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Posted on February 15, 2019 by salesadmin

In the third quarter of 2017, the Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant, just north of Chattanooga, Tennessee, received a “white” rating from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for an undisclosed violation. While this was not enough to drop the plant’s Class 2 rating any further on the 1-5 NRC scale, it was enough to mandate corrective actions closely overseen by a NRC representative over the subsequent twelve months.

While we will never know the exact nature of the violation, as per NRC non-disclosure policy, we do know for sure that the plant was using a multitude of old analog meters, now rendered obsolete by technological advances in panel meter technology. One such meter installed in the Sequoyah plant is the Westinghouse VX251. Outdated, inaccurate, unreliable, and subjective—analog obsolescence spares no meter. One would think corrective actions at Sequoyah might include replacing their bevy of obsolete analogs such as the VX251, but plant managers often point to the overriding reason analog replacements don’t get issued—expense and time. Switching to current technology such as flat-panel screens is both cost prohibitive and time-consuming, as some installations require year-long shutdowns at exorbitant costs to your R.O.I.

Replacing analogs with Otek instrumentation deftly works around both those problems. With our wire by wire, plug and play replacements, you can bring your whole control room up to date in one quick outage, or simply replace the obsolete analogs as they fail—no shutdowns, no lengthy training for operators, and a visibly tangible R.O.I. Otek offers our NTM-9 model as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Westinghouse VX251 analog meter for Class1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-34 respectively.

The NTM-9 is available in plastic or metal, capable of housing up to 2 channels, and meets industry standards of 6 x 1.74 inches. Additional highlights of the model include an automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, 4 digit display, input fail alarm with runtime stamp designed to alert operators in the event of a dead current loop, self-diagnostics, isolated serial I/O, USB/RS485, configurable bar direction, only 100mW@5VDC, math functions, and over thirty isolated input signals. The NTM-9 carries our lifetime warranty and is completely customizable to your application needs.

Analog obsolescence is a problem that is only going to encroach further on the industry with each passing year. There is no alternative to upgrading your measurement instrumentation—whether you choose to do so with expensive options that hammer away at our R.O.I., or you choose the streamlined easy of the Otek solution, the choice is yours. With Otek, the only choice you have to make is a phone call—the rest is just Plug and Play…

For more information please call (520) 748-7900 or contact our sales office directly at sales@otekcorp.com.

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Posted on February 14, 2019 by salesadmin

The Sigma 9222—elongated, bulky at nearly four pounds, awkwardly designed to dimensions of 6.75 x 6.00 x 3.00 inches, parallax-ridden with a curved display, nervous needles comprised of plastic and dubious red teetering precariously over readings that resemble the unfurling of an old tape measure, glazed over by light at odd angles, eagerly given to subjective interpretations requiring one to nearly place their nose against the instrument to discern, unreliable, impractical, and inaccurate—these are the instruments monitoring the most volatile application man has ever created. Archaic overseers of nuclear annihilation. The harbingers of Chernobyl, Three-Mile Island, and Fukushima—and yet, NPP’s all over the world still plod along with these dinosaurs strapped to their hull, dragging the dead carcass of a withered R.O.I, mired ceaselessly in the murky and uncertain waters of analog obsolescence.

There is no question of justification—the nuclear industry must adapt to survive, and survival, as they have said for eons, belongs to the fittest. Want to get fit enough to wade out of these obsolescent waters? Get with Otek’s New Technology Series of DPM’s. We offer the NTM-B and –V respectively as 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacements for the Sigma 9222 analog meter for Class1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, in addition to Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-34. Both models are Cyber Security Compliant with NEI 08-09 regulations.

The NTM-B is a 1/8th DIN vertical model meeting an industry standard 3.8 x 1.9 inch dimension and comes available in either plastic or metal housings. Designed as single channel unit, the NTM-B also carries an automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, an input fail alarm with runtime stamp that will alert your operators in the event of a dead loop current, isolated serial I/O, math functions, 4-20mA/30V output, USB and RS485 options, and over thirty isolated input signals.

Likewise the NTM-V meets an industry standard of 5.7 x 2.84 inches, but is only available in a metal housing, rendering it particularly beneficial in nuclear and military applications. The –V is also a single channel unit, and like the –B can handle either loop, signal, or external power options. This unit comes with all the aforementioned features of the –B, plus power inputs of 5-32VDC/90-265VAC, and configurable bar direction (up, down, center zero), self diagnostics, and requires only 100mW@5VDC.

Both models carry Otek’s signature lifetime warranty and are highly receptive to consumer-driven customization. We pride ourselves on adapting our technology to whatever and wherever your application needs may be!

For more information please call (520)748-7900 or email our sales office at sales@otekcorp.com.

                         

 

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Posted on February 12, 2019 by salesadmin

Yesterday, February the 11th, was the Wizard of Menlo Park’s one hundred and seventy-first birthday. Immortalized as the famed creator of history-alerting inventions such as the phonograph, the telephone, and the electric light bulb, Thomas Edison is one of humanity’s great innovators. History is littered with the flowers of his ideas and their consequences, good or bad. It is not for the inventor to consider the elevation or perversion the world weaves from his creations, his sole responsibility is to consider their existence. We have seen the legacies such minds leave along the footprints of history.

Following those hallowed footsteps was one such inventor, considering the implications of uncultivated energy while watching barges expend coal down the Mississippi River. This extrapolation rose in the young inventor’s mind over the years and ultimately bloomed with the invention of the industry’s first loop-powered, self-sustaining, digital panel meter. That inventor was Otek’s President and founder, Dr. Otto Fest. Like Edison and all those similar souls who’ve come before and after, Dr. Fest never ceased considering. Today he’s the coal in the engine driving Otek to the forefront of panel meter technology in the 21st century, and his mind is constantly considering the nuclear industry’s rising challenge—analog obsolescence. How to turn the ammeter carcass into the phoenix of efficient, reliable, and accurate digital meter technology?

For Dr. Fest and Otek, the idea was to replace obsolete analogs with cutting edge technology that is affordable, easy to install, and requires a minimal energy signature. The actuality of that notion has presented itself in our New Technology Series, which replaces dying analogs such as the Sigma 9262. In this regard Otek offers the NTM-0 model as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Sigma 9262 for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well the ability to meet Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-34 respectively. The NTM-9 is NEI 08-09 cyber security compliant and extremely customizable to a wide variety of consumer applications.

The NTM-0 comes in your choice of a plastic or metal housing, with industry standard dimensions of 3.8 x 1.9 inches in a horizontal 1/8th DIN mount.  Prominent features also include automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, an input fail alarm with runtime stamp which notifies your technicians in the event of a dead current loop, self diagnostics, isolated serial I/O, USB, RS485, Ethernet and flash memory available on externally powered models, math functions, over thirty isolated input signals, 4 relay options, a configurable bar direction, our signature lifetime warranty, and power options of loop, signal, or external.

Edison, it is said, began each day by glancing at a placard affixed to his desk which read, “There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.”
We’ve already performed the labor—let Otek technology be your expedient. Upgrade your instrumentation to 2019 by calling us at (520)748-7900 or sending us an email at sales@otekcorp.com.

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Posted on February 11, 2019 by salesadmin

                              

The Westinghouse KX241 was designed to harness technological breakthroughs that would allow the meter to achieve peak reliability and performance for both military and commercial applications. It was a rousing success. The meter performed to all the industry expectations and standards, resulting in a wide dispersal of the unit over a vast range of applications, particularly in marine environments.

The problem however, is that the KX241’s heyday was a long ways away from 2019—some 40 to 50 years. Technology, like time, only moves forward, and unfortunately the KX241 has befallen an all too familiar fate: relegation to the bleak and obscure realm of analog obsolescence. What was efficient, practical, and innovative back then is now outdated, unreliable, and obsolete today. The industry has moved past the KX241.

Want meter technology that’s in step with the industry? Otek offers the NTM-3 from our award-winning New Technology Series, as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Westinghouse KX241 for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461,1 67-1, 810F , 901C, and IEEE-34 respectively.

The NTM-3 is an industry standard 4 inch switchboard available in plastic or metal, and can house up to 3 channels, with the capacity to be loop powered, signal powered, or externally powered. The model comes with an automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, input fail alarm with runtime stamp and unit ID, self diagnostics, serial I/O, USB or RS485 for non-externally powered units, 4-20mA/30V out on externally powered units, math functions, over thirty isolated input signals, a configurable bar direction (up, down, center zero), 4 relays or O.C.T., and consumes only 100mW@5VDC. The NTM-3 carries Otek’s lifetime warranty and is highly customizable to your desired applications.

Bring your measurement and control in step with the technology of the times. Please give us a call at (520)748-7900 or send us an email at sales@otekcorp.com

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Posted on February 11, 2019 by salesadmin

                              

The Westinghouse KX241 was designed to harness technological breakthroughs that would allow the meter to achieve peak reliability and performance for both military and commercial applications. It was a rousing success. The meter performed to all the industry expectations and standards, resulting in a wide dispersal of the unit over a vast range of applications, particularly in marine environments.

The problem however, is that the KX241’s heyday was a long ways away from 2019—some 40 to 50 years. Technology, like time, only moves forward, and unfortunately the KX241 has befallen an all too familiar fate: relegation to the bleak and obscure realm of analog obsolescence. What was efficient, practical, and innovative back then is now outdated, unreliable, and obsolete today. The industry has moved past the KX241.

Want meter technology that’s in step with the industry? Otek offers the NTM-3 from our award-winning New Technology Series, as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Westinghouse KX241 for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461,1 67-1, 810F , 901C, and IEEE-34 respectively.

The NTM-3 is an industry standard 4 inch switchboard available in plastic or metal, and can house up to 3 channels, with the capacity to be loop powered, signal powered, or externally powered. The model comes with an automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, input fail alarm with runtime stamp and unit ID, self diagnostics, serial I/O, USB or RS485 for non-externally powered units, 4-20mA/30V out on externally powered units, math functions, over thirty isolated input signals, a configurable bar direction (up, down, center zero), 4 relays or O.C.T., and consumes only 100mW@5VDC. The NTM-3 carries Otek’s lifetime warranty and is highly customizable to your desired applications.

Bring your measurement and control in step with the technology of the times. Please give us a call at (520)748-7900 or send us an email at sales@otekcorp.com

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Posted on February 7, 2019 by salesadmin

                                      

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.

For more information please call us at (520)748-7900 or send us an email at sales@otekcorp.com.

Posted in Ammeter, DPM, Loop Power, Nuclear Instrumentation, Voltage | Leave a Reply
Posted on February 5, 2019 by salesadmin

                                                   

Sigma Controls was founded in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, in 1985 with a focus on water based applications for measurement and control. Picking up business as the analog age began to ride its last wave, the company cashed in on the advent of digital meters and rode that into a robust turn of the millennium. While Sigma itself has positioned itself well in the 21st century with a nod to the DPM revolution, they have left some relics behind in U.S. nuclear plants that have not aged as gracefully as their creators.

Once such vestige is the Sigma 9263 analog meter. Long since fallen into the obsolescence abyss, the 9263 is long, bulky, cumbersome, and prone to frustrating analog deficiencies such as display parallax and unreliable needles. Placing oneself behind the eyes of a control room operator, it’s not too difficult to imagine the frustration of being unable to quickly take a reading of the 9263 from across the control room—one has to nearly touch their nose to the instrument to read it.

Don’t play around with the past—it offers nothing but theft of the future. Bolster your control room’s future with Otek’s NTM-V, from our award-winning New Technology Series. Otek offers the NTM-V as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Sigma 9263 for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344.

The NTM-V is cyber security compliant and comes with our lifetime warranty, as well as being highly customizable to your specific applications. The model is available in metal only, making it perfect for nuclear or military use. Additional features include an automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, input fail alarm complete with runtime stamp, self-diagnostics, Isolated Serial I/O, USB or RS485, a configurable bar direction, over thirty isolated input signals, and 4 relays or O.C.T. on externally powered models.

Analog obsolescence is perfectly willing to wait for you, but the future isn’t. Don’t get left behind in a mire of lost R.O.I. and inefficiency—upgrade to the Otek solution.

For more information please give us a call at (520)748-7900 or send us an email at sales@otekcorp.com.

 

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Posted on February 4, 2019 by salesadmin

Otek President and Owner, Dr. Otto Fest, is heading back to Orlando for the 11th ANS/NPIC-HMIT conference in Orlando, Florida, this coming weekend, February 10th through the 13th.
While there will be many major players in the industry present, including Lockheed Martin just a few booths away in #306, don’t miss out on the chance to stop by booth #302 where Dr. Fest will be displaying Otek’s innovative gift to the nuclear industry, the Solid State Analog Meter or SSAM.

What makes the SSAM so innovative? For starters, the SSAM was designed without any digital components based on a prototype Dr. Fest had tinkered around with in 2004 when challenged by a nuclear plant manager to create a digital meter that paralleled Otek’s popular New Technology Series (NTM’s), but without the inclusion of a microprocessor. Dr. Fest’s gift to the industry became the cost-effective SSAM which helps NPP’s meet the demands of NEI 08-09 while avoiding the huge expenses of doing so by carrying a Cyber Security Exempt status.

The SSAM also adheres to Otek’s theory of “Plug & Play”. While the term sounds simple—and echoes of Dr. Fest’s father’s mantra of “Simplicity is the mother of reliability”—in application it is anything but. The SSAM, like its NTM brethren, is designed to easily slide into place of older, obsolete analog meters—same wiring, no lengthy outages for installation, and only minimal training for I & C operators. Just unwire the analog and wire in the SSAM!

The SSAM is also easy to read from nearly anywhere in the control room and comes equipped with an input fail alarm that alerts the operator when the signal is dead. Additionally the SSAM is backed by Otek’s lifetime warranty and is completely customizable for any user application.

Interested in a more efficient, objective, and cost-effective way to monitor your control room? Stop by booth #302 and see the beauty of Plug & Play from the man who brought you the industry’s first loop powered technology!
Otek may be reached by phone at (520) 748-7900 or via email at sales@otekcorp.com.

                                                   

Posted in American Nuclear Society; NPIC; Nuclear Instrumentation; Analog Obsolesence | Leave a Reply
Posted on February 1, 2019 by salesadmin

                           

With a frigid Armageddon falling over the Midwest and Northeast parts of the U.S. this week, the very fabric of society seems to be frozen itself. Mail has been suspended in Michigan, people are freezing to death for cigarettes, beer is turning to yellow blocks in trucks before they reach the stores, businesses have shuttered their doors, schools have closed eliciting a joyous cry from children everywhere, and Chicago became colder than Antarctica as winter slipped its frozen hands into every avenue of America.

One such place it reached was the PSEG Salem 2 reactor New Jersey. While no danger to the surrounding public ever manifested, engineers were forced to shut down the reactor early Thursday morning due to the formation of frazil ice building up in the Delaware Bay adjacent to the nuclear power plant. Frazil ice forms at the bottom of a body of water due to the rapid cooling of surface water and begins to sink when this super-cooled water is dispersed throughout its entire depth where it adheres to objects in the water, such as the Salem 2’s trash rack (the power plant’s filter system for incoming water from the bay).

You can bet that every single one of Salem 1’s Sigma 1151 analog meters did not display an alarm. No analog would. While being purely an extrapolation, this has the potential to reach the larger disasters such as Three Mile Island and Fukushima.

Otek has a meter that registers a full signal input fail alarm (with runtime stamp) that alerts both computers and operators when such an error occurs. We call it the NTM-9 and it hails from our patented New Technology Series. The NTM-9 is a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Sigma 1151 analog meter, for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344 respectively.

Worried about cyber security regulations? Don’t’ be. The NTM-9 carries a cyber security compliant classification as well as our lifetime warranty. Like all our products, this model is completely customizable to your specific applications and requires only minimal rewiring—no lengthy installation outages, expensive refurbishing of your I & C room, or extensive training for your operators. Just unwire the Sigma 1151 and wire in the NTM-9.

Additional features include an automatic tricolor bar with intensity control, self-diagnostics, isolated serial I/O with USB or RS485 options (Ethernet & Flash Memory are available on externally-powered models), math functions, over thirty isolated input signals, 4 relays or O.C.T, a configurable bar direction (up/down/center zero), and only 100mW@5VDC.

While we can’t help you with the cold, we can help you shrug off analog obsolescence. Please give us a call at (520) 748-7900 or email our sales office at sales@otekcorp.com.

We do all the work so all you have to do is Plug & Play!

                                                                 

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Posted on January 30, 2019 by salesadmin

                                                                 

Sigma Instruments was incorporated in 1995 for distribution of products in the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries. Long before then however, the company had been a major player in the analog metering sector for nuclear power plants with one of their staples, the Sigma 1251. With the curved subjectivity of its PSG display and drooping needle, it’s not too terribly difficult to imagine this little piece of equipment being the sneaky culprit behind horrendous disasters such as Fukushima or 3 Mile Island—so why persist with obsolete technology whose very limits create inherent risk?

 

  Minimize problematic HMI and MMI with Otek’s New Technology Series of intelligent meters that measure up to analog obsolescence. Using our cutting-edge technology we offer the NTM-9 as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Sigma 1251 for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344 respectively.

The NTM-9 housing is an industry standard 6 x 1.74” available in plastic or metal. This unit houses up to 2 channel and is available in loop (4-20mA), A.C. signal, or externally powered models. Highlighted features include an automatic tricolor bar with intensity control, our patented input fail alarm with runtime stamp, self-diagnostics, isolated serial I/O with USB or RS485 options (Ethernet & Flash Memory are available on externally-powered models), math functions, over thirty isolated input signals, 4 relays or O.C.T, a configurable bar direction (up/down/center zero), and only 100mW@5VDC.

The NTM-9 also carries a Cyber Security Exempt Status and Otek’s lifetime warranty. As with all our products, the NTM-9 is 100% configurable to your applications. We customize our technology so all you have to do is unplug obsolescence and plug in Otek!

Give us a call today at (520)748-7900 or shoot us an email at sales@otekcorp.com.

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