collaborating with Apollo on future projects.”

For more information on Apollo products in India, please contact Vikrant Patil, India Sales Manager on M: +91 91672 17636, E-mail: vikrant.patil@apollo-fire.com, OR visit www.apollo-fire.co.uk.

About Apollo Fire Detectors:

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of smoke detectors, modules and notification devices. Established in 1980, Apollo has become one of the top five manufacturers in the world specializing in the design and manufacture of high quality detection products. Apollo holds over of 3,000 product approvals worldwide, in addition to, a number of internationally recognized quality and environmental awards. Apollo also offers five distinct ranges, including analog addressable and conventional smoke detection devices, as well as a host of additional products such as sounders, visual indicator and manual call points. Apollo detectors have been installed in landmark places such as the United Nations building, the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Kremlin, the royal household in UK, besides many others. Apollo Fire Detectors is a Halma company.

100 Years of Innovation from Keeler

29 April 2017

When Charles Davis Keeler left Philadelphia in 1906 with his wife and children to start up the Standard Optical Company in London, he could not have imagined the company he would go on to pioneer. From its foundation as a dispensing optician in London’s West End in 1917, Keeler Limited has evolved out of all recognition.

Looking back over the last 100 years, it’s interesting to see how many innovations the company introduced – from its first patented ophthalmoscopes in the 1930s, the first indirect ophthalmoscope in the 1950s, to today’s world-leading slit lamps.

This brief timeline gives some idea of the company’s evolution over the last 100 years:

• 1917 – Dispensing optician opened at 47 Wigmore Street, London
• 1926 – The first patent is registered
• 1929 – Opening of the Plymouth branch
• 1930s – First ophthalmic products launched
• 1935 – Sefton Lawn, Windsor purchased
• 1946 – Keeler starts selling worldwide
• 1952 – US operation incorporated
• 1959 – Fison indirect ophthalmoscope launched
• 1965 – Micro Ophthalmic surgical unit and Vernon Ingram ruby laser launched
• 1970s – Keeler won British Design Award for Pocket Diagnostic Set
• 1986 – Keeler acquired by Dollond and Aitchison Group
• 1987 – Pulsair non-contact tonometer launched
• 1989 – Pulsair received Queen’s Award for Technical Achievement
• 1990s – The first Vantage indirect ophthalmoscope launched
• 1996 – Keeler acquired by Halma plc
• 2000s – Keeler launched an array of products, including the first wireless indirect ophthalmoscope and the PSL Classic portable slit lamp
• 2010s – Symphony range of slit lamps launched
• 2017 – Keeler turns 100!

At 100, Keeler is certainly not resting on its laurels. The company is in good health and is on a constant innovation drive, ensuring it meets the demands of optical and healthcare professionals for many years to come.

“We’re actively going out, finding out about markets around the world – what do they need and what are their immediate issues? This has really deepened innovation and growth,” says Abbas Sotoudeh, Keeler’s Managing Director.

For more information about Keeler in India, please contact Mahadev Dhuri, India Business Manager on M: +91 91677 30003, E-mail: mahadev.dhuri@halma.com, visit www.keeler.com .

About KEELER:
Keeler Limited specialises in diagnostic and magnification products for professionals in the optical and healthcare Industries. Located in Windsor in the UK, the company celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017. Keeler is a Halma company.

New pressure-relief online ordering system & engineering portal

29 April 2017

Pressure relief experts develop new ordering system, “ElfabTech”

Elfab Limited; leading pressure relief manufacturers have developed its innovative online ordering system, “ElfabTech” which embraces brand new functionalities to benefit both new and existing customers worldwide.

The system will allow Elfab’s customers to either request a spare quote online or place an order instantaneously. After order placement, the same system will then help you track your order through the manufacturing process from order acknowledgement to despatch. Once despatched, our user friendly system will then allow you to follow the shipment until it reaches your required delivery address. Elfab understand that the buyer process can be extremely time consuming, hence the availability of these options to its customer base in order to improve operational efficiency and reduce the lengthy process; saving valuable procurement time.

Elfab PR Image

Supporting Design Engineers all over the world, ElfabTech will also grant access to high level engineering calculations to ISO or API1520. NACE tables are also reachable through the online portal, helping to speed up the design process and validate calculations. Registration is free and new members can sign up to gain access to a number of pressure relief videos and presentations.

Elfab’s new online ordering system is available now. Please visit www.elfabtech.com to benefit from all features and much more.

For more details, please contact Elfab Sales Team on E-mail: pr@elfab.comm or visit www.elfab.com

About Elfab:

Elfab (a Halma company) is a leading manufacturer of rupture discs, bursting panels and associated detection devices. These intelligent pressure relief systems protect people, plant and equipment across the globe. Elfab also delivers unique design, testing and consultancy services for pressure management. Elfab’s customers are predominantly in the energy industry (oil & gas, biomass, power generation and utilities), process industry (chemical, pharmaceutical, food & beverage) and transportation industry (storage & distribution, Intermodal containers, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive). The company’s technology is also used in a wide range of OEM applications like solid and bulk handling, medical, gas and liquid handling and various industrial applications from launch systems in space rockets and air bags in cars, to cryogenic systems in body scanners.

Keeler to celebrate its 100th Anniversary at Optrafair in UK

24 March 2017

British ophthalmic instrument manufacturer Keeler is turning 100 just a few weeks after this year’s Optrafair exhibition.

There’s sure to be a lot of Centennial celebrations going on at the company’s Optrafair booth (number G50) in Birmingham, UK.

As well as celebrating its Century, Keeler will of course be exhibiting its extensive product range, including:
• The Symphony range of slit lamps (Zeiss-type and Haag Streit-type, both with digital capability)
• The Pulsair Intellipuff non-contact tonometer
• The Specialist ophthalmoscope and Professional retinoscope, now both with LED lighting
• The PSL portable slit lamp
• The Desktop Tonometer
• Vantage LED and Spectra Iris indirect ophthalmoscopes
• Volk lenses

The company looks forward to welcoming you to its booth and hopes you will join in celebrating 100 years of British ophthalmic success!

For more information about Keeler in India, please contact Mahadev Dhuri, India Business Manager on M: +91 91677 30003, E-mail: mahadev.dhuri@halma.com, visit www.keeler.com .

About KEELER:

Keeler Limited specialises in diagnostic and magnification products for professionals in the optical and healthcare Industries. Located in Windsor in the UK, the company celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017. Keeler is a Halma company.

Alicat BASIS Mass Flow Controllers Chosen by VICI for Air Pollution Analyzer Calibrators

23 March 2017

Accuracy, speed, size essential to operation of permeation devices

Alicat Scientific’s BASIS mass flow controllers (MFCs) have been selected by Valco Instruments Co. Inc. (VICI) to precisely control gas flow rates in its Dynacal permeation devices. Alicat BASIS OEM instruments provide the control required by VICI to create gas mixes down to fractions of a nanogram per minute, in a compact footprint for easy integration.

Designed specifically for original equipment manufacture and process integration, BASIS is Alicat’s smallest footprint instrument. It controls gas flow rates used for mixing or diluting, or supplied into processes—such as gas analyzers, custom blending manifolds, and burners. Introduced in 2015, BASIS has been qualified and accepted by customers within gas chromatography, gas mixing, and sputtering for film coating, as well as burner applications.

VICI has incorporated multiple BASIS MFCs into its Dynacal® permeation devices, an integral component of its Metronics Dynacalibrators®, which are used to calibrate air pollution analyzers. The Dynacal generates the gas concentrations necessary for accurate calibration. BASIS handles the mass flow rates needed by the Dynacal to produce precisely measured mixes of trace quantities of gases with high precision, including two very flow rates.

Several features of the BASIS product line have been instrumental in meeting VICI’s specifications. The BASIS is accurate at very low flow rates (e.g., 1 sccm), performing better than other mass flow controllers in its price class. Its high turndown ratio—as high as 200:1—means that fewer devices are needed to control a wide range of flow. Fewer instruments and a compact size ensure a space- and cost-saving fit, without sacrificing performance. BASIS also has a rapid control response time of 100ms, not attainable on most flow controllers of its size and ease of use. Its industrial interface facilitates rapid integration into gas flow systems.

The BASIS line of mass flow controllers come in three flow ranges: 1-100 sccm, 5-1000 sccm, and 0.1-20 slpm. They can be configured with six selectable gases—Air, Ar, CO2, N2, O2, and N2O—or with He or H2.

To learn more about Alicat’s BASIS OEM mass flow controllers, visit www.alicat.com/basisoem, or contact Gajendra Kelkar in India on +91 99300 47455 or email gkelkar@alicat.com

To find an archive of Alicat news, visit the Alicat News Blog

About ALICAT:

Part of the international Halma group, Alicat Scientific designs and manufactures mass flow devices used in medical and scientific instrumentation, as well as diverse industrial applications, for high-precision measurement of gas and liquid flows. Its all-digital product range includes mass and liquid flow meters and controllers; pressure gauges and controllers; portable flow meters; secondary calibration standards; software and accessories.