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Posted on December 6, 2018 by salesadmin

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...

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Posted on November 26, 2018 by salesadmin

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 wil be bringing back with him from Florida!

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Posted on November 15, 2018 by salesadmin

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.

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Posted on November 8, 2018 by salesadmin

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.

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Posted on October 25, 2017 by OTEK CORP

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!

 

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Posted on October 24, 2017 by OTEK CORP

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Posted on October 17, 2017 by OTEK CORP

As part of our continued dedication towards our Nuclear Quality Assurance Program (as required by 10CFR50, Appendix B), we are pleased to announce that Otek Corporation's Chief Engineer, Noel Smith, will soon be attending a 3-day Commercial Grade Dedication class. 

The three-day course, which will be held at the Nuclear Training Institute in Norcross, Georgia, is designed to provide engineers with a better understanding of how Commercial Grade Dedication is applied in order to meet NQA-1 requirements.  During the course, Noel will further his knowledge of the Commercial Grade Dedication process and will receive supplemental training on such important topics as how to identify the safety function and critical characteristics of a design and how to establish production traceability. 

Although Noel has received extensive training on the Verification and Validation of safety-related software and firmware, this focused class will ensure additional compliance with 10CFR regulations.  Noel is a 2004 graduate of NAU and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, with a secondary emphasis in Computer Science.  

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Posted on October 4, 2017 by OTEK CORP

Otek Corporation will be attending the ANS Winter Meeting & Nuclear Technology Expo, which will be held from October 29th through October 31st at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel  in Washington, D.C. 

We would like to invite all attendees and all members of the American Nuclear Society to visit us at booth # 101, which is located just to the right of the main entrance. 

As part of our exhibit, we will be unveiling our new SSAM-N.  The SSAM is a Solid State Analog Meter that replaces form, fit & function an ANSI 4” switchboard analog meter.  This instrument is unique in that it has no microproecessors, making it safe from hackers and exempt from cyber security regulations.  SSAM is powered by the signal it measures, just like an analog meter, but without the stuck needle and inaccuracy and the sensitivity to shock, vibration, EMI/RFI and without the lack of HMI of the analogs.  

Some features of this innovative technology include:

  • 100% Signal or External Powered
  • Current Loop (4-20 & 10-50mA) or AC/DC V, A, W & Hz Input Signals
  • Tricolor 101 LED Bargraph & 4 ½ Digits
  • No Microprocessors (Cyber Security Restrictions Exempt)
  • Input Signal Failure Alarm (No stuck Needle)

​Come visit us at booth #101 and meet SSAM!

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Posted on September 25, 2017 by DawnThibodeau

The old and faithful analog panel meter, invented by Dr. Edward Weston in 1893, is still in use and dominates our nation’s critical power industries, particularly the nuclear power industry.  Unfortunately, one of the greatest technical and cleanest electrical power options still relies on a 19th century metering technology (D’Arsonval movement).  While analog meters are simple to install and use and have a low manufacturing cost, their positive aspects are offset by their unreliability, inaccuracy and fragility.  Analog meters have a tendency toward stuck needles, inaccurate measurements and erroneous readings by operators.  Even worse, analog panel meters typically only have an accuracy rating of only +/-3-5%.  This rating drops even lower if you include the standard +/-5% precautionary safety factor.  The result is that plants operate below maximum efficiency, losing 8-10% of their optimum electric power output.  This translates into a real loss of about $100,000 per day for a typical reactor that produces about $1,000,000/day of electricity!  Why then, in this age of revolutionary technology, are we still relying on obsolescent analog technology?  The answer is simple, upgrading from analog to digital technology is expensive. 

One hurdle the power industry faces is the need to keep upgrade costs as low as possible.  Ideally, this means avoiding major changes in power source input signals, rewiring and new panel installations.  Another costly hurdle to eliminating inefficient analog meters is the need for security.  Critical information and systems must be kept cyber secure, and this is particularly true of the nuclear industry.  Analog meters are safe because they don’t contain vulnerable digital microprocessors (uP).  Upgrading to digital technology may increase efficiency, but it also subjects the industry to cyber security concerns.  For example, a nuclear power plant I & C (Instrument & Control) room would now have to comply with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s cyber-security regulations (NEI 08-09, et. al.).  To get past these hurdles, a power plant could conceivably spend millions of dollars and wait years before the upgrades are completed.  Digital meter technology that could offer a 100% compatible (1:1) analog replacement just didn’t exist, until now.

Otek Corporation has created a new breed of digital meter known as SSAM (which stands for Solid State Analog Meter).  SSAM is hardware only (no microprocessor) multicolor bar-digital meter that is solely powered by a 4-20 mA (~5-60 mW) current loop (typical to most I & C rooms).  In fact, it can be powered by any signal that can provide >5 mW of energy, even if no other power or current is available.  This Powerless TM meter can be used as a basic bar graph (like the analog meter), as a bar-digital (like old digitals), or as a multi-function meter which can be configured in the field by the user.  SSAM will measure, display, control, and transmit AC and/or DC signals without a microprocessor and all with a +/-0.5% digital accuracy.  Since the SSAM has no uP, readout colors are achieved by embedding colored filters into the scale plate which cover the units high-efficiency, pure white LEDs.  Otek Corporation holds many patents in current loop technology and has included many other patented features into their new SSAM units.

This may well be the end of the old analog meter since SSAM can be installed using the existing input signals, wires and panel cut-outs as the old analog meters.  In addition, since SSAM contains no microprocessors, it is not subject to regulatory cyber security compliance conditions.  The total cost to upgrade to SSAM’s more efficient digital technology would be about 1/3 of replacing obsolete analog/digitals, and these units will pay for themselves within a week (assuming a 1% increase in efficiency)!

Our nation’s power industry finally has an affordable digital upgrade solution. All good things must come to an end and the analog meter is near extinction! 

1893 VOLTMETER      LEGACY DB40      OTEK'S SSAM-N 2017

                 

 

                                                          

 

 

 

 

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Posted on May 17, 2017 by OTEK CORP

palo verde nuclear generating stationWe are pleased to welcome representatives from APS Palo Verde and PSEG Hope Creek nuclear power plants, who will be visiting OTEK World HQ in Tucson, AZ the week of June 26, 2017. This will be the first audit of OTEK's new Nuclear Quality Assurance program as required by 10CFR50 Appendix B and 10CFR21. 

This is an important first step for OTEK to be placed on the Approved Suppliers List (ASL) for these two plants. Inclusion on the ASL permits OTEK to be a direct supplier of safety-related instruments, analog meter replacements, digital panel meters, digital bargraph meters and controllers for these plants.

Any utilities who would like to participate in this audit are welcome to contact Dale Leech (dale.leech@aps.com) for more information.

 

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