EC: Tracerco Personal Electronic Dosimeter

Hardware - Handheld test, measurement, calibration: The Tracerco Personal Electronic Dosimeter (PED) is the first intrinsically safe contamination and radiation monitor that records both cumulative and real time exposure to radiation. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.


Hardware - Handheld test, measurement, calibration: The Tracerco Personal Electronic Dosimeter (PED) is the first intrinsically safe contamination and radiation monitor that records both cumulative and real time exposure to radiation. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.Tracerco has developed a personal radiation monitor with a much more intuitive user interface. The unit is perfect for radiation specialists and those working with radiation on an irregular basis. It is safe to use in potentially explosive environments (Intrinsically Safe), robust and reliable. For non specialist users, the display system features graphical outputs and a simple diagram of a person that fills with colour depending on radiation dose received over time.

When developing this device, Tracerco gathered inputs from a broad cross-section of users of personal radiation monitoring devices. Ease of use was a highly desirable factor alongside intrinsic safety and robustness. It was noted that existing personal dosimeters were complicated to operate, difficult to read (very small screens) and users continually consulted operational manuals.

The Tracerco PED gives exceptional performance whilst being as simple to use as possible. The monitor is easy to clean and decontaminate due to its smooth clean lines. It is shock proof so can withstand being dropped and its display easily readable due to the revolutionary AMOLED screen.

The software interface, DoseVision, has been developed with input from experienced users. The result is an intuitive software interface of a standard typically seen within the consumer marketplace.

What we have achieved through good product design and thoughtful consideration of customer needs is a Personal Electronic Dosimeter with global mass market appeal.

Patrick Nelis — Radiation Focal Point, Baker Hughes:
"We had a need for a personal electronic dosimeter that was easy to set up, easy to use, robust, and intrinsically safe. The Tracerco PED has filled that gap perfectly, and quickly found favour with our workforce. So, yes, we are very pleased with it indeed."

Knut Inge Andersen — Environmental Technology Specialist, Statoil:
"The Tracerco PED's main advantage is simplicity of use combined with reliability."

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Sister act: Building on their father's legacy, a new generation moves Bales Metal Surface Solutions forward; Meet the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design
Designing positive-energy buildings; Ensuring power quality; Complying with NFPA 110; Minimizing arc flash hazards
Building high availability into industrial computers; Of key metrics and myth busting; The truth about five common VFD myths

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.