SABIC UK Focuses in on Site Safety With CorDEX’s Next Generation ATEX Digital Camera
MIDDLESBROUGH, England, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Engineers at SABIC UK Petrochemicals Limited have improved equipment monitoring in
hazardous areas with the help of the next generation of ATEX explosion proof digital
CorDEX Instruments’ [http://www.cordexinstruments.com ] ToughPIX 2303XP has been
adopted by SABIC UK’s site engineering team at the company’s Teesside petrochemicals
plant, which has resulted in significant time savings across a number of projects.
SABIC UK is a member of SABIC, one of the world’s top 10 petrochemicals companies,
which is a major producer of plastics and chemicals and employs more than 33,000 people
Asset surveys, maintenance programmes and fire safety measures are key priorities at
industrial sites and high quality digital photography enables engineering teams to work
more effectively, ensuring that equipment and systems are running efficiently and safely.
Assistant technical engineer Wayne Douthwaite said: “For a site engineering team, a
high quality hazardous area camera is an essential tool and the ToughPIX meets our needs
perfectly. It does everything we need it to do, in areas where normal digital cameras are
not allowed, and its robust construction gives it a much longer life-span than other
cameras we have used in the past.”
Encased in aluminium with an ultra-bright display protected by armoured glass, the
camera is custom designed for use in the harshest environments and can capture still and
moving images in AVI format of up to 10 mega pixels. The next-generation device is also
ATEX and American CSA certified to take images within Zone 1 IIC T4 and Class 1 Division I
B, C, D hazardous areas.
The ToughPIX 2303XP camera has been used by the team on a number of projects
including: monitoring process-critical valves, a tank decommissioning project and tank rim
seal fire detection work.
Mr Douthwaite said: “Using our photographs we have also been able to show the
maintenance team which pipework and associated instrumentation has to be disconnected and
removed as part of a tank decommissioning project. Without the camera this would have
required a member of our team to point out or mark the assets before work could begin so
it represents a significant time saving for us.”
Business development director for Teesside-based CorDEX Instruments, Marcus Halliday
said: “We have refined and updated our digital camera range following excellent feedback
from industry. The ToughPIX 2303XP is the next generation in explosion proof digital
camera technology which offers the very latest functionality and the best possible results
in the field.”
CorDEX Instruments has also developed CorDEX CONNECT(TM) – a desktop package that
boosts the capabilities of ToughPIX 2300XP Series cameras and is included as a
complimentary ‘add-on’ package for customers.
CONNECT(TM) allows users to exclusively organise and manage information and images
taken in the field with the ToughPIX 2300XP Series. It can generate reports and quickly
manipulate images downloaded onto the system. Users can simply download images, edit then
instantly annotate to produce reports.
CorDEX has developed technologies ideally suited to the hazardous environments of the
energy industry. Its intrinsically safe and explosion-proof equipment eliminates the need
for shutdown or hot work permits in Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and inspection.
The UK headquartered company has a network of distributors across the North America,
South America, Africa, Australasia, Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East. For more
information, visit http://www.cordexinstruments.com
SOURCE CorDEX Instruments