Kan’to Instruments do it for NIS

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Kan’to Instruments – the north east of England designers of specialist systems for monitoring bulk fuel and chemical liquid storage – has recently completed a major installation for one of Scotland’s premier waste oil management and recovery companies.

Northburn Industrial Services Ltd (NIS) provides a range of waste management and recycling services, predominately handling oils and associated wastes. The company is a licensed carrier, collector and processor of waste oils and offers services including automotive waste handling, marine waste removal, waste oil collections, tank cleaning, vacuum tanker hire, chemical handling, and oil re-refining.

For NIS, Kan’to designed and installed a complete turnkey package incorporating automatic tank gauging for diesel and waste oil storage and process tanks. It includes control systems for steam valves and steam temperature; sampling valves on each of four process tanks; and seven pumps for receipt of raw materials and intertank product transfers. The installation also features a bespoke PC-based software package for the control, monitoring and recording of all the company’s recycling and associated processes.

Gauging at large oil companies, fuel depots and chemical plants Founder of Kan’to Instruments, Dr Dimitri Papaioannou, is an electronics engineer with more than 30 years of international experience, and now counts some of the world’s largest oil companies amongst his clients.

After working for multi-nationals for a number of years, I felt that I wanted to do things differently and provide a high-quality, tailored service – designing and providing what customers actually want to buy!” says Dimitri. So in 1998 he set up Kan’to Instruments in office and workshop facilities near Stockton-on-Tees to provide specialist systems to monitor storage facilities at fuel depots and chemical plants.
Kan’to – the word means “do it!” in Dimitri’s native Greek language – now serves corporate customers across the UK and Ireland. Over the years, the company has gained a reputation for creating bespoke technology which remotely checks and gathers information on the stock levels of fuel and chemicals in storage tanks which range in size from a small football pitch through to a several acre site.
The NIS contract was a very big project indeed, which started last March and finished just now - and there is another phase planned for next year,” adds Dimitri.

Bob Wylie, director of Northburn Industrial Services, is very happy with the Kan’to installation. He says:
Kan’to service was very good, giving invaluable advice at the design implementation stages where various systems were being considered. Their installation was carried out with minimal supervision to the highest specifications and workmanship. System commissioning was undertaken with great flexibility to suit our production needs.

An NIS treatment tank featuring a Scada control system installed by Kan’to. The system includes level and temperature control of holding and treatment tanks and local human machine interface (HMI) screens to allow operators to activate pumps and valves within pre determined parameters.