Chicago Pneumatic has launched a new nutrunner that offers high power, low maintenance and almost no vibration in the toughest environments. Weighing as little as 3.8kg (8.3lbs) and equipped with a sturdy stabilising arm to aid operator comfort, the CP66 is perfect for flange-related and other bolting applications in the oil & gas, power generation and wind energy industries. It also provides a more durable, powerful and safer alternative to an impact wrench in remanufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul operations within the mining, off-road and heavy-truck sectors.
Asset Management News
Weir Oil & Gas has developed a mobile application for iPhone or Android devices that furthers its goal of digitizing the oilfield to the benefit of service companies of all sizes. This new app is designed to bring many of the benefits of the previously launched SPM Asset Management Program (AMP) directly to the field.
Ritchie Bros., the world's largest heavy equipment auctioneer and provider of end-to-end services, today announced that it completed its acquisition of IronPlanet, a leading online marketplace for heavy equipment and other durable assets. Ritchie Bros. acquired IronPlanet for approximately $758.5 million, subject to customary closing adjustments.
Dover Energy Automation, a company leading high-tech change in the energy sector, is pleased to announce the launch of a new enterprise solution that has the power to simplify a multitude of challenges that executives face while evaluating equipment reliability and efficiency across the enterprise.
Intertec has launched an advance in antistatic surface coating treatment for its GRP (glassfiber reinforced polyester) outdoor enclosures. Developed specially for Intertec by the chemical specialist BÜFA, the new nanotechnology-based coating also boosts protection against damage from ultraviolet radiation - helping to achieve extended maintenance-free lifecycles of field-based control and instrumentation equipment in processing industries such as oil, gas, chemicals and petrochemicals. Intertec's weathering tests in an environmental test chamber have demonstrated that the new coating can withstand extended exposure to very high UV levels - providing a new level of protection particularly for GRP field enclosures destined for environments such as deserts, the tropics or the Arctic.
Ritchie Bros.' April auction in Edmonton is always a big event, as thousands of people from across Canada and around the world compete for equipment consigned by top companies in Alberta. This year's auction attracted 13,800 people from 60+ countries, as 8,650+ items were sold over four days (April 25 – 28, 2017) for CA$184+ million (US$134+ million).
CS Unitec has introduced a new portable hydraulic magnetic drill ideal for use in subsea applications and Ex Zones. With its 3.4 HP reversible motor, Model 2 1345 0010 produces an infinitely variable speed of 40-250 RPM. This machine has a 12” stroke and can drill holes up to 4” diameter in structural steel and other metals. The drill has a Morse Taper 3 (MT3) chuck, allowing twist drilling up to 1-1/4” dia., tapping up to 1” dia., countersinking up to 2” dia. and reaming up to 1-1/8” dia. Model 2 1345 0010 is ATEX Classified Ex II 2Gc IIB T5 for use in hazardous atmospheres.
Turboexpanders are the heart of cryogenic process cycles everywhere, including air separation and gas liquefaction systems. At the same time, the component that is critical to those processes and is essential to trouble-free system efficiency is the bearing that supports the shaft linking a turboexpander’s barbell-shaped expansion and compression wheel assembly.
Developed to inspect pipelines for damage, as well as for mapping and security surveillance, SkyX’s SkyOne drones offer Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capabilities, as well as autonomous flight and recharging. SkyOne can travel at 150km per hour for 70 minutes and can detect leaks, vandalism, vegetation encroachment – and more. Founded by Didi Horn, a former Captain in the Israeli Air Force and a Drone Pilot, SkyX is targeting its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - or drones - to service the oil and gas industry.
Samoco Oil Tools, a leading developer of tools for the oil and gas industry, is proud to announce it will receive a 2017 E&P Special Meritorious Award for Engineering Innovation. The company is receiving the award for its OneTrip BOP Universal Test Tool. Representatives from the company will accept the award during the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, May 1-4.
The world’s need for energy is overwhelming, and fulfilling that need is obviously far from easy. It’s no wonder that so many different energy supplies – minerals, oil, solar, wind, water – are routinely tapped into, as no single source would be capable of sustaining our lives as we know them. Whether it involves a long-established resource or a brand-new technology, there almost always is significant effort, and financial investment, required to extract and utilize a given energy pipeline.
Welders often face difficulties when working under the conditions experienced on-site. When welding critical joints on-site the challenges might come from exposure to extremes of heat and cold, harmful sand and dust and even hazardous fumes. Therefore using an expensive Weld Purge Monitor in such conditions may not always be ideal.
The price of products and services trails other significant factors, such as value, life cycle, and durability as a purchase priority, according to a recent independent survey of oil and gas professionals making procurement decisions, conducted on behalf of Trelleborg’s oil and marine operation. Despite challenging times for the industry, when asked to rank different factors affecting their decision to purchase an oil hose, respondents listed ‘durability and life cycle’ as ‘vital’ over 80% of the time. The next most ‘vital’ factors were ‘aftersales support and service’, and ‘ease of installation’ at 32% and 28% respectively.
Natural disasters such as raging winds and seas may appear to create the greatest risks to offshore oil platforms and gas rigs, however safety related and life threatening accidents continue to plague operations and raise significant concerns with corporate leaders. It’s the growing number of reportable incidents and near misses that occur when overhead objects – equipment and tools – drop from hundreds of feet above a work area due to improper fastening and unreliable means of securing.
J D Neuhaus, world leader in air hoists, cranes, trolleys and monorail hoists, is now introducing a range of C rail and light crane systems for operation with the company’s established and successful mini air hoist range. Both the C rail/suspension tracks and the light crane systems are rated for use in explosion and hazardous dust-laden areas up to ATEX Zone 2, 22.
For more than 85 years, the rupture disk has served as an effective passive safety mechanism to protect against overpressure or potentially damaging vacuum conditions in oil and gas storage tanks and other enclosed vessels. However, as these pressure relief devices become increasingly miniaturized to sizes as small as 1/8” to meet the demands of a new generation of smaller, lighter applications, the industry is running squarely into design and raw material challenges that often require reengineering the product itself.