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 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 minimum 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 cybersecurity 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 loop, signal, or external power options.

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 obsolete analog meters by calling us at (520)748-7900 or sending us an email at sales@otekcorp.com.