Lifting, pulling, towing – mining operations have many uses for wire ropes on machines and around the pit.
Wire rope has been the standard for mining, including oil sands locations, for many years, and has generally served well in most conditions.
As part of ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of oil sands development, Alberta, on March 13, introduced new steps to reduce tailings ponds and regulate the use of water from the Athabasca River.
The Tailings Management Framework focuses on getting tailings ponds remediated faster and slowing tailings pond growth.
Endress+Hauser was the main instrument vendor for a $3.8 billion expansion and modernization project at Refineria de Cartagena in Columbia. The company supplied more than 2,800 flow and level measurement devices to support the project.
The Reficar expansion project added 12 new process units, increasing refining capacity and production from 80 KBD to 165 KBD. The upgraded facility will produce ultra-low sulphur gasoline and diesel from heavy crude oil slate.
The new HPC40 Series handheld pressure calibrator is engineered for “advanced simplicity,” incorporating a number of features that extend the range and functionality of the compact instrument.
The HPC40 Series offers deadweight tester accuracy along with a host of user friendly features that allow the handheld device to deliver laboratory accuracy to an on-site, field usable instrument.
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The THZ WirelessHART Temperature solution combines a THZ Smart HART Temperature Transmitter and the BULLET WirelessHART Adapter by MACTek into one self-powered package.
The new WL housing includes a battery case utilizing off-the-shelf D-type lithium batteries wired to the transmitter and the BULLET.
The S1A and SC-100 DIN-rail-mounted, push-button-calibrated LVDT signal conditioners were developed by listening to customers and LVDT manufacturers’ comments and wish list. This has allowed Alliance Sensors Group to design and build signal conditioners that work with all different types of LVDTs, LVRTs, GE “buck-boost” LVDTs for gas turbines, half-bridge pencil gaging probes, and RVDTs, rather than only satisfying markets where they are strong and not addressing the concerns of LVDT users with other applications.
The number one question from the marketplace was “Can you reduce the set up and calibration time?“
NEPTUNE connectors are now listed to UL1682. These connectors, with ratings from 30 to 400 amp at 600 V, are offered in plugs, mount receptacles and inline receptacles.
Featuring Amphenol’s Starline series contact system, which allows for more amperage and voltage through a smaller connector, the enhanced NEPTUNE connectors are half the size and weight of other connectors in their class and feature a reduced footprint option allowing for more flexibility during system design.
Aalborg Instruments’ upgraded Mass Flow GFM Meters and GFC Controllers, designed respectively to read or set gas flow rates, now include upgraded features that enhance the products’ performance without impacting the cost.
Compact and self-contained, both product lines offer instrumentation grade ±1 percent accuracy for models up to 100 litres. GFM and GFC models are constructed of aluminum and brass for noncorrosive gases and 316 stainless steel for corrosive applications.
Highly reliable power distribution equipment, custom engineered for its specific application, is essential for productive mining and oil and gas operations. Material handling, dewatering, safety equipment, ventilation – in short, uptime – all depend on it, which in turn places crucial importance on supplier selection and engineering specification.
In a recent survey conducted by Littelfuse among oil, gas and mining engineers, a third of respondents consider hidden costs such as repair, downtime, late delivery, or consulting into their purchase costs to determine the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). These hidden costs typically add as much as 30 percent to the purchase price of their power distribution equipment.
Fluctuating oil prices such as the industry has seen in recent months often mean that new wells must produce quickly and perform well over time to ensure good return. Fracturing operations need to be performed efficiently and effectively to be certain the well can produce at its best.
Advancements in fracturing models have helped increase efficiencies in new well bores, but there are always improvements that can be made. One service company is now offering producers a new completions optimization service for unconventional wells that can increase their efficiency significantly.