A pipeline control room is the central nervous system of oil and gas operations - continuously receiving and processing tremendous amounts of sensory data, quickly highlighting important information requiring action and using that information to coordinate and control operations to mitigate risks and optimize performance. With heightened public attention on pipeline assets, growing regulatory oversight over operations, increased market competition amongst operators, and an ever-aging asset base, the ability to effectively and efficiently manage all aspects of pipeline operation has become increasingly difficult. More than ever there is a pressing need to ensure each pipeline is operated safely, reliably and compliant with the latest regulations.
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OMEGA Engineering is inviting customers to explore its new Canada website. Designed to offer B2B customers a consumer-oriented experience, the site has been completely overhauled. Customers will discover not only cutting-edge functionality, but improvements that make it easier and more seamless to order products, search for content, or manage their account.
Swirling fluid flows and asymmetric velocity profile distortions resulting from crowded plant conditions where insufficient pipe straight runs exist upstream and/or downstream from sensitive equipment such as gas compressors, pumps, valves and flow instruments can be mitigated if not entirely eliminated with the Vortab flow conditioners from The Vortab Company.
With its sealed explosion-proof enclosure and intrinsically safe sensors, the rugged X80-B88-S88 Liquid Analyzer System from Electro Chemical Devices (ECD) now features FM approvals, making it safe for use in hazardous areas in support of the most demanding applications within oil/gas production sites, refining operations and storage terminals; chemical processing plants; electric power generation; fertilizer production and storage; and other industries.
The latest generation of ready-to-use, high-performance programming devices from Siemens has been optimized for engineering with the TIA Portal and designed for mobile use in machines and plants for configuration, commissioning, service, and maintenance. The new Simatic Field PG M6 programming device, with a stylish silver housing cover and M6 inscription, is equipped with a high-speed DDR4 work memory of up to 32 GB and an impact-resistant SSD mass storage device of up to 2 TB. Thanks to the light, rugged and completely shielded magnesium housing, the semi-ruggedized device is suitable for use in harsh industrial environments. Additionally, bumpers on exposed parts of the housing protect against shocks and vibrations.
AW-LAKE COMPANY introduces the FAC-S Analog Output Sensor that hardwires with any flow meter to provide voltage, current or Bluetooth connectivity of readings. Ideal for use on any AW-Lake Gear or Turbine Flow Meter, the FAC-S produces a scalable voltage or current output for download to a PLC or other control system. The sensor also supports a Bluetooth interface for remote programming and flow monitoring from a smart phone. The microprocessor-based FAC-S Sensor supports process monitoring, data acquisition and signal conditioning in various industries.
The latest innovation from Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. brings simplicity and reliability to operators for stimulating the first stage of oil and gas wells. The Toe-XT Hydraulic Sleeve is specially designed to enable a maximum casing pressure test before activating the sleeve for stimulation operations.
From its Dollinger range, SPX FLOW offers the highly efficient LL-142 liquid filters, which are engineered to remove final traces of dirt, pipe scale and other solids from process liquids. They use a radial fin element design to maximize the effective filtration area, which is up to 10 times bigger than equivalent tubular type cartridge filters. This minimizes pressure drop across the filter and increases its dirt holding capacity, thereby extending service life and reducing maintenance costs.
Process and plant engineers who need a precision air/gas flow measurement solution coupled with industry standard digital bus communication capabilities will find that Fluid Components International (FCI) now offers the industry's widest selection of Thermal Mass Flow Meters available with the HART Protocol and other communication options that are designed to serve a broad range of industries and applications.
Blackline Safety Corp. announced G7 Exo at the National Safety Council's 2018 Congress & Expo. Arriving in 2019, Blackline will bring what its manufacturer states are next-generation capabilities to solve the challenges of continuous toxic and combustible gas monitoring for facilities, sites and fence-lines.
As automation continues to expand into diverse industrial sectors, the demand of fibre optic cable is already following suit and will continue to grow. For example, in both offshore and land-based oil rigs and platforms, high-speed fibre optic cable is required to control automation as well as monitor equipment status and communicate predictive notifications when components are in danger of failing. These capabilities create enormous cost savings by avoiding extended downtime due to catastrophic equipment failures.
AMETEK Sensor, Test & Calibration (STC) has launched its new JOFRA CTC-1205 compact temperature calibrator. This temperature calibrator offers improved calibration times over JOFRA's CTC-1200 calibrator and is ideal for waste incineration, power plants, oil and gas production as well as for the metal industry.
Bronkhorst's EL-PRESS series digital electronic pressure transducers and controllers for gases and liquids have a well-proven compact thru-flow design. The instruments include a diaphragm type piezo-resistive pressure sensor for pressure measurement/control from lowest ranges 2 ... 100 mbar absolute, gauge or differential up to highest ranges 8 ... 400 bar absolute / gauge or 0,3 ... 15 bar dif.
Building on 20 years of customer feedback, the all-new range of DirectSense II smart probes are being introduced by GrayWolf. These cutting-edge air monitoring probes accommodate from two (2) up to eight (8) plug-and-play smart sensors into a single hand-held, desktop or wall-mounted housing. Choose from 25 different indoor air quality, green building, industrial hygiene and HVAC parameters including; TVOCs (PID), Carbon Dioxide (NDIR), Carbon Monoxide, Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide, Ammonia, Sulfur Dioxide, Chlorine, Hydrogen Sulfide, %RH, °C/°F and many others.