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Industrial Internet of Things technology to make crude-by-rail safer

TransRail Innovation Group's (TRIG) XLOAD sensor has been certified by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to begin pilot trials on rail tank cars shipping hazardous commodities like crude oil and refined fuels.

Calgary-based TRIG states their XLOAD is the first digital sensor to be certified by the AAR to measure and track hazardous commodities inside of moving tank cars. Furthermore, TRIG operates the only digital manufacturing facility of its kind in North America to be certified to the M-1002 and M-1003 standards by the AAR to build this type of sensor technology for use with hazardous commodities inside of moving tank cars.

"The M1002 and M1003 is a quality assurance program that has been developed by the AAR to aid in compliance to the rail industry safety and reliability standards that are set out by the Federal Railroad Association in the U.S. and Transport Canada," said Kent Duncan, TRIG Quality Assurance Manager.

The sensor's patented measurement and monitoring technology and wireless data communications helps produce a ‘Safer and Smarter Tank Car.' As an example, it is used by shippers to automatically detect, measure, and report on the specific level and volume of crude oil that is loaded into and unloaded out of a closed and sealed tank car. This replaces the industry standard, inaccurate, inefficient, and risky measurement method that requires an operator to open a tank car and manually inspect the levels and volumes of the toxic commodity inside of the tank car.

This poor visibility of the commodity levels inside of tank cars causes the industry to chronically under fill cars by an average of 5 percent. This is done to avoid the danger of overfilling the tank cars. Shippers can now safely increase those fill levels by leveraging the accuracy of the sensor's measurements inside of a closed tank car. And, properly filling tank cars eliminates the danger of under filled and unbalanced rail tank cars. Unbalanced rail tank cars have a greater risk of derailment.

TRIG has begun pilot trials with four refineries and shippers located in Canada and the US. "Two of our primary pilot trial objectives are to determine, consistently and with accuracy, the additional volume of oil that can be loaded into our customers' tank cars, and to prove that our smart tank cars are the safest in the industry," said Rob Tasker, TRIG CEO. "The increased volume that we can safely load into our customer's cars will reduce their transportation cost of every barrel of oil they transport to their North American customers."

Also, the sensor's modern GPS technology pin points the real time location of where the tank car and its hazardous commodity ‘is.' This is a significant safety advantage over the current industries' older and slower method that only reports on where a rail car ‘was' in the previous 24 hours. Shippers benefit by being automatically alerted to the location of their hazardous commodities when close to sensitive areas like cities. And, the sensor automatically alerts them to hazardous commodity leaks and thefts, and other issues.

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Michels receives 10,000th Cat excavator from Victoria facility: PLM

Michels receives the 10,000th machine to be produced at Caterpillar's Victoria, Texas facility. Present at the ceremony were Tyler Sternat (Fabick Cat), Kent Podobinski (Caterpillar), Chuck Riggert (Caterpillar), Art Strother (Victoria facility manager), Doug Fabick (Fabick Cat), Mary Morris (Victoria O&D Planning), Kevin Michels, Pat Michels and Terry Gassner (MICHELS Corporation), Adam Helleberg (PLM), Roger Montalvan (Victoria supply chain manager), and Craig McArton (Fabick Cat).

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) has announced that the 10,000th machine to be assembled and delivered by the Caterpillar Hydraulic Excavator Facility in Victoria, Texas - US. The new 336F Hydraulic Excavator went to mainline pipeline contractor Michels Corporation, and was presented in ceremony to them on May 16, 2018.

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DPL Telematics AssetView tracking system offers innovative self-contained GPS solution

The DPL Telematics AssetView unit is compact and works for up to 3.5 years on three AA batteries.

DPL Telematics announced the release of the AssetView Tracking System. AssetView is an advanced solution for wireless monitoring and remote tracking of any powered or unpowered asset to improve logistics, manage inventory and curb theft. The small, portable GPS unit is completely self-contained and may be hidden on any asset, installing in seconds. 

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ExxonMobil, BASF form natural gas processing, petroleum refining development deal

ExxonMobil, BASF form natural gas processing, petroleum refining development deal

ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC and BASF Corporation have signed an alliance agreement to jointly develop new gas treating solvents and process technologies for use in natural gas processing and petroleum refining. Under this new agreement, BASF will market and license technologies developed from this collaboration, along with FLEXSORB and OASE technologies.

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Michelin Tweel introduces airless radial tire for UTVs

Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is introducing a new 26-inch airless radial tire with a four-bolt wheel-pattern hub designed for use on UTVs that will initially be sold as a fitment for the replacement market. Originally designed for military special operations use on light-tactical vehicles, the MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV 26x9N14 airless radial tire is a single unit that replaces the current pneumatic tire/wheel/valve assembly. Once bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain, thus eliminating the need to carry spare tires, tools or repair kits.

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NETZSCH brings multiple screw pumps to GPS in Calgary

NETZSCH Canada, Inc., experts in solutions designed specifically for difficult pumping applications, will be highlighting its NOTOS Multiple Screw Pumps at the Global Petroleum Show (GPS 2018), which will be held June 12 - June 14, 2018 at the Stampede Park, in Calgary, Canada. The pumps will be featured in the NETZSCH booth, number 1394, highlighting the capability to pump everything from light fuel oil to viscous asphalt; the NOTOS Multiple Screw Pump is an excellent choice for rail car and ship loading and offloading, as well as tank-to-tank transfer. 

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Keyera to develop new Cushing terminal

Keyera to develop new Cushing terminal

Keyera Corp. has announced the development of a crude oil storage and blending terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma. The Wildhorse Terminal ("Wildhorse") will include 12 above ground tanks with 4.5 million barrels of working storage capacity. The majority of the capacity is backed by fee-for-service, take-or-pay storage arrangements ranging from two to six years in length.

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Pneumatic cylinders from Festo offer new variants and installation options

The latest generation of Festo's popular CRDSNU round stainless steel pneumatic cylinders boasts new variants and installation possibilities for extended and contaminant-free operations. Based on the ISO 6432 standard and ideal for operations in harsh environments or where frequent and effective cleaning is a must, CRDSNU now offers options like an extremely long-life dry running seal as well as self-adjusting end-position cushioning. 

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SMS Equipment makes big statement in support of cancer research, mental health

Messages supporting breast cancer and prostate cancer awareness, as well as mental health awareness, are part of the unique paint jobs on two Komatsu mining trucks.

SMS Equipment Inc. and KMC Mining have partnered to make big statements in support of prostate cancer research, breast cancer research and mental health awareness - unusual, bright, giant, and mobile statements, in fact, that are intended to spark candid conversations.

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