Category: OTEK Meters

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 »

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,… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Form, Fit, & Function Replacement for Foxboro 257

Obsolescence is inescapable. With each passing year analog technology is rendered more and more useless by the prodigious advances of its digital counterparts. This is due to a variety of issues, most notably: inaccuracy, inefficiency, subjectivity, and quite simply, age. Progress eliminates that which cannot keep pace. After all, the Model-T went to wayside when… Read more »

Enrico Fermi, the Chessel 700, and the End of an Era

On December 2nd, 1942, the Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first nuclear reactor, went critical and Enrico Fermi was christened “the Architect of the Nuclear Age”. Born in 1901 in Rome, Fermi, an innovative physicist, would emigrate to the United States where his legacy would ultimately pave the way for Robert Oppenheimer to remark in 1945,… Read more »

Are Analog Meters Doomed?

The simplicity of the analog meter, along with its low manufacturing cost, has been offset by its unreliability, inaccuracy, fragility, and subjective interpretation. The developer of its challenger, who has several patents on loop & signal powered technology claims that his latest invention of a “Solid State Analog Meter,” (SSAM, patent pending) would help prevent… Read more »

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… Read more »