The first fully automated RGC Metrology Center was built in Ukraine
July 2020, Kyiv. Regional Gas Company
In July 2020, the first Metrological Center of the Regional Gas Company in Ukraine was commenced in Kharkiv. Currently, it is the only metrological enterprise in the Eastern Europe that operates as a Smart Factory: automated equipment from the world’s best manufacturers provides a full technological cycle of meter calibration in a fully automated mode, without any human intervention. The Center’s capacity allows for a comprehensive service of 200,000 household gas meters per year or the quarter of the total demand in the whole country.
RGC Metrological Center in Kharkiv has no analogues not only in Ukraine but also in the Eastern Europe. It was built from scratch according to Industry 4.0 principles: automated equipment, sensor control and IT systems allow to run the company in the authomated mode. Key processes are controlled remotely and do not require any human intervention. This allows to speed up the processes and eliminate human error as well as to optimize the staff performance.
Innovative technologies used by RGC Metrological Center allow to significantly reduce the time of meters’ calibration by tens of times: 60 household meters are calibrated here within 3 minutes, while earlier it took almost 2.5 hours to calibrate this number of meters. In addition to household meters, the Center’s facilities allow it to service more than 2,000 electronic gas meters and the same number of industrial meters, including those used on the main gas lines of the TSO and gas production companies.
The center’s equipment is the only one in Ukraine that provides for automated calibration of smart meters according to European standards. All calibration lines are simultaneously equipped with infrared, optical, low-frequency converters and pulse disks.
“This kind of equipment makes the Metrological Center in Kharkiv the first one in Ukraine where the gas meters can be serviced using and complying both with Ukrainian and European standards and regulations. The Center’s software allows you to create a single database that will contain information about the life cycle of any meter, statistical and analytical data related to them. We can service the measuring equipment used in Ukraine in the field of gas metering,” said Serhii Bondar, Director of the RGC Department.
The new plant is equipped with calibration and verification systems made by German companies Innotech Meter Calibration Systems GmbH and Hess, as well as instrument stands by Ametek (USA) and Beamex (Finland).
Two powerful laboratories for calibration of household and industrial meters and auxiliary premises of the Center are located on the area of 1,600 square meters. Regional Gas Company plans to build 5 such centers in Ukraine. It will allow to verify up to 1 million household meters and more than 20 000 industrial meters annually and will fully meet the demand by Ukrainian gas consumers for quality and modern metrological services.
Note: Regional Gas Company is a service company that develops innovative and comprehensive solutions for the energy sector designed to improve the quality of customer service, modernization of the industry and implementation of European standards for DSO operations. RGC brand covers 20 DSOs that service more than 250,000 km of gas pipelines and more than 8 million gas consumers.