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Office Closures

It’s that time again! With the holiday season in the UK upon us, we would like to inform you of the office and manufacturing closures in December and January.

This year, we are closed on the 25th & 26th of December, as well as the 1st January 2019. We will still be able to assist for most of the seasonal period, catering to the demand of all our valued customers.

For information on delivery schedules throughout this period for our Rapidox gas analysers, please contact us on +44 (0)1480 462142 or email sales@sf6.co.uk.

All of us at Cambridge Sensotec are excited for 2019 and would like to say a massive thank you for your continued business and support. We wish you a happy and successful New Year.

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Explore our new SF6 website!

Our brand new SF6 gas analysis website is now live. The new website can be found at www.sf6.co.uk.

In 2014 Cambridge Sensotec proudly manufactured the specialist Rapidox SF6 gas analysers for the gas-insulated electrical equipment market. A team of highly skilled and experienced engineers designed the analysers with the primary function of measuring the level of sulfur hexafluoride. Cambridge Sensotec SF6 6100 gas analysers are designed and manufactured to ISO 9001 standards and pre-programmed with all current IEC and CIGRE test configurations, with the ability to create customised test parameters. Our customer base for the SF6 6100 gas analysers consists of reputable organisations within the powergen and medical industries who report the analysers to be integral and fundamental in their SF6 gas analysis.

Available in the range is the Rapidox 6100 Pump Back, Portable and Bench gas analysers.

Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back Gas Analyser
The Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back is a fully-automatic zero-emissions SF6 gas analyser, designed for controlling and monitoring the quality and purity of gas used in high voltage switchgear, circuit breakers and transformers. Exceptional accuracy and stability are provided when measuring the purity of SF6 gas, through specially selected sensors. The modular configuration allows for up to eight compatible gases to be analysed, simultaneously, using one analyser. The Rapidox is fully compatible with mixtures of SF6, CF4, N2 and air, together with toxic contamination gases such as SO2, HF, H2S and CO. Results are displayed on screen and printed using the inbuilt thermal printer.

Rapidox SF6 6100 Portable Gas Analyser
The Rapidox SF6 6100 Portable is designed for controlling and monitoring the quality of SF6 in medium and high voltage gas insulated electrical equipment. The modular configuration allows for up to eight compatible gases to be analysed, simultaneously, with one analyser. A gas output nozzle allows for the analyser to be attached to the Rapidox Gas Recovery Bag, ensuring that all sampled SF6 gas is recovered. Internal SF6 gas pressure is recorded and logged by the analyser. All measured gas is analysed and data logged simultaneously with only a few minutes required to achieve a stable reading.

Rapidox SF6 6100 Bench Gas Analyser
The Rapidox SF6 6100 Bench mountable gas analyser is designed for controlling and monitoring the quality of SF6 gas within a range of laboratory and field-based applications. These applications include medical testing, laboratory-based research and development, and the analysis of SF6 gas present in medium and high voltage gas insulated electrical equipment. SF6, SO2 and H2O (dew point) gases are simultaneously analysed and data logged to an exceptionally accurate standard. The Rapidox SF6 6100 Bench analyser is also available as a complete and portable kit, allowing users to carry all the equipment they require within a heavy-duty IP66 case. Each kit includes a set of DN8 and DN20 fittings with a stainless-steel braided hose (self-sealing couplings), a swing handle fitted to the analyser and a separate thermal printer.

For any further information please visit the new SF6 website, email sales@sf6.co.uk or call +44 (0)1480 462142. Alternatively, please use the LiveChat functionality on the website where Cambridge Sensotec can provide real-time answers to enquiries.

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SF6 Gas in Ophthalmology

Medical applications utilising gases are wide and varied and include patient care, research and the manufacture of pharmaceutical products.Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) is a man-made gas comprising of one sulphur and six fluoride atoms. Key properties of the gas are that it is extremely chemically stable and has a relatively high density. Commonly used within the electrical industry as an insulating medium, the properties of the gas also make it highly suitable for use in ophthalmology.

SF6 Gas

Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) is a man-made gas comprising of one sulphur and six fluoride atoms. Key properties of the gas are that it is extremely chemically stable and has a relatively high density. Commonly used within the electrical industry as an insulating medium, the properties of the gas also make it highly suitable for use in ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology is the surgical or medical care of any conditions that affect the eye or its appendages. This can include; cataracts, genetic eye disorders, trauma or disease. The retina is a light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the back of the eye. Metabolic tissue works to support the retina of the eyeball. However, this tissue can pull away, resulting in a macular hole or retinal detachment. Either one of these conditions can lead to a distorted or impaired vision. Reparations can take place during a procedure called a vitrectomy.

Vitrectomies

During a vitrectomy, an ophthalmologist (medically trained eye specialists), will remove the vitreous humour, a clear gel-like substance that lies behind the iris. In doing so, they will gain access to the back of the eye, where they may repair the damaged retina.

SF6 gas and its use within Ophthalmology

At the end of the vitrectomy surgery, the ophthalmologist is required to fill the space left by the vitreous gel. This can be achieved by injecting a small amount of SF6 gas into the eye, in order to maintain the pressure required to allow the retina to remain in place and adequately heal. Due to the high density of the SF6 gas the body is unable to absorb it for 3-4 weeks. In comparison, air takes only 1-3 weeks, which does not allow the eye sufficient time to repair.

SF6 Gas Analysis

Why is gas analysis essential?

In order to validate their techniques, it is important that ophthalmologists analyse the composition of the SF6 gas prior to its use in surgery. In doing so higher precision, purity, traceability, accuracy and performance can be achieved.

Cambridge Sensotec is an established manufacturer of the Rapidox range of high precision gas analysers. The company collaborated with specialists in ophthalmology to develop a bespoke Rapidox SF6 6100 Bench analyser, which is capable of analysing a minimal amount of SF6 gas.

As a privately owned company, staffed by highly skilled technologists, Cambridge Sensotec is perfectly placed to react to its customers specialised gas analysis requirements. Dynamic and flexible, the company are able to design and supply solutions to suit a variety of gas analysis applications.

For further information on SF6 and the Rapidox range of gas analysers, please visit www.sf6.co.uk. Alternatively you can contact us on +44 (0)1480 462142 or email sales@cambridge-sensotec.co.uk.

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17 years of excellence in gas analysis

After 17 years of establishment, Cambridge Sensotec is proud to have manufactured thousands of gas analysers for our customers worldwide.

Providing specialised gas analysis solutions to many prestigious academic and research institutes, the company has an established global distribution network and ISO 9001 accreditation.

Available in bench, portable and rack-mountable configurations with a multitude of sensor options, measurable gases include; O2, CO2, CO, H2, Cl2, N2O, H2O, CH4, Cl, NO, C2H4, SO2, CH4, O3, NH3, SF6 and H2S.

Initially specialising in oxygen analysis, Cambridge Sensotec has since diversified and extended its product range into other gas analysis markets including SF6 gas testing equipment. The company’s Rapidox SF6 gas analyser range is designed for many applications including the testing of high voltage gas insulated electrical equipment, medical monitoring, process gas analysis and SF6 gas purity tests.

To see our practices in work, view our video below.

Cambridge Sensotec also offers a range of Rapidox servicing in the UK and throughout the World with a network of agents and distributors. A full-service program is available using state-of-the-art automated calibration stations with certified and traceable calibration gases; all designed to calibrate your Rapidox gas analysers accurately and efficiently.

Gas detection equipment can be purchased through our shop for applications such as; confined spaces, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, diving, medical and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). A comprehensive fixed gas detection installation and commissioning service is available for Oldham and Status Scientific instruments. This service includes national coverage, consultation, maintenance and calibration schedules.

The acquisition of Dynascan in 2014 has also provided us with the ability to deliver innovative leak detection system for those within the pharmaceutical, medical devices and food manufacturing industries.

For more information on our services, please email sales@cambridge-sensotec.co.uk or call +44 (0)1480 462142.

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Maintenance of SF6 Gas

Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) gas is an arc quenching and cooling medium used in medium and high voltage electrical equipment as an electrical insulator. Under the Kyoto Protocol, SF6 has been classified as a greenhouse gas and restrictions are in place to limit the amount allowed to be released into the atmosphere.

Both manufacturers and the users of their equipment are responsible for the reduction in SF6 gas emissions. Organisations such as the International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) and the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) provide guidance and regulatory information with regards to the handling of such a gas when it comes to maintenance.

When partial arcing or a failure occurs within electrical equipment, this can cause the creation of decomposition products such as sulphur dioxide and hydrogen fluoride. Analysis of SF6 gas is recommended as part of a regular condition maintenance schedule, this ensures that equipment and personnel are properly protected. Early identification of elevated decomposition products will help to eliminate power outages and failures, alongside unnecessary inspections.

In order to ensure that no emissions occur throughout the testing process, Cambridge Sensotec designed the Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back gas analyser. The instrument draws a sample of SF6 gas from the electrical equipment and analyses it in accordance with current IEC and CIGRE test configurations. It then pumps it back either automatically or manually, into the electrical equipment at pressure. Alternatively, the analyser can store the gas internally for proper disposal at a later time.

For further information about gas analysis applications or the Rapidox range of gas analysers, please contact us on +44 (0)1480 462142 or email info@cambridge-sensotec.co.uk. Additional information on SF6 gas analysis can be found at www.sf6.co.uk.

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Cambridge Sensotec Continues to Expand into New International Markets

SF6 Gas Analysis

Cambridge Sensotec is continually developing its global reach and expansion into new markets. The importance and benefits of analysing SF6 (Sulphur Hexafluoride) gas are becoming ever increasingly necessary within the electricity market, due to environmental regulations and potential reductions in maintenance costs.

Following the launch of the Rapidox SF6 6100 gas analyser range at the EP China show in October 2014, Cambridge Sensotec has been encouraged by the demand from the market. We are pleased to announce that the Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back version is to be exhibited at the following two trade shows this spring:

  • Middle East Electricity, 2-4th March 2015, Dubai, Stand 4D10
  • Global Electric Power Tech, 13-15th May 2015, South Korea

The Rapidox SF6 6100 range of gas analysers has been specifically designed to analyse SF6 gas within medium and high voltage gas insulated electrical equipment. Both shows will provide Cambridge Sensotec with the opportunity to present the Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back to those involved in the procurement and installation of products and services within the ever growing markets of power, renewable and nuclear sectors.

For further information on Rapidox SF6 6100 gas analysers or advice and information on SF6 gas analysis, please contact Cambridge Sensotec on +44 (0)1480 462142 or email sales@cambridge-sensotec.co.uk. Further details can also be found on our website: www.sf6.co.uk

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Cambridge Sensotec Launch New range of Rapidox SF6 Gas Analysers at EP China 2014

Cambridge Sensotec announced the launch of their new Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back gas analyser at the EP China Exhibition in Beijing this month. The analyser is designed for monitoring SF6 gas within medium and high voltage gas insulated electrical equipment. EP China is an international event organised by the China Electricity Council, showcasing electrical power automation equipment and technology to an international audience. The Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back gas analyser headlined the revamped range of Rapidox SF6 gas analysers on the Cambridge Sensotec stand, attracting many international visitors.

Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back Gas Analyser

A fully automatic SF6 gas analyser designed to store the gas samples or pump them back into the electrical equipment at high pressure, with no waste or emissions. Versatile and transportable, the battery powered instrument is housed within a heavy-duty Peli case, with wheels and a handle. It is the lightest instrument of its kind on the market, weighing only 21kg. Pre-programmed with ISO and CIGRE compliant test configurations, the portable analyser also includes an integrated thermal printer for printed test results on-site.

Rapidox SF6 6100 Portable Gas Analyser

Portable SF6 gas analysis field instrument, with over 8 hours of battery life. The gas analyser includes a unique Rapidri system to accelerate dew point readings and is pre-programmed with ISO and CIGRE compliant test configurations. A gas output nozzle can be used in conjunction with the Rapidox Gas Recovery Bag. The analyser is housed within an IP66 case and features an integrated thermal printer.

Rapidox SF6 6100 Bench Gas Analyser

Bench mounted SF6, SO2 and H2O analyser fitted with a unique Rapidri system. Features include fully programmable alarm circuits (volt free contacts), programmable analogue outputs (0-5V and 4-20mA), easy calibration (user selectable gases), RS232/RS485 communications and complete data logging software. Ideal for many SF6 analysis applications within the power, medical and process industries. The analyser is also compatible with industry standard gas recovery systems.

EP China – Symposium

Cambridge Sensotec had a unique opportunity to present the Rapidox SF6 6100 Pump Back Gas Analyser at a symposium held at the EP China exhibition. The presentation outlined the benefits of using the Rapidox products within electricity power generation condition based maintenance programmes.
EP China hosted over 800 worldwide exhibitors from 16 countries/regions, exhibiting in 8 exhibition halls. Visitors included professionals from many worldwide industries including power supply, power grid construction and transformation, power generation, electricity maintenance and power research and design institutes. To find out more please visit the EP China website.

For further information on the new Rapidox range of SF6 gas analysis instruments, please visit www.sf6.co.uk, telephone +44 (0)1480 462142 or email sales@cambridge-sensotec.co.uk

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SF6 Gas and its Uses Within Electrical Applications

Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) is a man-made gas comprising of one sulphur and six fluoride atoms. SF6 is extremely chemically stable, non-flammable and highly electronegative, with an excellent dielectric property of approximately 2.5 times more than air. Therefore it is commonly used in electrical switchgear, transformers and substations as an electrical insulation, arc quenching and cooling medium.

Electrical arcs are a discharge of light and heat and can be caused within electrical power systems such as switchgear when conductive channels facilitate their formation. The high electronegativity and heat transferring properties of SF6 means that it is able to absorb the electron energy and lower the arc temperature through the capture of free electrons. The combination of the SF6 gas and free electrons results in big, heavy ions with low rates of mobility, which effectively prevents electron avalanches and flashovers.

While under the influence of electrical discharges SF6 partially decomposes, separating into its atomic components. During this time oxygen, moisture and decomposition products such as sulphur dioxide may be created. Unlike other insulating mediums, SF6 gas has the unique ability to ‘self-heal’ with the atoms recombining after the discharge, this is one of the reasons for its widespread use within the electrical industry.

Regular analysis of SF6 gas is essential as part of a maintenance schedule. In order to protect personnel and equipment, it is advised that periodic servicing is carried out throughout the lifetime of the equipment. Identification of elevated decomposition levels will ensure unnecessary inspections, outages and failures in addition to reducing maintenance expenditure and ensuring the effectiveness of the SF6 gas.

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement between nations that came into force in 2005. It commits its parties by mandating country-by-country reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Due to the chemical stability of SF6 gas it has the potential to remain in the atmosphere for thousands of years. Under the Kyoto Protocol, SF6 gas has been identified as a greenhouse gas with a limitation as to the amount that can be released into the atmosphere.

Stricter legislation has seen changes to the requirements of the electrical power industry in relation to the handling of SF6 gas. As a result, Cambridge Sensotec has developed the new Rapidox SF6 6100 gas analyser featuring a pump back gas return function. The analyser is able to extract the SF6 gas from equipment such as Gas Insulated Substations (GIS) and simultaneously analyse all measured gases. It will then pump it back at the same pressure as used within the electrical equipment by using a powerful 10 bar compressor. A vacuum purge cycle and gas storage system ensures that no air is allowed to contaminate the gas sample and that no SF6 gas is allowed to escape during the testing period.

The Rapidox uses high precision infrared (IR) sensor technology for the analysis of SF6 gas. Infrared sensor technology is based on the principle that some gases absorb IR radiation at specific wavelengths. It is advantageous in that it supplies the user with a rapid response, is immune to poisoning and contamination and has the ability to operate in the absence of oxygen.

Decomposition products sulphur dioxide (SO2) and moisture (H2O) may also be measured by the Rapidox SF6 6100 gas analyser, using electrochemical and advanced ceramic sensor technology respectively. Additional sensors for gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and hydrogen fluoride (HF) are also available.
Cambridge Sensotec has also been carrying out field tests, which have highlighted the requirement for quick and easy to use instruments for onsite SF6 gas maintenance procedures. Therefore, the Rapidox SF6 6100 pump back gas analyser has been developed with an inbuilt microprocessor operated by a 7” colour touchscreen, with the ability to store 12 months of continuous data. Pre-loaded IEC and CIGRE tests are available, alongside the ability to customise test parameters. Housed within a robust IP66 Peli case, the Rapidox is lightweight and features an 8-hour lithium ion battery in addition to an in-built printer, making it a truly portable field instrument.

Due for release in Autumn 2014, the Rapidox SF6 6100 pump back gas analyser is to be showcased in October 2014 at the EP China exhibition: http://www.epchinashow.com. For further information regarding gas analysis products, please contact Cambridge Sensotec on +44 (0)1480 462142, or email us at sales@cambridge-sensotec.co.uk.

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Cambridge Sensotec is Developing an All New SF6 Gas Analyser with Pump Back Facility

In response to the requirements of the electricity generation and distribution industries, Cambridge Sensotec is nearing completion of a new and exciting portable SF6 gas analyser to include a gas return function.

As GIS equipment contains pressurised SF6 gas, Cambridge Sensotec’s new analyser will allow the user to return the sample to pressurised switchgear. SF6 gas samples can be extracted from the GIS equipment into the analyser, measured and pumped back. This eliminates the need to refill the GIS and prevents the release of any SF6 gas into the atmosphere (in accordance with Kyoto greenhouse gas handling legislation).

As part of the product’s development, Cambridge Sensotec is conducting extensive on-site trials to gain technical and practical knowledge. The information gathered has then been fed into the product development process, meaning the completed unit will be designed to meet all of the challenges faced by the user. The site visits included a tour of a typical substation facility and demonstrations by the site staff of the procedures of testing GIS equipment. Cambridge Sensotec’s prototype SF6 gas analyser was used in conjunction with both new and old GIS equipment to assess the applications requirements in full.

In addition to the analyser’s gas pump back facility, the portable analyser will include high precision gas sensors for measuring SF6, SO2 and H2O, with the option of adding sensors for measuring HF and O2 within the SF6 gas. The analyser will also feature a 7” touch screen display, pre-loaded IEC and CIGRE tests (custom tests can also be set), an 8 hour lithium ion battery, robust IP66 Peli-case, 12 months continuous data storage and optional DILO DN8 and DN20 fittings.

The launch date of the new SF6 gas analyser is planned for Autumn 2014.

For information about SF6 gas analysis, equipment and applications please see our website:
www.sf6.co.uk

For further information regarding any of our gas analysis products, please contact Cambridge Sensotec
on +44 (0)1480 462142, or email us at sales@cambridge-sensotec.co.uk.

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Cambridge Sensotec’s New Generation of Rapidox Portable Gas Analysers

Rapidox 6100 SF6 Multigas Analyser

The Rapidox 6100 is an all new high precision gas analysis instrument, with the ability to measure three or more of the above gases simultaneously. The analyser is also fully portable, allowing for 8 hours of continuous use.

Applications include:

  • Control and monitoring of SF6 gas quality within Gas Insulated Substations (GIS), switchgear and circuit breakers
  • SF6 leakage detection
  • Detecting the presence of SO2, H2O, HF and O2 within the SF6 gas

Features:

  • High precision sensors
  • Pre-loaded ASTM tests
  • 7″ full-colour touch screen
  • 8-hour lithium ion battery
  • Robust IP66 Peli-case
  • Minimum 12 months continuous data storage
  • Optional DILO DN8 and DN20 fittings available

Use in conjunction with the Rapidox Gas Recovery Bag to safeguard against SF6 gas being released into the atmosphere (in accordance with the Kyoto agreement).