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They are committed to problem solving – they used their knowledge to great effect coming up with a protective unit for our kit when it started to corrode. Met Engineering stands out as the best service – I have no need to look at any of the others.

CLIENT

BAE Systems, the world’s second largest defence and security company employs around 100,000 people worldwide. The company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services.BAE Systems (Marine) Ltd owns and operates the airfield on Walney Island, near Barrow-in-Furness, UK.

PROBLEM

The geography of the Walney Island site determines that the airfield is subject to almost incessant, moist, salt-laden winds sweeping in from the Irish Sea.The result of this persistent attack by the elements is serious corrosion of the various vital navigational and meteorological aids and systems.MetEngUK have provided BAE Systems with meteorological equipment and engineering support services for more than a decade, and were asked to find a permanent solution to the corrosion problem.

SOLUTION

High quality die-cast aluminium alloy boxes are used to contain the data transmitters for the airfield wind system and for the temperature/humidity system. In addition to providing rigid mechanical protection, these boxes act as effective electrical screening, and must be retained. MetEngUK’s answer was to identify suitable, weatherproof ABS housings that would accommodate the die-cast boxes, cater for all cable connections, and allow ready access for servicing purposes. The data connectors serving the individual wind sensors were fitted with protective PVC shrouds.These ‘HE’ (harsh environment) kits have now been fitted to meteorological systems at numerous coastal airports, heliports and airfields to significantly extend equipment life and reliability, as well as providing user cost savings.

Many of the national meteorological services operating in developing countries rely on traditional, autographic meteorological instrumentation, much of which involves a pen arrangement to record data on a clockwork-driven drum chart. The special ink used for these applications is no longer widely available and, in 2011, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, through their agent in Dhaka, contacted MetEngUK for assistance in sourcing an ink supply.

MetEngUK was able to discuss the matter with a specialist manufacturer, and a substantial quantity (140 x 200ml bottles) of special recorder ink was manufactured and shipped by air to Bangladesh within two months of receiving the order.

Your checks were useful for helping locate the problem and the problem has now been resolved.

The coal-fired power station at Lynemouth in Northumberland is operated by Rio Tinto Alcan, with most of the electricity produced used in the production of aluminium in a nearby smelter. The cost-effectiveness of the generation process depends to some extent on the quality of the fuel used, and when the wind direction is such that it carries exhaust gases inland, higher quality and more expensive fuel must be burnt.

In 2009, MetEngUK was asked to survey and report on the existing meteorological systems, as there was some inconsistency between data from the two monitoring sites.

Over the next two years, MetEngUK replaced the wind systems at both sites with high-quality digital sensors feeding analogue converters to readily inteface with Rio Tinto Alcan’s existing data logging systems.

Data from the two monitoring sites has since shown satisfactory correlation.

They (MetEngUK staff) are all professional and polite, and you get honesty from them.

CLIENT:

The Shetland Islands Council manages the port at Sullom Voe through the Sullom Voe Harbour Authority, where BP operates one of the largest oil and liquefied gas terminals in Europe.

The Shetland Islands are at the mercy of some of the strongest winds produced by Atlantic storms; the accurate measurement and generation of surface wind data in the Sullom Voe port area is critical for the safe inshore movements of some of the world’s largest oil tankers.

PROBLEM:

In 1992, when MetEngUK was in its infancy, the Harbour Master at Sullom Voe had noticed that wind data produced by a set of sensors at the port-side occasionally differed in direction by as much as 30 degrees from data provided by the Met Office, who deployed almost identical instrumentation at a site only a few hundred yards from the port-side instruments.

This direction anomaly had previously been investigated by Met Office technical staff, but no conclusive reason for the errors had been discovered.

SOLUTION:

MetEngUK engineers arrived on site on a Saturday, when the wind system could conveniently be taken out of service.

After an hour or so of investigation, it was discovered that a wiring error had been introduced at the direction sensor (a magslip transmitter) on installation and, in an attempt to eliminate that error, a second wiring fault had been introduced at the display unit.

Because of the phase relationship in the ‘rotary transformer’ system between the transmitter and the display equipment, the direction data were occasionally, but not always, correct.

Both the transmitter and display equipment were correctly rewired, when the direction data compared favourably with that from the nearby Met Office’s system.

H W Coates Ltd is pleased with Plumecast which we have incorporated into our off-site emergency plans and procedures.

The H W Coates Limited depot in Cambridgeshire is a major chemical handling facility where safety is paramount. A plumecast system has been installed to support the off-site emergency plan.

The system comprises a maintenence-free ultrasonic wind sensor feeding data to a Plumecast model running 24/7 in a Windows environment. This means that information on wind conditions and plume risk is available literally instantaneously in the event of an incident.

Plumecast is an invaluable decision support tool for dealing with hazardous airborne plumes.

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Let’s discuss your requirements, we’re happy to help specify the right meteorological equipment for your situation.

Phone during normal business hours on 0161 737 2627 (UK) or email John Redman (Sales Manager) info@metenguk.com

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