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Jane Fonda and Unfounded Nuclear Hysteria

“Hey Jack look at this water level indicator, water level’s low.” “This one says it’s high” “But that’s…that’s impossible….” Those of us fortunate enough to lift our heads above the jejune millennial waters, remember that horrific look that came crawling over Jack Lemmon’s character as he realized the chart recorder needle had been stuck and… Read more »

Another Obsolete Westinghouse Analog Our Technology Puts to Rest

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… Read more »

Double Tapping the Sigma 9222 with New Technology Replacements

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… Read more »

Edison’s Disciples on His 172nd Birthday

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

NTM-V Replaces Sigma 9263 100%

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… Read more »

Otek at ANS/NPIC-HMIT This Weekend

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… Read more »

Temperatures are Dropping, Otek Instruments Still Measuring Up

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… Read more »

Sigma 1251 Disappears into the Obsolescence Cloud

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,… Read more »

With an Eye Beyond Obsolescence

In February of 2013 executives at Duke Energy announced the closure of the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant in Florida. This was due to engineering issues uncovered during the tendon detension process that resulted in large gaps within the concrete walls of the containment building. Originally commissioned in 1977, the powers that be decided that… Read more »