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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.

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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.”