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Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
CorDEX Explosion Proof Laser Meter Saves Time and Improves Accuracy at Apex TubularsCorDEX Instruments5, Wykeham, Scarborough, United Kingdom
Aberdeen, Scotland-based Apex Tubulars, the largest independent casing and tubing inspection company in Europe, has speeded up the measuring of equipment with a new explosion proof laser distance meter.
Apex invested in the handheld LaserMETER 3000XP from CorDEX Instruments to assist in its busy inspection program and to expedite large orders being shipped around the world.
Gary Park, operations manager at Apex Tubulars said, "We were impressed with the LaserMETER 3000XP because of its ATEX and CSA accreditation which means we can use it offshore without hot permits as well as onshore at our inspection compound. The handheld design is easy to use and it measures to the third of a decimal point as well as giving overall accumulative length, which saves time and improves accuracy."
The LaserMETER 3000XP is the first handheld laser measuring device to be approved for use in explosive areas, making it ideal for use offshore and in the mining and petrochemical industries. It has been built to last, with rugged industrial-grade construction. Encased in tough aluminium, it can withstand harsh environments and has simple operating functions designed for workers wearing protective clothing and gloves.
The flameproof design incorporates an impact resistant, anti-static overmold, an interchangeable battery pack and backlit LCD screen. It includes features such as Pythagoras, area and volume calculations and can measure distances of up to 100ft.
Mr. Park added, "In our line of work, improving efficiency is incredibly important and this tool can get the job done quickly and safely. The versatility of the laser measure, which includes a built-in spirit level for accuracy, was a big attraction."
Marcus Halliday, Director at CorDEX Instruments said, "Safely measuring pipeline and equipment both offshore and onshore has been an industry challenge, so we are delighted that Apex Tubulars chose the LaserMETER 3000XP to enhance their processes."
CorDEX Instruments launched in 2009 and is now positioning itself to become the UK's premier manufacturer of handheld explosion-proof tools for the oil and gas industry.