A new year is meant for new beginnings. Here at Fondriest Environmental, this means keeping our product offerings as streamlined for the environmental monitoring marketplace as we can so that customers can find what they need quickly and easily.
It’s not the most clear-cut process, as there are many new products that hit the market each year. And our selection process has had to evolve along with developments going on in the industry. So, with that in mind, we wanted to share with you the new product lines that we have selected to begin offering in 2016.
The list below is broken down by company, the new product or products offered and some of the benefits we expect them to provide our customers. We’re excited to see how these lines of gear will aid researchers and scientists out there tackling the major environmental issues of our day.
New Product: Observator ANALITE NEP5000 Turbidity Sensor
The ANALITE NEP5000 digital turbidity sensor provides extremely stable and accurate readings, even at NTU levels below 10. Since each sensor stores calibration information onboard, swapping a sensor in the field is possible without the need for recalibration. The NEP5000 features an integrated wiper to guard against biofouling and is compatible with any standard MCIL 6-pin female cable assembly. Its operation can be programmed through a Configuration Kit, which also supports troubleshooting and calibration to 10 NTU, 400 NTU and 1,000 NTU.
New Product: PME Cyclops-7 Logger
The Cyclops-7 Logger from PME connects directly to all Turner Designs Cyclops-7 Submersible Sensors with metal bodies, including those for turbidity, chlorophyll, rhodamine, fluorescein, blue-green algae, CDOM, crude oil, PTSA dyes, refined fuels and tryptophan. The logger features replaceable batteries, waterproof construction and is made of high-performance Delrin. It is a reliable tool for recording measurements from Cyclops-7 sensors and comes with software for calibration and sampling setup. The logger can be configured to sample at rates from 1 minute to 60 minutes, with memory to support 28,800 data points. All measurements can be offloaded to a computer via a standard USB cable.
MK-III Wireless Weather Station
MK-III-LR weather stations use research-grade sensors, are compact, factory-calibrated, easy to set up and ready to use out of the box. Each model tracks wind speed, wind direction, humidity, air temperature, barometric pressure and rainfall. An agricultural configuration of the MK-III, called the AgroMET, allows users to add measurements of solar radiation and leaf wetness to that list. The stations are powered by solar panels, made in the United States and come with a 2-year warranty. They incorporate a proprietary magnet-run rotary blade wind sensor, and offer an option to add a tipping bucket rain gauge among other components. The MK-III-LR and AgroMET use wireless radio telemetry to convey data to a receiver.
PortLog Portable Weather Station
The PortLog portable weather station is a complete data logging unit that comes with a tripod and carrying case. Each PortLog can keep track of parameters including wind speed and direction, air temperature, barometric pressure, dew point, relative humidity, rainfall and solar radiation. Like the MK-III stations, the PortLOG comes fully assembled and can be deployed with little effort. Powered by 3-watt solar panels and backed by a 5-year warranty, the stations have made a name for themselves across the industry for ease of use while maintaining reliable operation in harsh conditions and in remote deployments.
Telemet II Cellular Telemetry Unit
The TeleMET II can be paired with the MK-III-LR or AgroMET weather stations. This configuration is especially useful in situations where real-time, on-site data are important for decision-making, such as conditions at remote air landing strips, or spray and irrigation conditions at large-scale agricultural farms. The TeleMET II allows station data to be sent directly to the cloud via a cellular connection, permitting any station in a cell-phone reception area to provide real-time data. If power is not available, a solar pack option allows for independent, remote installations with cellular capacity. In the event that there is an interruption in cellular transmission, the TeleMET II comes with a 6-month data logging storage backup.
New Products: Entire line
INW, or Instrumentation Northwest, manufactures gear for telemetry and data-logging, as well as smart water sensors. Our new offerings from this company include the full range of equipment it provides, including sensors with integral data loggers for measuring water level, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, temperature and more. These smart sensors are also compatible with INW data collection devices that add capabilities above gathering data, including wireless communication and setting custom sampling intervals. INW software offerings will be available as well.