The FilterSense particle counter from Pi was chosen by Novatec Srl to be integrated as part of a microscope washing system. The microscope components manufacturer approached Novatec Srl requesting that they add a particle counter on its Pluritank 190 high performance washing system.

CRONOS® FilterSense installed to determine cleanliness

FilterSense Particle Counter system installed on the last washing step
FilterSense system installed on the last washing step

The CRONOS® instrument controller and FilterSense particle counter was installed in the last washing step in the system and is used to, indirectly, determine the degree of cleanliness of the microscope components by measuring the particles present in the water.

After an in-depth study, Pi’s FilterSense particle counter was chosen to perform both the count of the total particles in the range 2-750 μm, but also perform a dimensional characterisation in the following two ranges:

  • Range 1: from 2 μm to 100 μm
  • Range 2: from 2 μm to 50 μm

which are then transmitted to the external system by two analogue outputs and the values used to monitor the washing progress. The system is also equipped with data logs so that the users can track changes.

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If you are based in Italy and would like more information about Pi’s particle counters, please contact our local sales rep at [email protected]. Alternatively, feel free to contact us to discuss your application.

Pi has been awarded two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, one for International Trade and the other for Innovation.

Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade

Mike Riding and Jonathan Cook from Pi raising the Queen's Award for Enterprise flag
Mike Riding and Jonathan Cook from Pi raising the Queen’s Award for Enterprise flag

At Pi we don’t have ‘customers’ and ‘export customers’, we just have customers. Every customer who buys our products and sensors is special to us, but today, April 29th, 2021, we are particularly celebrating our customers who live and work outside the United Kingdom.

Why? Because today, Process Instruments (UK) Ltd. has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade. Every year, the Queen’s office in London evaluates companies in the UK who have shown particularly merit worthy growth in sales to other countries and Pi has been selected to receive this award which it can use in its own marketing for the next five years.

Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation – Goes to CRIUS®!

Pi has been developing its CRIUS® controller since 2005. There have been 3 changes in form and hardware, 9 smaller changes in hardware and more than 50 firmware releases in that time culminating in the CRIUS®4.0, possibly the world’s most advanced water quality instrument controller. With more than 500,000 lines of code, the CRIUS® is leading the field in capability, from PID control algorithms to all MQTT comms packages and world leading remote access solutions.

Mike Riding's 32 year-old Queen's Award for Enterprise dream comes true
Mike Riding’s 32 year-old Queen’s Award for Enterprise dream comes true

Every year the Queen’s representatives evaluate innovations that are truly worthy of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) and the CRIUS® is one of those few innovations.

The Queen’s Awards are the UK’s most coveted business awards as they are awarded by Her Majesty, The Queen to businesses that are most deserving of recognition.

Process Instruments is one of just five companies in 2021 to be awarded more than one Queen’s Award and have earned the right to display the Queen’s Awards logos for five years.

Being awarded both awards in a single year is especially pleasing. Managing Director, Mike Riding said:

“Winning two Queen’s Awards highlights Pi’s commitment to Innovation and also to International Trade. Brexit and COVID-19 can’t keep Pi down and these awards are as much for our customers and partners who enable us to do what we do, as it is for Pi. To everyone who supplies parts, builds, tests, programs, sells, buys, uses, and maintains the approximately 10,000 CRIUS® out there in the world, we would like to share this magnificent award with you, and without our partners in individual countries, we wouldn’t have won so to all Pi’s partners around the world… THANK YOU!”

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Pi is proud to be recognised as a global provider of water analyser instruments. If you would like to learn more about the leading services that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact a dedicated member of the Pi team today.

Process Instruments (Pi) has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Pi’s achieves Health and Safety and Risk Management certification

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Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

When commenting on Pi’s Gold SafePQQ certification, Managing Director Mike Riding said:

“We’re very proud to be accredited as an official Gold SafePQQ Contractor and have always been keen to ensure that our service and support team meet all relevant compliance needs for any companies they visit.”

Furthermore Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor, commented:

“More companies need to understand the importance of adapting good risk management in the way that Process Instruments has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContracter plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

For more information on the SafeContractor accreditation, and what it means to be accredited, visit the official Alcumus SafeContractor website.

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Pi is proud to be recognised as a global provider of water analyser treatment solutions. If you would like to learn more about the leading services that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact a dedicated member of the Pi team today.

Dissolved Oxygen sensors almost always require self-cleaning to ensure accurate readings in difficult applications like aeration lanes on waste water treatment works.

Pi releases two new Dissolved Oxygen sensors

OxySense S Sensor OxySense S Sensor

Pi is pleased to announce the integration of In-Situ’s core optical dissolved oxygen sensor, the RDO® into the OxySense range of DO sensors. The RDO® core provides what is probably the best online DO sensor available today, being particularly robust and reproducible.

Pi’s OxySense range includes the OxySense S, a stainless steel sensor with built-in self-cleaning and self-verification. The OxySense S has been specifically designed to be used in aeration lanes in waste water treatment plants where long maintenance intervals (up to two years), provide a low total cost of ownership and reduced costs for the plant when used to control blowers.

OxySense A Sensor in Single Open Flow Cell OxySense A Sensor in Single Open Flow Cell

The OxySense A is the same core, housed in a different body and designed to be used in a flow cell for other applications.

When asked about the new OxySense range, Pi’s Sales Director Dr. Rob Paramore said:

“We are so pleased to be able to offer the RDO® core from InSitu in our sensors, combining Pi’s applications experience with InSitu’s DO sensor expertise, giving our customers a wonderfully robust product at a surprisingly low cost.”

To see how Pi can support your organisation with our water analyser treatment solutions, check out our full range of process instrumentation now.

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Pi is proud to be recognised as a global provider of water analyser treatment solutions. If you would like to learn more about the leading services that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact a dedicated member of the Pi team today.

Process Instruments (UK) Ltd. (Pi) has just completed a particle counter upgrade with Scottish Water, headed by Pi’s Service Director Jonathan Cook.

Scottish Water renewing Pi particle counters after 20 years

Balmore’s original Particle Counter, the PC2400D from Chemtrac Balmore’s original Particle Counter, the PC2400D from Chemtrac

In 2001, Pi sold a number of particle counters to Scottish Water for its then new Balmore Water Treatment Works. The original order was made up of PC2400D particle counters manufactured by Chemtrac Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and soon became indispensable in the running of the water works.

In 2019, Scottish Water decided on a rolling upgrade plan for their particle counters and from October 2019 to February 2021, all old particle counters have been replaced with the ParticleSense.

A separate screen was installed in the control room to show the particulate levels entering the works, the raw water, inter works (pre CCT) and for the treated water heading to the consumers. The screen shows the current ‘live’ particle counts and a 24 hour trend, giving the operators instant information on the water quality of the plant.

Jonathan Cook from Pi with the newly installed ParticleSense Particle Counter Jonathan Cook from Pi with the newly installed ParticleSense Particle Counter

The particle counter uses an infra-red 780nm laser diode which has a life expectancy of 5-7 years. Pi have replaced the lasers in all units a couple of times over the years. Particle counters do require regular cleaning by operators as well as yearly calibration. Pi supported Scottish Water with training and supply of parts, as well as yearly visits to calibrate the particle counters.
Mr. Billy Gordon, senior water treatment operator at Balmore, said:

“These particle counters are a go to unit to ensure Scottish Water get the best performance from Balmore Water Treatment Works.”

Balmore Water Treatment Works is the largest treatment plant in Scotland and takes water from two sources, Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine via the 100 year old gravity fed aqueduct. This water is then distributed to customers across a large swathe of Glasgow and west central Scotland.

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Pi is proud to be recognised as a global provider of water analyser treatment solutions. If you would like to learn more about the leading services that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact a dedicated member of the Pi team today.

Pi’s new building (exterior) Pi’s new building (exterior)
Pi’s new sensor manufacturing area Pi’s new sensor manufacturing area

Pi moved to new premises just before Christmas 2020. Doubling the floor area and incorporating brand new sensor manufacturing areas and new laboratory facilities the building has been renamed ‘Process House’ and is right in the centre of Burnley, only a stone’s throw away from Turf Moor, the home of Burnley FC.

Pi’s building move not hindered by global pandemic

Mike’s new office space (pre-decorating) Mike’s new office space (pre-decorating)

When asked about the move, Managing Director Mike Riding said:

“I won’t pretend it wasn’t difficult or stressful moving in the middle of a pandemic but, due to our 6 year 20% year on year growth, we were bursting in our previous location. We’ve doubled the amount of space and having invested £300,000 to customise the building to our needs, I expect we will be here for at least five years. I’m really happy that we are staying in Burnley which is a great place to be.”

Through providing innovative and reliable solutions to water monitoring applications, Pi has grown by more than 1000% over the last 12 years and now sells its controllers into more than 50 countries across 5 continents.

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Pi’s new address is Process House, Turf Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 3BP. Our office telephone number has stayed the same – +44 (0)1282 422835. To contact a sales representative directly, please visit our Contact Us webpage.

The release of CRIUS®4.0 from Pi is a huge leap for water instrumentation.

CRIUS®4.0, IoT and MQTT

CRIUS4.0 Instrument Controller CRIUS®4.0 Instrument Controller

CRIUS®4.0 is the first water quality analyser anywhere in the world to incorporate MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transfer), which is an IoT (Internet of Things) communication protocol. MQTT means that communications between the cloud and a CRIUS® are now easier, faster, and more secure.

MQTT allows data to be moved between a cloud server and the analyser more simply and more quickly. This means that the CRIUS® can use any low-cost SIM card and can send data continuously to the cloud meaning that data is available live to the customers and applications that use it.

Control InSite Logo Control InSite Logo

To coincide with CRIUS®4.0, Pi has also released Control InSite and Data InSite.

Control InSite provides for live remote access with any CRIUS® setup to connect to the internet using its inbuilt modem or LAN connections.

Data InSite Logo Data InSite Logo

Data InSite is a cloud-based data storage portal providing compliance reporting and reporting for all data relevant to an industrial process. To watch an animation describing InSite, click here.

To see how Pi can support your organisation with our CRIUS®4.0 instrument controller, click here.

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Pi is proud to be recognised as a global provider of water analyser treatment solutions. If you would like to learn more about the leading services that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact a dedicated member of the Pi team today.

Following on from the success of numerous water treatment plants in the UK and Ireland, Pi is now beginning to offer the CoagSense coagulation controller to other countries in the world in an effort to help water treatment plants become more efficient and effective.

Termozipa Power Station, near Bogota, Colombia, has recently built a new water treatment works to provide clean water to the plant’s cooling towers from the neighbouring river water. Coagulation dosing at the water treatment works will be automatically controlled by Pi’s CoagSense coagulation controller to ensure that the water is treated effectively, helping to improve water quality and optimise chemical usage.

Pi’s Julius Guth commissions coagulation controller in Colombia

Salt Cathedral, ColombiaSalt Cathedral, Colombia

Pi’s head office contact for Latin America, Julius Guth, recently travelled to Colombia and Mexico to visit distributors and assist with the commissioning of Pi’s first coagulation controller on the continent.

Designed to assist with the monitoring and control of coagulation dosing, Pi’s CoagSense coagulation controller can take in signals from several sensors and in this instance is using:

The installation of Pi equipment for such applications is made possible by Pi’s sophisticated Remote Access system which enables 2-way communication with onsite analysers, allowing settings to be adjusted remotely from anywhere in the world.

Julius also spent time with Pi’s distributors in Colombia and Mexico, learning more about their latest projects and visiting water treatment companies. The trip wasn’t all work though! Julius had the opportunity to visit the underground Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá, known as the ‘First Wonder of Colombia’. This spectacular cathedral is made up of tunnels and expansive caverns carved into the mountainside. Consisting almost entirely of rock salt, the mountain still has an active salt mine alongside the stunning cathedral.

To see how Pi can support your organisation with our water analyser treatment solutions, check out our full range of process instrumentation now.

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Pi is proud to be recognised as a global provider of water analyser treatment solutions. If you would like to learn more about the leading services that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact a dedicated member of the Pi team today.

Chlorine analysers identical to those already installed on some of their customer’s sites in Lisbon, Portugal, were chosen by Pi’s distributor for Portugal and Spain, Izasa Scientific, as part of their stand at the ENEG (National Meeting of Water and Sanitation Management Entities) Exhibition.

Pi’s Daniel Nearney meets with customers at ENEG 2019

David from Izasa and Daniel from Pi at ENEGDavid from Izasa (pictured left) with Daniel from Pi at ENEG

Pi’s head office contact for Portugal and Spain, Daniel Nearney, travelled to Portugal to attend the event and meet with companies who have shown interest in Pi’s products. Izasa’s exhibition stand showcased products that are currently receiving a lot of interest in the Portuguese market, including:

Daniel spent time with Izasa representatives Joáo Paulo (Portugal) and David Aparicio (Spain) at their exhibition stand and was able to assist them with technical advice and product specific knowledge. Daniel also took the opportunity to catch up with representatives from EPAL (Free Public Water Company of Lisbon), who recently purchased several HaloSense systems for installation in their water treatment plants.
When commenting about his trip, Daniel said:

“It was a fantastic opportunity to attend ENEG and meet with customers and prospects based in Portugal. We have been long-standing partners with Izasa, so it’s always good to see them and provide assistance where we can. There looks to be many upcoming projects in 2020 and I look forward to working with Joáo and David to implement these in Portugal and Spain.”

ENEG is a biannual conference for water distribution and drainage companies from all over Portugal. It is the largest event of its kind in the country, and ENEG 2019 was the largest conference in ENEG history.

To see how Pi can support your organisation with our water analyser treatment solutions, check out our full range of process instrumentation now.

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Pi is proud to be recognised as a global provider of water analyser treatment solutions. If you would like to learn more about the leading services that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact a dedicated member of the Pi team today.

Norwegian companies continue to innovate in many industries such as aquaculture and wastewater treatment, and Pi’s distributor has recently been exploring ways in which Pi’s technology can be applied to new processes and technology.

Pi’s Daniel Nearney and Mike Riding visit Norway

As part of a visit to Norway, Daniel Nearney, who looks after European Sales at Pi, and Managing Director, Mike Riding, visited Pi’s official Norwegian distributor, FG-Tech, for three days.

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Founded by Fredrik Andersen and Geir Siqveland Steffensen, FG-Tech have been successfully collaborating with Pi for two years and in that time, FG-Tech have become experts in Pi’s instruments specializing in

As part of the visit, Daniel and Mike exchanged expertise with Fredrik and Geir, visited FG-Tech’s new premises in Brevik overlooking an inlet of the North Sea, met with existing FG-Tech customers, visited sites trialling new Pi products and visited the research facilities utilizing Pi’s CRONOS® and CRIUS® instrument controllers.

Whilst in Norway, Daniel and Mike were given the opportunity to sample traditional Norwegian food including reindeer and cloudberries, a berry similar to raspberries and blackberries.

When commenting about his trip, Daniel said:

“The dedication of the site staff that we met, and their commitment, was admirable. Working with FG Tech is a pleasure as we both agree that there is great potential for growth in the Norwegian market and we share the same vision going forward.”

To see how Pi can support your organization with our water analyser treatment solutions, check out our full range of process instrumentation now.

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Pi is proud to be recognised as a global provider of water analyser treatment solutions. If you would like to learn more about the leading services that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact a dedicated member of the Pi team today.