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Why do clients use Oriel Systems?

Oriel Systems ( expect that by viewing this site you may well already have knowledge of the telemetry industry and are very likely either a user of remote monitoring systems already or are currently exploring their potential. However, you may be asking yourself, why use Oriel Systems in particular? Let’s start with the basics.

Industrial and commercial companies understand the value of distant monitoring. In an increasingly technical and dissipated engineering, manufacturing and production landscape, having a real time understanding of the front to back process is essential. It could be monitoring sites, silos or feedstock levels or inventory monitoring, but the ability to predict internal and external delivery times have become commercial imperatives for a vast array of applications across the supply chain. This is of particular importance in an evolving and highly technological competitor driven market. Oriel Systems’ telemetry solutions cover a variety of services to meet these needs.

Whether you’re optimising your assets or negotiating a tolling agreement with your financiers, you need to know what’s happening right now. And the devil’s in the details. Stock consumption and relative output formulae used to be a retrospective activity but now with margin’s constantly squeezed it is essential to monitor, and thereby control, the entire value chain.

That’s the basics. But it’s the delivery of the solution to the client that’s important. A global house-hold name in food production doesn’t need to monitor the same things as a chemical giant does, but Oriel Systems provides solutions to them both. Indeed a glance at its prestigious client list will show you the diversity of solutions it provides:

However Oriel Systems also services smaller companies who have telemetry needs which are just as important, and whilst they may not be global or household names like some customers, they none-the-less value the ability to monitor, control and thereby refine and optimise their internal systems.


Why do they use Oriel Systems? ( Because its services are tailor-made to suit clients’ specific needs. After all, telemetry isn’t an optional add-on in the production chain; it’s a necessary tool in optimising processes and therefore a direct driver in maximising profit. Despite the industry or scale of the business, all of Oriel System’s clients believe it’s an essential part of the industrial matrix with a direct and calculable impact on the bottom line.


Visit the Oriel Systems website at to find out more about how telemetry systems allow you to control both your industrial and commercial processes and, ultimately, your balance sheet.


Contact Oriel Systems about the most suitable telemetry hosting system

Oriel Systems ( has built a strong industry reputation for its provision of flexible, reliable and cost-effective telemetry and tank monitoring systems for the water, printing, chemical and oil and gas industries. However, although the suitability of such telemetry systems is partly assured by such factors as their scalability and ease of installation, another key benefit is the hosting service that can accompany them.

Facilitating the easy and confident monitoring and control of remote sites is Oriel Systems’ Awax Vendor Managed Inventory Solution (VMI) Telemetry Software, which is an open, expandable and flexible solution that has been designed with industry environments firmly in mind. It allows for customer sites across the world to have their critical stocking levels efficiently monitored, complete with the accurate prediction of delivery dates and times. The system can also carry out calculations of the actual delivered amount – even if consumption is yet to occur – before an invoice is automatically sent out for each delivery.

However, one feature that may attract particular notice is the option for the system to be hosted by Oriel Systems itself, which allows for online access. At a time when businesses and organisations of all sizes are seeing the benefits of outsourcing certain responsibilities to dependable specialist firms so that more time and energy can be focused on their core businesses, Oriel Systems can take on a firm’s Awax server and with it, the responsibility to periodically check on the system’s function.

Irrespective of the number of sites that the customer has, the hosting service that is offered by Oriel Systems can make contact with all of them, before uploading the data to a secure Internet server. Customers with telemetry systems can use any computer with Internet access, in any location and at any time, to log into the site and view their data, graph trends and data history, with just one touch of a button making possible the downloading of the data into a spreadsheet. There’s also the option for data to be frequently updated and forwarded to the customer’s smartphone.

Such hosting services are just one key part of Oriel Systems’ ( wider offering relating to all things telemetry, for a wide range of applications. The company offers the complete range of reputable and effective telemetry solutions for firms with the most specialised needs, encompassing design, installation and hosting alike.


The value of Oriel Systems telemetry in the oil and gas industry

When one considers the role of telemetry systems in the remote monitoring of oil and gas levels, it may be the oil light of a car that comes to mind, with software under a car’s bonnet helping to alert drivers to low oil levels in a form that they can understand. However, there are also rather more sophisticated systems that exist in industry and which are provided by Oriel Systems ( to a wide range of organisations in a reliable, flexible and cost-effective form.

The tanker loading and unloading operation for many firms in the LPG industry has traditionally required two operatives. Oriel Systems’ telemetry solutions, however, include a Driver Controlled Delivery, or DCD system that integrates safety, on-site control and level monitoring systems with CCTV so that only one man, the driver, is needed for the task. This arrangement makes possible the real-time supervision, monitoring and control of all tanker loading and unloading operations, which means that you no longer require two people at each site.

With tanker loading and unloading taking place on a 24 hours a day basis, a telemetry installation from Oriel Systems can therefore significantly reduce operational costs. It allows just one person to be present in the Control Centre for each operation, with the local depot having complete control in normal working hours over the process of unloading and loading the tanker. Each of the remote sites is equipped with an Oriel Video Intelligent Telemetry Outstation, which allows real-time viewing at the Control Centre and captures the CCTV images for later review.

The Video Intelligent Telemetry Outstation’s functions include the ability to bring multiple inputs and control outputs into the system. The depot manager also benefits from an unrestricted view of the entire operation from a local PC, with up to four live video feeds. The local on-site storage of all video feeds for the last three days allows them to be downloaded and saved on a computer for future review, should any “event” occur, with the analysis of procedures helping to prevent such an “event” happening in the future.

Alarms and an auto-shutoff are activated if the bulk tank is in danger of either running dry or overfilling, with the former possibility otherwise often leading to damaged pump seals. At night, meanwhile, the depot staff can simply exit, leaving control over the DCD system with the 24 hour Control Centre so that all CCTV video, monitoring, control and loading permissions can continue to take place remotely.

Contact Oriel Systems ( for more information about the telemetry software that can be provided for both large and small oil and gas projects.


Oriel Systems can come to the rescue of your print business

Out of all the industries that Oriel Systems ( serves with its telemetry solutions, few remain as ubiquitous as print. In a printing industry that has become besieged with worry about the economic impact of many erstwhile paper publications’ move to digital, newspapers have never been more anxious to make the most of routinely costly printing ink.

Indeed, both the newspaper itself and its supplier have reason to be thankful for a telemetry system that keeps the latter aware of the levels of product on the former’s site. This ensures that the customer never runs out of ink and is never let down by the supplier, while also keeping the supplier in business. Telemetry systems for the printing industry from Oriel Systems allow suppliers to monitor their customers’ consumption of ink so that they can better plan production, cutting costs in the process.

With Oriel Systems, VMI or Vendor Managed Inventory remote tank monitoring systems keep suppliers notified of customer tank levels. This means that an ink delivery can be planned by the supplier that allows for the tanker to be fully emptied, which is certainly preferable to having to bring back a partial load. The Awax VMI telemetry software allows for such easy and convenient monitoring of remote sites that it can even be hosted by Oriel Systems itself and therefore made accessible over the Internet.

An Intelligent Telemetry Outstation at the customer site is included as part of the inventory monitoring solution. It constantly monitors ink levels in each of the tanks, and if unexpectedly high usage occurs overnight that leads to the tank level falling below a pre-defined limit, then the system overrides everything and alerts the supplier to the need for a fresh delivery.

Oriel Systems has served a range of print ink suppliers with distinction, including Flint Ink, which requested the supply and installation of a telemetry system for a major customer in Spain. Oriel Systems provided an Intelligent Telemetry Outstation on broadband that closed the gap between the purpose-built facility near Madrid and the Netherlands headquarters of Flint Ink and the ink manufacturing facility in Wolverhampton UK. The resulting system provided vital information on historical ink consumption, current tank levels and delivery estimates, allowing the supplier to put in place the most cost-effective practices.

Contact Oriel Systems today at for more information about its complete range of telemetry maintenance solutions.


The many applications of telemetry in the chemical industry

Where a need exists for liquid and other substances to be measured to assist the planning of all manner of organisations, so telemetry has a key role to play – and a specialist such as Oriel Systems ( can be instrumental in providing the right solution for the water, oil, gas or other industry. The situation is no different in the chemical industry, where there is a requirement for the professional supply and installation of the best quality level sensing equipment.

Although telemetry solutions have always been broad and applicable to areas ranging from nuclear plant safety monitoring to endangered species’ migration habits, they were not always used in chemical plants given the tendency for some wireless signals to be interfered with by concrete and stainless steel. Today, however, such issues have been overcome, with telemetry proving truly invaluable in situations that demand the measuring of physical and chemical parameters in tanks.

There are many priorities that one must consider when investing in telemetry installation, in order to decide on the best configuration. The hardware and sensors will need to be suitably optimised, for example, taking into account the exact substance in the tank, while the best position to place the sensor depends on what the sensor is intended to measure, as well as whether the system is to be used for a single tank or multiple ones.

One will also need to pay attention to the power configuration to ensure that the associated communication devices have the energy to operate, while other key priorities include the communication frequency, and storage and management of information as well as, of course, budget. The right telemetry specialist will have considered all of these elements and will be able to give their clients advice based on their exact business requirements.

Oriel Systems recognises the importance of choosing the correct sensor for a given application, when the client is considering any VMI or tank monitoring system. That’s why the company offers an extensive range of sensors encompassing Radar, Guided Microwave, Ultrasonic and pressure transducers, and has a technical team on hand to guide clients in their choice. There are, after all, many factors that determine the best choice of sensor, including the vessel’s size and shape and whether there is a need for ATEX approval.

Visit the online home of Oriel Systems at to find out more about the company’s telemetry software and associated services, such as its ability to install galvanic isolation or return the tank level information to one central location. The firm is able to set up perfectly tailored telemetry systems for large and small projects alike.


Oriel Systems provides invaluable telemetry for the water industry

The purpose of telemetry is to remotely monitor values from industrial silo’s or tanks or critical plant and equipment to ensure that the industrial process has sufficient stock levels so that the  process operates within safe and defined conditions.  Within industry the measuring of stock levels of liquids, powders and other chemicals is to help companies to better plan their inventory levels has assured it of very wide range of applications. Whether it is used to monitor endangered species’ migration patterns or instead monitor the safety of nuclear plants, specialists such as Oriel Systems ( have long been engaged to assist the likes of the chemical, oil. gas and printing industries.


One other industry that has certainly long benefited from the right telemetry systems is the water industry, in which monitoring and control requirements can greatly change over time.  A company in this industry may need to monitor one remote water level or instead be in need of a more complex telemetry system that spans an entire area, while consisting of such vital components as sensors, a telemetry outstation, communications and telemetry software.


With more complicated equipment being increasingly needed as companies in the water industry join those in other sectors in striving for maximum efficiency, clients of Oriel Systems’ telemetry solutions will be thankful for the ability to use one PC to monitor equipment across multiple remote sites. This fits in with the increasing tendency for just one employee to have responsibility for many remote sites.


Sensors measure the value that is obtained at a remote site, while the telemetry outstation – which can also be referred to as the Remote Terminal Unit or RTU – is a device for data collection, gathering information from all of a particular remote site’s sensors on a 24 hours a day basis. Oriel Systems can not only supply and install a comprehensive range of sensors to ensure suitability to a specific monitoring application, but also specialises in intelligent telemetry outstations than allow for completely autonomous operation at remote sites.


Being modular in construction, the intelligent telemetry outstations of Oriel Systems are easy to expand or upgrade so that the system can be provided with additional analogue, digital or counter inputs, or for that matter so that local plant and equipment can be controlled remotely with digital or relay outputs. A control algorithm removes the need for engineering staff to be present at every remote site, with functions instead being performed automatically.


Oriel Systems offers various transmission possibilities so that the information that the outstation collects can be relayed back to the main office from what may be an especially remote area. Such options include radio, broadband, PTSN, GPRS, mobile broadband 3G or WiFi, while clients are also likely to appreciate the historical data that the telemetry system captures and that can be invaluable to water engineers for future projects or water modelling.


Contact Oriel Systems at for more information about the applications of the right telemetry installation for companies in the water industry.


Telemetry System for Printers in Spain.

Oriel were asked by leading Ink supplier Flint Ink to supply and install a Telemetry system for one of their major customers located in Spain.

The purpose-built printing facility built by Rotocobrhi and located in the industrial area of Tres Cantos is close to Madrid has approximately 350 employees, it specializes in periodic magazines as well as brochures and have 8 presses in total.

It is critical that ink deliveries are planned and delivered in good time as the Ink management contract is managed by Flink Ink NL in the Netherlands whereas the ink isactually  manufactured in Wolverhampton UK.

Oriel have supplied and installed an Intelligent Telemetry Outstation on broadband which provides instantaneous tank level readings back at Flint Ink headquarters in Holland.  As well as current tank level information the system also provides historical information  on ink consumption along with estimates of when the next delivery and of what colour needs to be planned.

Oriel’s intelligent Telemetry outstation connects directly to the on-site Mitsubishi plc using the Modbus communications protocol to obtain all the relevant datapoints from the plant and displays them in real-time on the Master Station PC screen in an easy to use and understand graphical manner.

Text messages were requested to inform the account managers that the ink levels are getting low and they can then check on the Master Station Telemetry PC or laptops to view recent use-age and estimate when the next delivery should be scheduled.

The Oriel systems VMI system is a flexible and cost-effective solution to monitoring customer usage of a product or number of products, bringing together information from customer sites around the globe to provide instant information on potential stock-out situations.


VMI / Vendor Managed Inventory Solutions

Amidst strong competition, Oriel Systems’ Vendor Managed Inventory solution was chosen by leading ink manufacturer Sun Chemicals to integrate and replace a myriad of different systems inherited from recent acquisitions and new customer contracts

The Oriel systems VMI system is a flexible and cost-effective solution to monitoring customer usage of a product or number of products, bringing together information from customer sites around the globe to provide instant information on potential stock-out situations.

In any mature industry where many suppliers are perceived to be the same, many suppliers have found this to be a significant differentiator as their customers now receive the best possible service 24/7 leading to increased customer loyalty.

There are more benefits for the supplier, this is rapidly turning into a “Win-Win for all”  scenario.  As the supplier is provided with information on product usage or consumption, this also allows for increases in efficiencies to be made in both the scheduling of production and of deliveries.

The system comprises of software residing on a PC which, in normal operation automatically connects into the customers site at regular intervals to retrieve  latest stocking levels.  In the case of a potential stock-out situation, the system over-rides and immediately alerts the supplier of the occurrence.  Potential stock-out situations are notified audibly and by pop-up “on screen” messages, which must be accepted before they disappear.  For out of hours use a “dialling rota” can be configured, which will automatically dial a series of mobile or landline numbers to alert the supplying company or their transportation / logistics department of the occurrence.

Once an alarm is received, it must be acknowledged from the telephone keypad, otherwise the system will continue to dial the next number in series.  From the telephone keypad the user can choose to replay the current alarm or replay all alarms or to delete them.

Other options include mobile versions of the VMI software allowing remote interrogation using smartphones.  This allows the transport / logistics / customer service departments to connect to the customers site and to view both current and historical information on customer usage, even whilst away from the office

For further information please contact us on 01249 705070 or

UK Wide Telemetry Solution for BP LPG

Although Telemetry Systems are fairly commonplace these days, they are used in many different industries to give prior warning that an “event” is about to happen

For instance; automatic cash machines will alert the bank’s staff to the fact that the machine is running out of banknotes, petrol filling stations are linked to telemetry to alert the head office that a particular fuel is about to run out.  In the shipping industry, engine performance information is relayed back to a central monitoring station to alert the control centre of any required maintenance that may be performed at the next intended port of call so that down time is kept to a minimum.  We at Oriel Systems are always pleased to hear of other applications that may be of use to our customers and, in turn are keen to offer a practical solution.

One recent application that Oriel were involved with was for BP at their LPG Tanker filling sites around the country.  The problem that BP had was that their LPG filling terminals sites were all 24hour operations and were open 7days a week.  The Health and Safety Executive insisted on 2 people being present at all times to oversee the filling operations.  Some days there may not be a single tanker pulling in to refuel and yet there would still need to be 2 BP staff on site.  Over all of BP’s sites this amounted to many hundreds of staff that would have to be employed and also paid overtime (with unsociable shift allowances) even tough in many cases these staff may not actually be required.

After discussions with the customers engineers, Oriel were able to draft a proposal based on an Oriel Intelligent Telemetry Outstation at each site along with 2 CCTV cameras, one fixed, the other moveable.  Security at the entrance gate would also be provided which, upon a tanker arriving out of hours would open up voice communications between the filling site and the Central Control Station, which was to be located in Scotland.  As soon as this communications link is opened up, the screen for the individual site becomes active and appears in the foreground of their Monitoring PC at the Control Centre.  From the overview screen the Central Control operator grants the tanker driver the required permissions to commence re-fuelling operations and a “time band” is allocated to him.  During this “time band” all the critical and emergency systems such as the fire pump and deluge system are running non-stop.  Once the “time band” has been exceeded the system will automatically shut down necessitating another “time band” to be allocated and permissions to be repeated.

At all times, two cameras, one fixed the other moveable via on screen controls follow every move the tanker driver makes.  If the tanker driver were to fall and injure himself this would immediately be picked up and the necessary action initiated and the operation automatically shut down.  The whole system runs over the secure high speed BP network and the information from any of the remote sites can be viewed from any location around the country just by plugging a laptop into the nearest standard telephone connection point and accessing the relevant password protected pages.  The system gave BP the flexibility that they needed at this time, with the option to move the Control Centre to another location at a later date without incurring additional expense.

Similar technology can and already has been applied to the other Industries, Oriel Systems has already installed a system able to take video in the event of a problem such as vandalism or theft at a remote site.  If the operator is alerted to a “situation” the operator can instruct the remote site to capture video and transmit the pictures to a central location and can then decide what course of action to take.  If the situation warrants police involvement the pictures are saved for future use as evidence.

Of course the camera could also be used for much simpler purposes such as a view on the state of the plant and equipment at the remote site to decide the severity of a situation and whether a site visit is really necessary immediately or whether the engineer can wait until the next planned maintenance visit.  Overall the system can pay for itself in just a few years, although in a recent vandalism case where a local Drainage Board had all the windows smashed in at a remote Pump Station the system, the cost could be recouped in a matter of months.

For further information please contact us on 01249 705070 or

BP Thetford Depot

Salinity Monitoring and Penstock Automation

The Water Management Alliance is a consortium of 5 Internal Drainage Boards who ensure that the delicate balance between salt and fresh water is preserved to allow both flora and fauna to flourish and provide fresh water for local wildlife.

The Halvergate Marshes, situated between Norwich and Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk Broads were designated a SSSI by English Nature prior to the formation of Natural England.  The Water Management Alliance is a consortium of 5 Internal Drainage Boards who ensure that the delicate balance between salt and fresh water is preserved to allow both flora and fauna to flourish and provide sufficient fresh water for local wildlifePreviously, local farmers controlled water levels with a series of dams and sluice inlets allowing fresh water from the River Bure to enter but this method of management could no longer be solely relied upon.

Oriel Systems were asked to automate the penstock and provide a system that could automatically raise the penstock proportionally in increments from 0 through to 100% open, to only let fresh water in to the mill pond and subsequently the Fleet, but only when the Fleet was able to take the water.

Once the control strategy was agreed upon Oriel installed in-line salinity monitoring equipment at both the River Bure and the Mill pond.  Ultrasonic water level sensors were installed at the Bure, the Mill Pond and some 4Km away at the Fleet where an Oriel Low Power Telemetry Outstation was installed to transmit the signal back to Halvergate by radio.

An Oriel Intelligent Telemetry Outstation takes care of the day to day sampling of salinity and water levels.  It also makes the decision whether to operate the penstock and if so, by how much.  In the case of power failure the system automatically lowers the penstock stopping any water getting through.

All critical site information is automatically transmitted back to the central office and the Operations Manager is notified by voicemail of any on-site problems.  Once at the Telemetry Master Station PC or if out in the field the operator can view and act upon information from their laptop and is also able to remotely control the equipment from there.

For further information please contact us on 01249 705070 or