CorDEX Instruments is celebrating after winning an award for its innovative explosion proof camera which is being used in the field by Weatherford.

The technology manufacturer scooped first prize in the ‘Best User Application’ category at this year’s HazardEx Awards for its ToughPIX 2303XP camera and came second in the ‘Contribution Towards Safety’ category.

More than 100 people attended the event at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire on Wednesday, February 29, which recognised the success of a number of businesses in the safety and hazardous area industry.

CorDEX was shortlisted in the ‘Best User Application’ category for its ToughPIX 2303XP camera which is being used by Weatherford and also in the ‘Contribution Towards Safety’ category for its UT5000 Intrinsically Safe Thickness Gauge.

The Teeside-headquartered company develops hand-held technologies ideally suited to the hazardous environments of the oil and gas sector. Its intrinsically safe equipment eliminates the need for shutdown or ‘hot work’ permits during Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and inspection programmes.

CorDEX Instruments Chief Executive, Tony Holliday, said: “It is a great achievement to be recognised for our ToughPIX 2303XP camera and UT5000 intrinsically safe ultrasonic thickness gauge at the HazardEx awards.

“All of our products are developed in direct response to requests from the oil and gas industry which help increase safety, enhance monitoring accuracy and reduce costly downtime for operators. We’ve enjoyed significant success over the last year and have a number of technology launches lined up for 2012 as we continue to deliver new intrinsically safe equipment to market.”

The latest version of the ToughPIX 2303XP camera is more streamlined than its predecessor and includes still and moving images in AVI format of up to 10 mega pixels. Encased in aluminium with an ultra-bright display protected by armoured glass, the revolutionary camera is custom designed for the harshest environments and can be used offshore without the need for a ‘hot permit’.

CorDEX has also developed CONNECT™ – a desktop package that boosts the capabilities of ToughPIX 2300XP Series cameras and is included as a complimentary ‘add-on’ package for customers.

CONNECT™ allows users to exclusively organise and manage information and images taken in the field with the ToughPIX 2300XP Series. It can generate reports and quickly manipulate images downloaded onto the system. Users can simply download images, edit then instantly annotate to produce reports.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen are using the UT5000 to provide a new model for corrosion assessment to enhance global oil and gas safety.

The aim of the ground-breaking research is to shed light on how corrosion develops spatially on steel pipelines and vessels to improve replacement decisions and integrity management and the UT5000 will give companies the ability to establish a predictive maintenance program to further improve safety.

CorDEX has a network of technology distributers across the United States of America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.cordexinstruments.com