Cimarron Energy Inc.

ASM: Ed Jones

We won a customer form the energy sector, Cimarron Energy Inc., for a vapor recovery product. Gas by-products are released from processing oil, landfill gases, chemicals, etc., and our control keypad goes on the flame igniter that burns the exhaust vapor.

 

Problem:

The membrane switch needs to survive 100% outdoor use including direct sunlight/UV exposure. These switches are used outdoors in the oil and gas exploration fields for controls of flare systems, which means they are exposed to sunlight, rain, oil, dirt - you get the picture. And they are used to control critical systems, so the switch has to work every time.

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Solution:

Material knowledge and experience from other outdoor customers, like Gilbarco, allowed us to select and process the proper materials and construction to meet their requirement. We identified a graphic overlay material that offers resistance to UV exposure, and Xymox used a proprietary UV ink for the graphics.  This combination allows long switch life in these harsh conditions. We also used a gasket construction for sealing the switch to ensure there is no fluid ingress from the environment to the switch circuitry or to the underlying electronics.

Results:

Sharing this information and educating the customer on the difference in suppliers, materials and constructions resulted in the customer deciding on a head-to-head prototype evaluation. Comparing prototypes from Xymox and a competitor, Xymox stood the test. Outdoor UV weather ability tests showed it all - Xymox outperformed the competition on endurance in direct UV exposure.

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How to use this information:

What customers are in your region who need a switch that works outdoors, all the time? This is an application area where premium technology and know-how is required to succeed.  We are good at this – and there is a ton of value we can provide to our customers with challenging applications outdoors.