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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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Surerus Murphy JV named as Coastal GasLink pipeline contractor

Surerus Murphy JV named as Coastal GasLink pipeline contractor

Surerus Murphy Joint Venture (SMJV) is pleased to announce that it has been named as one of four contractors for TransCanada Pipeline's (TCPL) Coastal GasLink pipeline project. SMJV brings together two leading family owned construction companies, Surerus Pipeline Inc. of Fort St. John, B.C. and J. Murphy & Sons Ltd. of London, UK. As a fully integrated joint venture, the company has completed pipeline projects in some of Western Canada's most challenging terrain and takes pride in its motto of "Safe Work. Quality Work." 

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U.S. natural gas production may grow up to 60 percent in next 20 years

A well in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale.  – Flickr user wcn247, used under Creative Commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

A decade since the start of a shale gas revolution that unlocked new supplies and resulted in a "wholesale turnaround" in U.S. production, the overall size of recoverable gas reserves continues to increase and the pace of production growth is only accelerating, a new report by business information provider IHS Markit says.

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Liebherr showcases latest crane innovations at Customer Days 2018

Liebherr has successfully wrapped up it's impressive 2018 Customer Days event at its mobile crane facility in Ehingen, Germany. Established in the early 1990s and taking place every three years, the Customer Days event has grown substantially. This year 3,000 customers from over 80 countries descended on the sprawling factory grounds to see first-hand the impressive range of cranes on display. 

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NOV launches GoConnect condition monitoring services

NOV launches GoConnect condition monitoring services

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. has announced the commercial launch of GoConnect condition monitoring services for intervention and stimulation equipment, which provides real-time process monitoring, predictive analytics, and condition-based maintenance capabilities for NOV's pressure pumping, coiled tubing, nitrogen, and wireline equipment. The GoConnect system uses machine learning to provide data-driven insights into the condition, health, and performance of customers' equipment and operations. The GoConnect system's capabilities allow customers to reduce downtime-related costs, enhance equipment performance, and improve operational efficiencies of completion services.

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Software & IT

Web-based software improves pipeline survey speed and quality

Web-based software improves pipeline survey speed and quality

American Innovations is pleased to announce Survey Manager, the first product in the company's new Concentric product line, is now available for purchase. The goal of Concentric products is to use cloud and mobile technology to help pipeline personnel collaborate on survey data and get more accurate insights, faster. Survey Manager does this by allowing surveyors and their supervisors or clients to collaborate on data in real-time, using a rich dashboard that can display survey data on a map, in a grid or on a chart. Users can view these three data displays simultaneously, allowing them to better visualize and analyze their survey results. 

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Eagle Spirit, unions sign MOA for pipeline proposal

Back Row – (L to R) Heiko Wiechern - International Representative, UA Canada; James Kennedy - Director & Administrator, Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd.; Mark Olsen - Western Canada Sub-Regional Manager, LIUNA; Walter Canta – Business Manager, Teamsters Local 213; Gary Kitchen – Director of Construction, Teamsters Canada; Patrick Campbell – International Representative, IUOE Sitting – (L to R) Calvin Helin – Chairman & President, Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd.; Brian Cochrane – Business Ma (CNW Group/International Union of Operating Engineers)

Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd. and Canada's Four Pipeline Craft unions are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to collaboratively pursue and deliver the Eagle Spirit Energy Corridor Project (the Project) from Fort McMurray, Alberta to Grassy Point, British Columbia (B.C.). 

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Durable screw and vane pumps from SPX FLOW

Within the SPX FLOW business, the breadth and depth of pumping knowledge is based on decades of pump development and experience. From its Plenty brand comes a wide range of vane and screw pumps which are widely used for the pumping of heavy viscous fluids across industries such as oil & gas, power generation and naval, and are ideal for forced lubrication of rotating machinery and fuel transfer processes.

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Permian Basin production expected to rise by 3 million bpd by 2023, report shows

Permian Basin production expected to rise by 3 million bpd by 2023, report shows

Oil production in the Permian Basin, already a major force in global supply growth, will rise nearly 3 mbd by 2023 — a level of growth exceeding most recent estimates, a new outlook by business information provider IHS Markit says. What the report describes as a "stunning" level of growth will comprise more than 60 percent of net global production growth during that timeframe.

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Siemens low-voltage motors tailored for chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas uses

Simotics XP Chemstar is a customized solution from Siemens for the chemical and petrochemical industries as well as oil and gas. The new low-voltage motors are offered with preconfigured industry-specific option packages tailored to the specific requirements of the process industry. Benefits for customers include fast, simple processes, standardized components and low lifecycle costs. These motors offer a high level of reliability under even extreme conditions and in potentially explosive atmospheres while providing precisely tailored compliance with industry-specific requirements.

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Volvo Penta targeting electric power introduction for 2021

Volvo Penta’s chief technology officer, Johan Inden, and system engineer, Karin Åkman, discuss innovation for electromobility at the company’s new development-and-test laboratory in Gothenburg.

With the aim of becoming a driving force in sustainable power solutions, Volvo Penta is going full charge into hybrid and all-electric drivelines, offering electrified solutions in both its marine and industrial segments by 2021.

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SPX FLOW ClydeUnion pumps designed for most stringent of demands

The SPX FLOW ClydeUnion Pumps brand is well known for its pumping solutions in demanding markets such as oil exploration, refining and distribution, water treatment and distribution, desalination and other industrial processes. With 140 years of expertise in the field of flow technologies, a continuous program of research and development, and the ability to precisely engineer and customize pumps to exact process requirements, ClydeUnion Pumps is a partner of choice for critical pumping solutions.

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Radio remote control offered for J D Neuhaus hoists and cranes

J D Neuhaus (JDN) has further enhanced their remote control capabilities. This innovation will bring exceptional ease-of-use and convenience to users across all industries. Three remote control models are now available, RC-X, RC S and RC-SP, each comprising of a transmitter and receiver and all can either be integrated in existing JDN solutions or directly combined with a new JDN hoist.

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