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By adding Centurion XPG digital cameras to its service arm, Whessoe Total Automation has added a documentation, safety and quality control capability to its portfolio of services.

Whessoe Total Automation is based in the north east of England and specialises in marine instrumentation, with more than 35 years’ experience in cargo level gauging systems and associated automated systems.

The prime activity of the organisation is marine gauging sales, marketing, systems solutions, spares provision, repairs and an after-sales service.

’The equipment Whessoe Total Automation provides is engineered to operate in the harshest weather, temperature and atmospheric environments,’ said Chris Mais, managing director.

Key to Whessoe’s continued success is providing after-sales advice and services to its customers.

With mobile service teams operating across the globe, Whessoe can react to customer requirements quickly and efficiently.

However, solutions and upgrade options are often difficult to document within explosive areas, leaving reports open to interpretation, especially with respect to location within miles of pipleline, sometime hundreds of miles offshore.

Due to the increasing demands for after-sales service information and feedback to clients, Whessoe concluded that a reliable and robust solution for providing digital imagery in hazardous conditions was a necessary addition.

Whessoe decided to research the market for an Atex-certified digital camera.

The company highlighted two important features to be considered: a high-resolution image detector, preferably 5 megapixels, and an LCD screen to review images in the field.

Trips to marine vessels and offshore oil platforms can cost thousands of pounds per visit.

Poor resolution or out-of-focus images could render a survey invalid or result in incorrect equipment being taken out of service.

Taking all factors into consideration, Whessoe selected the Centurion XPG series explosion-proof digital cameras as standard equipment for service engineers.

Manufactured by Cordex Instruments, the Centurion XPG series camera provided a safe and fast solution to recording equipment condition and operation in Zone 1 IIC T4 atmospheres.

While similar products were reviewed, the XPG offered the advantage of IP54 ratings, making it suitable for use in adverse weather conditions common with the marine and offshore environment we work in.

The product was selected on basis of its specification over rival products and its ability to not only capture still images but to also capture moving images within explosive atmospheres.

The portability of the product was also a key factor in the decision-making process.

This, coupled with a removable battery with recharging facility and an onboard strobe flash, made Centurion XPG the only choice for Whessoe.

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