George Westinghouse, Tesla, Analogs, & Otek


When the era of nuclear energy began nearly 50 years ago, Westinghouse was right there. Championed as “The world’s only true nobleman” by Nikola Tesla, company founder George Westinghouse was a man dedicated to making technology faster, more efficient, and with greater accuracy. From the rotary steam engine to air brakes, from the distribution of natural gas to driving Tesla’s alternating-current system to victory over Edison’s money entrenched direct current, the Westinghouse name bears his mark of ingenuitive hope for the future.

And while the Westinghouse Electric Company was there at the dawn of the Nuclear age, the products they created have been left exactly there and bear little of his divine spark for technological progress. We are no longer at the dawn of nuclear energy—we are shuffling under its high noon shadow. What has dimmed the light and left us with, as Arthur Koestler once wrote, this Darkness at Noon? The mute elephant in the middle of every nuclear I&C room—Analog Obsolescence. Westinghouse was there before the long obsolescence darkness and its analog meters, like the Westinghouse VX252, have remained there. The advent of the last 40 or so years has left bare all the flaws inherent in the analog—subjectivity in display readings, unreliable needles prone to unannounced deadening, blatant inaccuracy, and unavoidable inefficiency. With nuclear power plants being some of the most complex facilities on this planet, it is quite curious that so many are populated with outdated technology such as the VX252. Outdated technology monitoring the most destructive force known to man.

Otek picked up that spark of ingenuity with its New Technology Series, which springs from the industry’s first loop-powered meter. In this regard Otek offers its NTM-9 model as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Westinghouse VX252 for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344. The NTM-9 is an industry standard 6 x 1.74” that comes in plastic or metal, with up to two channels and available loop, AC signal, or externally powered units. As with all our products it comes with the Otek lifetime warranty and is completely customizable to your specific applications.

Other features of the NTM-9 include self diagnostics, over thirty input signals, math functions, isolated serial I/O, an input fail alarm with runtime stamp to alert operators in the event of a dead current loop, an automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, a configurable bar direction (up, down, or center-zero), 4 relays or O.C.T. on externally powered models, and requires only 100mW@5VDC.

Don’t be mired forever in the darkness of analog obsolescence—walk in the sun again, walk toward the future and a tangible R.O.I. with the NTM-9 and Otek intelligent instruments.

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