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Fluidwell introduces the E490 Ex d Multi-Purpose Indicator

The E490 is a versatile, loop powered multi-purpose indicator to display the actual process value, range and loop current. Besides the focus on level, temperature and pressure applications, the E490 can also work with other measuring units, like %, mA, RPM and more.

The input circuit is separated from the backlight circuit and has an ultra low voltage drop < 1.5V DC. The measuring unit to be displayed is simply selected through an alfa-numerical configuration menu. The E490 accepts 4 - 20mA input signals from a wide range of process instruments, including flow (linear or square root), level, pressure and temperature transmitters. Making it the perfect fit for almost any explosion proof application where you want to display an analog process value.

Robust and weatherproof

The robust solid die cast aluminum and the stainless steel 316L E-Series housings are designed to guarantee safety. It takes the E490 Explosion Proof Multi-Purpose Indicator beyond the legal requirements for hazardous areas. In the harshest environmental conditions, as found in deserts and maritime climates with extreme temperature fluctuations, the durable E-Series consistently delivers accurate measurements.

The E490 is extremely practical in use. The touch-through-glass keypad allows for a safe and effortless operation of all functionalities without having to remove the glass cover. The menu, display and navigation structure are designed according to the Fluidwell “know one, know them all” principle, which enhances easy and intuitive control of various Fluidwell totalizers, flow computers and other displays.

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NEW benzene-specific monitor for tighter international regulations

ION Science has launched a new, dramatically upgraded version of Titan, maintaining its position as the only fixed benzene-specific monitor in the world; Titan 2. In accordance with recent legislation changes, Titan 2 offers enhanced stability and sensitivity, supporting ION’s continued mission of protecting lives and preserving the environment.

“Benzene is a toxic, carcinogenic gas representing a serious threat to many workers, as well as the environment,” explains ION Science Group Managing Director, Duncan Johns. “It is therefore vital that staff are protected by monitors that can continuously measure benzene at the low levels required by increasingly stringent international regulations. Titan 2 is the only commercially available, truly selective, fixed continuous benzene monitor worldwide that can meet this requirement.”

Titan 2 delivers unrivalled accuracy and sensitivity in benzene detection and is ideal for use in a variety of sectors, such as oil & gas, bulk storage facilities, chemical manufacturing and processing, and asphalt production.

Users of the original Titan will be familiar with the instrument’s accuracy and performance, however, within the new Titan 2 they will see core enhancements, such as a new rugged manifold, a piezoelectric micro pump for enhanced stability, a lower limit of detection, and updated PC software for easier management and control.

An occupational exposure limit (OEL) for benzene of 100 ppm was originally recommended in 1946. Following further associations with leukaemia, the OEL was reduced to 50 ppm and then to 1 ppm as the 8-hour time weighted average (TWA) exposure limit (U.S. OSHA, 1987). However, further health problems have been reported at levels below 1ppm so there is pressure in many countries to lower the limit further. For example, NIOSH recommended airborne exposure limit (REL) is 0.1 ppm (10-hr TWA) and 1 ppm during any 15-minute work period. Similarly, the current EU 8-hour TWA for benzene is 1 ppm (3.25 mg/m3). However, from 5th April 2024, the long-term exposure limit will be reduced to 0.5 ppm – and will be cut again from April 2026 to just 0.2 ppm. – Directive (EU) 2022/431 of the European parliament of the council, March 2022.

Regulatory requirements are therefore driving the need for greater sensitivity, and these needs are met by Titan 2. Thanks to innovative technology in conjunction with industry-leading PID sensor technology, the Titan 2 has a reduced likelihood of cross-sensitivity and can detect benzene rapidly at levels as low as 0.02 parts per million (20 parts per billion). At the other end of the scale, it can detect benzene at up to 20 ppm, delivering high speed and high sensitivity.

Titan 2 captures a gas sample once every 60 seconds. The sample is then conditioned within a further 60 seconds to allow precise benzene measurement, ensuring a consistent flow of real-time data. The piezoelectric micro pump in the latest version delivers enhanced pressure and flow accuracy to ensure a rapid response and unrivalled reliability.

Titan 2 also features visible alarm capability, triggering an alert when benzene concentrations reach either of two operator-configurable levels. Twin relay outputs enable the user to integrate the unit with existing site alarm systems, while easy-to-use firmware allows a simplified calibration procedure. For analysis of readings captured by Titan 2, both 4-20mA and RS485 MODBUS communication protocols can be utilised.

A proven, robust separation method ensures specific readings for benzene, with an easy-to-read display. An internally regulated heating system ensures stable operation even at extremes of temperatures, and the new robust housing reduces contamination risk and allows for extended use in the harshest environments.

Titan 2 has been designed to comply with international safety standards, including ATEX and IECEx, making it safe for use in any environment, as well as featuring an IP65 Ingress Protection rating. ION Science’s photoionisation detection (PID) technology has been independently verified as the best-performing on the market, providing reliable, accurate solutions backed by outstanding product support. Importantly, the new, unique to Titan 2, MiniPID T2 10.0 eV Sensor features a patented design to nullify potential humidity interference, whilst ensuring a fast response, the highest levels of sensitivity and market-leading reliability.

The Titan 2 service module is designed to be backwards compatible, so in conjunction with a simple firmware upgrade now provides existing Titan customers with a quick and convenient upgrade opportunity.

Summarising, Duncan Johns says: “Benzene is one of the more dangerous VOCs so the Titan 2’s ability to reliably speciate this gas is extremely important in the protection of lives, and with lowering regulatory limits, the instrument’s enhanced sensitivity is a major advantage.”

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Teledyne FLIR Introduces Premium E8 Pro Edition for Point-and-Shoot Thermography Inspection

Improved Optics, a Touchscreen, and FLIR Ignite Cloud Connectivity Helps Inspectors Locate Electrical, Building, and Mechanical Problems QuickTeledyne FLIR, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, today announced the FLIR E8 Pro, providing a larger 3.5-inch touchscreen with FLIR Ignite Cloud connectivity within the same pistol-grip form factor as legacy E8 series thermal cameras. Through the touchscreen, users can share captured images with colleagues, partners, and clients over Wi-Fi, including with on-screen annotations to highlight findings.

Images can then be loaded straight to the FLIR Ignite Cloud for improved efficiency and a smoother workflow. “As part of effective predictive maintenance and condition monitoring programs, thermography inspectors require easy-to-use and cloud-connected handheld thermal cameras to quickly locate issues and effortlessly share that data with colleagues and clients for further analysis,” said Rob Milner, global business development director, Teledyne FLIR. “The FLIR E8 Pro answers the call with a larger touchscreen and improved 640 × 480 screen resolution.

It also features FLIR Ignite cloud connectivity for instant documentation to provide inspectors with a familiar, yet superior, handheld thermal imaging camera to get the job done quickly and efficiently.” The FLIR E8 Pro offers crisp thermal and visual detail at an affordable price by pairing a 5 MP digital camera with a powerful thermal camera via the FLIR patented Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX®) capability. MSX overlays the edge detail of the visible camera upon the thermal image, providing significantly greater detail and contextual awareness without sacrificing any thermal data.

The tool also includes a built-in LED lamp to capture critical details via MSX in low-light scenarios for improved decision support. 1/2 When connected to Wi-Fi, the FLIR E8 Pro can automatically sync with the FLIR Ignite application (now available with an additional 10 GB storage for only $30 USD per year), accessible from anywhere on mobile devices, a web browser, or a desktop, eliminating the need to carry extra USB flash drives, card storage, or cables. Images and videos shared via FLIR Ignite can then be accessed through FLIR Thermal Studio software so inspectors, colleagues, and clients can instantly review, edit, analyze, and report findings. Built to handle the harshest of industrial and outdoor environments, the FLIR E8 Pro is drop-tested up to two meters (6.5 ft).

The ruggedized design also features a 25G-shock and 2G vibration test rating along with built-in lens protection. The FLIR E8 Pro also offers up to 4 hours of continuous operation on one battery, which can be quickly swapped out and recharged for all-day use. The FLIR E8 Pro is available today to buy globally from Teledyne FLIR and its authorized dealers. The purchase also includes two removable and rechargeable batteries, a hard-carrying case, a battery charger, a USB cable power supply, and printed documentation. To learn more or to purchase, visit

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ATEX Application for Water Re-injection

Cat Pumps (U.K.) were contacted by an onshore wellsiteoperator looking for a complete pump and motor unit that was able to deliver the pressure and flowrate required for their water injection “downhole re-injection” system.

Following an online search, they discovered that Cat Pumps offer ATEX Pumps and Pump Motor Units that were a suitable solution for their application.

The operator, appraises and develops any hydrocarbons found at an onshore wellsite in the Weald Basin in the South of England, and wanted produced water from oil and gas fields to be reinjected into the formation to stimulate hydrocarbon production in aging wells known as water injection or water flooding. Produced water is very expensive to dispose of, so it is cost effective to re-inject into designated wells withcompatible ground formations.

Cat Pumps has provided high-pressure pumps, pump systems and components to the well drilling industry for over 30 years. Due to the field-proven dependability and superior suction capabilities, our pumps have become the industry standard for water injection applications worldwide.

With field-proven dependability in applications around the globe, Cat Pumps provides the best value for water injection systems.

The onshore well operator advised:

“Cat Pumps had a very good understanding of our requirements. Their Technical support, after-purchase correspondenceand ease of delivery to our location, made it a pleasure to do business. Any further requirements, we will contact Cat Pumpsas our preferred supplier.”

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Right Tool, Right Place - Enerpac announces new portable MRO toolbox sets

Enerpac Tool Group announces four new toolbox sets for industrial Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) technicians. They offer a range of capability from simple jobs requiring a hand pump and accessories up to 10-ton capacity cylinders for lifting, pulling and pressing. Convenient and portable, the toolbox sets make it easy to transport, organize, and protect tools, ensuring technicians arrive on-site equipped with the right tools ready to handle the job. 

Each toolbox is packed with high-quality, and reliable Enerpac tools built to perform in even the toughest conditions. The toolbox sets are specifically designed to meet the different needs of MRO technicians operating on industrial sites, at remote locations and on large maintenance projects where reducing downtime time is critical.

The four toolbox sets are Flex, Essential Parts, 5-ton MRO, and 10-ton MRO, reflecting a breadth of capability to address the most common MRO field issues. Each toolbox set features a high strength, lightweight and durable container to protect the tools on-site and in transit. 

Enerpac Flex Toolbox Set comprises a lightweight hydraulic hand pump and system components for use with a wide range of Enerpac tools. Enerpac Essential Parts Toolbox Set is an all-in-one component toolbox containing system components and cylinder accessories - everything a maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) technician needs.

For MRO projects involving lifting and pushing, the multifunctional Enerpac 5T MRO Toolbox Set contains three 5-ton capacity cylinders, with stroke ranging from 25 to 127mm, pressure gauge, 1.83m hose, spreader cylinder and hand pump. The Enerpac 10T MRO Toolbox Set contains four 10-ton capacity cylinders, with stroke ranging from 11 to 156mm, pressure gauge, 1.83m hose and hand pump. 

“With the Enerpac MRO toolboxes we’re giving Maintenance, Repair & Operations teams the tools they need to enhance job-site performance. No more unnecessary hold-ups and delays, technicians and engineers now have access to tools tailored specifically to improve their efficiency and productivity, and ultimately job satisfaction,” says Angie Wallace, Global Product Manager, Enerpac.

For more information on the Enerpac MRO toolboxes, visit

Casella Launches Its Enhanced 620 Sound Level Meter

Global occupational hygiene and workplace hazard monitoring expert, Casella, has launched its enhanced 620 sound level meter to help protect more workers from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). The new device offers significant upgrades over its predecessor, providing users with a greater understanding of noise in the workplace and easier, faster ways to record measurement data. 

Over 170,000 people in the UK suffer from NIHL, tinnitus or other acoustic trauma conditions as a direct result of excessive exposure at work. Eliminating noise at the source is always the first step to reduce the risk of NIHL and this can be achieved by using a sound level meter to measure noise, obtain concrete data and highlight key areas for change. 

Casella’s latest enhanced 620 sound level meter features time history profiling, enabling operators to see how noise has varied over a set period ranging from one second to 30 minutes. This provides a greater understanding of a workplace’s noise climate and the tasks that need to be controlled to manage workplace noise. The time history can be further analysed when downloaded, to perform ‘what if’ calculations on the effect of noise exposure when certain activities or noisy events are removed, ensuring more workers can receive optimal protection. 


The enhanced 620 sound level meter also offers voice notes, allowing recordings to be taken at the start of a measurement run, saving time and effort taking manual notes. The voice notes can be played back once the data has been downloaded to a PC so that the information can be easily referenced. The marketing-leading feature allows for up to 33 hours of audio storage, and the device can store nearly 1,000 measurements up to 24 hours each, even with one second profiles, giving operators confidence that there will be sufficient memory without having to delete results on the go. 


"We're thrilled to be launching the enhanced 620 sound level meter, which represents a significant step forward in our commitment to providing industry-leading noise measurement solutions," said Tim Turney, Global Marketing Manager at Casella.  


“The number of workers affected by NIHL is alarming and employers have a crucial responsibility to protect workers’ health from being damaged. With the right measures in place, more workers can avoid preventable but irreversible damage to their hearing and ensure they continue to perform their best.” 

Quick and reliable flame detection made even easier with latest SpyglassTM series

Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection is unveiling its SpyglassTM SG50-F series of flame detectors to make the safeguarding of people and assets easier than ever before. With updated optics and algorithms, and onboard video in either colour or near-infrared options, the SG50-F series offers superior performance and security. For any facility to protect its most valuable resources such as human lives and capital assets, reliable flame detection systems are a necessity. SpyglassTM SG50-F series open-path flame detectors elevate the level of reliability and functionality available in comparison with existing flame detection products on the market.

Notably, these innovative flame detectors come equipped with HD video capabilities, allowing for the detection of fires that may not be visible to the naked eye. Colour video is effective in detecting fuel fires like gasoline and jet fuel, while the near-infrared video option can detect fires caused by other fuels such as hydrogen and methanol. The on-board video also enables remote confirmation of fire situations and provides valuable information on fire progression and suppression methods. Such information can prove vital in responding to fire emergencies and enabling users to make important safety decisions from a remote location. SpyglassTM series products from Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection feature a robust and durable housing. Made from 316L stainless steel to meet IP66/IP68 and NEMA 250 6P protection rating standards, the enclosure houses state-of-the-art optic technology and advanced software algorithms, enabling rapid and reliable fire detection.

The range offers improved optical flame detection capabilities, with a quicker detection time and better performance even over extended distances. They can serve as a cost-effective alternative to employing multiple line of sight point gas detectors, which would entail higher initial costs and maintenance expenses. Notably, these detectors also offer industry-leading false alarm immunity to several challenging environments while performing in adverse climates. Carrying a wide range of global approvals that include ATEX, FMus, FMc, IECEx, EACX and SIL2, all SpyglassTM flame detectors work by analysing the absorption of radiation caused by gases in the atmosphere and comparing it to background atmospheric absorption. They come with triple infrared (IR3) and UV-IR options to suit a range of applications.

The IR3 version is specifically designed to detect hydrocarbons, making it ideal for applications such as refineries, oil and gas platforms, FPSO (floating production storage 1/2 and offloading) systems, petrochemical plants, marine facilities, compressor stations and turbine enclosures. There is also an IR3-H2 option for hydrogen and energy transition applications. For those seeking a solution for both hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon fires, look no further than the UV-IR option, which is perfect for battery rooms, as well as ammonia and metal-based applications. There is even a UV-IR-F option offering suitability for munitions facilities. Supplied with configuration and video display software, the SpyglassTM SG50-F series offers multiple output options for easy detector communication, such as 4-20mA, Modbus, HART and relays. For more information, visit or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enerpac Lock-Grip Pullers - Powerful Pullers with a Practical Design

Enerpac introduces a controlled solution to removing objects from shafts for maintenance that is safer, faster and easier to operate. The new series Enerpac Lock-Grip Pullers provide maintenance crews a safer, faster and synchronised way to remove gears and bearings from a shaft. Objects are firmly controlled during the extraction process with the unique locking mechanism design, nearly eliminating the risk of flailing. Compared to other puller designs, the synchronised movement of the Lock-Grip Pullers jaws cut setup time in half.

New Lock-Grip Design

The jaws on the Enerpac Lock-Grip Pullers are designed with a deeper reach than previous models. At wider spreads, the reach is significantly improved. The removal of the cage area streamlines the tool with an improved reach-to-diameter ratio for equivalent tonnage, making it lighter and easier to manage. 

Reduced Manpower

Enerpac Lock-Grip Pullers have jaws that move in unison, which means fewer people are needed to engage them during set up of the puller. Manpower can also be reduced thanks to sync and self-centring features. Synchronous jaw movement enables the entire pulling job to be performed by a single operator, which means it frees up the operator’s schedule so more time can be spent on other important jobs. 

Improved Control 

A locking mechanism helps prevent the jaws on Enerpac Lock-Grip Pullers from slipping off the application during the pulling process. The synchronous feature of the Lock-Grip Pullers allows all jaws to move simultaneously and self-centre, preventing misalignment. And an adjustment handle that simplifies the positioning of jaws helps increase operation speed.

Applications Across Industries

The new series of powerful, high-force pullers works for a variety of applications. Enerpac Lock-Grip Pullers are an ideal solution for the removal of bearings, bushing, gears, and pins in industries such as paper plants, power generation, aerospace, rail, shipbuilding, oil and gas, manufacturing and mining. Available in two and three jaw configurations, the pullers quickly and easily mount on a wide range of applications so time can be spent on pulling and more time can be spent completing other jobs. 

The new series of Enerpac Lock-Grip Pullers includes:

- LGM Mechanical Lock-Grip Pullers – simple, economical pullers for everyday pulling jobs

- LGH Hydraulic Lock-Grip Pullers – powerful, high-force pullers for more demanding applications

- LGHS and LGHMS Hydraulic Puller Sets.

Enerpac Lock-Grip Pullers are available now through Enerpac distributors.

For more information on the Enerpac Lock-Grip Pullers, visit MOBILE presents the IS540.1, the world's first explosion-proof 5G smartphone for highly complex industrial scenarios

Industrial smartphone for ATEX/IECEx Zone 1/21 with high-performance chipset from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.6-inchdisplay, 48 MP camera, PTT functionality and amplified speaker system


6054DDDB 7399 4A88 9670 208BB1471ACBWith the introduction of the IS540.1 smartphone from MOBILE, the global innovation leader in explosion-proof mobile devices and solutions, a new era for explosion-proof mobile communication solutions begins. The IS540.1 is the world's first ATEX and IECEx Zone 1/21 approved smartphone with widely supported 5G frequency bands and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. The Qualcomm® QCM6490 gives IS540.1 users a future-proof mobile device with robust 5G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, advanced camera quality and multimedia capabilities. The high-performance chipset has powerful AI and compute capabilities that can process demanding applications without compromising power efficiency.  Further special features in the technical equipment are the 48 MP main camera for highest image quality. The amplified loudspeaker guarantees clear and secure communication even in noisy industrial environments – not only in PoC/PTT applications. The updatable, up-to-date operating system Android 12 guarantees – in conjunction with the high-quality processor – fast data processing for the most demanding requirements in the industrial environment (predictive maintenance, communication, security). The IS540.1 scores with its 16-pin ISM interface, which offers connection to accessories such as the IS-TH2xx.1 (barcode scanner) or the IS-HS2.1 (audio accessories) and also with standards such as NFC, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6.


5G smartphone for use in potentially explosive hazardous atmospheres

The new IS540.1 from MOBILE supports the 5G standard, which is used, for example, in company-internal campus networks (stand-alone networks). Among other things, the 5G standard facilitates the integration and consolidation of complex workflows, communication and networking between employees, machines and processes. Maintenance, remote monitoring and the evaluation of process data are playing an increasingly important role in the industrial environment and require prompt, fast data transmission and processing. In the 5G network, these can be transmitted multiple times faster than what was previously available on 4G networks. The IS540.1 fully supports this technological advance.

  • The powerful Qualcomm QCM6490 8-core processor
  • A 6-inch Full HD display (1080 x 2160 pixels) with Gorilla Glass®/6th generation

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  • The 48 MP Camera / 5 MP front camera
  • Android 12 
  • Amplified speakers 
  • Extensive frequency bands
  • 4400 mAh battery (replaceable)
  • 16-pin ISM interface (e.g. for PoC/PTT)
  • Programmable side button (e.g. for PoC/PTT)
  • Programmable red button (e.g. for lone worker protection/SOS)


Detailed technical information about the product and the data sheet can be found here.

The IS540.1 will be available soon.


Cobic-Ex: new supplier specialized in explosion proof lighting and equipment

Cobic-Ex was born from ATEX equipment manufacturers Armadex & Ex-Machinery, based in the Netherlands. Whereas the latter companies are known for modifying state of the art equipment to comply with ATEX regulations, Cobic-Ex is a company focused on supplying a broad spectrum of third-party products.  

An extensive product range  

To better serve customers and fulfill more needs, Cobic-Ex works with known manufacturers within the explosion protection industry. Cobic-Ex offers a much broader product range in terms of equipment type and certifications to existing customers and new parties. The emphasis here is on providing customers with different lighting solutions dependent on the type of hazardous area. Cobic-Ex offers lighting solutions for every different ATEX zone.   

Specialized in explosion proof lighting 

Cobic-Ex is specialized in explosion proof lighting, an essential part of any hazardous area. Collaborations with renowned brands such as NightSearcher (based in the United Kingdom) and Underwater Kinetics (based in Germany) ensure that the best ATEX equipment is offered.  

Both portable and fixed lighting solutions are available, certified for ATEX zones 0/20, 1/21 & 2/22, IECEx, UL, Mining, UKCA, et cetera.  The explosion lighting solutions are divided into the following categories: 


  • Explosion proof flood lights 
  • Explosion proof headlamps 
  • Explosion proof search lights 
  • Explosion Proof work Lights
  • Explosion proof flash lights 


    Of course, we also supply equipment offered by Armadex and Ex-Machinery such as explosion proof cameras and air conditioners. 


Worldwide shipping 

Cobic-Ex offers worldwide shipping, leaning on the logistics experience of both Armadex & Ex-Machinery. Land freight is available to European companies and the United Kingdom. Customers from other continents can choose between transport by air or sea. Transport by air is usually faster, whereas sea freight is often the cheaper alternative. In both cases Cobic-Ex ensures that the products are transported smoothly by taking international regulations into account.