CiDRA today announced that it has received Class 1 Div 2 certification for the Company’s HALO SMARTring System. This TUVRheinland Class 1, Div 2 certification now marks the HALO system "TUV approved" for use in hazardous environments containing volatile flammable liquids, gases or vapors. "We put forth a great effort to achieve this certification, in response to our customer’s needs and requirements for services working in hazardous locations," said Dr. Michael Davis, Principal Scientist, and Vice President of Advanced Technologies with CiDRA. "We will now add this to our current TUV and CE certifications and continue to work with our customers on their applications and certification requirements so that the maximum benefits of our HALO system can be realized."

HALO SMARTtring technology, leverages active sonar and signal processing techniques to provide permanent, fixed multipoint measurements around the circumference of the slurry pipe thereby eliminating manual point-to-point measurements. HALO SMARTring technology and service overcomes the deficiencies of traditional, manual ultrasonic thickness (UT) methods used to measure pipe wear. CiDRA leverages its differentiated sonar and signal processing expertise to provide timely, accurate, repeatable pipe wear measurements and other relevant pipeline information and characteristics. The SMARTring pipe wear measurement tool clamps around the outside of the pipe and remains installed throughout the life of the pipe. On larger diameter pipes, the HALO SMARTring solution features twelve measurement locations, equally spaced around the pipe with other configurations available. "On-demand" a CiDRA technician connects a "smart" handheld reader-processor to each SMARTring sensor and acquires the raw signals and performs a first level quality control check for all twelve measurements simultaneously. The measurements are then uploaded to CiDRA’s Data Management Centre where sophisticated signal processing algorithms analyze and perform the final quality assurance check before measurements and reports are generated for the client. Because measurement of all twelve points can be made virtually in seconds, tens of thousands of points on hydrotransport and coarse tailings slurry pipelines can be frequently measured, thereby enhancing predictive modeling and action by client’s pipeline and asset reliability teams.