An innovative, clamp-on metering technology is due to undergo a range of tests at TUV SUD NEL’s lab in East Kilbride in March. The work is being done under Innovate UK’s A4I funding programme. It is just one of the ways in which the company has helped provide support and expertise to Dashboard Limited, the company developing the new device.
“We have already provided a number of consultancy sessions to Dashboard, including a Lunch & Learn session and a round table discussion day,” says Flow Measurement Consultant, Craig Marshall. “We are now working with the team to take its new product forward to market, which will involve a wide range of product tests.”
Dashboard’s product is called the Limpet. It is a unique, non-invasive pipeline collar that fuses industrial engineering with a leading-edge cloud-based technology stack to deliver a holistic view of structural health, operational performance and leak detection.
“Dashboard is excited to be working with TUV SUD NEL and accessing its facilities to performance test the LIMPET technology,” says Pete Stirling, Director of Dashboard Limited. “The analysis under the A4I programme is a critical interim step, ahead of deployment of our first commercial trial with a major UK onshore pipeline operator scheduled for Q3 2019.”
“We will be working with Dashboard to test the performance of the new product under a range of different flow rates, viscosities, temperatures and pressures,” says Craig. “From our perspective, it is an exciting piece of technology that has great potential to detect leaks and so reduce environmental pollution, save waste and improve profitability.”
The testing will build on work done in the two consultancy sessions that took place in 2018. During the Lunch & Learn session Dashboard staff received training presentations on ultrasonic metering technology. During the Roundtable experts from NEL, NPL and other agencies discussed the Limpet technology and the forthcoming work to be done under the A4I programme.
Dashboard Limited is a technology-based information services company that provides an automated remote monitoring solution for collecting and consolidating near-real-time data from sensors in both remote and accessible locations.
The Analysis for Innovators (A4I) programme is run by Innovate UK. The programme, which has just launched its fourth round of funding, offers cutting edge R&D expertise and facilities to UK companies that have an analysis or measurement problem they need to solve. TUV SUD NEL is one of the organisations in the UK’s National Measurement System, that support the programme, the others being NPL, NML and the STFC.
For more information, contact Craig Marshall.
Find out how to apply to participate in the funding programme.