For Immediate Release
Trico Introduces Sensei™ Real-Time Lubrication Intelligence System
New wireless monitoring technology can help manufacturers save time, maximize equipment uptime through data-driven maintenance
Pewaukee, WI, March 27, 2017 — Trico Corporation, a leading provider of lubrication management solutions, today introduced Sensei™, a real-time lubrication intelligence system.
Sensei, believed to be the first system of its type, wirelessly transmits oil level and ambient air temperature to a customizable, web-based dashboard. As a result, users gain real-time input on machine status and maintenance requirements. Sensei can:
“The launch of Sensei represents a new ability to generate meaningful data faster and more efficiently than ever before. As a result, we are uniquely positioned to help customers develop cost-saving strategies and reduce the massive pressures of reliability,” says Jim Jung, President, Trico. “In combination with the services from the Trico Analysis Center, Sensei enables us to redefine lubrication management strategies for the Internet of Things era.”
The first wireless sensors available as part of the Sensei system are oil level sensors designed to accompany Trico’s line of 8-oz. Opto-Matic vented and closed constant level oilers. Pumps, motors, gearboxes, fans, blowers and other equipment use constant level oilers to maintain a consistent fluid level.
Industrial and manufacturing applications include those in machining, petrochemical, chemical processing, primary metals, pulp and paper, food and beverage, power generation, water management, mining and other industries. Maintenance managers, directors of operations, facility managers, lubrication technicians, millwrights and reliability engineers in these industries stand to gain valuable insights from Sensei’s real-time monitoring capability.
Results from Initial Installations
“Sensei has helped us rule out and identify problems,” says Mike Walton, ICML*, MLT-II, Mechanical Technician at Irving Tissue, St. John, New Brunswick. Irving Tissue tested Sensei on the Yankee Exhaust Fans that assist in the drying process. Walton notes that the reliability team at first thought one fan had an oil leak because it lost so much oil in a short period, but historical data provided by Sensei showed that there were periods as long as four to five months where oil level stayed constant.
“On fan 200-190-21, Sensei enabled us to rule out a leak and look for other causes,” says Walton. “Conversely, fan 100-190-53 leaked constantly. On closer examination, we found it had a leaking fitting going to the bearing housing, as well as a bad seal. Work orders were entered to correct those problems.”
*International Council for Machinery Lubrication, Level II Machinery Lubrication Technician
Inside the System
The Sensei system includes three components:
“Due to competitive pressure, cost-saving requirements and retiring skilled trade talent, many companies no longer have in-house capabilities. That’s where Trico and our 100 years of lubrication expertise come in, helping customers turn data into action,” says Jung. “By pairing data from Sensei with our industry-leading oil lab services and analysis, Trico provides an unmatched ability to protect and extend the life of critical equipment.”
To create Sensei’s customized optical sensor pack that captures oil levels, Trico partnered with MarqMetrix, a Seattle-based company that also helped develop the wireless network solution that flows data into the Sensei cloud platform.
“Using patented technology, we can automate previously manual and labor intensive measurement processes. Sensei technology has limitless opportunities for industrial and manufacturing applications,” says Brian Marquardt, CEO of MarqMetrix.
How to Get Sensei
To help ensure maximum impact with the expert monitoring made possible by Sensei, the system is only available through a select network of trained distribution partners, or directly through Trico. Companies can request access to a simulated Sensei dashboard that illustrates available information and configurability,.
Sensei oil level sensors are available as a complete oiler, but can be retrofit to existing Trico Opto-Matic installations by replacing the upper bulb assembly. It is not compatible with competitive oilers.
Trico Corporation is a total lubrication management service and products company that focuses on increasing industrial asset performance and reliability. The company offers assessments for lubrication management programs, equipment audits, oil analysis, training, and a complete line of high-performance lubrication products. Founded in 1917, Trico’s mission is to protect and extend the life of critical equipment, providing customers with peace of mind through machines that run more productively. Principal offices are in Pewaukee, Wis., and Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, visit tricocorp.com or call (800) 558-7008, ext. 117.
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Designed specifically for the educational environment, a Raman tool incorporates a safe way to operate laser in a durable, open package, offered at about a third of the price of a traditional Raman spectrometer. All of the components of a Raman spectroscopy system are integrated into a complete teaching platform.
Since its inception in 1928, Raman spectroscopy has allowed scientists to see a chemical “fingerprint” of material. Using light, substances are identified by the way specific wavelengths interface with a sample and are scattered. Pioneered by Sir C.V. Raman 90 years ago using simple sunlight with a series of filters to read a sample, Raman spectroscopy has evolved to become an information-rich measurement technique.
November 16, 2016
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MarqMetrix makes strategic move to new office and laboratory
Seattle, Wash.—November 16, 2016—Today, MarqMetrix makes a move to a new office and laboratory, a decision Company Officials say will match the facility with the growth goals of the organization and allow them to attract and retain top quality talent.
“We continue to advance our TouchRamanTM technology making it more accessible and easier to use than traditional Raman devices,” said Brian Marquardt, CEO of MarqMetrix. “As we continue to develop our technology, we realized the need for more office space and a state-of-the-art laboratory.”
The new offices are located at 2157 N Northlake Way, Suite 240, Seattle, Wash. in the Emerald Landing Building. Not only do the offices offer MarqMetrix expanded space, but the building is located on the north shore of Lake Union adjacent to Gas Works Park and the Burke Gilman Trail. Employees will be able to grab a paddle board, hit the trail for a run or simply have lunch in the park—right from their office door. The new location offers employees lockers, an on-site shower facility, bike storage and a rooftop deck with WiFi.
“MarqMetrix is creating a work culture embraces the active lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest,” said Marquardt. “We want a work environment that attracts top talent and promotes a healthy, balanced lifestyle.”
Emerald Landing is a newer building with LEED Platinum certification. The building aesthetic features glazed, brick, precast and metal panel systems with a variety of recycled building products and a living green roof.
“As a science based company, energy efficiency and environmental considerations were important in this process,” said Marquardt.
MarqMetrix® is best known for the development of the TouchRamanTM immersion BallProbe®. With this device, users have a sampling interface for Raman spectroscopy that is effective for measuring many different sample types including solids, slurries, powders, liquids, and gases. A stable and reproducible sample interface facilitated the application of Raman in a variety of process applications from pharma to food to the deep ocean at high temperatures and pressures. For more information, visit www.marqmetrix.com.
MarqMetrix uses patented technology and multi-disciplinary expertise to solve complex applied and industrial challenges to maximize efficiency, sustainability and profitability. The company offers optical measurement research, development and consulting services to numerous commercial and government clients.
Founded in Seattle in 2012, the company was established by Brian Marquardt based on his desire to take his Raman BallProbe™, a light-sensing device with a unique spherical sampling lens, outside of a laboratory setting to fully leverage its real-world applications. Today, the MarqMetrix team conducts its groundbreaking work from a 6,100 square foot facility including a 4,200-square-foot cutting-edge laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment for optical, chemical and biological measurement and testing. The company works with a number of recognizable global brands representing the oil and gas, energy, chemical, aerospace, food and agricultural and medical industries, among others.
MarqMetrix® and Hellma have partnered together to bring Raman spectroscopy to the classroom.
The new technology will be on display during SCIX 2016
September 2, 2016—Seattle, Wash. –MarqMetrix and Hellma will demonstrate their new Raman spectroscopy technology and curriculum designed specifically for the classroom during the SCIX2016 conference held September 18th-23rd in Minneapolis, Minn.
Historically, instruction surrounding Raman spectroscopy required large and expensive pieces of equipment. Not something that every university would have available in the chemistry lab. In the last few years, MarqMetrix® has developed the TouchRamanTM BallProbe®, a sample interface that simplifies the collection of Raman spectroscopy data. The technology is widely used across multiple industries and now, in partnership with Hellma, the technology and a curriculum will be available to colleges, universities and students who want to further their knowledge of Raman spectroscopy.
Hellma and MarqMetrix® have worked together to integrate the easy-to-use BallProbe® into a compact, affordable Raman solution that makes it accessible in the scientific learning environment. The rugged form factor has been designed specifically for educational application.
“Regularly, I am contacted by employers seeking graduates with Raman spectroscopy knowledge,” said Brian Marquardt, CEO and Founder of MarqMetrix®. “This led us to the partnership with Hellma as we both share a passion to make sure the future leaders in the industry have the best tools and technologies while studying their field.”
“We understand the value of the Raman technology for the future of the industry and in partnership with MarqMetrix, we are dedicated to providing accessible products and affordable solutions for educators and students alike,” said Evan Friedman, Director of Sales Americas, Hellma USA. “We are proud to be leaders in developing future scientists.”
During SCIX 2016, held September 18-23 in Minneapolis, Minn., MarqMetirx and Hellma will be located at Booth #103 on the tradeshow floor to demonstrate the new technology.
MarqMetrix® uses patented technology and multi-disciplinary expertise to solve complex applied and industrial challenges to maximize efficiency, sustainability and profitability. The company offers optical measurement research, development and consulting services to numerous commercial and government clients.
Founded in Seattle in 2012, the company was established by Brian Marquardt based on his desire to take his Raman BallProbe™, a light-sensing device with a unique spherical sampling lens, outside of a laboratory setting to fully leverage its real-world applications. Today, the MarqMetrix® team conducts its groundbreaking work from a 6,100 square foot facility including a 4,200-square-foot cutting-edge laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment for optical, chemical and biological measurement and testing. The company works with a number of recognizable global brands representing the oil and gas, energy, chemical, aerospace, food and agricultural and medical industries, among others.
The Charles Mann Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated advancement(s) at a conference presented by FACSS in the field of applied Raman Spectroscopy and/or demonstrated dedication to the advancement of the Raman spectroscopy program at a conference presented by FACSS and/or the ASTM Raman subcommittee.
Raman spectroscopy and optical measurement technology company MarqMetrix (Seattle, WA) has introduced its fiber-coupled TouchRaman [trademarked] immersion contact probe; the company says it is the only immersion contact probeto use a patented spherical sapphire ball lens interface. MarqMetrix says the fiber interface, patented optics, exclusively sourced high-grade sapphire lens, and precision manufacturing allow for greatly reduced sampling variation, extreme durability, and ease-of-use in an elegant and simple design.
In recent years, Raman spectroscopy has been applied to process monitoring and control applications in a wide range of application fields, including bioprocessing, pharmaceuticals, food, oil and gas, and oceanography. Brian Marquardt, cofounder and CEO of MarqMetrix, Inc., and director and senior principal engineer with the Center for Process Analysis and Control in the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, has more than 15 years of experience with such applications and recently spoke with us about his research. Marquardt is the winner of the 2016 Charles Mann Award presented by FACSS. This interview is part of the series with the winners of awards to be presented at the SciX 2016 conference.
MarqMetrix has introduced a fiber-coupled TouchRaman™ immersion contact probe. This the only immersion contact probe to use a patented spherical sapphire ball lens interface. The fiber interface, patented optics, exclusively sourced, high-grade sapphire lens and precision manufacturing allow for greatly reduced sampling variation, extreme durability and remarkable ease-of-use in an elegant and simple design.
Seattle, WA — MarqMetrix, a leader in Raman spectroscopy and optical measurement technology, has introduced a fiber-coupled TouchRaman immersion contact probe. This the only immersion contact probe to use a patented spherical sapphire ball lens interface. The fiber interface, patented optics, exclusively sourced, high-grade sapphire lens and precision manufacturing allow for greatly reduced sampling variation, extreme durability and remarkable ease-of-use in an elegant and simple design.
Giora Proskurowski, manager of TouchRamanTM spectroscopy at MarqMetrix®, was published in March 2016 in the Journal of Physical Oceanography for his whitepaper on buoyant microplastic marine debris (MPMD). MPMD is a pollutant in the ocean surface boundary layer (OSBL).
The study reveals a significant increase in concentrations during surface heating and subsequent decrease in concentration during surface cooling. The results demonstrate the controlling influence of surface heat fluxes and LT on turbulent transport in the OSBL and on vertical distributions of buoyant marine particles. Click on Download a Whitepaper for the full text.
Just before the Gordon Research Conference held in Galveston, Texas February 26-28, Giora Proskurowski, manager of TouchRamanTM technology, presented the emerging technologies from MarqMetrix. The patented TouchRamanTM BallProbe® allows for in-situ measurement in natural gas hydrate systems.
With TouchRamanTM spectroscopy technology, scientists are able to gather more accurate data in the situation where the phenomenon is occurring and collect real time data more efficiently than before.
When MarqMetrix® first started, Brian Marquardt had the specific goal of making his TouchRamanTM spectroscopy technology more available, taking it outside the laboratory and into the hands of more people. Never in a million years would he have guessed that he would be testing cribbage boards for a collector.
“We definitely envision taking this product to mainstream usability,” said Brian Marquardt, Chief Technology Officer. “So when we got a call from a cribbage board collector asking if our technology could help him, we jumped on the idea.”
Enter Jay Fulwider, who has been collecting cribbage boards since 1981 and has amassed a collection of 410 boards. For those unfamiliar with the game of cribbage, it is a card game where players “peg” their points from every hand along a board and the first player to 121 wins the game.
Fulwider found MarqMetrix in a technology feature article in the Seattle Times and decided to email the company directly asking if the TouchRamanTM BallProbe® would be able to confirm that two of his cribbage boards were in fact made of ivory.
Brian and the team, Scott Van Vuren, Chief Business Officer and Giora Proskurowski, Manager of the Raman Division, invited Fulwider to their laboratory for some testing. After just a couple hours, the team confirmed the two boards were, in fact, made of ivory and also discovered that walrus ivory and elephant ivory have nearly identical chemical composition. There was a third board that was tested and Fulwider did not know if the inlays were bone, ivory, or another substance.
“On that third board we tested, I knew it was an old English design and the inlays would most likely be ivory, bone or mother of pearl, based on the period.” Said Fulwider. “MarqMetrix confirmed for me that it is ivory, which is great to know!”
There was a fourth board, that Fulwider knew was a faux ivory and they tested just to confirm and for comparative sampling.
“From an antique collectors point of view, there are so many things that are knock offs of originals and knowing what materials were used to be an original is really important for the collector community so we don’t get fooled,” said Fulwider. “Collectors would really benefit from the scientific knowledge.”
“It is refreshing and invigorating to see out technology used like this,” said Marquardt. “Who knows, we may have just opened up a new customer base!”
A disposable optical component is available for use with Raman spectroscopy technology. MarqMetrix, a specialist in the field of optical measurement with the Touch Raman BallProbe, has developed a disposable tip for use when interrogating harmful, sensitive or biological samples where safety, sterility and contamination are critical priorities.
SEATTLE — MarqMetrix Inc. offers a disposable optical component for use with its TouchRaman BallProbe spectroscopy system.
BallProbe with disposable tips can be used when interrogating harmful, sensitive or biological samples where safety, sterility and prevention of contamination are critical. Each tip is individually packaged and sterilized.
Using research and development from the University of Washington, MarqMetrix is marketing a technology that allows users to identify products at the touch of a probe.
New Vent O2 Probe measures and sends real-time data regarding environmental changes in rail cars transporting crude oil or other hazardous materials. It alerts operators to stability of rail car environment, changing O2 levels, and explosion potential.
DARPA selects two performers to demonstrate concepts for converting toxic chemicals into soil or other safe organic compounds
SRI International has partnered with Parsons Corporation and MarqMetrix, Inc., to develop a self-contained, transportable chemical destruction system that also relies on locally available resources. SRI plans to use a high-energy plasma technology to combust organic molecules, with built-in scavenging of reaction byproducts in the same reactor. A strong focus of the SRI approach is real-time characterization of reactor output, as well as development of process-control strategies to ensure that waste is reprocessed for complete destruction and conversion efficiencies of greater than 99.9999%.
SEATTLE, Oct. 27, 2015 — MarqMetrix Inc. offers a disposable optical component for use with its TouchRaman BallProbe spectroscopy system.
BallProbe with disposable tips can be used when interrogating harmful, sensitive or biological samples where safety, sterility and prevention of contamination are critical. Each tip is individually packaged and sterilized.
In pharmaceutical applications, the technology can be used to test high-value raw materials without the risk of cross-contamination. In biomedical applications, users can safely test living tissue.
MarqMetrix® company principals, Dr. Charles Branham and Dr. Giora Proskurowski, participated in a NSF funded project with University of Washington School of Oceanography to develop and deploy a state of the art optical deep-sea oxygen sensor. This sensor was specifically designed to meet the needs of researchers studying the geochemistry of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Branham and Proskurowski developed the “VentO2 Probe” by leveraging advances in oxygen sensing materials that are more stable than commercially available products. Last week this optical oxygen sensor was successfully deployed to more than a mile deep on the Axial Seamount Expedition 2015 (http://axial2015.blogspot.com/) to measure the dissolved oxygen in hydrothermal fluids emitting from this active underwater volcano. The data collected from the expedition thus far has demonstrated that this sensor is capable of measuring dissolved oxygen in this challenging environment.
MarqMetrix has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation grant. Funds will be used to develop a prototype oxygen monitoring instrument specifically designed for aircraft fuel tanks. The device, which also has applications throughout the oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceuticals industries, will take precise oxygen measurements of fuel vapors over an extended amount of time in an effort to reduce and eliminate the possibility of fuel tank explosions.
Brian Marquardt of MarqMetrix was among the presenters at the International Foundation Process Analytical Chemistry (IFPAC) 29TH Annual Forum & Exhibition in Arlington, VA January 25-28, 2015. Marquardt and members of the MarqMetrix team highlighted the company’s work in the areas of continuous flow reactors and analysis of Raman and LIBS data, focusing on its impact in the pharmaceuticals industry.
The MarqMetrix team was on hand at the SPIE Photonics West Conference February 7-12 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. to demonstrate its state-of-the-art optical sampling interfaces, including the newly launched Performance BallProbe and the rugged Elite BallProbe.
Photonics West is the nation’s top laser, photonics, and biomedical optics conference, featuring 1,250 exhibiting companies, and 4,700 papers on biomedical optics, biophotonics, translational research, industrial lasers, optoelectronics, microfabrication, 3D printing, MOEMS-MEMS, optical communications, displays, and more.
Giora Prokskurowski, manager of MarqMetrix Raman, was a featured presenter at the 22nd Conference for Shellfish Growers, held March 2-3 in Union, Wash. Giora spoke about the impact of plastic in the global ocean and the Puget Sound.
First convened by Washington Sea Grant in 1991, the 22nd Conference for Shellfish Growers brings together representatives from the shellfish industry, government and academia. This year, the conference focused on emerging issues and shellfish culture.
MarqMetrix is pleased to announce the addition of three members to the team: Gordon Sewart, Alex McNeill and J. Mark Weller.
MarqMetrix was proud to be the primary sponsor of the Center for Process Analysis and Control’s (CPAC) Rome Workshop in Rome, Italy from March 23-25, 2015. Presentations were focused on smart manufacturing technology innovations that enhance processing efficiency and enable lower cost operations.
In addition to its sponsorship, MarqMetrix founder Brian Marquardt highlighted the company’s work and technology for sampling, sensing and data handling.
Pharmtech.com is talking about the MarqMetrix Performance BallProbe and its applications for the pharmaceuticals industry.
Scott Van Vuren of MarqMetrix shares some of his tips for technology grant funding with BusinessInfoGuide.com. In his article, “Exploring All Options for Technology Grant Funding,” Van Vuren outlines some of the sources and strategies he used to secure a National Science Foundation grant for MarqMetrix to develop a prototype oxygen sensor for the commercial airline industry.
The MarqMetrix team highlighted its innovative TouchRaman™ technology applications for the oil and gas industry, including its rugged Deep Ocean Raman BallProbe for immediate, accurate measurements, during the Oil & Gas Innovation Center 2015 Innovation Showcase on April 22, 2015 at the Anadarko Petroleum Headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas. The team also talked about the company’s cutting-edge work with sensors and data analysis.
Giora Proskurowski of MarqMetrix co-hosted and curated various sessions during the Networked Observations and Visualizations of the Axial Environment (NOVAE) 2015 Workshop that took place April 20-21, 2015 at the Talaris Conference Center in Seattle, Wash. The annual conference was an opportunity for the scientific community to strategically explore and define innovative options for pursuing research and educational programs associated with active undersea volcanos.
The event was attended by more than 90 of the world’s leading scientists, engineers and foundation program managers.
In a combat situation, there is a very real possibility that a military aircraft will be shot down. While there is little that can be done to prevent the ballistic hits, advances in robust optical oxygen sensor technology have come a long way to mitigate the extent of the damage.
Photonics Online features an article by Brian Marquardt about the oxygen sensor technology that MarqMetrix is developing to make military and commercial aircraft safer. The sensor, which can be placed directly in the fuel tank, offers pilots immediate and precise temperature, pressure and oxygen concentration readings from within a highly combustible environment. This enables pilots to proactively make adjustments that will eliminate the aircraft’s vulnerability to conditions that may trigger an explosion.
Creating a licensing framework is a complex process because everyone involved wants to benefit from the arrangement. MarqMetrix’s Scott Van Vuren highlights four things that startup technology business owners should consider when entering into a licensing agreement.
Come out and see the MarqMetrix team during the UW Innovation Open House on October 17, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at 302 Dempsey Hall on the University of Washington campus. MarqMetrix will be among a group of selected companies representing the life sciences, clean technology, medical devices, software, IT and engineering industries showcasing their innovative technologies.
Our partner, the University of Washington Center 4 Commercialization (C4C), offers this great profile about MarqMetrix and our revolutionary technology.
Last month, the MarqMetrix team attended the Great Scientific Exchange (SCIX) 2014 Conference in Reno, Nevada. During the conference, we announced a new collaboration with Horiba for an immersion optic and fiber probe that will establish MarqMetrix as the world’s leading provider of optical immersion probes.
Our presence at SCIX also allowed us to connect with many great friends and colleagues, as well as introduce new vendors to our innovative optical measurement technology solutions. These discussions sparked a great deal of interest that we are confident will turn into future collaborations and projects.
We look forward to attending the 2015 conference in Providence, RI.
Seattle Times technology and business writer Brier Dudley lists MarqMetrix among UW’s record-breaking 18 startups in 2014.