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Low ground pressure dozer from Komatsu ideal for numerous applications

Komatsu America has introduced the 354-horsepower D155AX-8 LGP (low ground pressure) dozer which incorporates proven Komatsu technology used in the D155AX-8, enhanced with two blade options and more track on the ground. With 12% wider track gauge, 9% longer track on ground and 47% lower ground pressure than the standard model, the D155AX-8 LGP offers improved performance, flotation and stability.

Rival downhole tools secures five year collaborative supply agreement for drilling motors

Rival Downhole Tools (Rival), a portfolio company of EV Private Equity, has secured a five-year collaborative supply agreement for drilling motors for US Land from a major oilfield services provider. Rival will utilize its market-leading engineering and operational capabilities to support the customer's substantial and growing directional drilling business. Rival will also accelerate the growth of its operational footprint into multiple basins to optimize its proximity to drilling activity. 

New handheld analyzer uses LIBS for fast, accurate carbon and alloy measurement in the field

Designed for scrap recyclers, petrochemical plants, fabricators and quality control departments seeking to measure low concentrations of carbon in metal, along with a range of elements, Thermo Scientific's new lightweight Niton Apollo handheld LIBS analyzer features laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for speed, increased accuracy and greater mobility.

Festo’s new PCRP a tough filter regulator for many harsh environments

Corrosive atmospheres, extreme temperatures, explosive zones, indoor or outdoor applications: Festo's PCRP filter regulator delivers high flow rates and reliable compressed air pressure control in a range of harsh environments. Its housing and interior are made entirely of premium stainless steel to ensure high corrosion resistance. The UV-resistant PCRP functions reliably outdoors and at temperatures ranging from -60°C to +80°C. Its also built rugged for potentially explosive zones 1, 2, 21 and 22.

Hand protection maker Mechanix Wear a good fit to Gryphon investors

Gryphon Investors, a San Francisco-based middle-market private equity firm, has signed a definitive agreement to make a significant investment in Mechanix Wear, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance work gloves. Working alongside current owner and CEO Michael Hale, who will retain an ownership stake in the Company, Gryphon intends to build a leading platform in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sector. The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Husky to resume full production at White Rose

Following an extensive investigation, flow line repairs, integrity testing and approval of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB), Husky Energy will resume production from the remaining two drill centres shut in following the November 2018 oil spill offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Husky will now begin an orderly restart and expects to reach full rates by early next week.

FCI product knowledge workshop offers free training on thermal flow meters and flow switches

Fluid Components International (FCI) has opened registration for its next free customer training Product Knowledge Workshop, which will take place on October 15-16 in San Marcos, California.  This workshop is designed to provide customers comprehensive training on FCI thermal dispersion mass flow meters, flow switches, and level switches.

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Data acquisition system cuts costs on oil well stimulation services

CAS DataLoggers provided the data acquisition solution for MTS Solutions, an oil field service company headquartered in Bakersfield, California. MTS has been providing well stimulation services in California for over 30 years, maximizing production for clients using both traditional and green products. Data Acquisition Operations Engineer Kevin England explains, "We're a small business 25-man crew, as opposed to a multi-national company, so we needed a cost-effective monitoring solution for our jobs that still had the advanced functionality our customers require."

High HP phase electric motors coupled with pumps provide rapid productivity

Single Phase Power Solutions, the world's only manufacturer of high horsepower single phase electric motors, match their motors to a pump to provide instant productivity.  Available from 30 to 100 HP these single phase pump solutions are easily installed by simply connecting to available single phase utility power - they do not require a phase converter or Variable Frequency Drive (VFD).  The company incorporates their Belle Single-Phase MotorT which uses Written-PoleR technology to power standard suction end centrifugal pumps, rotary gear pumps, and turbine pumps in both horizontal and vertical configurations. These pump solutions are ideal for irrigation, drinking water distribution, well pumps, aquifer management, water treatment, wastewater pumping, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment and discharge, and other water and wastewater processing applications.   With expertise in pump systems design and manufacture, Single Phase Power Solutions team helps determine the correct materials and style of pump to suit specific application requirements.

Tough outdoor enclosures simplify advanced remote I/O plant control architectures

Intertec Instrumentation is launching a range of tough field enclosures for housing remote I/O and other control and instrumentation electronics, featuring compact passive cooling to dramatically reduce costs of ownership. The new enclosures help EPCs and processing plant engineers to eliminate the need for large and costly plant buildings such as satellite instrument houses or remote instrument enclosures - which often need to be air conditioned and blast- and fire-resistant.

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On/off valves for hazardous areas from CIRCOR

CIRCOR International, a worldwide manufacturer of valves for the power generation, industrial, marine and oil and gas markets for over a century, features high-quality R.G. Laurence on/off control valves for applications demanding rapid opening and sealed closure. ATEX-certified and Factory Mutual-approved R.G. Laurence valves offer reliable performance in high temperature and extreme service conditions.

July rig count up in Canada, but down from 2018: Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes, a GE company announced  that the Baker Hughes international rig count for July 2019 was 1,162, up 24 from the 1,138 counted in June 2019, and up 165 from the 997 counted in July 2018. The international offshore rig count for July 2019 was 255, up 9 from the 246 counted in June 2019, and up 38 from the 217 counted in July 2018.

Superior appoints Belterra to distribution role in Quebec

Superior Industries, Inc., the U.S. based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has announced a new partnership with Canada's largest distributor of conveyor belting, components and other bulk material handling solutions. Belterra, a 50-year-old distributor with 19 locations throughout the country, will stock, sell and service Superior's conveyor idlers, pulleys, scrapers and accessories in Quebec. 

Oil refinery uses standalone data logger to help increase efficiency

CAS DataLoggers has provided an automated data collection and transfer solution for a crude oil refinery which wanted a standalone data logger to take thermocouple readings in several their observation wells. These shafts are connected to the refinery via extensive pipelines for subsequent processing. Management stressed that alarming features were important-sudden temperature spikes during crude extraction could cause a rupture, while sudden drops lowered pumping efficiency.

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Iris Automation, Skyfront and Echodyne power first ever beyond-visual-line-of-sight drone flight without human visual observers

The University of Alaska's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UASIPP) has conducted the first ever beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operation without visual observers, an industry milestone powered by Iris Automation's on-board, and Echodyne's ground-based, detect-and-avoid systems integrated onto a Skyfront Perimeter UAV. 

Hauling experts Mammoet to acquire ALE

Mammoet has announced its intentions to acquire ALE. Both companies are specialists in engineered heavy lifting and transport for sectors such as the petrochemical industry, renewable energy, power generation, civil construction and the offshore industry.

PSAC forecast update confirms low investor confidence in Canada

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), in its third update to its 2019 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, announced that it is decreasing its forecasted number of wells to be drilled (rig released) across Canada for 2019 from 5,300 (May 2019 revision) to 5,100 wells drilled. PSAC based its updated 2019 Forecast on average natural gas prices of $1.60 CDN/Mcf (AECO), crude oil prices of US$57.00/barrel (WTI) and the Canada-US exchange rate averaging $0.76.

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