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Bach Simpson 3623 Replacement

For nearly five decades the Bach Simpson 3623 meter has faithfully served Nuclear Power Plant control rooms in their instrumentation needs. As we approach twenty years into the new millenium that faithfullness is nearing collapse. Analog obsolescence cannot be ignored and is not going to simply disappear or disipate if we bury our heads in the proverbial sand. Delay it, ignore it, it makes no difference–the obsolescence issue facing the Nuclear Industry is a natural byproduct of inexorable technilogical advances and the only responsible course of action is to take action. Why not get the jump now and save a little time and money, rather than waiting till your hand is forced?

Jump into the new era of panel meter technology with OTEK’s New Technology Series, featuring the NTM-B. This model is designed to be a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Bach Simpson 3623, for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified, as well as MIL-SPEC -461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEE-344. The NTM-B also carries a Cyber Security Compliant classification.

Additional features of the NTM-B include and automatic tricolor bargraph with intensity control, an input fail safe alarm run time stamp, self diagnostics, isolated serial I/O with USB or RS485 including ehternet or flash memory for external power options, configurable bar direction pointer, over thirty isolated input signals, and four possible relays. As with all OTEK products, the NTM-B carries our lifetime warranty and is completely customizable to your specific needs.

Get a jump on the analog obsolescence wave and give us a call! (520) 748-7900.

OTEK Offers 100% Form, Fit, and Function for the GE/DB40

While the Nuclear Industry grapples with its looming analog obsolescence crisis, OTEK is stepping up to offer immediate and viable solutions. The DB40 has been an industry fixture for nearly a half century, but as with the rest of its analog brethren, it is facing extinction with the inexorable advancements in technology and changing industry standards. The typical solutions to this problem have been both cost prohibitive and time consuming, particularly when power plants opt for Flat Screen replacement which results in lengthy shutdowns and diminished sight of any R.O.I.

OTEK’s solution is our Plug & Play technology, which offers 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the GE/DB40 for Class 1E Safety Related & Nuclear Qualified as well as Mil-Spec 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEE-344. With OTEK you don’t have to close your plant for lengthy installations, undergo expensive rewiring in your control room, or retrain your operators. With our New Technology meters all you need to do is simply unplug your analogs and plug in OTEK.

For the DB40 we offer equivalent replacements with our NTM-M, NTM-N, and NTM-3 respectively. All three models feature our patented automatic signal fail detect alarm and serial transmission with run time stamp and unit ID. Additionally the technology that powers these models is customizable to your needs, as with all our products here at OTEK. And of course, each comes with our guaranteed lifetime warranty.

So if you want to be proactive in fighting the obsolescence challenge and do so without wasting money or efficiency, please give us a call today at 520-748-7900!

OTEK Offers New Technology in Yokogawa’s Absence

OTEK is proud to be on the forefront of the 21st century panel meter revolution and is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to benefit our customers in the industry. To that end we offer, from our New Technology Series, the model NTM-9 as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for Yokogawa 180/GE180 for Class1E Safety Related & Nuclear Qualified and MIL Standards 461, 167-1, 810, 901, and IE EE344. The NTM-9 is also Cyber Security Compliant!
The NTM-9 also features an Automatic Tricolor Bar with Intensity Control, self diagnostics with an automatic input signal fail alarm, isolated serial I/O, USB or RS485, an eight character address, four relays, and over thirty isolated input signals among its many other components. Of course, as with all of our wonderful models, the NTM-9 is fully customizable and carries a lifetime warranty.
Ready to make the switch from analog to digital? Give us a call today (520) 748-7900 and let us help you help yourself!

Happy Holidays from OTEK!

Tis the Season Here at OTEK!
Even though it’s 70 degrees, sunny, and we’re often reclining in bathing suits by pools mid-December, there’s no doubt the holiday spirit is alive and well in the OTEK headquarters.

Why just look at our christmas tree right here–that’s the same tree we’ve been using since Dr. Fest founded the company in 1974. As you can see she still stands tall, proud, green, carries a beautiful display made of all our little intricate ornaments, stars, decorations you name it–that’s 44 years of consistency. Just like our products.

Happy Holidays from OTEK!
Submitted by salesadmin on Thu, 12/06/2018 – 15:32
Tis the Season Here at OTEK!
Even though it’s 70 degrees, sunny, and we’re often reclining in bathing suits by pools mid-December, there’s no doubt the holiday spirit is alive and well in the OTEK headquarters.

Why just look at our christmas tree right here–that’s the same tree we’ve been using since Dr. Fest founded the company in 1974. As you can see she still stands tall, proud, green, carries a beautiful display made of all our little intricate ornaments, stars, decorations you name it–that’s 44 years of consistency. Just like our products.

The phone and maps behind are just reminders that we’re still working….

So from all of us to all of yours have a very merry holiday season! Even if you won’t be joining us by the pool…

Dr. Fest Returns to Orlando for the Power Gen Conference

Dr. Fest will be traveling back to Orlando this coming Monday, December 3rd through the 6th, to attend the 2018 International Power Gen Conference.

Industry leaders and those interested in the future of industry as a whole will be in attendance to discuss the direction of our energy future, with a heavy interest to be expected on wind and solar developments. With the fragile and uncertain direction of the industry as a whole, Power Gen will be a crucial testing ground for new ideas and communication; which is why Dr. Fest sincerely looks forward to the opportunity to posit a few possible solutions to our growing obsolescene problem.

One of those solutions he’ll be offering from Booth #4178 will be a full live demo of OTEK’s latest development in our award-winning New Technology Series, the Solid State Analog Meter or SSAM. The SSAM offers 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for your antiquated analog meters, meaning you don’t have to make ANY changes to your current wiring or mounting–just pull out your old meter, plug in OTEK’s SSAM and you’re good to go! The SSAM also sets itself apart from any other digital meter on the market in that it is 100% Cyber Security Exempt. This is achieved by removing all Critical Digital Assets such as microprocessors and replacing them with CMOS Logic, then combining that with our patented technology to produce a meter that is impossible to hack and potentially saves you money and time in NEI 08-09 compliance!

With the fate of the industry up for debate and Dr. Fest offering new solutions such as the SSAM, you won’t want to miss out on the happenings at POWER GEN 2018. However if you do happen to miss it, stay tuned to our blog at www.otekcorp.com for the information Dr. Fest will be bringing back with him from Florida!

Early Returns from the ANS Winter Conference

Early Returns from the ANS Winter Conference
Submitted by salesadmin on Thu, 11/15/2018 – 14:01
Nuclear Industry on Life Support……How Can OTEK Help?
Dr. Fest has returned from the sun and sand of Orlando, Florida where he received dour news from industry leaders around the world. The Nuclear Industry, it seems, can no longer bury its head in the proverbial sand. A cloud encroaching from the not too distant horizon with promises of expensive and time-consuming storms had everyone in central Florida’s ears ringing with alarm. The writing appears to indeed be on the wall–the Nuclear Industry is facing an obsolescence crisis short on options and even shorter on time.

With 80% of power plants worldwide 30 years and older, AND using mostly analog meter technology from the 1st half of the 20th century, the clock is ticking on obsolescence. Couple this with governmental oversight in the form of crippling NEI 08-09 regulations, and you have a maelstrom of inefficiency, expenditure, and evasive R.O.I. The solutions? Well they are not without their own problems. You can replace your old analog meters with modernized digital instruments such as SCADA/DCS or Flat Screen technology, but then you’re looking at not only an investment upwards of $100 million and 5 plus years, but also potentially $20 million in Cyber Security Compliance! Does investing nearly $150 million (calculated loss of income from 3-5 year upgrade shutdown included) in a 30-40 year old power plant seem wise? Then, of course, there is always the option of placing your head back in the sand until the tide of decommission rolls in….

As he emphatically demonstrated in Orlando, Dr. Fest and his small company from the desert have a better solution that just might keep that cloud at bay a little longer. Dr. Fest unveiled OTEK’s brand new Solid State Analog Meter (SSAM) which replaces analog meters 100% Form, Fit, and Function, AND is completely Cyber Security Exempt! What? How can an instrument endowed with OTEK’s patented New Technology avoid Cyber Security regulations? Dr. Fest’s answer was to take the award-wining technology of his NTM series and, using CMOS logic, insert it into a completely hardware-driven instrument void of any critical digital assets. Without these CDA’s such as microprocessors, there is nothing in the SSAM which could be hacked or compromised by an outside source, thus bypassing the Cyber Security problem and subsequent regulatory expenses!

During his time in Orlando Dr. Fest was able to raise many eyebrows with the efficiency and practicality of the SSAM. For companies uninterested in the high cost of Cyber Security compliance, the SSAM offers a way to avoid losing millions while at the same time gaining an advantage in the latest digital meter technology. Dr. Fest returned home to his small company with hope for the industry as that long black obsolescent cloud draws near. Remember, it was David who defeated Goliath!

For more information on the SSAM or any of OTEK’s other products please visit www.otekcorp.com or call (520) 748-7900.

Dr. Fest heads to the ANS Winter Conference 2018

Is Cyber Security Your Problem?
Is Meter Obsolescence?
If so, please join OTEK’s President and CEO Dr. Otto P. Fest at this year’s American Nuclear Society Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida, November 11th-14th.

Live from booth no. 300, Dr. Fest will be showcasing how OTEK’s award winning technology can help solve the Cyber Security challenges facing the industry today; challenges that have a direct impact on two of our most valuable commoditites: our Time and our Money. According to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Outlook Survey, in 2017 businesses around the world faced the largest onslaught of cyber attacks since the beginning of the current digital age–an onslaught that resulted in 80% of business being successfully hacked in the U.S alone! With the indusrty adopting new security standards to meet these rising threats, the cost of doing business has elevated expenses and confounded our already precious time.

How can OTEK help? Dr. Fest will be glad to tell all you about how our New Technology Series can help you save money and reduce maintenance time with products such as our NTM line, which melds 21st century innovation with Cyber Security Compliant technology, or our brand new SSAM that eliminates the need for Cyber Security protection all together by operating without any programmable digital components. Dr. Fest will also be more than happy to explain how our New Technology products offer 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacements for your old analog meters falling away into obsolescence.

If you can’t come see us this November, Dr. Fest and OTEK will be back in Orlando again December 3rd-6th for the PowerGen conference, and again in February, the 9th-14th for the ANS-NPIC Show.

Of course, OTEK and all of our products can always be found at otekcorp.com.

The Many Uses of Otek Meters

On this day in history, Frank (Julian) Sprague died at the age of 77 in 1934. Sprague was an American engineer, inventor and a pioneer in electric railway transportation. He worked with Thomas Edison at Menlo Park and formed the Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company in 1884 and became known as “the father of electric railway traction.” His company installed the first U.S. electric trolley system in Richmond, Virginia in 1887.

Did you know that Otek’s instruments are used in electric railway systems throughout the world? Otek is in the business of measurement, and our accurate and bright digital meters are perfect for the infrastructure, equipment and power systems needed to run any efficient rail system.

Take a look at our model NTM-3, which is a perfect fit for any modern rail cab or system. This switchboard meter is available with up to three channels (i.e. to monitor speed, distance, rate, etc.,) and offers isolated serial communications to relay information back to the central computer. This unit also includes built-in math functions, self-diagnostics and can be configured for over 30 isolated input signals. Thank you Mr. Sprague for your contribution to the rail industry and for proving Otek with more variables to measure!