Advanced Sensors Ltd. - part of PAC L.P.
Advanced Sensors are a UK based worldwide providers of instrumentation technologies for the gas and oil industries. Advanced Sensors also began its entrance in to the Particle Size Analysis market, with the first sales of the new microscopy units for customers in the North Sea, USA and Africa in addition to the many trials underway. The introduction of the new product range will open up new markets and further strengthen Advanced Sensors position as manufacturer of the World’s Best Oil in water Analyzers.
Advanced Sensors Ltd has pioneered the successful application of online oil in water analysis in the oil and gas industry. ASL’s innovative approach and expertise has addressed the particular challenges of the environmental and process conditions, creating novel solutions to the biggest problems.
The company was formed in 2005 to address the market need for a trouble free, zero maintenance oil in water analyzer. Using innovative technology Advanced Sensors developed the OIW-EX range of Oil in Water Analysers. ASL have supported our customers across the world and have successfully installed hundreds of solutions globally.
The Advanced Sensors mission is to improve water quality monitoring by leading research and development and delivering high performance solutions. Advanced Sensors Ltd continues to invest in the development of innovative products for our customers.
Specializing in optoelectronic instrumentation, detection systems and communication technologies, the company is committed to creating solutions that will provide precise readings reliably and continuously while operating in harsh conditions.
Advanced Sensors are based in the United Kingdom where all their products are designed and manufactured.
In 2013, Advanced Sensors became part of PAC LP (a Roper Technologies company), a global leader in providing advanced analytical instruments.
2008 was a significant growth period, increasing sales to Statoil in the North Sea and breaking in to new markets with sales to Chevron in the USA, Petronas/Murphy in Malaysia, Petrobras in Brazil, PetroSA in South Africa and closer to home Marathon in Ireland. Sales to refineries in Korea and Croatia opened up a new market segment.
2009 brought new customers with Total, PDO, Schlumberger, KNOC, Shell, GDF Suez, SBM and Nexen all taking units in territories as diverse as Gabon, India, Oman, Brazil, Vietnam, Canada and the North Sea.
In 2010 Advanced Sensors introduced its in-line probe and secured an order for 105 sensors for a tank farm in Abu Dhabi, the largest ever single order placed for oil in water analyzers.
2011 was a consolidation year for Advanced Sensors, confirming our position in key markets with more than 20 units in each of the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, and more than 30 in Brazil. In addition to individual orders, there was a growth in the sale of multiple units with Petrobras, Chevron, Maersk, Total, Statoil and BP all ordering 4 or more units at a time.
2012 Advanced Sensors began its entrance in to the Particle Size Analysis market, with the first sales of the new microscopy units for customers in the North Sea, USA and Africa in addition to the many trials underway.
2013 saw the launch of a low maintenance oil in water monitor for use in a non-hazardous environment to meet the needs of the industrial waste water market. The sidestream version and the probe version were developed together and launched in quick succession.
Advanced Sensors followed up with a portable (handheld) unit for quick and easy measurements directly in water or directly in flow.
By the end of 2014 Advanced Sensors had created a huge installed base of analysers and were busy providing advice, guidance and support to customers. Responding to requests from customers and operators they added new features to the current product range as well as improving performance including extending the upper range to beyond 20,000ppm and refining the lower range to sub ppm.
Ongoing development activities and trials include absorbance based technology for the detection of light oils, and exploring subsea technologies.
The continued development of the product range will provide new market opportunities and experience, coupled with their specialist support services will further strengthen Advanced Sensors position as Oil in Water Analytical Experts.
The evolution of measurement techniques over the last 40 years in the Oil & Gas industry from grab samples being tested in a lab to the use of on-line analysers was the first step in providing information that was beneficial to operator and oil companies.
Unfortunately they suffered from problems relating to fouling, reliability, accuracy and constant maintenance, leading to a lack of confidence in these analyzers as a dependable solution.
The introduction of Advanced Sensors revolutionary oil in water analyzers in 2005 was a step change in technology.
The EX-100 was the first maintenance free analyzer to provide continuous uninterrupted accurate and repeatable measurement of oil concentrations. Oil companies could now meet their regulatory oil in water discharge requirements with confidence.
For the first time, reliable real time data enabled them to take the next step and improve the efficiency of their separation processes, saving money and resources and reducing downtime.
Following the adoption of this technology standard, in collaboration with customers and other industry experts, Advanced Sensors has developed a wide portfolio of maintenance free products, all with complete remote access capabilities.
Building on these established strong technology platforms, Advanced Sensors development continued with:
- A low maintenance oil in water monitor for use in a non-hazardous environment to meet the needs of the industrial waste water market.
- A portable (handheld) unit for quick and easy measurements directly in water or directly in flow.
- Currently trialling an absorbance based analyser for the detection of light and nearly colourless oils such as light condensates, base oils and mineral oils that current fluorescence techniques cannot detect.
- Exploring subsea technologies to meet the new and challenging demands of the subsea revolution and of the growth of decommissioning.
The continued development of the product range will provide new market opportunities and experience, this coupled with their specialist support services will further strengthen Advanced Sensors position as Oil in Water Analytical Experts.
'We are currently using the Avanced Sensor units in three separate locations. We have noticed significant improvements to our operations.'
'The EX-1000 has performed beyond expectation with no maintenance issues since start-up.'
'[...]installed in October 2006, since then it has been online continuously, providing reliable results with no maintenance intervention.'
'The 'self cleaning' capabilities of the instrument have proved to be invaluable.'
'These Advanced Sensors' units have required no operator attention and they have freed up our lab technicians from sampling and analyzing twice a day'
'What is special about the new gauge is that it cleans itself- and the instrument outlets.'
'No area for improvement[...]. Equipment is performing as expected.'