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Cost effective upgrades to existing oil and gas infrastructure is a key requirement for operators, extending the life of offshore plant.

Globally, Bender has thousands of IRDH1065 line insulation monitors (LIM) installed in oil and gas fields on unearthed IT systems. That device is no longer available, but if a new unit is required Bender UK has introduced the ISOMETER® iso1065 as a direct, straightforward replacement.

Electrical faults due to insulation degradation are a primary cause of cable failure and system malfunction in harsh subsea environments and effective monitoring is essential. The ability to cost-effectively upgrade and replace monitoring technology is a key requirement in the maintenance programmes for oil and gas fields.

The direct fit and form ISOMETER® iso1065 LIM is a plug-and-play replacement, requiring no modification or additional equipment. It is quick and easy to install topside to complete any upgrade programmes.

Continuous monitoring of power cables and umbilical cables by the iso1065 LIM detects low insulation resistance levels to identify developing faults early, enabling pro-active preventive maintenance based on risk and asset condition assessment that avoids the severe financial losses resulting from failure or unplanned shutdown.

Robbie Mewton is the Technical Sales Manager at Bender UK specialising in the oil and gas sector.  He explains “The iso1065 LIM has been specifically engineered by Bender to fill the gap left by the IRDH1065 which is no longer available but is still widely used by our customer base.  Maintenance teams have recently used third party substitutes, but our like-for-like replacement now offers the simplest and lowest cost/risk solution for oil and gas operators seeking to maintain legacy equipment with tried and trusted Bender technology”.

This device delivers an accurate overview of electrical system data, and output readings of the insulation resistance levels – forewarning developing earth faults by alarming when insulation resistance level falls below pre-set threshold values. It has modern communication protocols for analysis of subsea systems including Modbus RTU, BMS interface (Bender measuring device interface) for data exchange with other Bender components, and IsoData (for continuous data output). Each device is equipped with automatic self-test connection monitoring to ensure operational reliability and performance and enable remote monitoring that saves engineers time when conducting electrical system health checks.

Bender is an expert in electrical safety worldwide and has set the industry standard for offshore insulation monitoring, with many new product innovations within its portfolio.

The UK team offer survey, installation and commissioning services, with certified Bender engineers available to offer advice and guidance on maximising the performance of new and legacy systems to support ageing offshore and onshore infrastructure.

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Bender UK is a subsidiary of Bender GmbH – a global, independent company established in the 1940s by Walter Bender. The family owned company has 80 offices worldwide, with headquarters and state of the art production facilities in Grunberg, Germany.

Bender is involved in the innovative design and manufacture of quality electrical safety solutions, serving a range of market sectors delivering solutions which identify electrical faults before they become critical. Key markets include defence, oil, gas and mining, manufacturing, data centres, electric vehicles, rail and healthcare.

Cumbrian based Bender UK is responsible for sales, project management, installation and through-life technical support of Bender products in the UK and Ireland.  The Bender UK team work with leading OEMs, consultants, engineers and end-users to deliver solutions which monitor, forewarn and locate developing insulation failure in complex electrical systems.

Bender UK works in key market sectors, to prevent loss of power and shut-down:

Industrial: Residual current monitoring and power quality management devices monitor electrical networks, plant, and buildings to ensure that they are electrically safe. Bender systems provide a continuous health check on electrical systems delivering far-reaching and cost-effective benefits by predicting when and where issues will occur, tracking power usage to identify potential energy savings.

E-Mobility: Bender is a world leader in the application of safety solutions for charge stations and operating systems for hybrid and electric vehicles.  Collaborating with major manufacturers on passenger, transport and commercial vehicle projects, Bender supplies compliant charge station technologies and insulation monitoring for new generation vehicles.

Rail: An approved supplier to Network Rail, Bender UK technology monitors and protects trackside power supplies and signal systems across the UK, identifying and locating electrical faults, anticipating failure to enable predictive and preventive maintenance, keeping rail networks moving.

Oil, Gas and subsea: Effective management of offshore, on-shore and oil and gas infrastructure is facilitated by Bender line insulation monitoring equipment to prevent downtime and loss of production. Bender also collaborates with OEMs on bespoke offshore and sub-sea applications, utilising certified engineers to conduct fault finding analysis, health surveys and commissioning.

Defence: Complex systems on board Royal Navy surface ships and Astute-class submarines are protected by Bender technology to identify and locate earth faults and help prevent electrical failure.

Healthcare: In the UK and Ireland, Bender is market leader in turnkey healthcare solutions, delivering critical care power systems to protect staff and patients from loss of power in hospitals.   Bender also supplies clinical equipment including high performance Merivaara LED surgical lighting and operating tables, infection-reducing touch screen control panels, and clinical services pendants, backed up by 24/7 service, call-out and technical support support to over 400 hospitals.

From off-the-shelf products, to highly customised systems Bender is a supplier of choice to deliver world-class services for critical infrastructure applications.

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