Detectronic Ltd

Detectronic Ltd

Detectronic Limited specialises in the design, manufacture, marketing and maintenance of ultrasonic velocity-area flow meters. Our new MSFM Flow Measurement System, offering built-in GPRS data communication as standard throughout the range, has been independently assessed by Sira Test and Certification Ltd and certified to both ATEX and IECEx international safety standards for use in zones 0, 1 and 2 hazardous operating environments. From the mid 1970s our design team has continued to develop cutting edge technology products and services, working with organizations across a variety of sectors, from the marine leisure industry to utilities suppliers and leading waste-water flow survey specialists. The projects we predominantly tend to discuss are those we deliver for UK water companies simply because that’s where we’re based. Due to the focus we’ve always had on creating robust, highly accurate monitoring systems, water companies from across the world.

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Regent Street, Whitewalls Industrial Estate , Colne , Lancashire BB8 8LJ United Kingdom
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Water Monitoring and Testing
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Globally (various continents)
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Detectronic’s three founders, Gerry Burby, Steve Woods and Dave Walker, have accumulated over 80 years of industry experience meeting the flow measurement needs of international water industries, flow survey companies and consulting engineers.

Company Profile

Working in partnership with UK, European and International water companies helping to reduce flooding, prevent pollution and improve rivers and bathing water, Detectronic specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of ultrasonic wastewater flow and level monitoring equipment for the water industry.

Since the mid-1970s, members of Detectronic’s design team have been involved in the development of sewer monitoring products and services to ensure clients get the most out of their network monitoring programmes. Founders Gerry Burby, Steve Woods and Dave Walker have over 80 years’ combined industry experience meeting the flow measurement requirements of the international water industry, flow survey companies and consulting engineers.

Providing cost effective and technologically advanced flow measurement systems, Detectronic is focused on measuring, recording, reporting and reacting to depths and flow rates in waste water channels and pipes. These include sewers, storm drains and combined sewer overflows as well as highways and land drainage channels.

Detectronic provides clients with the most robust measurement and data-delivery, supported by its dedicated operations and data centre which delivers continuous data-screening and analysis. Comparing near real-time data with historical flow and level data, the skilled analysts monitor what is currently happening in sewers and drainage networks and identify anomalies – responding directly to Clients with intervention reports and recommendations. The Operations Centre manages Detectronic’s highly trained site crews who are on hand, 24 hours a day, to install and maintain sensors and monitoring systems.

Installation of Detectronic monitoring products and use of Detectronic analysis and reporting systems enables water companies, stakeholders and operations teams to work more efficiently, improve compliance, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction.

Collaborations and Research

Detectronic is a founder-member of the Centre for Industrial Ultrasonics (CIU) based at Warwick University. We are working with Salford University to jointly develop Statistical Analysis Algorithms as part of our development of automated data-processing tools. We are also working with Dr Andrew Kirby (Durham University) on two optical measurement projects for wastewater applications.

The company operates a continuous development programme for its products (hardware, firmware and software), systems and procedures that is controlled by Proc 52 & 53 (Design and Development). A relevant area of current focus is Detectronic’s Level and Flow sensor development programme that is seeking to improve performance, increase reliability and reduce purchase and operating costs for Clients such as NWL. With sales exceeding £2 million last year and currently employing 26 people, the growing company has its headquarters in Colne, Lancashire with a satellite office in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.