Endress+Hauser invests in Japan
New test rig ensures highest degree of accuracy
Endress+Hauser demonstrates strong commitment to its site in Yamanashi, Japan: a new underground test rig allows for highly precise calibration of tank gauging instruments. On 17 October 2014, General Manager Yasuyuki Inoue, Managing Director Andreas Mayr and CEO Matthias Altendorf welcomed numerous guests from business and politics to the inauguration ceremony.
Only a small section of the plant is situated above the ground while the actual measurement takes place far below. The test rig was built according to international standards and has already received certification from the international organization NMI. In future, the current Proservo NMS5 level sensor will be calibrated at this plant, and the new Proservo NMS8 can already be tested on the test rig during its development.
Endress+Hauser has invested 2.7 million euros in the new test rig for the calibration of high-precision tank gauging instruments developed and produced at the factory in Japan. The plant equipped with state-of-the-art laser technology can precisely simulate a measuring distance of 40 meters to calibrate the instruments accurately for their use in the large tanks of the process industry. The space required for a test rig of this length is provided by a circular shaft underneath the new building.
Accurate to the micron
“This investment in the new test rig shows Endress+Hauser’s strong commitment to the business area of tank gauging and also underlines the Group’s trust in the 81 associates of the Yamanashi site,” emphasized Managing Director Andreas Mayr. The new test rig works accurately to the micron. General Manger Yasuyuki Inoue is proud of this precision: “This plant allows us to improve the calibration of our tank gauging devices and enhances our market position.”
Yujiro Saito, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Japan, emphasized: “In the oil & gas industry, accuracy and reliability are decisive factors. The new test rig is a big step forward for us because we can meet the needs of our customers even faster and thus clearly distinguish from other suppliers.” The Yamanashi site located in the center of Japan houses profound expertise in tank gauging technology. The company was founded in 1955 and has been a part of the Endress+Hauser Group since 1978.
In 1998, the site was affiliated to Endress+Hauser Maulburg, which is the Group’s competence center for level and pressure measurement engineering. “All facilities and processes at our sites all over the world correspond to the same high standards,” explained Andreas Mayr. “Our highly precise calibration plants, in particular, are unrivalled. We are the only manufacturer of tank gauging instrumentation to produce at this high quality level in Japan.”