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Diamondoid coatings derived from petroleum

Anti-corrosion coatings from Sub-One Technology are made from nanometer-sized carbon-based materials found in petroleum and developed by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV).

Sub-One’s InnerArmor product line is available with molecular diamondoid coatings. When used to coat internal metal surfaces of pipes and other equipment, In-nerArmor coatings with diamondoids can extend part life by delivering very high hardness, low coefficient of friction and strong protection against corrosion and wear. “Increased equipment durability is important to many industries where parts are continuously exposed to harsh environments,” explained Andrew Tudhope, CEO of Sub-One Technology. “Combining the diamondoids developed by CTV with the durability, rigidity and heat resistance made possible by the InnerArmor deposition process creates protective coatings that can extend part life, improve flow performance and significantly reduce operating costs.”

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Block pipes instantly and effectively with Pipestoppers

Inflatable Pancake Stoppers are manufactured in sizes 6 – 96” (150 – 2,440 mm).
Inflatable Pancake Stoppers are manufactured in sizes 6 – 96” (150 – 2,440 mm).

The Pipestoppers Division at Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT design and manufacture a range of Mechanical and Inflatable Pipestoppers and Plugs to suit every maintenance application. Their newest addition to the Inflatable Pipestoppers Range is the Pancake Stopper, for applications where insufficient length of pipe is available for the regular Cylindrical or Spherical Stopper.

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IRM Systems introduces valve integrity management solution

VIMS software - Functions
VIMS software - Functions

IRM Systems (IRMS) has announced the introduction of the Valve Integrity Management Solution (VIMS), an innovative method of maintaining critical pipeline valves to the highest performance standards and criteria that can save up to 70% in lost production, excluding the substantial cost of associated labour, equipment and specialists.

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Predictive models stop spills before they happen

The use of specialized software is expanding, with more and more kilometres of pipe being looked at before problems arise.
The use of specialized software is expanding, with more and more kilometres of pipe being looked at before problems arise.

According to the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association’s 2015 Pipeline Industry Performance Report, there are more than 110,000 kilometres of transmission pipeline in Canada that move more than 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of gas each year. On those pipelines last year, there were 122 spills or releases reported, four of which were classed as significant by industry standards – and that’s just main transmission lines. There are many more kilometres of smaller pipes criss-crossing oil and gas fields across the country.

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Forego fusion: new methods for joining HDPE pipe

HDPE couplings like this meet or exceed specs for pressure, end pull load and other uses.
HDPE couplings like this meet or exceed specs for pressure, end pull load and other uses.

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is beneficial in oil and gas applications because it provides flexibility, durability and abrasion resistance more cost effectively than lined steel pipe. Fusion, considered the standard joining method for HDPE, presents significant challenges in conditions that aren’t ideal. The industry has sought alternatives and manufacturers have answered with various mechanical joining methods. However, none of these have unseated fusion as the incumbent, and the methods have, for the most part, remained specialty joints.

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National Energy Board issues Order regarding pipeline materials

The National Energy Board (NEB) has issued Board Order MO-01-2016 (Order) that directs NEB-regulated companies to identify and report on the potentially substandard materials being used during pipeline construction and operation. Issuance of the Order is not indicative of an imminent risk to pipeline safety, but rather a proactive measure to enhance pipeline safety.

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Vacuworx sets new standard for vacuum lifting with “H” models

RC series hydraulic vacuum lifting systems are designed to handle materials from 22,000 to 44,000 lb.
RC series hydraulic vacuum lifting systems are designed to handle materials from 22,000 to 44,000 lb.

Developed to meet customer requests for a cleaner, quieter lifter, the new hydraulic “H” models from Vacuworx feature the same powerful performance of Vacuworx diesel-powered systems with much lower operating costs. Available for the Vacuworx MC 5 and all RC series vacuum lifting systems, the hydraulic option takes lifting to the next level.

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Senstar announces FiberPatrol-PL for pipeline integrity monitoring

Senstar, the world’s largest manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) is pleased to announce FiberPatrol-PL, an advanced security system for buried pipelines, optimized to detect third-party interference (TPI). FiberPatrol-PL is the latest addition to Senstar’s renowned FiberPatrol intrusion detection systems, which have been protecting critical infrastructure around the world since 2009.

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