ATP & CEL Partnership Press Release

ATP is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited company specializing in on-site calibration of temperature processing instrumentation, calibration of vacuum measuring systems, system accuracy testing and temperature uniformity surveys of thermal processing equipment. ATP specializes in pyrometry, heat treating and materials testing training, procedure preparation, Nadcap accreditation consulting for heat treating, non-destructive testing (NDT), welding, brazing and materials…. Read more

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COVID-19 Status Update

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July 29, 2020

TO: Cleveland Electric Labs Customers
RE: CEL’s COVID-19 Status Update

Dear Valued Customer,

Cleveland Electric Labs (“CEL”) is celebrating our 100-year anniversary in 2020, and it certainly looks much different than we anticipated back in January! Now in our 4th generation of leadership, CEL has worked diligently to build a stable business based on product quality and the relationships we’ve built with our customers and suppliers. It is times like these that we are truly grateful to have cultivated lasting connections (and in many cases friendships). Our team would like to thank you for your continued business over past 100 years and especially the past few months.

Here at CEL, we’ve taken this opportunity to double down on our continuous improvement plans to reduce lead times, refine the quality and reliability of our products, cross-train our employees, and aid in your teams cost reduction targets. Our employees are strong, agile, and committed to assuring we are your stable business partner for years to come.

Regarding operations during the ongoing COVID pandemic, Cleveland Electric Labs (“CEL”) continues to operate as a critical and essential business. As the State of Ohio and Arizona continue to update/modify COVID guidance, CEL is assuring we are staying ahead of the curve through our cleaning processes, distancing, and employee health monitoring. We’ve provided our employees very flexible options to assure their safety while being able to support your needs. Our executive and crisis management teams are revisiting our response to the initial wave and assuring we are prepared should we see a sharp spike of cases in the months to come.

Thank you for your continued trust in CEL as your Sensor and Instrumentation partner. Again, we wish you and your families the very best.

Sincerest Regards,

Alan Seymour

Alan Seymour
Cleveland Electric Laboratories, Inc.
President

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Industrial Heating Magazine: How Long Should My Thermocouple Last?

William Nash and Eric Yeager – Cleveland Electric Labs; Twinsburg, Ohio

As a designer and manufacturer of thermocouples, the most commonly asked question we receive is: How long should my thermocouple last? 

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is quite complex and is dependent on a host of variables, not all of which may be obvious. At the root of the complexity are often unseen or unanticipated factors that may have a major effect on the sensor’s usable lifespan. Essentially, every application has its own intricacies, and their impact on operational and environmental factors are not always considered or understood to specify a proper thermocouple design. To underscore the impact of often unseen or unknown factors, the following are a few application scenarios of which we have collaborated with our customers.

Application Example 1

Our first example is from an emergency call we received from a large company with multiple locations. They were suddenly seeing massive product deviations from their box-anneal operation. Their downstream product users were reporting their materials to be overheating by more than 100°F. The financial loss was substantial and growing by the day.

Responding immediately, we spent two days inspecting rows of furnaces, sensors and operational details. One of the questions asked of different operators was: “How often do you change out your Inconel protection tubes?” The operators’ repeated response was: “Our preventive-maintenance schedule calls for change-out once every 12 months.”

The tubes appeared to be in good condition, but upon closer examination they exhibited signs of unusual age. One of the metal protection tubes was removed from service and was cut off about 3 inches from the hot end. Looking into the cut piece, the tube appeared as a clogged artery lined with plaque. There was a very thick lining of inky-black carbon. This indicated that the tube had not been replaced in several years.

Upon reviewing the maintenance logs, it was discovered that there was a lapse in tube replacement going back over three years. In effect, new thermocouples were installed into contaminated tubes, causing the degradation of the sensors and generating greater than a 100°F shift in accuracy. In this scenario, thermocouple life, which should have been close to one year, was shortened to within a week.

Another example of unseen forces impacting the accuracy and life of a thermocouple occurred in a large steel operation. Out of the blue (or so it seemed), our customer was experiencing rapid failures of their high-value, Type-R platinum thermocouples. The situation was promptly investigated, and it was found that the internal conductor wires were melting near the junction. This is an unmistakable sign of silica contamination causing eutectic formation, which allows platinum to melt at very low temperatures (Fig. 1).

 

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Fig. 1. Silica contamination and grain boundary slippage

 

Upon inspection, we found zero evidence of silica (SiO2 ) in the furnaces, and our customer believed they had made “no changes” in their operation in over a decade. Through a collaborative, open dialogue, we identified they were in fact now treating a product containing silica. As it turned out, the steel composition had seen a major change, which included a significant silicon content. Based on that revelation, a thermocouple was designed that was better suited to resist the infiltration of the silica, thereby protecting and extending the life of the assembly.. View More

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COVID-19 VISITOR NOTIFICATION

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To our clients and vendors, it is with an abundance of caution that we will be taking some temporary measures to limit our person-to-person contact within our facility. Cleveland Electric Labs is committed to supplying critical products that support daily operations of its customers.  To that end, we are closely monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on our business as well as the worldwide marketplace.

Effective immediately, CEL is taking the following steps for the health of our employees, customers, and vendors:

  • No customer or vendor meetings will take place in our offices.
  • Only business critical services will be allowed to enter our building.  Additional screening maybe required prior to doing so.
  • Drop-off locations for all non-product related shipments are to take place at our front office vestibule.
  • CEL is prohibiting employee travel between our two locations.
  • Our employees, of course, can be reached via email and office phone as usual.

 

We appreciate your understanding as we make these unprecedented, but necessary changes.

Wishing you our best,

CEL Leadership Team

 

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Platinum Award Winner

CEL won homeland security award

Cleveland Electric Laboratories won an Award! 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East, New York, 2017.

thermocouple manufactureer won homeland security award for security sensors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Seymour, PhD of Cleveland Electric Laboratories receiving award from Michael Madsen (L), Publisher of American Security Today.

 

CEL’s Fiber Optic sensors are used in security applications to monitor arrays of cameras and other sensors, or to monitor perimeters for intrusion detection. CEL’s Fiber Optic sensors are passive devices requiring no power and are immune to EMI. Fiber Optic sensors have a proven record of providing extremely accurate and repeatable data over a long period of time. Single systems can be designed to monitor multiple application simultaneously such as equipment wear, operational efficiency, leak detection and security. Multiple sensors can be installed on a single fiber and networked into one piece of monitoring equipment. This multiplexing capability drastically reduces cabling and equipment requirements, thereby reducing cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSING SOLUTIONS FOR INTRUSION DETECTION

FiberStrike®: An advanced fiber optic sensing platform that is flexible and scalable. System architecture facilitates configuration for virtually any security monitoring application. Multiple sensor types address a broad range of intrusion detection applications.

 

User Interface

  • CEL’s advanced API provides a .net event output that allows easy integration with other existing Command and Control systems
  • Monitors and provides alerts, location information and data logging when discrete or distributed sensing systems are triggered or disturbed; remotely accessible
  • CEL offers the ICS SMS EnterpriseTM C3I Command and Control solution including customized graphic user interface; intuitive and designed to be used by anyone without a need for detailed training.

Advantages of FiberStrike® intrusion detection systems:

  • All FiberStrike® sensors (both distributed and discrete) are passive, have no electronic components, emit no signals and require no electrical power
  • Nonconductive optical fiber is immune to electrical interference and degradation due to chemicals or environmental factors
  • Multiple optical fibers are easily deployed for redundancy
  • Sensors may be 25+ kilometers from head-end monitoring equipment, no booster amplifiers required.

Click Here For FiberStrike® Security Brochure

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NCS4 Lab Tested CEL’s FiberStrike® Security Switch and Software

 

 

FiberStrike® fiber optic interlock switches are a solution created for intrusion detection at access portals such as doorways, vaults, hatchways, manholes and hand-holes. FiberStrike® will detect and locate attempts to cut, break, open, tamper, or intrude into integrated areas.  Additionally, sensors are passive and do not require power at the switch. The system can network sensors over non-conductive optical fiber into a single monitoring system that can be tens of kilometers removed from the sensing area.  The FiberStrike® system includes patented fiber optic sensors, software, and an interrogator capable of integrating surveillance technology into the intrusion detection system.

The FiberStrike® System was evaluated by a select group of subject matter experts (SMEs) from the sports security domain. This group consisted of professionals from public safety, sports and athletic facility operations, and information technology. The collective group of SMEs had a base of experience that encompassed collegiate and professional sports, and major event safety and security operations.

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Come Visit US at the Ceramics Expo at Booth 500

Now in its third year, Ceramics Expo is the world’s largest annual free-to-attend expo for the advanced ceramic and glass community.

The massively expanded event stands as a unique showcase for all the latest start materials, industrial equipment, technical ceramic components, processing expertise, analysis and testing devices, thermal technologies and precision finishing systems that keep this sector at the forefront of manufacturing advances.

Due to its tightly focused approach and by maintaining a close relationship with all core stakeholders, Ceramics Expo guarantees the participation of respected and innovative suppliers. As the premier US ceramics exhibition, it draws in thousands of genuine decision makers and aims to set the agenda for ceramics manufacturing and applications.

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Innovnano’s new ceramic powder offers an improved alternative to 3YSZ for structural ceramic applications

In an exciting development for the structural ceramics market, Innovnano, a European manufacturer of zirconia-based powders, has developed a ready-to-press 2mol% yttria-stabilised zirconia (2YSZ) with an outstanding fracture toughness.

Read More | Apr 21, 2017

New Accessories for Sequoia’s LISST-200X

Sequoia Scientific (Bellevue, WA) has announced that two new accessories are now available for its LISST-200X submersible laser-diffraction instrument: the Path Reduction Module (PRM) and Full Path Flow Through Chamber.

Read More | Apr 18, 2017

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A Taller Ladder is Not the Answer By Alan Seymour, PhD of Cleveland Electric Labs

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What is really needed is a fiber optic system that can interact with the fence and that is also buried that will give location and notification without all the false positives. (Image Credit: Vanessa Pena via YouTube)

By Alan Seymour, PhD of Cleveland Electric Labs

Just under a year ago, the White House went into a security lockdown because someone was trying to scale the fence and the solution at that time was to build a taller and stronger fence.

The problem though is that if you want to get across a taller fence, you simply need a taller ladder.

A year later another man has scaled the wall and roamed the grounds for nearly 17 minutes before being apprehended by Secret Service.

(Mar 18, 2017 White House spokesman Sean Spicer, has said on Twitter, that a person has jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House, but was not able to make it over the fence and into the property. Courtesy of USA TODAY and YouTube)

Whether this is due to ignoring alarms, as reported by some, or just not knowing the exact location of entry on the fence, a taller fence is not the answer, as it will not solve either of those problems.

If it is ignoring alarms, then there could be an issue that is seen on many security systems installed across our nation, false positives, where the alarm goes off but there is no real issue.

What happens is not as some have stated in ignoring the alarms purposely, but the fact that they go off so often that the mind tends to negate the noise or the alarm.

If one has ever attended college and lived in a dorm, fraternity or sorority house, you remember all the false fire alarms, to the point that you just did not react to them anymore.

This is not to say that happened, but it is being reported that the Secret Service, one of our great institutions, supposedly may have ignored some alerts.  I think it more plausible that it is an issue with false positives than our men and women protecting our President just plain ignoring the situation.

They are some of the best trained agents in the world, and it just does not fit that there was a purposeful ignoring of an alert.

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The need is really not a taller fence that can be scaled by a decent climber, just look up on YouTube at all the people that free-solo up buildings with ease.  A taller wall is just a few more seconds of climbing or attaining a higher ladder to get over it.

What is really needed is a fiber optic system that can interact with the fence and that is also buried that will give location and notification without all the false positives.

Building a taller fence today is like still using Windows XP and saying you just need more RAM in your computer for it to work better and be more effective.  The answer is not the RAM, it is your operating system.

Taller fences are not the answer, it is the operating procedures for protecting our perimeters.  Just as the Windows XP had to be upgraded over time, so does how we protect our most valuable assets, our American citizens and leaders.

A Fiber Optic system, like Cleveland Electric Labs’ FiberStrike perimeter security system, is where security should be heading.  The system can be mounted right onto the fence going around the White House that will keep the visibility of our great iconic building to the public, and then buried a few meters beyond the fence in a closed loop to give an additional source of intrusion detection.

The fiber optic system will report from multiple locations within five seconds to a single command/control center for monitoring and the system will integrate with any command/control already being utilized.

The FiberStrike system will give location of the event where the fence was scaled and if Secret Service cannot reach that particular location in time, then there is the buried fiber that will give another indication of direction of where the offender proceeded.

The system can be tied to the current camera system so the intruder can be recorded and monitored immediately for identification and additional location information, making it nearly impossible to avoid detection.

Fiber optic systems are immune to EMI, EMP and lightning strikes as there is no electricity going through the fiber and only light, that is continuously monitoring the perimeter.

There is no issue with weather, as wireless systems can have, because it is a direct fiber optic connection and weather does not have an effect on its operation.

The materials are corrosion resistant and will last for the long term.  There is a military grade protective material over the fiber and if anyone were able to cut it, all it would do is give their exact location.

False positives can be removed through the software by the system learning the first week it is installed.

There are unique acoustic signatures in how things behave, and the system will differentiate between a bird landing on the fence, high winds and a human grabbing the fence and trying to scale it, virtually making false positives a thing of the past.

Each type of occurrence makes its own disturbance that is analyzed and reported in the software, making it much easier to weed out false positives.  The Secret Service can then react to actual alarms and not have to deal with false intrusions.

With software offered like Cleveland Electric Labs Intellioptics, the field agents can be sent a text of an intrusion right to their phones, giving immediate confirmation of an event and quicker response times, not allowing for a potential terrorist to have any amount of time to get across the yard targeting our nation.

The software capabilities tied with the fiber optic security, gives a complete system and an upgrade to just having a fence as a deterrent.

(FiberStrke Detection System, apply to a wide range of applications. Courtesy of Alan Seymour and YouTube)

Building large fences becomes an eye sore, and an irritant to the public.  They are required to keep the bad out, but as they get taller and thicker, it can start to give the appearance they are to keep the good out as well.  It can create an isolationist perception of our leadership and our country.

FiberStrike allows for a fence that is eye appealing, can still give a great perceptual view and at the same time give better detection of intrusion.

Not only is it a better aesthetic option, it creates a less stressful environment, as psychologically when you have intrusive obstacles, it tends to create more issues with people trying to defeat the obstacle.

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Fiber optics gives the appearance of freedom while still protecting the liberties of our leaders and nation.

Secret Service agents and snipers can still have great line of site and have less stress knowing the false positives will be nearly wiped out.

With cameras tied to the system, there is little chance for any potential perpetrator to make it three minutes on the grounds, let alone seventeen minutes.

At the same time, tourists feel they are connecting with our leaders and have access to view our nations White House that is a work of architectural art.

Between the border wall, and the White House there are consistent problems with keeping people from crossing the fence, and not only crossing the fence, but also figuring out location of where the intrusion happened.

Alan Seymour, PhD of Cleveland Electric Labs
Alan Seymour, PhD of Cleveland Electric Labs

Building taller, thicker or stronger is not the answer, as people will just buy a taller ladder, dig a longer tunnel or use better tools to cut through the wall.

What is needed is a fiber optic system, like FiberStrike, that will continuously monitor, give location of intrusion and not even seen for the most part as it is either buried or integrated onto the current standard or ornate fence, protecting federal property, the border, our nation and the White House.

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