WeatherFile at the Southampton Boat Show

Richard Paul Russell Ltd has recently extended their WeatherFile network in the Solent with the addition of a Gill MaxiMet GMX 500 sensor at Southampton Boat Show.

Richard Paul Russell Ltd have partnered with Kuti’s Brasserie to deliver high quality wind and weather data to YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show exhibitors and visitors.

The sensor used is the from the MaxiMet range designed and manufactured by Gill Instruments. MaxiMet sensors are reliable, high quality instruments that provide accurate meteorological information in a wide variety of applications. The Gill MaxiMet GMX500 sensor located on the roof of Kuti’s brasserie has a built in compass that will always find north thus increasing further accuracy regardless of sensor movement.

One of the main challenges Richard Paul Russell Ltd faced when fitting this unit was to overcome the lack of Wi-Fi internet access. Our newly developed WeatherFile Mobile Unit (WMU) allows data to be gathered directly from the Gill MaxiMet GMX500 sensor and sent to our WeatherFile website over the GSM mobile cellular network. The result is live data through WeatherFile completely independent of local internet and separating data transfer from the customers own Wi-Fi network also removes any associated security risks.

Visitors to the show can now accurately check live weather data and take advantage of fine dining on the roof terrace of Kuti’s with great views of the show and the Solent. Further applications for this system could include weather monitoring for temporary structures, outdoor events, festivals and health and safety site operations and many others.

For more information contact Richard Paul Russell Ltd at sales@r-p-r.co.uk

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WeatherFile added at Moneypoint

moneypointRichard Paul Russell have added another location to its WeatherFile network with the Moneypoint power station located on the River Shannon near Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland’s largest electricity generation station with an output of around 915 MW.
The client operates large tower cranes on rails to unload coal from visiting vessels; these cranes require wind monitoring equipment to deliver live accurate data independent of local Wi-Fi or LAN network. This data is critical for the safe operation of the cranes and the data needed to be viewable by on-site and off-site personnel responsible for operation limits.
Richard Paul Russell Ltd used the WindSonic 1 solid-state ultrasonic sensor that has many advantages over conventional cup anemometers and vane sensors. Having no moving parts that can jam, break or wear out makes it the sensor of choice for harsh weather conditions and remote locations when you need to know you can just fit and leave without fear of failure or damage that occurs with traditional cup and vane sensors.
This sensor was connected to our WeatherFile Mobile Unit (WMU) which allows data to be gathered directly from the Gill WindSonic 1 sensor and sent to our WeatherFile website, the result is cable free live data through WeatherFile completely independent of the buildings local internet increasing security as it separates it from the customers own Wi-Fi network or LAN and any associated security risks. This data can then be viewed through the public internet through any device including PC, tablet and smart phone with the additional functionality of email alerts if certain wind speed and direction parameters are exceeded.
Richard Paul Russell Ltd have over 20 years of experience in supplying wind monitoring equipment to the tower crane market providing complete solutions to meet individual client needs.
For more information contact Richard Paul Russell Ltd at sales@r-p-r.co.uk

Richard Paul Russell Ltd has recently extended their WeatherFile network in the Solent with the addition of a Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor at Ryde Pier

Richard Paul Russell Ltd has recenDSC_7213 edittly extended their WeatherFile network in the Solent with the addition of a Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor at Ryde Pier.

This takes the Solent network to five and is an essential resource for sailors, water sport enthusiasts and others wishing to have live and accurate wind speed and direction measurements.

The MaxiMet range of compact weather stations is designed and manufactured by Gill Instruments. MaxiMet products use reliable, high quality instruments to provide accurate meteorological information in a wide variety of applications. The Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor at Ryde Pier has a built in compass that will always find north thus increasing further accuracy regardless of sensor movement.

One of the main challenges Richard Paul Russell Ltd faced when fitting this unit was to overcome the lack of a local power supply and Wi-Fi internet access. Our newly developed WeatherFile Mobile Unit (WMU) allows data to be gathered directly from the Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor and sent to our WeatherFile website. This was locally powered through a deep cycle leisure battery (70Ahr) connected to a solar panel. The result is cable free live data through WeatherFile completely independent of mains power and local internet.

Further applications for this system could include weather monitoring and warning from isolated locations, construction industry, including crane operations, health and safety site operations, marine and offshore, wind farm surveying, roads, bridges and tunnels, agriculture and horticulture, sports and outdoor activities, education and research projects, remote airfields and many others.

Another key feature is the use of the mobile network to transfer the wind and weather data to WeatherFile.com, this separates it from the customers own Wi-Fi network and any associated security risks.

For more information contact Richard Paul Russell Ltd at sales@r-p-r.co.uk

The Beast from the East – WindChill

BBC Weather ‘A spell of heavy snow and blizzard conditions is expected. The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to severe drifting. Some places could also see significant ice build up due to freezing rain from later on Thursday evening, most likely in the south of the area. Long delays and cancellations of public transport seem highly likely. Some roads are likely to become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers. Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are very likely to occur, along with damage to trees and other structures due to heavy snow or ice.’

Sub-Zero temperatures and high winds so the Chilling effects of wind needs close monitoring.

Wind Chill becomes a hazard when heat is drawn away from the skin faster than the body can replace it. This may lead to frostbite or worse.

The chilling effect of the wind, a combination of wind speed and temperature, can be represented by the lower temperature that would be required to produce the same chilling sensation for a person walking in calm conditions. Wind Chill indicates to the user how their environment really feels and is an important indicator in assessing the comfort of personnel spending periods outdoors.

Take a look at the Wind Chill Table

All Kestrel Weather Meters (except the Kestrel 1000) are thermo-anemometers and allow Wind Chill to be calculated and displayed.

The Kestrel 2000 is a small, electronic rotating vane type anemometer (wind meter) with a built-in temperature sensor. In order to quickly determine a steady temperature reading, the precision thermistor temperature sensor is mounted externally.

Kestrel 2000

Working at Heights – It’s a Windy Winter!

Safety is vital when working at height. HSE guidelines for the selection and management of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) stress the importance of assessing hazards, especially those caused by wet, cold and windy weather.

Workers should be able to make informed decisions – a Kestrel puts that vital information into the hands of the MEWP operator providing accurate and instant readings of wind speed and temperature, on site – where it matters.

Strong winds impose additional loads on mobile platforms and affect stability. Exceeding the manufacturers’ stated wind speed limits can result in damage to equipment, or worse, surrounding structures and workers.

The Kestrel 1000 Hand-Held Wind Meter  gives MEWP operators the crucial wind speed data they need, including max wind speed in gusts that may be caused by local ‘tunnel effects’ due to surrounding structures.

In cold conditions wind chill can quickly affect an operator’s dexterity and concentration. The Kestrel 2000 Hand-Held Thermo-Anemometer provides additional temperature and wind chill data.

Kestrel wind and weather instruments are designed for the professional – quality, robust, waterproof, easy-to-use instruments each with a 5-year warranty.

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Complete Kestrel Weather Stations

at Richard Paul Russell Ltd  the very popular discount on the Complete Kestrel Weather Meter package has continued with the New Kestrel 5000 and Kestrel 5500.

The Kestrel Weather Stations give a 12.5% and 10% discount over buying the parts individually. The Kestrel 5000 and Kestrel 5500 Weather Station combine the weather meter with the Kestrel Vane Mount and Large Tripod to create a complete standalone weather station.

These complete weather stations can be left remotely with no human involvement to continuously log the incoming data which can be downloaded using the USB Data Transfer Interface or with the excellent LiNK (Bluetooth Low Energy) option, automatically to your Android or iOS  Phone, Tablet or Laptop.

These packages offer the ultimate in fast, accurate and flexible weather data collection at an affordable price.

Kestrel 5500

HVAC measurements

Some interesting reading from the NK Blog….

Balancing HVAC system is the single, most important step that can be taken to assure your systems produce comfort and operate efficiently. One of the key steps in balancing a system, new or old, is to make sure the airflow coming from each duct is enough to meet demand. ASHRAE Standard 111 covers the procedures to be used when measuring, testing, adjusting, and balancing an HVAC system. While calculations can be made using a few tools and some maths, the Kestrel 5200 Professional does the work for you. Take a look at the steps involved in determining Volume Air Flow without a Kestrel:

  1. Measure air velocity and write it down.
  2. Measure duct dimensions and write them down. (radius, or height and width of opening)
  3. Calculate cross-sectional area using π(r)2 for circular ducts or x(y) for rectangular ducts.
  4. Calculate air flow by multiplying area by air velocity

Now compare that to calculating Volume Air Flow using a Kestrel:

  1. Measure duct dimensions and enter them into the Kestrel.
  2. Hold the Kestrel to the duct opening to directly measure air flow.

The Kestrel 5200  simplifies the process and eliminates the potential for human error when making the various calculations used to determine Volume Air Flow. Not only that, the Kestrel also measures temperature, humidity, and moisture content in air, so you can determine dehumidification needs and the overall comfort level of the home.

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