ASCO Numatics has introduced its ASCO 364 Series spool valve for control panel applications in the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry. The new valve combines compact construction with low-power options that feature higher operating pressures and temperature ratings than competitive models.
“ASCO’s new spool valve incorporates rugged 316L stainless steel construction and our proven solenoid valve technology for the greatest corrosion resistance and highest reliability in harsh upstream exploration and production environments,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing — Americas, ASCO Numatics. “The valves are designed for drop-in replacement and compatibility with most existing control panel applications, and popular versions are available through our ASCO TODAY and ASCO 5Day quick-shipping programs. This makes them ideal for maintenance programs that require long-lived products with rapid delivery,” he said.
Flow-Cal, Inc. has announced that long-time customer EXCO Resources has upgraded their FLOWCAL measurement software from version 7 to version 8, and added FLOWCAL Enterprise Liquids to provide further efficiency in validating their company’s liquid volumes.
EXCO Resources, an exploration and processing company for natural gas and oil, first installed the FLOWCAL software in 2007, and has continued to expand their system as their organization and assets have grown. With the decision to upgrade to FLOWCAL version 8, EXCO’s operational capabilities will increase through application improvements. Toolbar updates, enhanced user security, and the ability to add descriptions and store reports for archival purposes are several features EXCO can utilize with FLOWCAL’s version 8 software.
BoxLink includes four lockable, die-cast zinc tie-down cleats, and provides a unique interface to the box for improved flexibility and organization, as well as additional locations for tie-downs.
Dexter + Chaney, developer of Spectrum Construction Software, has debuted the latest in its new line of mobile applications for the construction industry: Spectrum Equipment Field Entry.
The Equipment Field Entry app is a simple, powerful tool for gathering and analyzing equipment data in the field. Using the app, users can select a job and view all equipment assigned to it, or view the location of equipment in the field. The app can be used to enter data such as usage hours and odometer readings and track fuel transaction or amounts of fuel dispensed. Equipment Field Entry can also track scheduled maintenance tasks—informing users of when maintenance is due and recording when maintenance tasks are completed.
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Detector Electronics Corp. (Det-Tronics) has announced the addition of an Ethernet/Modbus TCP/IP interface board option on the Eagle Quantum Premier (EQP) fire- and gas-safety controller, allowing the controller to communicate with other devices on the Ethernet Local Area Network. Det-Tronics, the global leader in fire- and gas-safety systems, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
The EQP controller is a flexible, distributed intelligence safety system that provides flame and gas detection, alarm signaling, fault notification and extinguishing agent release control. It integrates component communications on a reliable, fault-tolerant, digital network. Unlike many other fire and gas controllers, the EQP controller is rated for installation in hazardous Class 1/Division 2 and Class 1/Zone 2 locations.
At last month’s Pump & Turbomachinery Symposia, Waukesha Bearings featured its new Hidrax HT thrust bearing for high-temperature electric submersible pumps (ESPs). The Hidrax HT tilt pad thrust bearing can sustain unit loads of 8 MPa (1160 psi) at oil bath temperatures up to 300°C (572°F).
Technological advances in steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) are increasing ESP operating temperatures and placing increased demands on the thrust bearings located in the motor seal/protector section of the ESP string.
A new range of dosing pumps launched by Moyno offers an efficient, reliable and low maintenance solution for applications where low flow, accurate dosing is required. The new dosing pump provides a smooth pumping action with no pulsation and very low shear. The pump is ideal for either intermittent or continuous dosing duties in high pressure, low flow applications, and represents a cost-effective and reliable alternative to the more expensive gear pumps traditionally used for these types of duties.
The new dosing pump offers many advantages, not least of which is the option to transfer low flows at high pressure (1,044 psi/72 bar).With no valve components (reducing the number of wearing parts), blockages are eliminated and the working pump life is extended. Stators are available in a variety of different materials, and their flexible and resilient operating characteristics enable the pump to handle a wide variety of applications, and again, increase the pump’s resistance to wear. When maintenance is required, it can be completed without the need for any specialist skills, thereby maximizing uptime.
Precision Digital Corporation, global leader in digital panel meters and control instrumentation celebrating its 40th year in business, has announced the ProtEx PD6830X Modbus Scanner.
The PD6830X is a rugged, explosion-proof, NEMA 4X / IP68 Modbus master, slave, or snooper (sniffer). A multi-purpose meter, it is designed for accurate display and quick access of information, locally or remotely, in hazardous areas or in the harshest safe area applications. It can accept up to 16 individually programmed process variables (PVs) from multiple devices; four math channels allow for calculations on multiple PVs. The unique SafeTouch through-glass buttons allow operation without removing the cover.
TT Technologies recently introduced a pipe rammer and bentonite system package for oil and gas pipeline installation projects. The pipeliner package features an 18-inch diameter Grundoram Goliath pneumatic pipe ramming system and a Grundomudd 500 bentonite mixing/delivery system.
During the ramming process the rammer is attached to the rear of the casing. The tool then drives the pipe through the ground with repeated percussive blows. The Goliath rammer installs steel pipes and casings from 24 to 56 inches in diameter. The rammer can also be used for the slick-bore process, installing a bore pipe, which, when removed, pulls the product pipe into place. Ramming provides accurate installation of casing in a wide range of soil without surface slump, making it ideal for installations under railways and roads.
GE has announced an expanded working relationship with Intel and Cisco to seamlessly connect the growing number of machines, systems and edge devices to the Industrial Internet regardless of manufacturer. These co-innovations will allow operators to integrate Predix, GE’s software platform for the Industrial Internet, into existing infrastructure.
This next generation of software-defined, Predix-ready devices will embed metadata and complex objects, and ensure open, secure communications from the sensors and devices to the supervisory control layer, and ultimately to cloud-based services. By connecting more assets and equipment at the edge to the cloud, to each other, and to people, industrial operators gain more insight and visibility into the performance of their equipment and operations. This in turn allows them to realize cost savings and minimize unplanned downtime.