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General Monitors and ELPRO partner to deliver wireless gas and flame detectors

General Monitors and ELPRO partner to deliver wireless gas and flame detectors
LAKE FOREST, CA — December 11, 2007 — General Monitors is pleased to announce its partnership with ELPRO Technologies (Stafford, Australia) in offering wireless technology and communications for its advanced gas and flame detector product lines, which provide critical protection to people, equipment, and plants engaged in hazardous industries worldwide.

ELPRO, a subsidiary of the MTL Instruments Group, is a global leader in radio telemetry. The company produces a wide range of industrial wireless products for process and manufacturing applications and remains in the forefront of wireless development. Using ELPRO’s wireless devices and ancillary components, General Monitors now provides secure and reliable wireless communication for its gas and flame detector product lines.

Industrial wireless communication continues to gain acceptance in many process instrumentation and safety applications, as did analog outputs and Modbus communications in decades past. Wireless devices today enable plant managers to deploy detectors in hard-to-access areas or places where the cost of a fully wired installation is prohibitive.

Wireless transmitters and receivers also allow users to combine different protocol devices into a common network. The wireless extension of industrial automation buses (e.g., Ethernet, wireless HART, Profibus) also facilitates the integration of multiple automation local area networks (LANs) in different sections of a plant.

ELPRO products offered by General Monitors include wireless I/O units, wireless gateways, and wireless modems. ELPRO radios are certified in 55 countries, which means they can be installed in most regions worldwide. The global focus of both companies allows their customers to replicate designs of fire and gas system in plants around the world to enhance safety and reduce cost.

By offering wireless-enabled detection, General Monitors extends its capacity to meet some of the most challenging process safety problems that the oil and gas, power generation, and chemical process industries face today. Lower installation costs and accurate and reliable communication are possible through the use of the appropriate wireless configuration, which provide process and plant engineers with more choices for the deployment of detection equipment.

About General Monitors
Founded in 1961, General Monitors is a leading-edge manufacturer of combustible gas, toxic gas and flame detection monitoring products of the highest quality. The company is certified to ISO 9001:2000 requirements. Corporate headquarters in Lake Forest, California comprise a modern engineering design center, R&D, manufacturing, sales and service complex. A facility in Galway, Ireland supports the EU with engineering design, R&D and manufacturing. Sales and service offices are maintained in Houston, Texas, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

About ELPRO Technologies
ELPRO is a world specialist in the development of radio telemetry products. Since its founding in 1983, the company has produced a broad range of industrial-grade wireless devices and systems. Along with its headquarters near Brisbane, Australia, ELPRO has sales offices in San Diego, California, Banbury, United Kingdom, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In May 2007, the MTL Instruments Group, a manufacturer of intrinsic safety protection devices, acquired ELPRO.

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