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Posted on February 19, 2019 by salesadmin

Concluding our blog series on analog replacements in the nuclear industry, we come full circle with analog obsolescence. We know the players, the history, the finances, the politics, and above all else we know this—analog obsolescence is not going away. It has been growing like an unruly vine since the first digital panel meter emerged into the light of day. It has slithered through our power plants, raided the walls of the industry, and even burst through the cracks in well known disasters such as Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. It has also commanded an army of government regulation and inspection, and rode those mandates to exorbitantly expensive heights that many NPP’s now find themselves strangled by. It has, by venomous extension, sunk its claws into many R.O.I,’s and stole away with them into a decade’s oblivion. It is a virus with only one cure: digitization.

Why digitize? Another word—optimization. With the technological revolution set to outstrip even the industrial revolution of the early 19th century, industries today, especially the power generation industry, are the beneficiaries of advancements in analytics programs, connectivity, productivity, application solutions, data corroboration, etc. While it can be accurately wagered that such robust growth in technology has laid open channels for cyber security risks, there is no question that such risks are mitigated by the overwhelming benefits of becoming smarter, more efficient, more reliable, and less subjective. Even the cost of digitizing cannot wholly detract from the gifts it offers our rapidly changing industry. There is simply no reason to continue under the dying analog shadow.

And to speak of those costs, why not upgrade your I & C room with Otek’s New Technology Series, featuring our NTM’s which are cyber security compliant and can be installed for disproportionately less than flat panel technology? Don’t let the high cost of cyber security compliance keep you from modernizing your control room! You can replace your obsolete analogs wire by wire, in one outage or as they fail, with Otek technology designed for Plug and Play applications—remove the old analogs and plug into Otek’s meters using the same wiring and operators.

Old analogs like the Sigma 9220 or the 9264 populate NPP’s all over the world, keeping the obsolescent cloud languishing unnecessarily overhead. Otek offers our NTM-V and NTM-B models as 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacements for the Sigma 9220 and 9264 analogs for Class1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-34. Both models carry our lifetime warranty and are highly customizable to a variety of consumer applications—in addition to shared features such as an automatic tricolor bar graph, math functions, isolated serial I/O, configurable bar direction, self diagnostics, a signal input fail alarm with runtime stamp, and over thirty isolated input signals.

Analog obsolescence exists in the nuclear industry because idle hands do nothing. An object at rest tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion…..set your I & C room in motion toward the future by digitizing with Otek instrumentation. Technology, like time, waits for no one.

If you would like more information our blog series for analog replacements, please call (520) 748-7900 or email our sales office at sales@otekcorp.com

 

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Posted on February 18, 2019 by salesadmin

                                                    

This, your standard Sigma 9270—cumbersome metal wrapped around an awkward and elongated shape nearly a foot long, and almost half as high, 10 VDC for an input signal, and outdated power supplies—this all before diving into the cosmetic faults inherent in decades-old analog technology such as this. Take a look at the display plate—that could easily give off three different readings when judged from three different angles. The needle marker is dubious at best, and like all analogs, prone to silent deaths without warning—which is how we have preventable disasters like Fukushima. Back panel wiring here looks hectic, disorganized, and hard to replicate—but it doesn’t have to be. Not with Otek instrumentation.

 

Capitalizing on our President and Owner’s 40 year love affair with the current loop, Otek has pioneered an innovative turn in panel meter technology, with our NTM series (New Technology Meters), from which springs our Plug & Play ideology. Our technology may be advanced, but our philosophy is rather simple: we believe replacing obsolete analogs should be as easy as removing the meter and installing an NTM with nothing more laborious than wire by wire replacement. Hence the name Plug & Play. No prolonged outages or lengthy installation shutdowns, no soaring expenses such as with flat panel installations, and only minimal training for your I & C operators. We do all the hard work so all you have to do is wire in the future of DPM technology.

From our New Technology Series, Otek proudly offers the NTM-B as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Sigma 9270 for Class1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as the ability to satisfy Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-34 respectively. The NTM-B is also cyber security compliant with NEI 08-09 regulation—potentially saving you millions in compliance costs.

Like the 9270, the NTM-B is a vertical 1/8 DIN unit available in either plastic or metal housing. As a single channel unit it can be either loop, signal, or externally powered and meets industry standards of 3.8 x 1.9 inches. Built with our patented firmware, the NTM-B features rapid response time, and several math functions using polynomials, x-y tables, and log-anti-log functions. Other highlighted features include an automatic tri-color bar graph with intensity control, self diagnostics, an input fail alarm with runtime stamp, isolated serial I/O, USB or RS485 available with Ethernet or flash memory available on externally powered units, over thirty isolated input signals, 4 relay options, a configurable bar direction, and power requirements of only 100mW@5VDC.

As with all of our products here at Otek, the NTM-B is covered by our lifetime warranty and can be designed to a galaxy of consumer-driven customizations. We meld our technology to your applications!

If you are interested in 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 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.

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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.

                                                   

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