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Silixa’s ruggedised XT-DTS

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Silixa Ltd has announced the release of the XT-DTS, the highest performance, ruggedised distributed temperature sensor currently on the market. Designed for remote and hostile environments, the unit collects extremely fine resolution data over a class-leading operating temperature range of -40 °C to +65 °C.   

The XT-DTS, the latest addition to the company’s ULTIMA™ DTS family, is a low power DC-operated sensing unit that matches the superior performance and reliability delivered by the ULTIMA DTS. With its ruggedised nature, the XT-DTS offers a new level of insight into previously unobtainable data collected in the harshest of environments. 

The system can be configured and controlled remotely via a wireless or satellite link enabling remote data collection. It also contains a self-calibrating utility and on-board solid state storage.

The unit comes with four channels with a sampling resolution of only 25 cm and spatial resolution down to 60 cm over a measurement length of up to 10 km. The XT-DTS has a minimum measurement time of 5 seconds. It achieves a temperature resolution that is better than 0.1 °C at 5 km in less than 3 minutes. This temperature resolution can be further improved to 0.01°C by employing longer measurement intervals.

Dr Michael Mondanos, Vice President Industrial Applications, said: “Silixa has developed a powerful, ruggedized, remote logging tool that offers the established high standard of resolution, accuracy and reliability of our ULTIMA DTS, but over a class-leading temperature range. This pushes the limits of distributed fibre optic temperature sensing, opening up new deployment possibilities. The XT-DTS will enable effective asset optimisation and environmental risk management even in previously inaccessible environments.”

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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