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 although thirty-six years of faithful service and profit was to be admired and celebrated, the risks of continuing on with an unreliable NPP were too great.

The same lesson in sound judgment can be applied to the challenge of analog obsolescence facing the Nuclear Industry today. Another ABB-TBI Bailey meter that has been an industry fixture, and heavily populated the Crystal River Plant, the TA Bailey RY Series, presents such a challenge on the back of sweeping obsolescence in NPP’s. The RY Series has performed to the limits of its potential over the last fifty years, but it too is up for discountenance.

Like the forward thinking minds of those Duke Energy executives, Otek is looking toward the future as well. We are proud to offer a solution the RY series obsolescence with our NTM-6 model as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications as well as Mil-Spec 461,167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344 respectively.

The NTM-6 is cyber security compliant with industry standard dimensions of 7 x 1.4” and comes exclusively in metal. This unit houses up to 2 channel and is available in loop (4-20mA), A.C. signal or external power. Additional features include automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, input fail alarm with runtime stamp, self-diagnostics, isolated serial I/O, USB/RS485, a configurable bar direction (up/down/center zero), math functions, over 30 isolated input signals, 4-20mA/30V output, and requires only 100mW@5VDC.

Don’t be swept along in the growing wave of analog obsolescence—call Otek today at (520) 748-7900 or email us at sales@otekcorp.com. Unwire the past and wire in the future with Otek’s NTM-6!

Another Weschler Bites the Dust

Continuing with our purview of Weschler products, the VX252 has also reached the end of the analog road. These vertical display ammeters were invented during the analog age’s peak in the 1970’s and 80’s with the intent for broad distribution in Nuclear Power Plants of the time. Where we stand now, nearly fifty years later, both the panel meter itself and the Nuclear Industry have inexorably changed beyond any measure by which an analog might be useful.

Want an instrument that does measure up? Meeting the challenges of both analog obsolescence and the expensive leaps of 21st century meter technology, Otek offers the NTM-9, from our award-winning New Technology Series, as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Weschler 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 Cyber Security Compliant and follows our umbrella philosophy of Plug n’ Play—all you need to do is remove the Weschler VX252 from its panel mount and wire in the NTM-9; no lengthy outages, no new wiring (expect Serial I/O if desired), and only minimal training for your I & C operators.

Additional highlights of the NTM-9 include automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, 4 digit display, input fail alarm with runtime stamp, 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 casts a long shadow—stand in the sun again with the NTM-9 and Otek. For more information call us at (520) 748-7900 or email us at sales@otekcorp.com

The Athlete, the Analog, and a Comparative Future

The Weschler KX-241 is like an aging athlete. It was a wunderkind when it first arrived on the scene and there was apprehension at its newness, then it won the crowd over and performed admirably during the breath of its campaign, even had some peak moments of unparalleled greatness, and now is fading into the twilight obsolescence at the close of a long career. It has been said great athletes do not age well. They suddenly find themselves, after years in eye of adoration, sequestered to the sidelines when the capabilities of the body can no longer match the demands of the sport. They ask themselves why, what can be done, and did I do enough with the time I was given?

Admirably, the Weschler KX-241 can answer those questions with confidence. It performed to the extent of its capability for the demands of the market, as long as progressive technology allowed. Yet time remains undefeated. Like each inevitable new generation of athletes who use advances in science and technology to become faster, stronger, and more adaptable, the KX-241 has found itself outpaced by digital meters which take full advantage of the prodigious leap in technology of the last fifty years. It is not the fault of the athlete or the analog, but an inevitable consequence of a future that never fails to continue. Obsolescence is the natural byproduct of time.

And so Otek takes its place among the next generation by offering, from our New Technology Series, the NTM-3, M, & N models as 100% form, fit, and function replacements for the Weschler KX-24, for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344. All three models carry a Cyber Security Compliant classification.
All three models are available in either plastic or metal, and feature our patented input signal fail detect alarm and serial transmission with run time stamp and unit ID. Each requires less than 60mW comparable to analogs, with externally powered options for each having over 30 signal conditioners. These three models also come equipped with automatic tricolor bar graphs, self-diagnostics, serial I/O, USB or RS485, math functions, and a configurable bar direction (up, down, center zero).

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.

There’s a hall of fame out there somewhere for the Weschler KX-24 and analogs like it. You can probably even visit it. But the industry, like any sport, moves ever forward with a changing landscape that demands meters of a more refined ilk. Get yours today by calling Otek at (520) 748-7900 or email us at sales@otekcorp.com.

Obsolescence Upgrades from Otek

Founded in1883 as a Swedish industrial company, Allmänna Svenska Elektriska Aktiebolaget underwent a 100 year delineation to become, in 1988, the Fortune 500 multinational company we know today as the ABB Group. They were not content to rest on their laurels however, and in 1990, just two years after the famous merger with the Swiss company Brown, Boveri & Cie, ABB acquired Westinghouse’s lucrative Control and Metering division, in addition to the absorption of other industry leaders such as International Combustion, Combustion Engineering, Fischer & Porter, Hartmann & Braun, and just before the turn of the century, TBI-Bailey by way of Eslag Bailey.

By way of all that we arrive at one of the U.S. Nuclear Power Plant staples—the TBI Bailey 775 Series. With its electromechanical design, the 775 Series meters were originally revolutionary for their streamlined efficiency in the measurement of pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen. History, however, is a ceaseless march, and the once-revolutionary analog technology of the 775 has fallen into the mire of 21st century obsolescence. We know this to be the ultimate fate of all analog meters in general—not from their own inherent failures, but from the limits of their potential. Limits that, with the advent of the technological revolution, have been surpassed.

Putting the Bailey 775 faithfully to bed, Otek offers the NTM-7 from its New Technology Series, as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344 respectively. Already equipped with our Lifetime Warranty, the NTM-7 also registers as Cyber Security Compliant—a true novelty in the DPM world!

The NTM-7 is a vertical mount with industry standard dimensions of 7.2 x 2.8 in metal, and has housing potential of up to 4 channels. It was designed to replace our HI-Q117 models, which in turn were designed specifically to replace the TBI Bailey 775 series. Additional highlight features of the NTM-7 include an automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity controls, signal input fail alarm with runtime stamp, isolated serial I/O, USB or RS485, 4 relays, over 30 input signals, configurable bar direction (up, down, or center zero), self-diagnostics, and requires only 100mW@5VDC. This model is available in either external power or Otek’s patented loop-power technology.

As Nietzsche wrote, “One must first destroy in order to create”. The long track of years between 1883 and 2019 ripped the world asunder and recreated it by the unrelenting forge of technology. Analog obsolescence is bringing destruction to the Nuclear Industry– let us help you recreate your control rooms and applications with technology that has a future.

Give Otek a call at 520-748-7900 or send us an email at sales@otekcorp.com to learn more about the NTM-7 and all our instruments—instruments that measure up.

International Instruments Potential Reached–Whats Next? Otek & the DPM Revolution

International Instruments began 1947 with the purpose of developing a series of analog meters that realized the full of a flat, stackable, and compact meter. As the Nuclear Power Industry grew exponentially after World War II, so too did the escalating need for improved nuclear instrumentation. Initially developed for the U.S.-based Atomic Energy Commission, II’s 1146 model boasted accuracies of DC: 1.5 or 2 % and AC: 2.5 or 3%. Obviously the times have changed—the red carpet of technological progress has made meters more accurate, more reliable, and frankly, an accuracy range of 1.5 to 3% is just flat-out dangerous when talking about nuclear energy.

Compare that with Otek’s NTM-V, whose accuracy is firmly 0.5%.—nearly 3x that of II’s analog! This of course, is in addition to the fact that by utilizing digital technology and Otek’s luminous LED readout display, there is no room for operator subjectivity—the number displayed is precisely the number displayed, no craning of the neck or viewing of different angles.

To that end Otek offers the NTM-V as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the International Instrument 1146 model, for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified, as well as Mil-Spec 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344 respectively. Following the policy of all models in our New Technology Line, the NTM-V comes with a cyber security compliant classification.

The NTM-V housing is an industry standard 5.7 x 2.84” available in metal only and comes equipped with a 51 segment programmable tricolor bar graph and four digit LED display. Highlighted features include self-diagnostics in conjunction with our patented input signal fail alarm with runtime stamp, serial I/O with USB and RS485 options, over thirty isolated input signals, 4-20mA/30V Output on externally powered units, configurable bar direction (up, down, center/zero) with intensity control, and requires only 10mW@5VDC.

The NTM-V, like all our products, carries our guaranteed lifetime warranty, and is fully customizable to nearly any application.
If you’re interested in technology that’s accurate, reliable, objective, and from this century, give us a call at (520) 748-7900 or email us at sales@otekcorp.com today!

More Pitfalls of the Analog Age–the Hays Cleveland D03600 & It’s Future

Imagine you’re working in an I & C room with numerous meters and display panels strewn over every conceivable wall, and you need to perform daily checks. Does this five gauge meter above look “easily readable from a distance” and do you trust that its “full size is used to assure big-gauge accuracy and sensitivity” as its data sheet claims? Common sense is all that should be required here to answer no.

This clunky and dubious meter is the Hays Cleveland D03600–a stalwart at many Nuclear Power Plants, particularly in the Diablo Canyon facility near San Luis Opisbo in California. Like all analog meters, it does not lend itself to visibility across a control room, or ensure complete accuracy due to the negative common denominators associated with most analogs: inaccuracy, unreliability (stuck needles), and subjectivity. This is one of the many faces of the 21st century’s inexorable obsolescence crisis, and the question remains the same–why plow ahead with outdated and unreliable instruments when new techonolgy exists to address the problem?

Instead of burying your head in the sand, take a look at Otek’s NTM-B model, which we offer as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Hays Cleveland D03600 for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344. As with all models in our New Technology Series, the NTM-B is Cyber Security Compliant.

The NTM-B is housing is an industry standard 3.8 x 1.9” (verticle1/8 DIN) and is available in plastic or metal, as well as carrying a 51 segment programmable tricolor bargraph and four digit LED display. Additional features include our patented input fail alarm with runtime stamp, self-diagnostics, USB/RS485, over 30 isolated input signals, intensity control, 4-20mA/30V output, configurable bar direction, and a multitude of power input options on externally-powered units. Like all our products, the NTM-B also comes equipped with our lifetime warranty and is fully customizable to consumer needs.

Why take chanes on low visibility and unreliable technology? Call Otek at (520) 748-7900 or email us at sales@otekcorp.com to upgrade your instrumentation capabilities today.

Out with the old and in with the new!

Hays Cleveland D03600 & It’s Future

Imagine you’re working in an I&C room with numerous meters and display panels strewn over every conceivable wall, and you need to perform daily checks. Does this five gauge meter look “easily readable from a distance” and do you trust that its “full size is used to assure big-gauge accuracy and sensitivity” as its datasheet claims? Common sense is all that should be required here to answer no.

This clunky and dubious meter is the Hays Cleveland D03600 – a stalwart at many Nuclear Power Plants, particularly in the Diablo Canyon facility near San Luis Obispo in California. Like all analog meters, it does not lend itself to visibility across a control room or ensure complete accuracy due to the negative common denominators associated with most analogs: inaccuracy, unreliability (stuck needles), and subjectivity. This is one of the many faces of the 21st century’s inexorable obsolescence crisis, and the question remains the same–why plow ahead with outdated and unreliable instruments when new technology exists to address the problem?

Instead of burying your head in the sand, take a look at OTEK’s NTM-B model, which we offer as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Hays Cleveland D03600 for Class 1E safety-related and nuclear-qualified applications, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344. As with all models in our New Technology Series, the NTM-B is Cyber Security Compliant.

The NTM-B is housing is an industry-standard 3.8 x 1.9” (verticle1/8 DIN) and is available in plastic or metal, as well as carrying a 51 segment programmable tricolor bargraph and four-digit LED display. Additional features include our patented input fail alarm with runtime stamp, self-diagnostics, USB/RS485, over 30 isolated input signals, intensity control, 4-20mA/30V output, configurable bar direction, and a multitude of power input options on externally-powered units. Like all our products, the NTM-B also comes equipped with our lifetime warranty and is fully customizable to consumer needs.

Why take chances on low visibility and unreliable technology? Call OTEK at (520) 748-7900 or email us at sales@otekcorp.com to upgrade your instrumentation capabilities today.

Out with the old and in with the new!

Yes, We Replace Obsolete DPM’s as Well as Analogs!

Founded in 1964, Vehicular Instrumentation Systems (VIS) was a privately controlled company under the brand name Dixson, which specialized in gauges, meters, and other measurement devices for the automotive industry. When Dixson was acquired by the global manufacturer Ametek thirty years later in 1995 as a specialty division, their aim spread to instrumentation control for a broad host of applications—which allowed the company to extend a rather lengthy foot in the door of, at the time, the burgeoning Digital Panel Meter market. Dixson/Ametek pushed their foot even further with BB101P model, a vertical bar graph, which found an abundant home in Nuclear Power Plants across the United States.

However, as we know to be true in nearly every avenue of life, all things must come to an end. The BB101P model was a tour de force when it first emerged on the new DPM playing field, but it, like its analog brethren, has become a figure of reclining history. Simply put, there are more efficient, further advanced, and more reliable options on the market today. One such option hails from Otek’s New Technology Series, the patented technology that is piquing quite the interest of the Nuclear Industry. In that effort, Otek offers the NTM-9 model as a 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Dixson/Ametek BB101P for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified, as well as Mil-Specs 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-34. As with all models in the New Technology Series, the NTM-9 is fully Cyber Security Compliant.

The NTM-9 is a vertical unit standing 6 x 1.74”, whose additional features include a 51 segment programmable tricolor bar graph, an automatic signal fail detect alarm, serial communication options of USB and RS485, as well as Ethernet and Flash Memory on externally powered models, isolated retransmission (4-20mA or 30V), universal power inputs (5-32VDC or 90-265VAC) and control output options of O.C.T. (4/channel) or relays (4/channel). The NTM-9 and all our products carry Otek’s guaranteed lifetime warranty, and are completely customizable to your needs!

Give us a call today at (520) 748-7900. The future is as easy as unplugging obsolescence and plugging in Otek!

Trade In Your Crompton 007 for Model Manufactured in this Century

Crompton Instruments has been making analog meters since 1881. That’s over 140 years of instrumentation that has served the industry faithfully despite its inherent limitations. Good help may be hard to find, but let’s get real here—it’s 2019, wouldn’t you say it’s about time for a meter made in this century?

At Otek we absolutely believe it is time indeed, and that’s why we molded our patented (and industry first!) loop-power technology to meters that measure up to the changing demands and needs of the 21st century nuclear industry. We call it The New Technology Series, and with obsolescence rising fast all around us, there has never been a better time to plan for the future by unplugging your analogs and plugging in Otek!

For the Crompton 007 series in particular, we proudly offer our NTM-N, NTM-M, and Solid State Analog Meter (SSAM-N) models respectively, as 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacements for the Crompton 007 for Class 1E safety related and nuclear qualified applications, including Mil-Spec 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344. Additionally the NTM-N and NTM-M are both Cyber Security Compliant, while the SSAM-N is Cyber Security Exempt due to a lack of all critical digital assets (saves you time and money!).

All three models come with our patented input signal fail alarm, fully customizable colors, and our lifetime warranty. All the models are 100% loop-powered—just like analog meters, only with our 21st century technology!

As you can see, with such diversity in our products Otek really strives to make sure each and every one of our customers is satisfied. That’s why if you’re considering analog replacements, give us a call at (520) 748-7900 or shoot us an email at sales@otekcorp.com.

Remember—we customize our technology to meet your needs!

Trade In Your Crompton 007 for Model

Crompton Instruments has been making analog meters since 1881. That’s over 140 years of instrumentation that has served the industry faithfully despite its inherent limitations. Good help may be hard to find, but let’s get real here—it’s 2019, wouldn’t you say it’s about time for a meter made in this century?

At OTEK we absolutely believe it is time indeed, and that’s why we molded our patented (and industry-first!) loop-power technology to meters that measure up to the changing demands and needs of the 21st-century nuclear industry. We call it The New Technology Series, and with obsolescence rising fast all around us, there has never been a better time to plan for the future by unplugging your analogs and plugging in OTEK!

For the Crompton 007 series, in particular, we proudly offer our NTM-N and Solid State Analog Meter (SSAM-N) models respectively, as 100% Form, Fit, and Function replacements for the Crompton 007 for Class 1E safety-related and nuclear-qualified applications, including Mil-Spec 461, 167-1, 810F, 901C, and IEEE-344. Additionally, the NTM-N is Cyber Security Compliant, while the SSAM-N is Cyber Security Exempt due to a lack of all critical digital assets (saves you time and money!).

All three models come with our patented input signal fail alarm, fully customizable colors, and our lifetime warranty. All the models are 100% loop-powered—just like analog meters, only with our 21st-century technology!

As you can see, with such diversity in our products OTEK really strives to make sure each and every one of our customers are satisfied. That’s why if you’re considering analog replacements, give us a call at (520) 748-7900 or shoot us an email at sales@otekcorp.com.

Remember—we customize our technology to meet your needs!