For decades, electrical sensors have been used down hole to measure pressure, temperature, and flow. Sensors are used to maximize production while minimizing risk to humans, the environment, and the production equipment.
Fiber optic sensors are now in use where traditional electrical sensors perform poorly or not at all. Fiber optic sensors typically last longer in these harsh environments, provide more reliable data, offer an attractive small size, and perform in situations where the actual sensor readings must be many tens of kilometers away from the well head. Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) optical sensors are particularly attractive as pressure sensors and in long arrays with many temperature sensing points.
Other applications related to oil and gas where FBG sensors are ideal include monitoring for pipelines, off-shore platforms, storage facilities, tankers, and refineries. Passive fibers with long range capability provide explosion proof monitoring of these critical assets.
Micron Optics has many customers in the oil and gas industry including:
Micron Optics provides FBG based sensing products that enable the highest degree of measurement precision, resolution, and accuracy while offering the benefits of extended durability, ease of installation, and small physical footprint.
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