Prize for oldest Pelton wheel flowmeter

Custom flow meter manufacturer and distributor Litre Meter is to celebrate 35 years of continuous manufacture of its Pelton Wheel flowmeter by offering a luxury weekend break to whoever sends in the oldest meter still in use, for repair or recalibration.

Litre Meter began manufacturing their Pelton Wheel flowmeters, designed to accurately measure low flow rates, in 1975. Since then they have been used in a variety of applications ranging from measuring the flow of water into the boilers of a world record breaking steam car to precisely measuring the flow of gasoline in an automotive fuel injection test rig for Delphi.  It is easy to identify the age of the meter. Each one is marked with a unique serial number in the format xx/xxxxx. The oldest working meters are likely to have numbers that begin xx/x4xxx, xx/x3xxx, xx/x2xxx or xx/x1xxx.

Litre Meter chairman Charles Wemyss said: “To help Litre Meter celebrate the continued success of the Pelton Wheel meter and to demonstrate its accuracy, reliability and versatility we are looking for the oldest one sent in by one of our customers for repair or recalibration.  We are confident of finding many meters still in use that have been running well beyond 20 years. We have already had one candidate. Crown Packaging recently returned a meter for repair that has been in use since February 1986.”

If you think you have the oldest Pelton Wheel in your facility please contact Litre Meter. The winner will enjoy a luxury European weekend break for two, with spending money. “With more than 30,000 meters currently in use there are a lot of people in with a chance. All Pelton Wheel LM & MM meters returned for repair or recalibration before 31 March 2011 are automatically entered. The competition is open not only to customers from the UK but also worldwide,” added Charles Wemyss.

CSB Safety Videos

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has received the prestigious European Process Safety Centre (EPSC) Award 2010 for the CSB Safety Video series. The award is given to acknowledge “progress toward a less-hazardous Europe” and this is the first time the Centre has given the award to an American entity, and only the second to an organization or individual outside of Europe. The EPSC was founded by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering and has a membership that includes leading chemical companies, manufacturers, contractors, consultants, and academic institutions, representing a significant part of the process safety community in Europe. As its website notes, the Centre is an industry-funded network which exists to provide an independent forum for the leadership and support of process safety within Europe.

Award for National Instruments

National Instruments UK has achieved prestigious Laureate status in the UK’s Best Workplaces Programme, after being named one of the UK’s 50 Best Workplaces for a fifth consecutive year.  NI is now among only 20 companies in the UK that have achieved the accolade of Laureate status.
“It is an honour to be recognised again in the UK’s Best Workplaces top 50, and to be ranked in the list for the fifth year running, particularly following one of the most challenging periods in the economic and employment climate in decades”, said Robert Morton, NI UK & Ireland Managing Director. “These results demonstrate that NI remains a company built-to-last, one which truly values its people, even in challenging times when it can be difficult for some companies to keep commitments.  This also illustrates the rock-solid success of our 100-year plan for being a stable company that empowers employees and customers to change the world,  as one of the UK’s leading providers of measurement and automation technologies.” In addition to the UK honours, the Great Place to Work® Institute has also named National Instruments one of the best places to work in France, Germany, Italy and Mexico during the last year, and for eleven consecutive years in the US.