What’s New: June 2013

June 2013, Vol. 240, No. 6

ValvTechnologies, Inc.
ValvTechnologies, Inc. has added bidirectional flow capabilities to its existing V1 valve product line, releasing a backpressure-resistant, metal-seated ball valve.

The new line feature prevents the load spring from collapsing, providing tight shutoff or zero leakage in the preferred direction after a reverse flow condition. During an upset condition, process flow can be unpredictable, and in most cases, the performance of the equipment that experienced the upset is jeopardized. With the ability to handle pressure in both directions, the company says the valve will remain reliable and low maintenance. info@valv.com, www.valv.com.

Equalizer International
Equalizer International has announced three new models of flange spreading wedges at the Offshore Technology Conference. The SWi flange spreaders are intended to allow one person to separate a flange with a 6 mm or larger access gap with increased speed, ease and safety. Available in hydraulic and mechanical versions, the product’s maximum spreading force has increased by 60% and the spreading distance by 30% over previous models. The new models are also smaller and lighter. www.equalizerinternational.com.

MATTRACKS
MATTRACKS has introduced the M3 PLUS system for side-by-side Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs). The system is designed for year-round usability with improved performance in deep snow and other challenging terrain. With a footprint of 51”x13”, 12” longer than the standard track, the system features a self-cleaning system allows snow, sand, rocks, or any other debris to be ejected from the inside of the track. The system also has an aggressive lug pattern and built-in suspension for better traction. 877-436-7800; www.litefootatv.com.

Ditch Witch
Ditch Witch has released the TK Series HDD Guidance System, which the company says provides HDD contractors performance, ease of use and versatility even in high-interference areas. The product features dual locating methods (peak and null), a four-frequency beacon, a depth range of up to 110 feet and high-contrast graphics on its display. www.ditchwitch.com.

PipeLine Machinery International

PipeLine Machinery International has released the Panther T8 crawler by PRINOTH, a low-ground pressure vehicle that operates off-road and in various weather conditions. The off-road capabilities are enhanced with large wheels for better stability, a dynamic track tension, thread pattern traction allowing for side hill grip and no damage to pavement, and a low ground pressure of 4.09 psi. Oil bath type wheel hubs prevent freezing. Features include a Cat C7 ACERT engine, 225 hp; the highest payload capacity in its class; a 2-person cab option; standard Roll Over Protection Structure and optional Falling Object Protective Structure. www.plmcat.com.

H&M
H&M has released a new product catalog showcasing its standard, band-type and chain-type pipe cutting and beveling machines, pipe clamps, torch holders, attachments and accessories. Detailed product specifications are also provided, along with relevant reference information including pipe size specifications, model and part numbers. It also includes product net weights, shipping weights and shipping dimensions in both U.S. standard and metric sizes. 918-592-9984; fax 918-592-9989; info@hmpipe.com.

Energy Measurement Consulting LLC (EMC)
Energy Measurement Consulting LLC has agreed in terms with CUI Global, Inc. to distribute the patented GasPT2 natural gas metering system in North America. When connected to a natural gas system, the company says the metering device can provide a fast, accurate, close to real time measurement of physical gas properties such as thermal conductivity, speed of sound and carbon dioxide content. From these measurements it infers an effective gas mixture comprising five components: methane, ethane, propane, nitrogen, and measured carbon dioxide. It then uses ISO6976 to calculate the gas quality characteristics of calorific value, Wobbe index, relative density and compression factor. www.energymeasurement.net.

CASE Construction Equipment

CASE Construction Equipment has introduced the new Tier 4 interim CX130C and CX160C excavators to its C Series product line, offering fuel economy increases of up to 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively, versus previous B Series models. The new models have also been designed for easier transport at the end of the day. The CX130C has a 4-percent lift capacity increase and the CX160C has a 3-percent cycle time reduction and a 2-percent lift capacity increase. Three power modes allow operators to choose the best mix of power and fuel efficiency. www.CASEce.com.

Honeywell, Dresser-Rand
Honeywell has announced an agreement with Dresser-Rand to implement the Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) Turbomachinery Control Solution in a wide range of control applications. Dresser-Rand will embed its proprietary intellectual property in the Experion C300-20 controller to control compressors and turbines. The companies say the solution will allow facilities an open, unified control platform that delivers turbine control, compressor automation, compressor anti-surge protection, and general plant and safety controls. It consolidates plant equipment controls on a single platform. www.honeywellprocess.com.

Allscape Land Clearing
Allscape Land Clearing provides right of way clearing services for pipeline construction, seismic, utilities and other contractors. The business is an ISN Qualified Contractor and has been in operation since 1996 with no adverse safety or environmental incidents. The company says it relies on experienced crews and up-to-date equipment and will travel to jobs located within the lower 48 United States. 361-645-2923, allscapelandclearing@hughes.net, www.allscapelandclearing.com.

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products
ESAB Cutting Systems has recently introduced several new products to their product line, including XR Series nozzles and software packages. The company also offers filler metals, welding and cutting equipment, and accessories. The company says that many of the new products are available as upgrades from existing equipment customers already own. 1-800-ESAB-123; www.esab-cutting.com.

Flowserve
Flowserve Corporation has announced an upgrade of its open loop test bench at its Coslada, Spain, manufacturing and testing facility. Responding to what the company calls a market trend for both larger cooling water pumps and increased testing capabilities, the test bench now accommodates flows up to 90,000 m3/h (400,000 gpm) for a total differential head of 34.4 feet. Customers can now obtain actual site condition tests together with run-out flow verification at the point of manufacture.The upgraded test loop now covers an area of 19,400 square feet at a depth of 27 feet, fitted with anti-vortex devices to handle the increased flow characteristics. It can accommodate motors up to 6,700 hp with variable frequency drive from 20 to 66 Hz. The addition of a multi-size discharge manifold provides the flexibility to test pumps with discharge ports to 108.3 inches. www.flowserve.com.

Hannay Reels
Hannay Reels’ power rewind floater reel is designed to handle floater hose in off-shore or shallow harbor operations, including ship to shore oil transport. The reel features 3-inch square tubing frames, heavy-duty 1/4 inch thick plate discs, an open pipe spacer drum to prevent debris entrapment and corrosion and a hydraulic or electric-driven #50 chain and sprocket drive. catalogs@hannay.com; www.hannay.com.

TT TECHNOLOGIES


The compact Grundodrill 4X is designed for residential service, small diameter main installations, last mile operations and gas pipeline applications, offering 9800 lbs. of thrust and pullback. Using the compact drill is less intrusive and ideal for areas where larger units are not an option. The drill features a dual hydrostatic pump system and a four-auger stake down system to provide greater stability. The Grundodrill 4X also comes with the exclusive Smart Vice system that performs vice cycling operations automatically. www.tttechnologies.com.

SWAGELOK
A companion piece to Swagelok jacketed tubing, the new Swagelok jacketed tube connector (JTC) is engineered to connect jacketed tubing systems, while protecting tubing from external degradation in corrosive environments. Designed to safeguard against environmental ingress, the connector provides a leak-tight tube fitting connection between sections of single jacketed tubing, eliminating the need for sleeves and sealing tape. The design incorporates an O-ring seal and an environmental jacket seal nut, providing a leak-tight seal on the stainless steel core of the jacketed tubing and a water-tight seal on the outer diameter of the jacketed tubing. Operating temperature ranges from
-67 to 180° F and working pressures up to 5 100 psig (420 bar). www.swagelok.com.

CDI
The CD52 family of pig signallers allow for easy, clamp-on, non-intrusive pig passage detection to depths of 3000 meters (9850 ft) for the CD52-A30 or 4500 meters (14750 ft) for the CD52-A45. The company says “non-intrusive” means fewer problems with maintenance and corrosion and no possibilities of leaks. Simple isolation pads may be placed between the detector and the pipe to prevent galvanic corrosion. sales@pigging.com; www.pigging.com.

Quest Integrity Group
Quest Integrity Group has released a new animation for InVista, an ultrasonic in-line inspection (ILI) tool for difficult-to-inspect and unpiggable pipelines. The animation illustrates how the company’s solutions address major pipeline operator challenges and introduces technology that simultaneously collects both geometry and metal loss data for the entire asset. Additionally, it demonstrates the technology’s operational and navigation capabilities. www.QuestIntegrity.com/InVista.

DNV Software
DNV Software has released Sesam GeniE 6.4, where design engineers can use a single model for design, modification and life extension. The software has added the ability to work inside a consistent user interface to accomplish different goals, such as work on connections between pile and leg and disconnecting beams and plates. The data model may be imported from several different systems and tension and compression analysis can be done inside the program. For customers who need to migrate model data from other systems, the new release features expanded import capabilities where less manual work is needed. www.dnvsoftware.com/sesamgenie.

Ritron
Ritron, Inc.’s new HP Series transceiver features high performance RF specifications and reliability with a high power transmitter. This permits signals to penetrate obstacles and/or travel farther distances depending upon how the transceiver is deployed. Specific applications include wireless monitoring, control, reporting, security applications, oil & gas environments, mobile data and other embedded OEM applications. The radio features a 5 to 30 Watt transmitter with programmable power settings and is capable of continuous duty operation at a 15 Watt power output setting and 25°C ambient temperature. Available in the VHF, 220MHz, and UHF frequency bands, the new model features a broadband design allowing maximum use of the frequency band with a single radio. ritron@ritron.com, www.ritron.com.

Shurtape
High-performance masking tape is often used during the corrosion-coating process to keep specific pipe sections coating-free to allow for welding at the installation site. To do so, tape is hand-applied to pre-heated pipes – typically two to six inches on each pipe end – before entering the powder coater. Shurtape offers two high-performance masking tapes for masking corrosion-coated steel pipes: CP 800 is designed for pipes under 24 inches in diameter; CP 900 is designed for pipes greater than 24 inches in diameter. The tape is engineered to endure the extreme conditions found in the corrosion-coating process, including withstanding 450 F temperatures for one to two minutes. High-tack adhesive and easy, consistent unwind allow it to be applied quickly and evenly to the pipe, while the company says removal is clean and residue-free. www.shurtape.com.

Lincoln Electric
The new APEX 2100 Orbital Welding System from Lincoln Electric incorporates several new features designed to speed set up and ensure accurate high speed TIG welding. Housed in a modular cabinet, the complete system integrates an advanced welding power source, controller, water cooler and accessories required to drive the orbital weld head and pipe clamping system. The company says the system was developed to meet application demands under a variety of environmental conditions, to achieve high productivity rates through advanced system performance, and to reduce field serviceability and downtime. 888-355-3213; www.lincolnelectric.com.

Inline Services
Inline Services is now providing a new Non-Intrusive RS Pig Sig for the detection of various pigs as they traverse a line. The units are small, portable, crafted from aircraft grade aluminum and immune to ultra-high noises to prevent false calls. They can be used on a temporary or permanent basis and the company says pricing is competitive. 281-401-8142; sales@inlineservices.com; www.inlineservices.com.