A new multi-function cellular-connected telemetry device capable of making remote fill-level readings in tanks containing liquids and gases was launched today (14 march 2013) by Powelectrics and Telit Wireless Solutions.
Telit Wireless Solutions is a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) solution, products and services, while Powelectrics is a British developer and manufacturer of customised embedded electronic devices and solutions for chemical, petrochemical (including LPG), cryogenic gas and food applications.
The two companies have collaborated to produce the Powelectrics’ Telit-based Metron2 product. The Metron2 is a multi-function cellular-connected telemetry device capable of making remote fill-level readings in tanks containing liquids and gases.
The device’s integral display allows the unit to be used also as a local gauge and for system setup and testing. An optional pulse-counter board allows the device to take external meter readings.
The Metron2 is quick and easy to install using a wide area network connected with the Telit GE864-QUAD V2 cellular module and self powered from an internal battery. An intuitive user interface expedites set up and testing processes.
The Metron2 can be powered from different sources including an internal battery or an external 6-24Vdc source. It is often not economically feasible to run power to the site for remote telemetry installations. One such instance is the cryogenic gas monitoring segment where it is important that the device be on and available to be polled any time - day or night. For this market, Powelectrics developed a solar power system.
The solar powered telemetry system allows the unit to remain ‘always on’ and connected to the GSM/GPRS network so the server can make contact at any time with instant reading requests. Equipped with the Metron2, a tanker truck can be dispatched to best matching customer locations according to volume available in the tanker and volume required by customers.
This enables the efficient exhausting of the tanker’s full supply of product instead of transporting it back to base, thereby saving fuel and removing the risk of the returned product contaminating the storage or process facility.
Knowing how much product is in the customer’s tanks makes it possible to plan when and which truck should make deliveries. This translates into fewer miles driven to deliver the same amount of product and therefore a significant reduction in costs. There is also a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions.
There are also accompanying operational benefits, including fewer emergency shipments, reduced customer service organisation and reduced sales resources. These benefits translate into a balance sheet boasting reduced levels of finished goods and raw materials inventory.
‘It is rewarding to be a part of products adding as much value to business and society as this one. We see the Metron2 as a powerful telemetry solution with the potential to serve well a vast number of segments going way beyond the chemical industry,’ said Dominikus Hierl, chief marketing officer at Telit Wireless Solutions.
‘Powelectrics can now benefit from the flexibility of global certifications to launch new market efforts into most any region in the world, safeguarding their original design and certification investments,’ said Hierl.
David Oakes, sales director at Powelectrics, added: ‘The last couple of years have seen a dramatic upturn in demand for our product as users of telemetry become comfortable with the reliability and more aware of the benefits that telemetry brings. We continue to develop our already well proven solutions helping drive down the total cost of ownership and therefore reducing the payback time. Telemetry has never been so affordable.
‘We realise the need to be flexible in what we offer. Some customers want a complete solution from us encompassing hardware, hosted software and SIM cards whereas others just want the hardware. It’s also vital that data is delivered where it is needed which often means us providing some form of automated interface into the clients systems, delivering data in a customised format,' said Oakes.