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Coltraco Commitment To :

  • Through-life maintenance support
  • We still maintain units built 20 years ago
  • Extend trade-in credits - replace old units for new
  • UL listing & ABS type approval - Portalevel™ MAX
  • ABS type approval & RINA approval - Portascanner™
  • Be a life-safety technology partner – Permalevel™
  • Certified OEM calibration & ODA service stations

Coltraco manufacture Ultrasonics That Work

Worlds first and only: weight measurement from liquid level reading

The Portasteele Calculator is a type of stand alone unit, which is based on a 7’’ hand-held tablet. The application converts the liquid level obtained with any Portalevel™ unit into the exact fill-weight of agent inside the cylinder.

The Portasteele™ Calculator calculates the fill weight of a fire suppression cylinder. It does this using the fill level determined by our Portalevel® unit, or inversely using the required fill level for a certain weight of suppression agent. The Portasteele® Calculator is sold as a stand-alone unit on a 7’’ hand-held tablet to be used in conjunction with our Portalevel range. This Continuous gas weight monitoring system is capable of converting the liquid level obtained with any Portalevel™ unit, into the exact fill-weight of agent inside the cylinder. It therefore replaces the use of manual calculations and formulas.

Why buy from Coltraco Limited?

Let us share few glimpse of our story with you, which majorly focuses on commitment and dedication. Since 1987,Coltraco Ultrasonics has been to safety designing and manufacturing ultrasonic instrumentation for safety and servicing.

Ready-to-go-Package

The Portasteele® Calculator which is fire suppression cylinder fill weight calculator comes in a ready-to-go-package complete with all items required to carry out liquid level indication with recording capability. The package directly by Coltraco Limited contains main unit, carrying case, sensor set, cables, accessories and instruction manual.

Our Portalevel® Max is part of our range of products and systems which are all designed to offer alternative methods to traditional means of testing, for example fire suppression systems, watertight integrity, flow testing and more. We believe in dedication to being a Safeship™ and Safesite™ company, encouraging safety for safety’s sake.

For further information, contact customer service.

Testing Room Integrity with Coltraco Ultrasonic

The Portascanner 520 is an ultrasonic room integrity tester, which complements door fan-testing device. Here are some of the features for complying with regulations for clean agent fire suppressing systems, give it a look!

Current Situation:

Before installing clean agent fire suppressing systems the integrity of the building structure commonly undergoes “Door Fan Testing:. This test determines the Peak Pressure and Agent hold time necessary for ensuring the effectiveness of these fire suppression systems. As required by NFPA 2001 and ISO 14520 standards, it is best to calculate the overall leakage of any room.

Limitations:

Locating exact leak sites as an ultrasonic leak detector is currently done by a “puffer test” with smoke. However, such current methods do no provide precise, accurate results on leak location or size.

Solution:

Today, the industry can benefit from using the Portascanner Integrity Test Indicator along the door fan testing for a complete and comprehensive regulatory room test. Ideal for precise leak detection, Portascanner 520 is an exceptionally accurate up to 0.06mm and fast method to find leaks. It is the first of its kind, intuitive to use, non-invasive and consequently, is of immediate use to the fire industry.

Continuously monitor your gaseous extinguishing systems

Focused on continued advancement of safety technology, Coltraco have now developed the Permalevel® Multiplex, a fixed fire suppression monitoring device, designed for permanent contents verification. The Permalevel®  Multiplex    is  designed  to  ensure  that fire  suppression  systems  are  always  fully operational and that no accidental discharge has occurred, which could affect the effectiveness of the overall fire protection system in the event of a fire at a nuclear power plant.

The application of the Permalevel® reaches further, with customers using this equipment in alternate specialist and confidential manners to ensure safety in the station. With guaranteed systems operations, adaptability for purpose, 24/7 remote access to the systems status, an interruptible power supply and remote real-time monitoring, the Permalevel® offers the efficiency that is now a requirement at nuclear energy sites. The likes of the Atomic Energy Authority asked Coltraco Ultrasonics to tailor make them a solution to constantly monitor a special application using the Permalevel® Single Point for over 10 years.

The Portascanner® 520 is the most mathematically accurate device available providing precise data concerning leak locations and aperture. It is unrivalled in its precision, non-invasive methodology and ease of use, and is the first unit of its kind to be available for a holistic approach to fire safety in complement to Coltraco’s range of equipment for testing fire extinguishing systems.

It is perfectly positioned to work alongside Door Fan testing in order to meet the total requirements for fire safety regulations and ensure the continuous fire protection of rooms using Clean Agent Fire Suppression systems. As Door Fan Testing has been proven to be a reliable and trusted method of room testing by industry experts, it is expected that its dominance shall continue in the near future. The immediate use of the Portascanner® lies in its improvement of the final stage of room integrity testing –  the search for leak sites in the case of a leakage excess –  for which it can vastly improve accuracy and operational efficiency. A device such as this has never been used before in this industry, and is the first to place emphasis directly on this important aspect of room integrity testing.

Tech Features of Constant Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Monitoring System

Here are some of the features you can avail with this fire suppression system developed with the help of ultrasonic liquid level sensor.

  • UPS Lifetime: UP to 24 Hours
  • Local Display: LCD Screen
  • Power Supply: 95V - 260V
  • Power Supply Status: Main Power Supply and UPS Active LED Indicators
  • Analogue Relay Output: 4-20mA
  • Digital Output: RS232/ RS485
  • Channel Sensitivity Controls: Gain (Power Gain), Trip (Alarm Trigger Level) and SPA (Additional Power) Knobs for each Channel
  • Local Visual Alarms: 4 status LEDs per active Channel, 3 Green LEDs Indicate Signal Level, 1 Red Indicates Alarm
  • Local System Controls: Channel Sheet, View Settings, Channel Calibration, Special Power Application Toggle, Alarm Channel
  • Operational Humidity Range: 0-80%
  • Operational Temperature Range: -20c - +70c
  • External Case Mental: Aluminum
  • Gross Weight: 6kg
  • Max Sensor Cable Length: 5m
  • External Dimensions: 440mm X 350mm X 13mm
  • Sensor Dimensions: D35mm X H35mm

For further information, contact Coltraco Customer Support

Why Choose Coltraco Ultrasonics?

Coltraco Ultrasonics is a world leading British designer and manufacturer of ultrasonic fire safety instrumentation.
Protect your people, assets & infrastructure from fire by monitoring your 1. fire suppression systems 2. compartmentation and 3. condition monitoring.

  1. Liquefied pressurised gaseous extinguishing systems by our flagship UL and ABS approved Portalevel® MAX range of products and our unique fixed monitoring system, Permalevel®.
  2. Compartmentation testing in buildings and civil engineering structures to supplement Door Fan Testing  with Portascanner® 520.
  3. Condition monitoring through bearing monitoring, thickness gauging and flow monitoring.

We are committed to our Safesite® mission: safety for safety's sake; aiming to supply equipment to help our customers reduce risk to life, business and facilities.

Liquid level sensor the one like 7th generation of Portalevel® Standard is an efficient device. The package of 7th generation of Portalevel® Standard contains the following units with the details which are mentioned below:

Hardy Carrying Case

This is the box, which contains the entire ingredients and accessories properly check and enclosed in tight packaging. It is maintained hard to assure the safety of all the accessories placed within.

Main Unit

An IP65 enclosure unit which weighs just 500 grams is known as the main unit of 7th generation of Portalevel® Standard – ultrasonic liquid level indicator. It is integrated with LCD numeric display, 4 touch button controls and LED Bar Graph.

Dry Sensor

This is a standard dry sensor which is available with the entire series of Portalevel® units. This applicator is manufactured out of metal, which is connected to the unit with the help of BNC connector and 1-meter ax cable.

Ultrasonic Gel

Enclosed in a bottle, this gel agent is significant to allow the increment in the contact surface of the dry sensor. These sensors designed by Coltraco are manufactured in a way to efficiently work with tap water as well.

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Portascanner® - Watertight Integrity Tester for Hatch Covers, MCTs and Watertight Doors

The extent of the leak is indicated by the numerical readout by this hatch cover maintenance and watertight integrity-testing device. In terms of the numerical readout:

  • High values indicate a full leak site
  •  “6 - 100” or “1 dB - 26 dB” indicates weather-tightness only
  • “0 - 5” or ”0 dB” indicates seal watertight integrity
  • “101+” or “27 dB+” indicates weak seal compression

Technical Features of Portascanner Watertight

Here below are the technical specifications for receiver and generator, which you want to know:

Technical Specifications - Receiver

  • Powered By: 1 x 9V PP3 batteries with low battery indication
  • Weight: 419 Grams
  • Battery Life: 10 hours continuous use minimum
  • Size: 21.5cm x 8.5cm W x 3.5cm H
  • Enclosure: Aluminum IP65 Waterproof
  • Output:  1 watt (maximum) audible signal (via calibrated headphones with visual 4 digit LCD display and graph)

The receiver of this ultrasonic leak detector uses ultrasonic technology to convert the 40KHz pulses sent by the generator into three easily comprehensible readings: audible, bar graph and numerical which enables the operator to understand if the seal is wholly watertight or to what extent a leak exists.

Portascanner Watertight is especially designed to enhance the ease and accuracy with which critical airtight, watertight or weather tight seals can be inspected for leak sites or areas of reduced compression in the seal.

Technical Specifications of Portascanner’s Generator

  • Powered By: 2 x 9V PP3 batteries
  • Weight: 431 Grams
  • Battery Life: 10 hours minimum
  • Size: 15cm L x 9cm W x 5cm H
  • Enclosure: ABS material
  • Mounting Arrangements: Permanent Magnet
  • Output:  0.1 watt/100dB unidirectional

The generator is an ultrasonic generator with three transducers. This will produce a strong signal in one direction i.e. directly from the transducer, which fills the compartment being tested with ultrasound pulses e.g. providing sufficient coverage to fill the hold when the hatch-covers are closed. The generator is permanently fitted with a powerful magnet which allows it to be attached to the vessel structure where required. A magnet cover is provided when the magnet is not in use.

For further information, download PDF

Numbers in the Fire Industry

31˚C - CO2’s critical point: the temperature at which CO2 turns totally from liquid to gas.

CO2 is permanently under 720 psi or 49 bar of pressure ie nearly 50 times atmospheric pressure (by comparison a cup of water at sea level exists at 1 bar or 14.5 psi). Its state changes under increased temperatures to one that is neither a liquid nor a gas.

50-55˚C   -  critical points of FM-200® and Novec™1230 (turning from liquid to gas).

Gases under pressure are often effectively considered by the industry as single and passive cylinder columns of solid material from the perspective of their monitoring following installation. Whereas being under pressure and constantly changing under temperature they should be considered as active and dynamic systems requiring constant monitoring. These are not passive systems therefore; they are dynamic ones, and all dynamic systems under pressure need constant monitoring.

14520 - the ISO standard regarding fire systems from installation with regard to room integrity through to maintenance and inspection of contents

ISO 14520-1:2015(E) specifically states in 6.2.4.2 Contents Indication that - Means shall be provided to indicate that each container is correctly charged and in 9.2.1.1 At least annually, or more frequently as required by the authority, all systems shall be thoroughly inspected and tested for proper operation by competent personnel. Under ISO 14520 where gaseous extinguishing systems have to be designed in relation to the discharging agent hold-time (if the room cannot hold the agent because of leaks the agent will disperse and not extinguish the fire) and discharging agent peak pressure (if the pressure is too high for partition walls or suspended ceilings they will be blown apart or damaged and possibly destroying the room integrity). At the design stage of a fire extinguishing system rooms are tested for room integrity by positively pressurising a room and detecting escaping pressure to verify that the room itself into which the gaseous extinguishant discharges on actuation can both hold the agent after its discharge and hold its pressure on actuation. The fire system is then installed and commissioned. However,  over the next 10 years no further tests are made on room integrity and the cylinders merely hydrostatically tested to ensure they can cope with their design pressure limits. How can one be sure therefore that on actuation the room will hold the discharged agent to extinguish the fire and its partitions and ceilings are capable of withstanding the pressure of the agent on discharge?

5% - loss of agent above which it is deemed unacceptable in liquefied gaseous extinguishing system and thus requires refilling. 10% - loss of pressure above which it is deemed unacceptable in liquefied gaseous extinguishing systems and thus requires refilling

The risks of accidental discharge or leakage is recognised within the regulations.  BS EN ISO 14520 -1:2015(E) reasonably assumes that the execution of its provisions is entrusted to people qualified and experienced in the specification, design, installation, commissioning, testing, approval, inspection, operation and maintenance of systems and equipment, and who can be expected to exercise a duty of care to avoid unnecessary release of extinguishant. The assumptions in the installation, commissioning and maintenance of gaseous extinguishing systems is that they are highly pressurised but risk leaking and discharging. The regulations that sensibly underpin this assumption aim to identify their leak identification at an interval of every 6 months. Cylinders accidentally discharge. CO2 can cause fatalities if it does. 1% of pressure gauges fail and 25% of valves too. Essentially, it is known in regulations that the gaseous systems leak and need to be maintained. Given that the gaseous systems are designed specifically to the individual need of that room, building e.t.c, then a 5% loss of agent may mean that they would not fully extinguish the fire. What if there are also leak sites in the room? The likelihood of the gaseous system effectively extinguishing the fire gets lower and lower.

What features does Coltraco integrate in Portalevel Intrinsically Safe?

Some customers operate in specific environment where the presence of potentially dangerous gases can be experienced. Examples of this can include Oil and Gas Drilling, Petrochemical Refining and Processing, Fuel Storage, Chemical Manufacturing and many similar environments. To cater for such customers who need to inspect fire systems in such environments we have developed the ATEX Approved this Portalevel device specified to Zone 1 environments.

Technical Specifications of Intrinsically Safe

Here are some of the important technical specifications of this ultrasonic liquid level indicator:

Accuracy

+/-1.5mm (1/8 inch)

Dimensions

Height: 200 mm (7.87 inches)
Width: 82 mm (3.22 inches)
Depth: 30 mm (1.18 inches)
Weight: 350 grams (12.35 ounces)

Verifiable Agents

CO2, H20, FM-200™, NOVEC™1230, old Halons such as 1301 and 1211, FE-13™, FE-25™, FE-36™, HFC-225 & 2271

Sensor2

TX/RX Dry Sensor

  • 14 mm diameter head
  • Contained within a magnetized sensor applicator;
  • Connected by BNC connectors to 1 m length co-ax cable.

Power Supply

4 x AA 1.5V Batteries (battery life 10 hours)

Classification

  • IP Rating 65
  • NATO Stock Number: 6680-99-275-5292

Operating Temperature

  • -20°C to +70°C (68°F to 158°F)
  • Relative Humidity-5 % - 95 %

Certificates

  • CE
  • ISO 19011 Registered
  • Zone 1 ATEX Certified
  • UL Approved

Display

  • Membrane control operated
  • LCD backlit
  • Display measuring 55 x 28 mm

Warranty
Main Unit: 3 Years Warranty
Sensor: 1 Year
Warranty: Lifetime Customer Support
Package Contents
This pin packed Portalevel package comes with full equipment best as an ultrasonic level sensor:

  • 1 Portalevel® Intrinsically safe unit
  • 1 Wet Sensor
  • Ultrasonic Gel
  • 1 Hard Wearing Carrying Case
  • Calibration certificate

For further information, please contact Coltraco Customer Service

Technical Features of the Portasonic® FLOW

One of the key challenges facing businesses worldwide is balancing business continuity with maintenance costs and downtime. 
Losses from fires in buildings protected with sprinklers are estimated to be 1/10 of those in unprotected buildings. For life safety, new residential blocks over 30m high must be fitted with sprinklers to meet Approved Document B standards. There are a number of issues to be considered in regard to maintenance such as corrosion, flow rate and obstructions that may adversely affect the effectiveness of a fire sprinkler system.  Nozzle blockages are a serious safety risk because they have serious impact on the functionality of the system which thus increases the risk of an uncontrollable fire. The HSE have reported that no matter what material the pipework is constructed in, the impact will still occur. The NFPA highlighted in their 2013 report that damaged fire sprinkler systems due to a lack of maintenance is a major problem as their effectiveness is compromised.

Coltraco Ultrasonics Ltd, a UK based OEM of ultrasonic monitoring equipment, have launched the Portasonic®: a non-invasive ultrasonic tool that provides accurate flow measurement from outside of the sprinkler pipe, with no pressure drop and no contamination. 

Portasonic® is easy to use and is proven to reduce maintenance time and costs. It can also be used for testing fire hydrants. Sprinkler heads are spaced, so that if one or more operate there is always sufficient flow of water. The flow is calculated so that there is always enough to control a fire taking into account the size and construction of the building and the goods stored in it or its use. Accurate flow data provides the chance to make energy saving measures by fine tuning the systems. The Portasonic can measure this through self-adapting proprietary signal quality tracking, allowing the device to automatically optimally adapt to the pipe material and flow profile in both directions.

Some customers operate in specific environment where the presence of potential chances of checking the non-invasive flow meter. Examples of this can include Oil and Gas Drilling, Petrochemical Refining and processing, Fuel Storage, Chemical manufacturing and many similar environments. To cater for such customers who need to inspect fire systems in such environments, we have developed the non-invasive flow meter.

Technical Specifications of Portasonic®

Here, we have enlisted technical specs available with this ultrasonic flow meter. Give it a look!

Dimensions

  • Height: 204mm
  • Width: 100mm
  • Weight: 600grams
  • Depth: 35mm

Verifiable Agents

Virtually any liquid containing less than 2% total suspended solids or aeration

Accuracy

±1.0%-2.0% of reading at rates >0.5 m/s ±0.003 m/s of reading at rates

Ultrasonic Transducer Head x2

  • 42x25x25mm or 60x43x43 mm or 80x53x53mm diameter head
  • Contained within a IP67 protective casing;
  • Cable length Std: 4m (12ft); (optional 25m (75ft)

Power Supply

  • 2 AAA Ni-H built-in batteries (battery life approximately 12 hours)
  • 1 x Charger 100V-240VAC

Operating Temperature

Std. Temp. Transducer: -40C ~ 121C (-40F ~ 250F) High Temp. Transducer: -40C ~ 250C (-40F ~ 484F)

Display

Backlit LCD 4 line×16 character, English menu.

Standard displays:

  • Total flow
  • Flow Rate
  • Velocity
  • Meter running status etc

Output

OCT Pulse, Relay, RS232C or RS484 Hart +(4~20mA), Modbus

Sensitivity

Flow Rate: 0.001 ft/s (0.0003 m/s)

Warranty

  • Main Unit: 1 Years Warranty
  • Lifetime Customer Support

Portalevel Content

  • 1 Portasonic unit
  • 1 Clamp-on Sensor & Cables
  • 1 Hardy Carrying Case
  • Calibration certificate
  • Operating Instructions
  • Sensor couplant (gel)

Protect your vessel with the Portascanner® Watertight?

The Portascanner® Watertight is a watertight integrity testing device. It has two main components – a generator and receiver. The ultrasound generator emits a specific frequency of ultrasound (40,000 Hz). It is magnetic so can be attached onto a wide range of surfaces within sealed areas. The receiver then picks up the signal and converts it into a result indicating W/T integrity.

Receiver

  • The receiver is tuned to detect a specific frequency of ultrasound.
  • The receiver comes with a sensor rod, which allows a user to scan the entirety of a seal at close range.
  • The receiver has both a visual and audio output which gives off better results for Hatch cover maintenance and watertight integrity testing.
  • The visual output is shown on the LCD screen of the receiving unit. It is read mathematically and in decibels.
  • There is a numerical representation, which can be changed into a decibel (dB) reading, allowing seals to be tested to certification society standards.
  • There is also a bar graph representation of the strength of the ultrasonic signal, which is being detected.
  • The audio signal is delivered via headphones, which plug into the receiver unit (standard 3.5 mm jack).
  • The receiver uses a process called heterodyning to change the ultrasound signal received into an audio signal, which the user can hear.

Generator

  • The generator is placed on one side of a sealed compartment and turned on.
  • The user stands on the other side of the compartment and uses the sensor rod to scan the seal.
  • The receiver displays the strength of detected signal on the screen and the user can also hear it through the headphones.
  • Leak sites will be apparent from increased signal strength
  • This will be shown by an increase in the readings on the screen display and in the volume of the audio signal

Portascanner® Functionality

We have mentioned the details of two main functioning unit of this ultrasonic hatch cover tester below:

Generator – Portascanner® Watertight

The generator is an ultrasonic generator with three transducers. This will produce a strong signal in one direction i.e. directly from the transducer, which fills the compartment being tested with ultrasound pulses e.g. providing sufficient coverage to fill the hold when the hatch-covers are closed. The generator is permanently fitted with a powerful magnet which allows it to be attached to the vessel’s structure where required. A magnet cover is provided when the magnet is not in use

Receiver – Portascanner® Watertight

The receiver uses ultrasonic technology to convert the 40KHz pulses sent by the generator into three easily comprehensible readings: audible, bar graph and numerical which enables the operator to understand if the seal is wholly watertight or to what extent a leak exists.

For further information, Download PDF

Sinking and Fire are the Two Main Causes of Vessel Loss

Aforementioned, sinking and fire are the two main causes of vessel loss; mitigating these risks is our mission.
A lack of proper servicing of seals can lead to deterioration which endangers the lives of the crew, cargo and vessel. For example, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that gaps in safety management contributed to the sinking of the El Faro. One of the significant issues was “poor watertight integrity which allowed seawater into the ship” stating that this accident may have been avoided if “crew had more information about the status of the hatches”. The tragedy of El Faro exemplifies why it is crucial for the watertight integrity of vessels to be regularly and easily tested by the crew. The importance of continually maintaining seal integrity must take a more prominent position in ship maintenance scheduling.

The IMO SOLAS Fire Safety Systems (FSS) code states clearly that the crew must have the means on-board to test its CO2 in-between the annual maintenance interval. The amount of CO2 designed into the system normally exceeds the design concentration calculated to extinguish the worst event by 20%. Gaseous Systems are highly pressurised at 49Bar or 720 psi and can leak as they exist in a dynamic state. Anecdotal evidence suggests that 20% of cylinders aboard ships are partially empty or empty. To ensure the CO2 system contains the correct amount of CO2 to deliver the design concentration that will be needed to extinguish the fire event if it occurs, ships need to test their CO2 systems for contents in-between the annual certification checks by marine servicing companies.

The initiative will continue to work over the longer term by ensuring regulations are implemented and encouraging operators, owners and managers to go above and beyond to secure the Safeship® through minimising risk. Coltraco Ultrasonics focus on benefitting the crew; designing innovative ultrasonic solutions which promote safety culture, which the crew will be happy to use by being easy to operate, quick, accurate and a better method to traditional techniques. This can be in-between the statutory annual maintenance and certification intervals provided by shore-based contractors. Thus, increasing the likelihood of tests being regularly conducted, in line with regulations and even going above and beyond for more frequent testing. By so doing, the crew will be creating a safer ship.

Utility of Portalevel® MAX INDUSTRIAL for the Aerospace Industry

The Portalevel® MAX INDUSTRIAL is the latest generational of the Portalevel® line and is designed to provide enhanced Speed, Operation and Performance, especially for high intensity testing requirements. The unit is also the first UL Approved Ultrasonic Level Indicator we have ever produced and builds further on our history of over 30 years manufacturing this equipment.

Background:

A manufacturer of high-end components for Aerospace and other high-end engineering. The Wolver-hampton facility runs 24/7 and 365 days a year and is the size of around 2-3 football pitches. The facility is concerned mainly in manufacturing high-end actuators that are installed on a range of civil and defense systems.

Solution:

A Coltraco Engineer visited the site to conduct technology suitability trials. Our technology in this ultrasonic liquid level indicator was found to be effective in accurately and quickly identifying the liquid level within the ammonia cylinders.

Implementation:

  • It was recommended that a standard un- altered Portalevel® MAX INDUSTRIAL would be a suitable solution.
  • We also cooperated with the customer to develop an in-house testing and recording process that was compatible with their current processes.
  • The solution provided a quick and accurate non-invasive solution, which allowed for more efficient operations and reduced waste by ensuring partially empty cylinders were not returned to the gas supplier.

Applications:

The facilities manager of the factory met with us at the Facilities Management show in Birmingham weeks prior. We were informed
of the need to monitor the contents within Ammonia Cylinders. The customer uses ammonia in a nitrating process in which ammonia is applied to a heated metal infusing the metal with Nitrogen. This can have beneficial properties such as making the metal harder/tougher/higher melting temperatures etc. Presently, weighing techniques are used to ensure a cylinder has enough contents for a run. This has been shown to be ineffective and incur waste; a non-invasive method would be quicker, reduce waste and save money.

Possibilities:

The trial and implementation suggested that we could develop a fixed monitoring system for this agent to non-invasively constantly monitor their cylinder contents. This also stimulated interest in developing an Ammonia Portasteele® program to allow you for calculating fire suppression agent weight.

For further information, please contact Coltraco Customer Care.

Benefits of the Portascanner® 520

The Portascanner 520 is an ultrasonic room integrity tester , which means it is a complement door fan-testing device. Here are some of the features for complying with regulations for clean agent fire suppressing systems, give it a look!

Three Core Benefits

Coltraco offers a class range of products out of which, these three benefits are offered with room integrity tester are:

World-Class Accuracy

The most accurate unit of its type locating a leak site via visual/ audible readings and identifying its extent with a definitive numerical result is the most important this device comes with. It can test leaks as small as 0.06mm. Compared to the rival puffer test technology, which is a purely visual inspection.

Quick & Easy to use

It is a simple system that is both easy to learn and operate. Testing can be completed quickly by one person and can also be done without disrupting the building occupants, unlike smoke puffer tests which involve evacuating a building or room.

Non Destructive & Clean

The Portascanner™ 520 is a completely clean and damage free technology, which can be used in the sensitive environments clean agent systems operate in.

For more information, visit their website, www.coltraco.com

Test your Room Integrity

Room Integrity is often an overlooked aspect of a clean agent installation whereby it is required that the concentration of the clean agent meets the sufficient “Hold Time” when discharged in a room in order to properly extinguish fires. Achieving this “Hold Time” is largely dependent on the overall leakage in the room otherwise referred to as the “Equivalent Leakage Area” or ELA in the industry. The most common and widely accepted way of determining whether the enclosure achieves the sufficient “Hold Time” for the agent is by carrying a Door Fan Test (DFT). This involves pressurising and depressurising the enclosure to check if it achieves the pass rate and if the enclosure fails the test, the presence of leaks are the common contributors to this failure. The industry introduces various methods to identify these leaks which are then patched up before the DFT is being conducted again. What is an often-neglected fact is that  as a buildings age or their internal use is changed, leak sites will begin to develop. If the gas cannot be held in the confined space on discharge during a fire event, the probability of its suppression diminishes in  proportion to the size of the leak sites. Clean agents are designed to operate in limited spaces where there is a need for speed of suppression given the asset risk and where the space is occupied by people. They must be easily maintained in-situ, non-flammable and non-toxic. They must comply with ISO 14520 and NFPA 2001 standards demanding fast discharge in 10 seconds and fire extinguishing within 30 seconds, delivering confidence to the operator that it delivers “best fire safety practise”.

Despite DFT being a reliable method to determine the “hold time”, methods to locate the leak sites themselves are inaccurate such as the use of smoke pencils or draught testing using the back of a hand. The limitations of the DFT often lie in the fact that the leakage areas are only identified during installation of the clean agent system and make no acknowledgement to the fact that additional leak sites may develop throughout the lifetime of a building.

In the event of fire, a pencil sized hole between compartments size 6m x 6m x 3m would take just 4 minutes before a person would not be able to see their hand due to smoke. If this compartment was a fire escape, there could be a severe threat to life if people cannot escape. Thus it is clear to see why the maintenance of the integrity of the compartments is essential to genuinely aid the safety to human life.  As building age or their internal use is changed leak sites develop and the threat to people becomes high.

APPROVED DOCUMENT B (ADB)

The regulations demand that compartmentation is upheld for the safety of the individuals, who entrust their lives into its integrity. Approved document B, Fire Safety, Volume 2, Buildings other than dwelling house states that: 8.0 Every compartment wall should form a complete barrier to fire between the compartments they separate. 8.35 – any stairway or other shaft passing directly from one compartment to another should be enclosed in a protected shaft so as to delay or prevent the spread of fire between compartments. However, despite regulations best effort to promote the implementation of compartmentation and room integrity, the last review of the Building Regulations Approved Document B was made in 2006 (12 years ago) and its next review was not due to be completed until 2022 (which would then be a gap of 17 years), meaning that the attention that is deserved is often disregarded.

  • ADB B3-4 “the building shall be designed… so that the unseen spread of fire and smoke… is inhibited”
  • Appendix B Breaching fire separation “to ensure effective protection again fire, walls and floors providing fire separation must form a complete barrier, with an equivalent level of fire resistance provided to any openings such as doors, ventilation ducts, pipe passages or refuge chutes.”

Coltraco Ultrasonics have provided a smart solution for quick and easy assurance of compartmentation and leak detection. The proprietary device known as the Portascanner® 520 ultrasonic leak detector uses ultrasonic technology to not only pinpoint precise leak locations, but to determine their leak apertures as small as 0.06mm with a tolerance of +/-0.02mm, and is by far the most mathematically proven accurate device for this function.

What is the Permalevel® Multiplex?

Permalevel® Multiplex is the first system worldwide that is capable of monitoring the liquid level of critical fire suppression cylinder systems on a constant basis. It gives a facility total visibility on the real-time status of all their critical fire systems.

Modern fire suppression systems have transformed industry safety across all sectors. However, the development of their servicing and monitoring equipment has remained stagnant, with many very advanced systems relying totally on annual inspections, or on unreliable mechanical pressure gauges. These methods leave the status of fire suppression systems completely vulnerable between annual checks.

Coltraco are raising awareness that annual certification checks on a fire system cannot cater for the need to monitor its contents for the rest of the year. The Permalevel Multiplex is designed to ensure that fire suppression systems with integrated alarm system and ultrasonic level indicator are always fully operational and that no accidental discharge has occurred, which could affect the effectiveness of the overall fire protection system in the event that it is required for use.

Permalevel Multiplex Data Monitoring

Remotely monitor the ongoing status of your facilities' fire suppression systems by installing Permalevel Multiplex and using our flexible web- based cylinder monitoring software that uses intuitive management tools; giving confidence and control to safety managers around the world.

Asset Management

It protects your people, data, and high value assets by improving your safety management regimes by going above and beyond simply complying with regulations

Efficiency

This system with installed liquid level indicator reduces the need for labour by introducing remote, autonomous monitoring; the systems is mobile-device friendly so it is readily available on any hand-held device with web access

Insurance

This fire extinguishing system protect yourself against claims raised in the event of fire by showing your facilities have been protected and well maintained. The data output is audit controlled which thereby acts as evidence if called upon by insurance companies.

Real-time automated alerts and exception reporting are relayed to the person in charge of the safety of the facility directly by email or to their handheld device by SMS, without the need for the individual to be present at the facilities.

What does the Portalevel® Mini offer to customers?

Through the constant evolution and refinement of our offering, the Portalevel Mini was created to offer customers an even more compact, versatile unit to further enhance the ease with which fire systems can be tested. Offering totally hands free operation with the unit hanging around the operators’ neck, both hands are free to work with the trusted reliability offered by the 7th Generation.

Specifications of Portalevel Mini
These ultrasonic monitoring is manufacturing keeping the food industry as a core target. Here are the features of this liquid level indicator which convince any clients to make its purchasing:

  • Three years of warranty
  • Lifetime Support
  • Calibration & training certificates available
  • Ultrasonic technology – no radiation and non-intrusive
  • 5 tried and tested applications
  • Enjoy our Customer Care Commitment
  • 2 Sensors for double the technology capability

Technical Specifications of Portalevel Mini

Dimensions

  • Height: 98 mm (3.86 inches)
  • Width: 158 mm (6.22 inches)
  • Depth: 45.5 mm (1.80 inches)
  • Weight: 420 grams (14.82 ounces)

Accuracy
+/-1.5mm (1/8 inch)
Verifiable Agents
CO2, H20, FM-200™, NOVEC™1230, old Halons such as 1301 and 1211, FE-13™, FE-25™, FE-36™, HFC-225 & 2271
Sensor

TX/RX Dry Sensor

  • 14 mm diameter head
  • Contained within a magnetized sensor applicator;
  • Connected by BNC connectors to 1 m length co-ax cable.

Power Supply
4 x AA 1.5V Batteries (battery life 10 hours)

Display

LCD Numeric Digital Display with LED Bar Graph

Operating Temperature

-20°C to +70°C (68°F to 158°F)
Relative Humidity-5 % - 95 %

Certificates

  • Classification Society Approved- RINA
  • CE
  • ISO 19011 Registered

Classification

  • IP Rating 65
  • NATO Stock Number: 6680-99-275-5292

Warranty

  • Main Unit: 3 Years Warranty
  • Sensor: 1 Year Warranty
  • Lifetime Customer Support

Package Content of Portalevel Liquid Level Sensor
This ultrasonic level sensor comes with following packaging:

  • 1 Portalevel® Mini unit
  • 1 Wet Sensor
  • 1 20 mm Extension Rod
  • Ultrasonic Gel
  • 1 Hard Wearing Carrying Case
  • Calibration certificate

Coltraco known to be Leaders for Ultrasonic Monitoring and Measuring Equipment

The Portalevel® is an world leading  ultrasonic liquid level indicator. Today, Coltraco Ltd has successfully released 8 generations of this ultrasonic level indicator.

As far as the other series are concerned, Coltraco Ltd has other products, which are best for monitoring fire extinguishers in diverse qualification. These contain Portamarine®, Portascanner®, Permalevel®, Portaguage®, Portasonic®, Portamonitor®, Portasteele®, Permascanner® and Portacare®.

Efficient Coltraco Customer Care

  • Terms and Conditions for further details
  • Life time technical support is available of the equipment through email and telephone
  • Guarantee for three years
  • Guaranteed is provided against workmanship and materials

Pinned Packing

Other optional accessories are also provided for the Portalevel. Due to the strict and rigorous quality check and careful hand built, the assurance is available for quality and high standard services to the customers.

The pinned package of 7th generation of Portalevel® Standard contains following things:

  • 1 Potalevel Standard unit
  • Calibration Certificate
  • Ultrasonic Gel, 1 Wet Sensor
  • Operating Instructions
  • 1 Hard Wearing Carrying Case

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What are the modern features integrated in ultrasonic hatch cover tester by Coltraco?

Since 1989, we keep on producing new innovated products and measuring instruments to help people get the results in quickest, simplest and easiest way. Permascanner® Dynamic is our semi-fixed ultrasonic watertight integrity test indicating system for the dynamic testing of hatch covers maintenance, holds, bulkheads, cable transits and watertight doors and compartments at sea. Derived from its sister product - Portascanner®, Permascanner Dynamic is designed to quickly identify leak sites in their extent and precise location, whilst at sea. Furthermore, facilities of Optional Accessories and Permascanner® Dynamic are provided as after sales benefits on demand. The details of both of these facilities are mentioned below:

  1. Permascanner Dynamic

Permascanner® Dynamic allows a pattern of readings to be recorded against varying sea states, enabling a true picture of the seal integrity to be recorded over time. It efficiently helps you for hatch covers integrity, multiple cable transit areas testing and watertight doors continuously over varying sea-state states. The ultrasonic hatch cover testing system will enables Marine Superintendents, Barge Supervisors or OIMs to embody its highly accurate readings into an enhanced on board safety procedure. We are committed to developing continuous monitoring solutions especially for hatch cover maintenance. This will enable the hatch-covers to be tested whilst on voyage at sea to see how the vessel is responding to the dynamic sea states. We have given below a visual representation of this hatch cover maintenance and watertight integrity testing system. Give it a look!

  1. Optional Accessories

Extended Hi-Life Generator Additional standard generators can be used when testing large holds and the Extended Hi-Life Permascanner Generators can provide up to 10 daysʼ continuous testing whilst at sea.

Why purchase Coltraco Portascanner®

Since 1989, Coltraco Ultrasonics have been designing and manufacturing ultrasonic instrumentation such as liquid level indicator and systems for safety and servicing. In 2012 we partnered with a fellow well respected UK OEM of thickness gauges to design our current models.

Quality

Our Portascanner is carefully hand built and undergoes rigorous quality testing to ensure it meets the high standards expected by our customers, and to provide them with long-term reliability.

Our Commitment to Safety

We are dedicated to being a Safeship and Safesite company, encouraging safety for safety’s sake. Our Portascanner is part of our range of 14 products and systems which are all designed to offer alternative methods to traditional means of testing, for example fire suppression systems, watertight integrity, flow testing and more.

Our Commitment to Science

We are committed to designing and manufacturing the most mathematically accurate products and systems globally, supported by the highest standards of technical support and customer care.

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Advantages of Portapipe®

The Portapipe® and is manufactured to detect faults, leaks to 1mm and thinning in pipework, suitable up to 22mm, diameter pipe up to 12mm range. The versatility of this ultrasonic pipework integrity test indicator includes fault testing for wet and dry sprinkler systems for meeting BS EN 12845 standards for system maintenance. This product is regarded to be a great alternative to chalk and hose testing.

Benefits of Portapipe®

These are the benefits offered by Coltraco on purchasing of Portapipe®:

  • It offers low cost which means multiple readings can be made using one device at no extra cost
  • It is portable, can be conveniently carried and managed.
  • It is simple to operate, highly intuitive operation and enable regular testing.
  • It comes without training costs and offers free-of-charge online, telephone and email training support through- life.
  • The most mathematically accurate watertight integrity test indicator with dual decibel & linear display makes it cost effective
  • The ability to test multiple locations throughout the pipes length provides a more reliable thorough view of the integrity of the system hence it comes with greater testing average
  • This pipework integrity test indicator‘s user receives instant feedback regarding the focused area
  • The user can target suspected areas in more detail
  • The testing method causes no damage to the existing system as this device is non-destructive
  • The system allows repetitive testing on problem areas, thereby giving the most accurate information to the user.
  • A clean method of testing that does not violate any environmental codes.
  • This device from Coltraco offers an accuracy to identify leaks as small as 1mm
  • The Portapipe® can be used for application involving a pipeline
  • The Portapipe® is suitable for use on any material pipeline.

For inquiries, contact Customer Support

Customer Service Quality Offered by Coltraco

Our Customer Care Commitment means that we will support you for the lifetime of your Coltraco® equipment. We offer a comprehensive package of after sales Technical Support to all of our customers worldwide from free of charge email/phone call technical and user assistance to ensure you become a competent user, through to customer technical visits (may be subject to charge depending on location and time taken) and to annual fixed fee maintenance packages.

Our commitments are:

  • We still maintain units built 20 years ago
  • Through-life maintenance support
  • Extend trade-in credits - replace old units for new
  • Fixed cost annual “Total Care” Support
  • Certified OEM calibration & ODA service stations

How to contact Coltraco Customer Support?

If you have any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When returning equipment please, follow the instructions found in this PDF.

Calibration Services

Why do you need to calibrate? Like an annual MOT on your car, calibrations service your equipment to ensure it is as accurate and reliable as when you first purchased it.

How often? In accordance with ISO 17025 for testing and measuring equipment, annual recalibration is recommended for companies complying with this regulation. Whilst there are some companies who offer 5 years calibration certificates, Coltraco Ultrasonics believe that we should follow the guidance set out in the regulations and thus offer 1year calibration certificates.

Where can you calibrate your unit?

Calibrations must be conducted in a Coltraco approved centre: either with us in the UK at the above address or with our ODA (Organisational Delegated Authority) Service Centres overseas.

How long will it take? We will always ensure that the turn-around-time is as short as possible. We aim to have the unit returned to you within a maximum of 10 working days, no matter where in the world our customers are. If required, replacement loan units can be made available for the duration that your unit is away for recalibration.

Spare Parts

If one of your ancillary items such as a sensor, receiver, generator or another part has been damaged, we have all of these parts available in stock and will be happy to supply these as required usually shipped door-to-door within 48 hrs.

User Training Support

The equipment is designed to be easy to use. Most users become competent quickly and easily, simply by following the Operating Instructions included in the ready-to-go packages.

However, if more training is required, we are happy to offer one-on-one tutorials. These are usually carried out over the phone/video call with one of our technical team. We take you through our Competency Compliance training to ensure you are confident in testing.

If you are a user of the Portascanner® and Portalevel® MAX – ultrasonic level sensor, we have online Interactive Training - see Training.

Repairs

If your unit has been damaged whilst operating, we can repair it for you. Factory level repairs for the electronics; display module and membrane control panels have to be carried out in our facilities in the UK. Time scales for unit returns may vary depending on the severity of problem. If your unit has been damaged please contact our Support Department with a brief description of the problem and we will organise this for you as quickly as we can.

Upgrades & Trade-In Credits

To thank you for your loyalty we are delighted to offer Upgrade discounts and Trade-In Credits when you send us your old equipment in exchange for the latest models. This is also part of our commitment to recycling. We still have units in service after 20 years which our customers love but we also know some may be keen to swap it in to try out the new technology. Get in touch to find out more.

Portacare® “Total Care Package”

When you purchase Coltraco ultrasonic monitoring and measuring equipment, we guarantee our equipment for 3 years. Any electrical failures to the equipment in this time, we will repair or replace free of charge. There is another option available, to extend this warranty period, through our Portacare® "Total Care Package". This “beyond warranty” contract support option can be extended over a three, five or 8 years contract basis. Summary of the benefits:

One fixed annual fee

No additional charges throughout the 3-8 years’ term length.

Covering all electronic failures

Covering all spare parts replacement free of charge including unit replacement if necessary

Free annual calibration and annual servicing

You can also complete the form available online to connect to Customer Service.

What is the Portascanner® Watertight?

Coltraco Ultrasonics is regarded to be welcoming you to participate in our mission of creating reliable, accurate and easy to use instrumentation, which enhance our customers' safety management. For ease of people, it has introduced prior generation of Permascanner® Dynamic, which is a Semi Fixed Watertight Integrity Test System. From more than 2 decades, this name is assisting people in this particular industry. However, this device is capable of monitoring the hatch cover seals on constant basis. However, this device comes with being superior alternative to chalk and hose testing whereas performs with the accuracy of 0.06mm +/- 0.02mm.

Moreover, the issue is not just about compliance with the regulations; it is about the safe ship offshore and the safe site onshore. This helps our customers to ensure lower risk, higher protection and business continuity. Coltraco believes in prior safety measuring steps for safety's sake. It has been a long time that Coltraco Limited has become one of the leading names of producing monitoring devices, catering the needs of various factors. With high quality products with best price offer, it is regarded to assist people with extraordinary efficiency.

Portascanner® Watertight is a portable ultrasonic watertight integrity indicator and hatch cover tester – for testing watertight and weather-tight seals. It is ideal for checking the hatch-covers, doors, cable transit areas, scuttles, flanges, shell doors, steering gear hatches and many others. Primarily designed to enhance the ease and accuracy with which critical watertight, airtight or weather tight seals can be inspected for leaks sites or areas of reduced compression in the seal.

Features Offered by Coltraco

  • Three years warranty
  • Lifetime Support
  • Calibration and Training Certificates Available
  • Identifies leaks as small as 0.06 +/- 0.02mm
  • Non-intrusive ultrasonic technology
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Class Approved
  • No Fuss Setup
  • Magnetically Mountable

Portascanner Kit Contents

For your ease, we have developed an image assuring you regarding the content you will find in the new Coltraco Portascanner Watertight Package which is known to be a high quality hatch cover maintenance and watertight integrity testing device. Give it a look!

  • Durable Carrying Case
  • Headphone Set to minimize ambient noise and to hear audible readings
  • Portascanner Watertight Generator for multiple use and flexible applications
  • Operating Instructions, Calibration Certificate, Training DVD
  • Sensor Extension Rod to detect the integrity readings
  • Portascanner Watertight Receiver to relate results into audible and visual readings

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How can Coltraco Ultrasonics increase your fire safety?

Coltraco Ultrasonics is a world leading British designer and manufacturer of ultrasonic fire safety instrumentation.

Protect your people, assets & infrastructure from fire by monitoring your 1. fire suppression systems 2. compartmentation and 3. condition monitoring.

  1. Liquefied pressurised gaseous extinguishing systems by our flagship UL and ABS approved Portalevel® MAX range of products and our unique fixed monitoring system, Permalevel®.
  2. Compartmentation testing in buildings and civil engineering structures to supplement Door Fan Testing  with Portascanner® 520.
  3. Condition monitoring through bearing monitoring, thickness gauging and flow monitoring.

We are committed to our Safesite® mission: safety for safety's sake; aiming to supply equipment to help our customers reduce risk to life, business and facilities. Please get in touch to find out how we can enable you to deliver the Safesite®.

Coltraco Ultrasonics operates in 109 countries across multiple market sectors with over 30 years experience.

www.coltraco.com

Major Characteristics and Benefits of Permalevel Load Weight by Coltraco

The Load Weigh System offers businesses with a low-cost alternative to continuous fire-suppressant cylinder monitoring. It is capable of monitoring the contents of any number of cylinders and is ideal for CO2 & Marine CO2 Systems. The unit, after being fitted to individual cylinders, closely monitors the weight of fire suppression agent they contain.

Alarms are triggered when the agent mass decreases by 5% or more. The counterweight included in the system falls as a visual signal of leakage or accidental discharge. The system provides an immediate notification if used in conjunction with an infrared sensor or limit switch. These can also be used to monitor system and connect external alarms such as buzzers.

Core Benefits of this Fire Extinguishing Monitoring System

Low Cost: The lowest priced model in Coltraco's Permalevel® range

Fully manageable 'in house': No need for third-party access to high-security sites once the contractor has installed the system

No Power Connection needed: Due to the purely mechanical nature of the system

Characteristics of Fire Suppression System

Little maintenance required: Due the mechanical nature of the system

Immediate notification: Operators are immediately notified of leakage/accidental discharge if used in conjunction with an infrared sensor or limit switch

Simple Installation: This system, which is integrated with liquid level indicator is good for enhancing time efficiency and security as third party access to sites is unnecessary

Invasive to retrofit: Unlike the Permalevel Multiplex and Single Point Systems

No remote monitoring or off-site alerts: Unlike the Permalevel Multiplex and Single Point Systems

Only monitors CO2 type seamless cylinders: Unlike the Permalevel Multiplex and Single Point Systems

Are you protected from fire?

The tragic effects of the fire at Grenfell Tower are still resonating in society. The shocking event prompted acknowledgment that more has to be done to improve fire safety.

It is quite clear that minimal compliance with regulations is just not enough, and that the need to go above and beyond the standards exists for safety critical environments and high value assets. This haphazard approach is dangerous and often unknown to the users of the infrastructure.

There is an assumption that protecting buildings by installing fire extinguishing systems and covering the building with insurance is enough to provide full safety of a building. But this neglect and minimal understanding of the need for maintaining the fire extinguishing systems leads to only one thing, a gap in the protection of people, assets + facilities.

Simply put, the ‘ungoverned space’ is the area in the fire industry where either the regulations or the protecting systems of the critical infrastructure are not effectively providing consistent and reliable safety. Coltraco repeatedly push for this life-threatening issue to be dealt with, with specific regard to loss of contents in fixed fire extinguishing systems and need for improvements to room integrity testing.

To go above and beyond the regulations, building owners and managers must test and monitor their fire extinguishing systems to check for leakage. By using the ultrasonic liquid level indicator, the Portalevel ® MAX and/or the constant monitoring system the Permalevel® Multiplex, building owners and managers are able to exceed the standards and ensure that the gaseous extinguishing systems are able to extinguish in the event of the fire.

In a time when cost drives safety decisions, using either or both of these systems allows a company to reduce their insurance premiums without compromising the safety of lives, assets and infrastructure. The recommendation of using Portalevel® Max and Permalevel® Multiplex from insurers benefits them as to guaranteeing long-term top customers who aspire for improved safety.

As with many leaders in the fire industry, Coltraco are pushing for rapid action to be taken in protecting peoples lives. There is no room for the industry to fall back into old habits. The fire industry must lead the way to a safer future. Constant monitoring of gaseous extinguishing systems and room integrity must be implemented, people’s lives depend upon it.

Sprinkler Flow Testing – Why Choose Portasonic® FLOW?

Problem

For a business and property owner, protecting against potentially catastrophic results of fire such as life loss, property damage and loss of assets is a common challenge.

Automatic sprinkler systems are used more than any other fixed fire protection system and over 40 million sprinklers are fitted world-wide each year to deal with this problem.

However, if sprinkler systems are not periodically inspected for mechanical deficiencies, proper function, valve actuation, water flow, sprinkler clearances, etc., the system may not be effective during a fire. Corrosion can cause a sprinkler system and fire hydrant systems to fail due to blockages and failed sprinkler heads.

NFPA 258 provides required inspection, testing and maintenance for a sprinkler system.

Traditional Solutions

One method of flow measurement is wet testing, in which water is sprayed through to prove its compliance, yet this can cause deposits, contamination and blockages.

Coltraco’s Smart Solution – the Portasonic® FLOW

In response to customer demands for a non-invasive, non-contaminating and cost-effective solution, Coltraco developed the portable ultrasonic flow meter: Portasonic®.

  • Provides accurate flow measurement from outside of the sprinkler pipe.
  • Easy digital set up makes it both cost and time effective.
  • Unique clamp-on fixture design – installation is straightforward.
  • No pressure drop, no moving parts, no leaks and no risks of contamination/corrosion.
  • Offers 3 different modes of operation so can be used in a variety of different environments.
  • Ensures full integrity of the sprinkler system through the ability to conduct spot checks at mandated intervals.
  • Can be used for extended continuous operation as a 4-20mA flow transmitter with AC power input.

Continuously Monitor your Fire Installations Against the Risk of Leaking

To prevent fires, regulations require installation of a fixed fire protection system and annual maintenance by a licensed servicing company to check its condition. Following from the above it is now possible to go above and beyond the regulation requirement of annual maintenance which may not be sufficient to cover the remaining periods when the vessel is out at sea alone. The idea of continuous monitoring of fire suppression systems has been made possible and is done by non-invasive ultrasonic liquid level monitoring of the contents within the fire suppression cylinders. This ensures the quantity of agent required to extinguish a fire is always at its designed concentration to guarantee an efficacious fire protection in the event of a fire breaking out in the vessel.

Liquid level monitoring is done using compact, low-cost ultrasonic sensors that are linked to a central control module that broadcasts the liquid level information over WSN allowing dissemination of information to the appropriate parties. The ultrasonic sensors are attached to the walls of the cylinders and propagates ultrasound pulses which travel across the cylinder and returns to its starting position. As the ultrasound pulses travel across the cylinder, the contents within the cylinder will absorb the signal energy in proportions relative to their phases. This ensures that the difference in returned signal above and below the liquid level is always sufficiently large, allowing the liquid level to be identified each time. By fixing the sensor onto the cylinder permanently, any changes in the contents’ level will be identified immediately. Research conducted in the labs have proven accuracies up to 0.1 mm when tested with the commonly known fire suppressing agent cylinders. This proprietary system by Coltraco Ultrasonics is the Permalevel® Multiplex and is capable of using the latest advancement in IoT to collect and disseminate sensor information and forwards them onto the control panel situated on the vessel’s bridge to be integrated as part of the vessel’s overall monitoring system.

Features of Permalevel® Mutliplex

This continuous fire suppression monitoring system is considered to be an accurate and reliable measuring system with integration of ultrasonic leak detector. Here, we have provided you with the major features of Permalevel® Multiplex:

  • Status of each channel shown by LEDs: A set of red and green LED lights specify the status of every cylinder which facilitate a team for maintenance which are responsible to check for the cylinders in case any leakages are absorbed.
  • Multiple Alarm Levels: 2 -40mA Relay Alarms are actually connected to all the channels whereas it permits local alarms to organize for each cylinder individually.
  • Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS): It acts as a backup system which helps in providing power by using AA 1.5V batteries in case the failure occurs of the main power.
  • Optional Text/Email Alerts: This helps in convenient and instantaneous form of data communication.
  • Strong Magnets: These are beneficial to stick the sensors in place along with extra space for adhesive and a strap which ensures the risk of accidentally removing of sensors.
  • Data logging Ability: The software keeps logs of system errors, system activity and alarm triggers for every month. Due to the storage of these logs as simple texts files, they can be easily and conveniently viewed from outside and inside of the software. This is really helpful and advantageous for insurance companies due to the permanent and correct record of the functioning system accurately.
  • Compatible with Multiple Cylinder Types: Tuning of every channel is individually possible. Moreover, it is done because every cylinder can be different from the last one in weight, size, and pressure and agent type.
  • Sensors: Dedicated sensors are available with each monitoring point which is connected to the particular cylinder for monitoring purposes.
  • Remote Real Time Monitoring Screen: It gives off the information about the current condition of the cylinders in regards to the last contact have been made.

For further information, visit www.coltraco.com

How can fire threaten the aluminium industry?

When aluminium is burned, it creates a very intense fire. The industry directly creates more than 155,000 jobs and is adding more yearly. With growing numbers of employees in the aluminium industry, their safety and well being has long been a commitment. There is a need for comprehensive fire safety measures, specifically the fixed fire extinguishing systems in aluminium production and fabrication, in casthouses, foundries, recycling and reclamation plants.

The Permalevel® MULTIPLEX which is designed for permanent contents verification. The continuous monitoring system utilises ultrasound technology to detect the level of contents non-invasively and transmits the level information from the wired sensors to the main unit which is then processed and reported to the building’s BMS or local control panel wirelessly through TCP/IP. This is to ensure that fire suppression systems are always stored at their designed concentration and that no accidental discharge has occurred, which could affect the effectiveness of the overall fire protection system in the event of a fire. The neglect of continuous monitoring - of the fundamental protection provided by the gaseous extinguishing systems - is to the peril of the lives of occupants of the premises and at the risk of causing financial and reputational loss to the facility comprising the critical infrastructure.

The system developed utilises the Internet of Things (IoT) to achieve its full potential of visualising the monitored contents worldwide. IoT enables a worldwide transmission of data starting from sensor to sensor to the microprocessors and to the facilities manager or maintenance team. Instead of waiting for annual checks, owners and building managers can now identify any changes to their installed fire suppression system contents in real time and dispatch their servicing or maintenance team as soon as notification is received about a change happening to the installed system. This is now entirely possible through the reliance on recent IoT developments.

Technical Specifications of Portascanner Watertight

Dimensions of Portascanner Watertight

Main Unit

Width: 82 mm (3.22 inches)
Height: 215 mm (8.46 inches)
Weight: 420 g (14.82 ounces)
Depth: 30 mm (1.18 inches)

The Portascanner Watertight rod measured to be 310 mm*25 mm as length*diameter (2). Moreover, it is comprised of three parts, which are manufactured to be screwed up together and possess a connection by bnC connectors to 1m-length co-ax cable.

Display

This watertight compartment doors testing device comes with a membrane control operating system and LCD backlit Display which measures to be 55*28 mm.

Readings

Electrodynamics headphones and numerical readings through 1 to 31775 through the integrated LCD screen display.

Power Supply

Generator is integrated with 2*PP3 9V which means it makes a span of 10 hours functioning without recharge whereas Receiver Unit comes with 1*PP3 9V battery that also makes the same time span.

Generator

It comes with following dimensions mentioned below whereas other than this, it is manufactured with 0.1 Watt / 100 dB unidirectional speakers and mounting method or permanent magnet.

Width: 111 mm (4.37 inches)
Height: 90 mm (3.54 inches)
Weight: 430g (15.17 ounces)
Depth: 50 mm (1.97 inches)

Receiver

Portascanner Watertight receiver come with the installed frequency response to 20 – 18000 habitable zone, impedance if 32 Ohms (+/-) 5% Sensitivity – 105 dB SPL at 1 Kilohertz and Adaptor Plug of 3.5 mm to 6.3 mm type.

Operating Temperature

This product operates within -20°C to +70°C (68°F to 158°F) flawlessly.

Package Contents

In regards to the total number of accessories and parts that should be available in the pinned packing of hatch cover tester should contain:

  1. 1 Portascanner Watertight,
  2. 1 Generator,
  3. 1 Headphones,
  4. 1 Receiver,
  5. 1 Hard Wearing Carrying Case
  6. Calibration Certificate

What is the Portamonitor?

Portamonitor® is a pocket size condition indicator took which employs powerful monitoring techniques to analyze the health state of rotating machinery especially with regards to the health and lubrication of bearings. With its magnetic sensor head, the Portamonitor® can be attached to machineries outer casing and takes readings over a short period to assess the condition of the moving parts within. An overall noise decibel (dB) level is returned along with a distress level after measurement that can be quickly analyzed and compared to other readings in order to discover if preventative maintenance is required. Hardy and robust, the PortamonitorÒ – ultrasonic bearing indicator can take 1000 readings between charges, which is done through a standard USB lead for easy charging anywhere.

Advantages of Ultrasonic Bearing Indicator

Repeatable Results

Comparison to logs of past measurements can help identify even small changes in the functioning of the bearing

Easy To Use

Measurements can be taken when the vessel is offshore or in port

Quick

Allows for problem bearings to be checked quickly and reliably if damage is suspected

Accurate

Extremely sensitive to detecting faults

Effective

All the bearings on a vessel can be tested efficiently and reliably

Stay Ahead

  • Identify sites with contaminated/lacking lubrication which can be easily fixed before any further damage occurs
  • Provides insight into planning of future repairs
  • Identify varying levels of damage – problems can be fixed before excessive damage occurs

Non-Destructive & Non-Intrusive

This ultrasonic bearing indicator comes with measurements, which will not affect the function of the bearing

Portable

Battery powered and lightweight for convenience operates at 0-650 c and can be used in the large majority of marine environments

Applications of Ultrasonic Bearing Indicator by Coltraco

Here are the applications of Ultrasonic Bearing Indicator:

  • Bearings
  • Gearboxes
  • Pumps
  • Motors

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How has the Safeship® succeeded so far?

To promote the Safeship® Coltraco Ultrasonics have been raising safety awareness and gaining recognition by winning and being nominated for several awards. In 2017 Coltraco won the Seatrade Cruise Award for Supplier of the Year and was nominated for the IHS Markit Safety at Sea Award 2017. Coltraco were also invited to speak at 16 conferences in 2017 to raise safety awareness and to educate, including at the International Maritime Organization, Royal Institution of Naval Architects Smart Ships Conference, IMPA London, Marine Maintenance World Expo and Pacific Sydney. Coltraco Ultrasonics speak at these events to raise their goal of holistic ship safety, in the form of the Safeship®.

The Safeship® initiative has also achieved recognition through engagement in association work such as the Society of Maritime Industries, at the House of Commons in Parliament, Maritime London and the International Maritime Industries Forum seminars and the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Safety Culture Working Group.

Through initiating the Safeship® Coltraco have contributed to safety at sea by building the FLEETSAFE™ capability that can be used easily and safely by the crew and in routine maintenance of the vessel Safety Management System (SMS). This can be in-between the statutory annual maintenance and certification intervals provided by shore-based contractors.

Coltraco Ultrasonics focus on benefitting the crew; designing innovative ultrasonic solutions which promote safety culture, which the crew will be happy to use by being easy to operate, quick, accurate and a better method to traditional techniques. This can be in-between the statutory annual maintenance and certification intervals provided by shore-based contractors. Thus, increasing the likelihood of tests being regularly conducted, in line with regulations and even going above and beyond for more frequent testing. By so doing, the crew will be creating a safer ship.

How has the Safeship® succeeded so far?

To promote the Safeship® Coltraco Ultrasonics have been raising safety awareness and gaining recognition by winning and being nominated for several awards. In 2017 Coltraco won the Seatrade Cruise Award for Supplier of the Year and was nominated for the IHS Markit Safety at Sea Award 2017. Coltraco were also invited to speak at 16 conferences in 2017 to raise safety awareness and to educate, including at the International Maritime Organization, Royal Institution of Naval Architects Smart Ships Conference, IMPA London, Marine Maintenance World Expo and Pacific Sydney. Coltraco Ultrasonics speak at these events to raise their goal of holistic ship safety, in the form of the Safeship®.

The Safeship® initiative has also achieved recognition through engagement in association work such as the Society of Maritime Industries, at the House of Commons in Parliament, Maritime London and the International Maritime Industries Forum seminars and the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Safety Culture Working Group.

Through initiating the Safeship® Coltraco have contributed to safety at sea by building the FLEETSAFE™ capability that can be used easily and safely by the crew and in routine maintenance of the vessel Safety Management System (SMS). This can be in-between the statutory annual maintenance and certification intervals provided by shore-based contractors.

Coltraco Ultrasonics focus on benefitting the crew; designing innovative ultrasonic solutions which promote safety culture, which the crew will be happy to use by being easy to operate, quick, accurate and a better method to traditional techniques. This can be in-between the statutory annual maintenance and certification intervals provided by shore-based contractors. Thus, increasing the likelihood of tests being regularly conducted, in line with regulations and even going above and beyond for more frequent testing. By so doing, the crew will be creating a safer ship.

Improve Onboard Safety Management System with Portalevel® MAX Marine

Fires on board ships can be devastating, to crew, vessel and cargo. Fire safety standards on board cannot afford to slip. Part of this issue is to do with the maintenance of gaseous fire extinguishing installations which may be a result of the holes in the regulations. With the recent difficulties that the shipping industry is facing, Coltraco understand that need for practical cost efficient solutions to safety issues.  However, maintaining high standards of fire safety practice does not have to be expensive or time consuming, Coltraco strive to provide easy and long lasting solutions that are suitable to varying budgets. There is a call to respond to regulations with a rigorous attitude, to go above and beyond, to provide security of life and infrastructure. Installations must be maintained so that they can provide the protection that they are intended for. This is a call for awareness of the problem and action to be taken now.

Fire at sea: the proof is in the stats

At sea, fire poses one the of biggest threat to ships. Sailing alone and at sea throughout the year, and without the ability to call upon the emergency services as a land-based asset might. The danger is shown in the statistics. A study published by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency showed that almost 800 fires happened in European waters between 2004 – 2014, 10% of these were classed as serious. Further to this, circa 200 of these incidents required external support to deal with the fire. In some of these cases the fire suppression installations may not have been at their full capacity, which lead to the uncontrollable fires.

Devastating effects of fire & water ingress

A clear of example of where actuation has failed to provide safety to the vessel is MSC Flaminia. In July 2012, the container ship was exposed to an uncontrollable fire which tragically lead to three fatalities and two severely injured crew members, as well as dire damage to the ship structure and its cargo. In this example, the actuation of the CO2 system failed when it actuated without instruction in the engine room, although the discharge was intended for cargo hold 4, which turned off the auxiliary boiler and auxiliary fan for the main engine. This led to an out of control fire which required three salvage tugs to deal with the effects of the explosions and fire. However, the extent of the fire meant that the salvage teams could not enter the vessel for 4 days. Cargo areas 3-7 in the ship were significantly damaged and the ships structure was weakened, requiring replacement. Under the pressures, the hatch covers lost their integrity and bulkheads were severely damaged which led to water ingress in all the cargo.

What about you?

Could you afford for this crippling financial, physical and reputational damage to happen to your crew and vessel? The correct answer for any ship owner, ship manager and P&I club is “No.” Chances must not be taken when lives are at risk, and when a vessel is at sea, this is all the time. We call this the “ungoverned space”. Simply put, the ungoverned space is the area where either the regulations or the protecting systems of the critical infrastructure are not effectively providing consistent and reliable safety. This life-threatening issue must be dealt with, with specific regard to loss of contents in fixed fire extinguishing systems and need for improvements to room integrity testing.

Cutting through to what you need to know

Gaseous extinguishing installations are difficult systems. There are few who understand them in all their complexity. Vessels extinguishing installations are its essential defence against the risk of fire at sea. The main factor that needs to be understood is that they must be able to actuate, or release their gas, in the event of a fire. Surely an extinguishing instillation should extinguish? This may seem like an obvious point, but on further investigation the difficulties with this statement arise. What if the extinguishing instillation cannot actuate fully because there isn’t enough gas within the cylinder? Gaseous extinguishing systems are highly pressurised, the risk of leaking and discharging is accepted as part of their use, shown in the regulations that demand their upkeep e.g. IMO SOLAS FSS Ch5. 2.1.1.3:

“Means shall be provided for the crew to safely check the quantity of the fire extinguishing medium in the container”

Often this is misunderstood, this code specifically states that the crew must test their extinguishing installations in between the periodic inspection, maintenance and certification. Only having the annual inspection by accredited marine servicing companies is not enough – the crew must take responsibility for its own fire protection.  However, what must be noted is that the crew are often not trained or certified to shut-down, dismantle, weigh and re-install the gaseous cylinders.

Adding to this, the details of their leakage within the regulations which is troubling. ISO 14520-1 clearly states that:

If a container shows a loss of agent quantity or a loss of pressure (adjusted for temperature) of more than 5 %, it shall be refilled or replaced

Given that the gaseous systems are designed specifically to the individual need of the vessel then a 5% loss of agent may mean that they would not fully extinguish the fire. In a recent article by the Maritime Executive, Captain Madden urged crews to routinely and properly inspect and test fixed firefighting systems; “too often they are found with… concerns about leakage”. The only way to determine a cylinder is free from leakage is to check its contents. But if the crew cannot weigh their own cylinders, because they are not certified to do so, then how is it possible?

CO2 UK Marine Equipment Directive (MED) UK/EU legislation with US Coast Guard Mutual Recognition 7.3.2.6:

Means should be provided to verify the liquid level in all the cylinders, either by weighing the cylinders or by using a suitable liquid level detector.”

Case Study: Carnival Cruises sought Coltraco Ultrasonics’ expertise

“Ships sink; fires happen”. Addressing these two main causes of vessel loss are critical, especially when all owners and managers are seeking to reduce risk, cut costs and surge on safety. Carnival Cruises chose to protect their fleet by improving fire safety. One aspect of this is that they chose Coltraco Ultrasonics to be their supplier for the Portalevel® MAX Marine which tests the CO2 fire installations onboard for leaks in content.

Coltraco shortlisted for Seatrade Cruise Awards, ‘Supplier of the Year’ thanks to supplying Carnival Cruises

  • Portalevel® MAX Marine is designed primarily for the vessels’ crew to inspect large fire suppression systems of up to 600 cylinders.
  • The ease of operation in comparison to weighing, increases the ability of more regular and frequent checks, improving fire safety management onboard.
  • Coltraco’s innovative method of inspecting leaking cylinders with ultrasonics, enables identification in under 30 seconds using Portalevel® with one person, instead of the traditional 15 minutes, with two people laboriously weighing.
  • The safety of their ships is integral for the continuation of their business success and it can be for yours too.

Using ultrasonic technology - to pinpoint the liquid level of suppressant agent in the cylinders of the extinguishing system- testing is quicker and easier. Available anywhere worldwide with 7 service stations to support you for the lifetime of the equipment as part of Coltraco Customer Care (CCC); details on coltraco.com/portalevel-max-8th or in the MSG IMPA p/n: 652776.

Combined with the MAX Marine, The Portasteele® Calculator is an advanced calculator application, that converts the liquid level height of C02, NOVEC™ 1230 and FM-200® liquefied gaseous extinguishant agent readings taken on an ultrasonic non-destructive liquid level indicator device into the agent weight/mass.  Furthermore, the Portasteele® can convert an expected agent weight back to the required liquid level allowing users to anticipate where the level should be. The Portasteele has widely been recognised by awards, as a finalist in the Safety at Sea Awards 2017 and the Tanker & Trade Awards 2016.

Improve Onboard Safety Management System with Portalevel® MAX Marine

The maintenance of installations must be a priority. It need not be expensive nor time consuming, Coltraco will support you in ensuring the safety of your crew and vessel. Tragic case studies of incidents such as MSC Flaminia prove that fire safety onboard must be a priority. Don’t minimally comply with regulations and thereby risk the effectiveness of your installations. Coltraco are proud that they can make your critical safety processes more effective.

What is the future of watertight integrity testing?

As the main cause of vessel loss is sinking, the maintenance, testing and monitoring of watertight hatches, doors and multiple cable transits on vessels is essential. A watertight hatch cover is designed to prevent the passage of water in either direction under a head of water for which the surrounding structure is designed.  Many mariners may think hatches are robust, monolithic structures, thereby failing to appreciate the small tolerances on panel alignment and gasket compression. It is better to think of hatches as complex, finely-made structures, to be handled with care. All types of seals, experience dynamic stresses as part of their operational lifetime. For example, 4mm wear on the steel-to-steel contact is sufficient to damage rubber sealing gaskets beyond repair; 5mm sag along the cross-joint can cause a large gap between the compression bar and gasket. The importance of continually maintaining seal integrity should take a more prominent position in ship maintenance scheduling.

The existing regulations that state the need to ensue watertight integrity, are also part of the IMO SOLAS Code.

IMO SOLAS Reg II-1/13-1.1 – Openings in Watertight Bulkheads and Internal Decks in Cargo Ships - “Where penetrations of watertight bulkheads and internal decks are necessary for access, piping, ventilation, electrical cables, etc., arrangements are to be made to maintain the watertight integrity.”  

IMO SOLAS Reg II-1/21.3 – Periodical Operation and Inspection of Watertight Doors, etc., in Passenger Ships - “The watertight doors and all mechanisms and indicators connected therewith[sic] shall be periodically inspected at sea at least once a week.”

The future of watertight integrity testing is with continuous monitoring. A lack of proper servicing of seals can lead to deterioration which endanger the lives of the crew, vessel and cargo.  The large issue here is that ships are only tested before and after one or perhaps several journeys; yet a leak could occur at any point in between testing and continue unnoticed until the next inspection. A vessel generates its leak sites due to load states, sea states, wind states, and dynamic movement. The severity is amplified within a vessel structure constantly changing by varying sea, wind, load states, cargo types and dynamic stresses. There is a great deal of bending and deformation that naturally occurs in ships during travel. It was found that a comprehensive, autonomous continuous monitoring system for the watertight integrity of a ship’s cargo hatches, weathertight doors and other seals is possible to be developed. One that is capable of automatically detecting emerging leak sites, alerting officers and crew of the location and severity of the leak site and logging all data for future review. The developments in continuous monitoring technology being undertaken by Coltraco Ultrasonics will drive the industry towards ensuring that watertight integrity is never left to chance.

FIRETEST SOLUTIONS TO DELIVER THE SAFESITE IN WIND TURBINES

With some turbines at almost 200m in height, they are effectively outside the range of the fire emergency services; and when it comes to turbines at sea, human intervention in the event of fire is virtually impossible. It is for this reason that the NFPA 850 Recommended Practices suggest guidelines and AHJs and other fire inspectorates, consultants, associations, the insurance companies and the OEMs themselves all have a role in play in developing good codes of conduct.

Wind turbines require an active fire protection system, which includes but is not limited to detection (of flames, heat, gas, and smoke), alerting personnel and rescue services, and activating systems for fire suppression or extinguishing. Due to the height and location of wind turbines, classic firefighting methods come up against their limits and therefore fire extinguishing systems that use gases such as carbon dioxide, inert gases or clean agents such as FM-200® and Novec™1230, which are especially appropriate for dealing with fires in electrical systems because they extinguish the fire quickly whilst not damaging the electrical systems or the compartment in which they are being discharged.

However, it is important to note that such fire extinguishing systems require maintenance to ensure they are fully operational and ready in event of a fire. ISO 14520-1:2015(E) assumes that these systems accidentally discharge and leak. 6.2.4.2 Contents indication: “Means shall be provided to indicate that each container is correctly charged.” Followed by “9.2.1.3 The storage container contents shall be checked at least every six months as follows. a) Liquefied gases: for halocarbon agents, if a container shows a loss of agent in quantity of more than 5 % or a loss of pressure (adjusted for temperature) of more than 10 %, it shall be refilled or replaced.”

Section 10.5.3.2.2. of the NFPA 850 states that the Maintenance and inspection of total flooding gaseous agent systems and interlocked equipment are critical. All systems at some time maybe called upon to operate in an emergency situation and may help in saving life and property. It is for this reason that knowledge must be had that the system can operate to its full potential.

Focused on continued advancement of safety technology, Coltraco have now developed the Permalevel® Multiplex, a fixed fire suppression monitoring system, designed for continuous contents verification. Permalevel® is designed to ensure that fire suppression systems are always fully operational and that no accidental discharge has occurred, which could affect the effectiveness of the overall fire protection system in the event of a fire. With guaranteed systems operations, adaptability for purpose, 24/7 remote access to the systems status, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and remote real-time monitoring, the Permalevel® offers the efficiency that is needed in a wind turbine. For regular inspection, the Portalevel® MAX is a handheld ultrasonic liquid level indicator, which can service a cylinder in 30 seconds (in contrast to 15 minutes by traditional manual weighing) with accuracy of up to 1.5mm off the true liquid level. Portalevel® MAX builds on Coltraco Ultrasonics’ 30 years’ experience in designing, manufacturing and supporting ultrasonic liquid level indicating equipment, in 108 Countries and numerous market sectors and environments. The development program was born out of the desire to further improve on Coltraco’s existing 8 designs and taking on board feedback and opinions of our customers.

Coltraco Ultrasonics provide smart Firetest® solutions which enable wind turbine owners and operators to improve their fire safety management and reduce the risks to human life, business continuity caused by any downtime and thus minimise risk to reputation by delivering a Safesite®.

At sea, fire poses one of the biggest threats to ships

Could a cruise or ferry company afford to have a crippling financial, physical and damage to its reputation caused by a fire that could put the passengers, crew and vessel in danger? The correct answer for everybody involved is “No.”

Fires on board ships can be devastating, to passengers, crew and vessel thus fire safety standards on board is something a passenger-carrying vessel cannot afford to slip. Part of safety standards on board a cruise ship is the maintenance of gaseous fire extinguishing installations, which may be compromised by the holes in the regulations.

It is understood that a need for practical cost-efficient solutions to safety issues is paramount. However, maintaining high standards of fire safety practice does not have to be expensive or time consuming, according to fire safety expert Coltraco Ultrasonics. You need to check out the range of monitoring devices such as ultrasonic level indicator.

Coltraco Ultrasonics to provide easy and long lasting solutions that are suitable for varying budgets. Regulations should be responded to with a rigorous attitude, to go above and beyond the rules in order to provide security of life and infrastructure. For example, installations must be maintained so that they can provide the protection that they are intended for.

Reviewing on this factor of safety equipment; “this is a call to the industry to be aware of the problem and the action to be taken.” At sea, fire poses one of the biggest threats to ships. Sailing alone and at sea throughout the year and without the ability to call upon the emergency services, as a land-based asset might, the danger is shown in the statistics.

Although serious fires on cruise ships are ferries are very rare, a recent study published by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency showed that almost 800 fires occurred in European waters between 2004-2014 on all types of vessels. Of these some 10% of these were classed as serious. Further to this, around 200 of these incidents required external support to help deal with the fire. In some of these cases, the fire suppression installations may not have been at their full capacity, which led to uncontrollable fires, Coltraco said.

How does the Portalevel® MAX enables its users to become industry leaders?

Incidences of fire on ships have been increasingly reported. In 2016, a couple who were travelling on the Estrella Amazonica tragically lost their lives after an uncontrolled fire broke out due to a lack of appropriate equipment and a failure to follow safety protocols. It’s this failure to ensure the safety of passengers which the Carnival Cruise line chose to mitigate by selecting Coltraco’s Portalevel® MAX.

Gaseous extinguishing systems are highly pressurised, the risk of leaking and discharging is accepted as part of their use, shown in the regulations that demand their upkeep e.g. IMO SOLAS FSS Ch5. 2.1.1.3. The systems are pressurised approximately 24-29 bars, higher than a standard cup of water which is 1bar. It’s accepted that these systems are not passive but dynamic, thus requiring monitoring. The traditional method requires turning the system off, dismantling and manually weighing each cylinder on industrial scales. Routine maintenance is liable to be overlooked because the crew is unqualified to test or insufficient attention is given by the owner of the system. It’s neglected to the peril of the lives of occupants of the ship and at the risk of crippling financial and reputational loss to the cruiseliner.

Innovative methods of inspecting leaking cylinders with ultrasonics, enables identification in under 30 seconds using Portalevel® with one person, instead of the traditional 15 minutes, with two people labouriously weighing. Using ultrasonic technology - to pinpoint the liquid level of suppressant agent in the cylinders of the extinguishing system- testing is quicker and easier.

The MAX Marine is designed primarily for maritime applications where either third party service companies or the vessels’ crew themselves inspect large fire suppression systems of up to 600 cylinders. The ease of operation in comparison to weighing, increases the ability of more regular and frequent checks, improving fire safety management onboard. Portalevel® MAX enables its users to go above and beyond minimal regulations compliance, thus becoming industry leaders.

Coltraco finds success in supplying the global shipping network with the assistance of international partners and ODAs, who provide local support to customers. Coltraco strive towards creating innovative and effective equipment to provide a level of safety that goes beyond regulations. Coltraco designs, manufactures and supports a world-leading range with a technological basis in ultrasonics.

Test your fire suppression systems – before its too late

The easy to use Portalevel® MAX uses ultrasonic technology to pinpoint the liquid level of suppressant agent in the cylinders of the extinguishing system which makes testing quicker and easier. Liquid level identification takes just 30 seconds, needing only one person. (Compared to traditional manual weighing taking two people an average of 15 minutes per cylinder.) Combined with the Portalevel® MAX, the Portasteele® CALCULATOR is the first of its kind app, that converts the liquid level height of C02, NOVEC™ 1230 and FM-200® found my Portalevel® MAX into the agent weight/mass. Crucially, these results can be recorded and downloaded for value added service reports.

Smart Technology delivers the Safesite

To create the Safesite®, more faciliites are moving to increasing sensor remote monitoring 24/7, 365. Fire alarms are largely linked up but there is a gap in the fire extinguishing systems which actually suppress the fire event. Now is the time to introduce smart technology. Permalevel® MULTIPLEX is designed for just this reason to protect aluminium facilities and their personnel.

Using smart ultrasonic technology, Permalevel® MULTIPLEX continuously monitors fixed fire extinguishing systems for leaking agents, 24/7, 365 days a year. With guaranteed systems operations, adaptability for purpose, 24/7 remote access to the systems status, an interruptible power supply and remote real-time monitoring, Permalevel® MULTIPLEX offers the efficiency that is now a requirement for encompassing protection.

What are the technical specifications of the Portalevel® Standard?

Portalevel® Standard ultrasonic leak detector, technical specifications:

Accuracy

+/-1.5mm or 1/8 inch

Display

The display showing numeric digital comes as LCD with LED Bar Graph

Dimensions

Width: 95 mm (3.74 inches)
Height: 155 mm (6.10 inches)
Weight: 500 grams (17.63 ounces)
Depth: 45 mm (1.77 inches)

Verifiable Agents

FM 200™, CO2, H2O, NOVEC™ 1230, Halons such as FE-13™, HFC-225 & 2271, FE-36™, FE-25™, 1301 and 1211 are some of the verifiable agents.

Power Supply

It comes with the power supply of 4 x AA 1.5 V batteries, which can function for 10 hours.

Operating Temperature

The operating temperature for the following device is -20°C to +70°C or 68°F to 158°F) and Relative Humidity is -5 % - 95 %.

Warranty

Coltraco offers 3 years warranty for the main unit and 1 year for the sensor. Moreover, there can be exceptions available and customer support is always available for the users.

Sensor 2

TX / RX Dry Sensor come 14 mm in diameter head and contains magnetized sensor applicator and is connected by BNC connectors to 1 m length co ax – cable.

Classification

This liquid level indicator comes with the classification of IP Rating 65 and NATO Stock Number: 6680-99-275-5292

Certificates

Coltraco has numerous certifications for the following product such as CE, Classification Society Approved-RINA and ISO 19011 Registered.

Package Contents

The pinned package of 7th generation of Portalevel® Standard contains:

  1. 1 Portalevel Standard unit
  2. Ultrasonic Gel
  3. 1 Wet Sensor
  4. Calibration Certificate
  5. 1 Hard Wearing Carrying Case
  6. Operating Instructions.

What is the Smart Ship to Coltraco Ultrasonics?

Through ongoing technology advancements, ship owners can protect their crew, vessels and cargo with smart Safeship® technologies. We can better achieve the Smart Ship, implement existing regulations, and strengthen new ones, by introducing more sensor monitoring technologies which will be linked by IoT. The application of the IoT and ultrasound allows the Smart Ship to be achieved here and now whilst research and development presents future opportunities. Continuous monitoring solutions benefit the crew: by being easy to operate, quick, accurate and better than traditional monitoring techniques, means the likelihood of their use and thus protection is much higher. Whilst regulations can sometimes be said to drive up costs in the short term, their longer-term impact is designed to save time, costs and improve the industry. Owners, managers and operators in particular must strive towards the Safeship®: holistic protection of their fleet.

The Smart Ship can be a Safe Ship by implementing new technology such as that developed by Coltraco Ultrasonics. The neglect of continuous monitoring of the fundamental protection provided by the gaseous extinguishing systems and watertight integrity imperils the lives of ship’s crews and occupants and at the risk of crippling financial and reputational loss to the tanker owner. Continuously monitoring gaseous extinguishing systems and watertight integrity with the aid of IoT raises awareness of the safety critical need to implement and exceed regulations, through continuous inspection.

Coltraco Ultrasonics understand that through the developments and current emphasis on IoT we are closer to reaching the Smart Ship which is bringing greater awareness for the shipping industry to improve. Due to this, future regulations could be strengthened by the inclusion of constant monitoring and IoT developments to allow for the better implementation of the Smart Ship which will be a Safe Ship. IoT and big data offer great benefits to enable implementation and potential change in the regulations.

How do you ensure the Safeship®?

Gaseous extinguishing systems protect important infrastructure against special hazards, fundamental for the safeguarding of critical facilities. A ship’s gaseous extinguishing system typically comprises between 200 and 600 cylinders each containing 45KG of CO2 under high 720 psi/ 49 bar pressure. (Other suppressant clean agents such as FM-200® and Novec™1230 are becoming more widely used.) One of the highest probabilities of discharge occurs during their maintenance. Some marine service companies estimate that 20% of a ship’s CO2 cylinders have discharged or partially leaked their contents at some point in their lifetime. Taking CO2 systems through as an example, although random checks may be suitable in some sectors, it is worth remembering that because the normal design concentration of CO2 of 34-72 v/v % is above the nearly immediate acute lethality level, these systems have an extremely narrow safety margin. As these systems work through oxygen dilution rather than the chemical disruption of the catalytic combustion chain (which is the case with other clean agents), insufficient oxygen levels during an accidental discharge may allow a situation to spiral out of hand. Yet although this poses high levels of risk to the service companies and the crew, because gaseous extinguishing systems are highly pressurised, the risk of leaking and discharging is accepted as part of their use and this is shown in the regulations that demand their upkeep.

The implementation of regulations through Safeship technologies ensure that the gaseous extinguishing systems are functional in the event of a fire. The regulations that currently govern gaseous extinguishing systems are the IMO SOLAS Fire Safety Systems (FSS) Code and the BS EN ISO 14520 standards.

IMO SOLAS & FSS Code Chapter 2.1.1.3 - “Means shall be provided for the crew to safely check the quantity of the fire extinguishing medium in the containers.”

Clean agent fire-fighting systems are guided by BS EN ISO 14520 Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems. BS EN ISO 14520 -1:2015(E) assumes that the execution of its standards is entrusted to people qualified and experienced in the specification, design, installation, commissioning, testing, approval, inspection, operation and maintenance of systems and equipment, and who can be expected to exercise a duty of care to avoid unnecessary release of extinguishant.

ISO 14520-1:2015(E) specifically states in 6.2.4.2 Contents Indication that - Means shall be provided to indicate that each container is correctly charged and in 9.2.1.1 At least annually, or more frequently as required by the authority, all systems shall be thoroughly inspected and tested for proper operation by competent personnel.

In ISO 14520-1:2015(E) 9.2.1.3 - The storage container contents shall be checked at least every six months as follows: a) Liquefied gases: for halocarbon agents, if a container shows a loss of agent in quantity of more than 5 % or a loss of pressure (adjusted for temperature) of more than 10 %, it shall be refilled or replaced. b) Non-liquefied gases: for inert gas agents, pressure is an indication of agent quantity. If a container shows a loss of agent quantity or a loss of pressure (adjusted for temperature) of more than 5 %, it shall be refilled or replaced.

The crew have a responsibility to implement the regulations via regular testing, which enabled through smart ultrasonic technology and IoT, should be done continuously to avoid negligence and unnecessary risk. Misunderstanding exists across parts of shipping industry regarding the application of a part of the IMO SOLAS FSS Code: the need for crew to test the contents of their CO2, FM-200® & NOVEC™ 1230 Gaseous Extinguishing Systems in between the periodic inspection, maintenance and certification intervals. These periodic inspections are conducted annually or biennially, and only by an Accredited Service Agent i.e. an external Marine Servicing Company. The reason IMO requires crew to test for contents in-between these is that the “ship sails alone” and “there is no such thing as a small fire at sea”; it must act as its own emergency fire service, differing to a land based asset. In order to create a Safeship® the crew must be in full understanding of the status their safety systems at all times and not just at the times of the inspections – achieved by continuous monitoring.

Gaseous extinguishing systems must be able to actuate, or release their gas, in the event of a fire. Given that the gaseous systems are designed specifically to the individual need of the vessel, and it is known that they leak, then a 5% loss of agent may mean that they would not fully extinguish the fire. These are pressurised systems, so the point of monthly checking for contents is to identify loss of contents through leakage or accidental discharge before they fall below their capacity to extinguish (technically described as: delivering their design concentration). Only having the annual inspection by accredited marine servicing companies is not enough – the crew must take responsibility for its own fire protection and inspecting the gaseous extinguishing systems. But what if there is leakage in between these monthly checks? With fewer, even lower-skilled crew and a greater dependence on autonomous machinery, the dependence on fire systems being checked from shore, let alone on the ship in person, will only become greater. Manual weighing is not only laborious, but also dangerous to the crew conducting the servicing. New technology allows ship owners and crews to help them both the spirit and letter of the regulation and thus know that their vessel is protected in the event of a fire.

Smart technology provides the crew and ship owners with ease of inspection and understanding their extinguishing systems. However, the crew will not be able to refill the gaseous extinguishing system, and instead must rely on notifying the marine servicing company when they arrive at a port, despite the fact that they may only be at the port for a very short amount of time. Due to time pressures, the risk of not being able to find a contractor in time to fill the cylinders in the event of leakage is one that could jeopardise the safety of the entire ship when it is time to set sail. Furthermore, it is well known that vessels are kept at the dock for a minimum amount of time, which reduces time for repairs and thus efficiency without compromise of safety is key. Continuously monitoring the cylinders with ultrasonic sensors that utilises IoT can avoid this, because the network contribution. Using IoT enables the advance notification of the crew and shore based services whilst at sea. Therefore, preparations to address the issues can be made prior to docking to ensure the issues are resolved given the minimum time they have. By having the ability to understand the contents’ level of their gaseous extinguishing systems whilst at sea, the crew are also able to comply and exceed the IMO SOLAS FSS and ISO 14520 regulations, whilst ensuring the Safeship®.

Ultrasonic Leak Sensors can Assist in find holes and leaks for Cargo Safety

Spilling vessels are the most serious hazard to the economy as whatever else. A vehicle vessel can pass on items worth billions of dollars on a singular trip. Imagine the incident that would happen if a vehicle transport passing on each one of these stock transforms or sinks. Whatever may be the reason of the fiasco, the cause would be none other than the proximity of holes in the vessel's body. Since the pontoon's solitary medium of travel is the ocean, the most anomalous measure of stickiness on the docks and when the vessel is cruising can realize rusting paying little heed to the way that a touch of its iron body is revealed.

There is no ending to rust and openings in a watercraft's body, especially a vehicle vessel's body. As the colossal and overpowering stock are stacked and purged in the payload holds, the scratching and thumping causes engravings and chips off the pontoon's cautious paint. Once the body or the paint is hurt in any way, the advancement of rust gets the chance to be beyond question and from now on, a hole. Since there is no stopping to it, there is a way to deal with guard a watercraft from further mischief and that is filling the openings when they appear. Holes must be filled once they are found by the technique for hatch cover maintenance and watertight integrity testing with ultrasound.

Crevices can appear in most of the astounding spots inside a watercraft's body. Finding them can be amazingly troublesome and it can be incomprehensible with no strong instruments. The fundamental mechanical assembly that is really valuable in finding the openings in the vessel's body and brood spreads is the ultrasonic contraption which is flexible and astoundingly exact in its working.

The generator which makes the ultrasonic waves is kept inside the watercraft's payload holds or whatever other piece of the body to be striven for openings and breaks. As it starts making the beat, the ultrasonic waves escape from the spilling regions and the openings and are

gotten by the authority. From now on the territory of the hole is immediately found.

The most ideal approach to save the economy from being choked in the seas and to save the ocean business from getting a loathsome name is the reliable watertight compartment doors testing of each watercraft. As these tests are coordinated all the time by the pontoon's staff, it's completely unimaginable a break can go undetected and make threat the watercraft's security as it sails out on the immeasurable seas and oceans of the world.

 

CEO Message

Integrity and Science Key to Our Culture of Performance

Dear Coltraco Customers, Strategic Partners and Distributors,

Integrity is our defining value. Performance is its consequence. We understand that our customers have choices, and how we perform determines whether customers choose us. Coltraco’s Code of Ethics does not merely require compliance with laws. It embodies a Commitment to positive behaviours that build trust, promote respect, operate with distinction, with courtesy and global levels of performance, demonstrating our integrity and delivering customer performance.

We honour our commitments, communicate transparently, and act with honour. Ethics are the foundation of our performance culture and our science-based approach. We lead in specific technologies delivering the watertight integrity monitoring of marine structures and the monitoring of fixed liquefied gaseous fire extinguishing systems and the room integrity of protected space to ensure agent hold-times post-installation. We show this by our understanding of the science in them and the mathematics that explain them.

I would like to thank you for your business and for the relationships with our Customers, Strategic Partners, Distributors and ODAs who we value so highly.

My kindest regards,
Carl

Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter BA(Dunelm) Hon DSc FRINA FIMarEST MRAeS
CEO & Managing Director
Coltraco Ultrasonics Limited
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