SAMS-48-MINI (Ships Alarm and Monitoring System)

Over the past several years we have learned many lessons about AMS (Alarm and Monitoring Systems), through offering our own AMS we call SAMS-64, and its little sister SAMS-48-MINI.   There are not two project that are alike, in spite the customer having ordered a series of four boats for instance from the same yard, and Read More …

Are potentiometers simple or complicated?

In today’s world there are many ways of controlling a piece of equipment, i.e. a generator voltage or a conveyor speed.  Depending on your setup and your equipment it can be a requirement to provide a voltage signal like 0-5VDC from minimum to maximum range or an actual resistance.  In the example of the voltage Read More …

Should protective relays be door or din-rail mounted

If you are faced with designing switchboards, you have undoubtedly been faced with the choice of mounting a protective relay either on the door or on inside the panel on a din-rail.  The viability is key, to allow your user to easily determine a fault, and address it, and so a door mounted relay can Read More …

What does Hysteresis and tank levels have in common?

On a recent project our team had a long conversation with the client about hysteresis on his fuel tanks.  There were a number of alarms that came in to his SAMS when his tanks was right at the high level and at low level alarm points, so our integrator suggested to implement the hysteresis feature Read More …

Alarm blocking and nuisance alarms

Why you do not want nuisance alarms.  Alarm blocking provides the installer and user the ability to avoid nuisance alarms when a particular piece of machinery is running or stopped.  An example is when a hydraulic pump is switched off, and the hydraulic oil pressure drops.  It becomes a nuisance alarm to receive a low Read More …