Coltraco’s use of ultrasonic technology in monitoring equipment

Coltraco’s use of ultrasonic technology in monitoring equipment

Coltraco utilise the most advanced technology. Fundamentally, Ultrasound is merely sound beyond human’s audible range. Dolphins and whales can communicate at sea over long ranges as sound travels more efficiently through liquids than air. According to the words of CEO – Carl Hunter;

“The key to Coltraco’s method for monitoring those contents is ultrasound. We use sound beyond our audible range. We are broadly measuring the difference of speed and sound through different mediums. For example, sound travels more quickly through water than it does through air.”

Coltraco as Global Leader for Ultrasonic Safety/ Monitoring Equipment

Coltraco started off with a portable ultrasonic liquid level indicator that is capable of detecting the difference in speed of sound traveling through liquefied contents as opposed to the vapor space inside the bottle. It then will identify the point at which the sound travels at different speeds, thereby identifying the levels with a credible accuracy. The challenge for Coltraco in designing its new innovation is the diversity of size and thickness in the cylinders used. Adding further complication is the different surface conditions of these cylinders. Adding more about ultrasonic technology as preference of Coltraco, Hunter quoted,

“We can claim global leadership in this field because we have mastered the ability to work through everything from clean surfaces to rusted exteriors, which is common to find in older ships.”

Coltraco Assisting Data Centers with its Expertise

The U.S. Navy adopted Coltraco’s technology based on its ability to deliver accuracy to within one-eighth of an inch despite the variety of different thickness found in cylinder walls. Coltraco products are both UL (United Laboratories) listed and ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) approved.

“Aside from the marine application, Coltraco devices are most often found in electronic data centers. In America there are the world’s largest number of data centers. You might be surprised to hear that the United Kingdom has the second largest number. Helping to protect these centers is a huge application because they are designated in both countries as critical infrastructure.”

- Carl Hunter

An important part of covering data centers is determining if the protected space is able to contain the discharged gas long enough to be effective. Talking more about it, Carl added;

“At the moment, the only test for that is called a door fan test. It is used to determine if the room can withstand the force of the pressure upon gas actuation.”

However, as a structure ages it develops new leak sites. If those sites become large enough, the fire will not be extinguished so it is always recommended to possess ultrasonic leak detector on board. Fortunately, another area of expertise for Coltraco is testing watertight and weather-tight seals on-board naval vessels. This technology of ultrasound has been adapted as a means to test any protected space for leakage without performing an actual discharge. The naval bend in Coltraco’s product line is no accident. Hunter’s family has a long history of involvement in the development of SONAR, an acronym for “sound, navigation and ranging.” Quoting words of Hunter here regarding SONAR;

“Use of ultrasound in the Navy is generally called SONAR. This year is another anniversary of its first use at sea.”

The United Kingdom’s naval warfare force, the Royal Navy employed ultrasound-ranging techniques to locate German U-boats during World War I. Its original name was ASDIC (Allied Submarine Detection Investigation Committee).

“Over the next 20 to 30 years, as ASDIC developed, the Americans renamed it SONAR and that’s the term used by the Royal Navy now.”

Hunter’s father served 27 years in the Royal Navy Submarine Service then five years at the Admiralty Research Laboratory that supports the work of the Royal Navy.

“It was his concept that has enabled us to be the company we are today. And he spent half of his career working with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. Work is underway to apply Coltraco’s ultrasound technology to bigger issues in industrial safety. A new device on the drawing table will be capable of measuring the contents of large-diameter storage tanks up to 150-feet in diameter. We’re not quite satisfied with it at the moment. But we’re pretty close.”

- Hunter

As per looking to the record and achievements Coltraco has made so far, it is not surprising that it achieves what is aims for. From years, it has resolved a lot of problems industries were facing regarding liquid levels, leaks, tightness, thickness, pipework and there is still so much more to come. Let us see what else Coltraco has to surprise us with!

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