August 2012, Vol. 239 No. 8

What's New

August 2013 New Products And Services

New products and services for the pipeline industry, from Structural Integrity, Step-Ko, Trenchers and Equipment, ESAB, Master Bond and more.

Structural Integrity, Mitsubishi
Structural Integrity Associates Inc. has announced two projects with Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems, Inc. to perform on-site implementation work, engineering and licensing support for the company’s water jet peening process, offered to utilities to mitigate the potential for stress corrosion cracking. Water jet peening is used to modify material stress in important nuclear plant components. The entire process can be conducted underwater using only high-pressure water. No foreign materials are introduced and no heat is applied to the material. The equipment is designed to be easy to operate and can be controlled remotely.

Step-Ko Products
Step-Ko Products has released a new gasket, ASSUREASEAL SSC, used for severe service applications. The gasket is suitable for sealing pipeline flanges with a flow of hydrocarbon-based media such as gas, natural gas and oil. It can withstand most low concentrations of chemical-based media with a temperature range of -200°F to 350°F. The ASSSUREASEL SSC is manufactured from a GRE epoxy glass laminate that is permanently fused to a 316 stainless steel core. This gasket contains a spring energized Teflon seal and is suitable in all services including 2,500# ANSI through API 10,000# classes. It can be purchased as a complete kit including washers, backup steel washers, and isolation sleeves. 337-837- 4141,

Trenchers And Equipment, Inc.
Trenchers And Equipment, Inc. has announced the new Eagle 7500 Wheel Trencher, which has a Caterpillar Tier III 250 hp diesel engine, electronically controlled hydraulic drives, 7-foot digging depth and 24 to 30 inch width cuts. According to the company, the speed of a wheel trencher allows it to replace anywhere from 4 to 10 backhoes for open cut methods. Trenchers also leave behind a perfect trench with a fine spoil that can be discharged to either side of the machine, or loaded directly onto a truck. The new model is GPS compatible and weighs 56,000 lbs. 909-615-4037,

ESAB Welding And Cutting Products has introduced the Swift Arc series of pre-engineered, robotic welding cells, available in 3 models: Swift Arc AL (angle-load), Swift Arc FL (front-load), and Swift Arc SL (side-load) robot cells. Each system is a complete work cell, and suited for job shops introducing robotics to their applications. The complete robotic system is delivered ready-to-weld, so a user need only hook up the input power, gas, and wire to start welding. Each system comes with bulk welding wire and an Aristo RT robotic torch. 800-ESAB123,

Master Bond
Master Bond has developed FLM36, a B-staged film that eliminates mixing and measuring, for bonding and sealing applications. FLM36 can withstand temperatures up to 500°F and retains its high strength properties upon prolonged exposure to elevated temperature. It bonds well to a variety of substrates including metals, composites, glass and many plastics. It is a superior electrical insulator and can endure thermal and mechanical shocks. The product is offered in three standard sizes: 4 x 4 x 0.008 inches, 8 x 8 x 0.008 inches and 12 x 12 x 0.006 inches. It does not require freezing or refrigeration. 201-343-8983,,

Darby Equipment
Darby Equipment has launched a totally revised web site featuring its complete line of products. The site displays all Darby manufactured products rendered in high-resolution 3D. Each product can be viewed as streaming animation rotating 360 degrees, enabling site visitors to see complete views of all products. Visitors can also click on designated spots on any product to activate pop-up callouts describing product features, specifications and advantages. The site is designed to be compatible with all mobile devices.

Intercon Enterprises
Intercon Enterprises has introduced INT pipe alignment clamps, designed to quickly align a variety of different sizes of pipe and stand up to years of field use. The clamp features a heavy-duty forged steel design and electroplating for rust and spatter resistance. Three sizes cover a range of ¾-inch to 12-inch pipe. 800-665-6655,

Clevest Solutions Inc.
Clevest Solutions Inc. has announced new capabilities for supporting capital planning processes and regulatory rate filing procedures, adding to its line of software solutions designed for the utility and municipal industries. The enterprise-class asset investment planning (AIP) solution helps produce optimized capital plans driven by real-time asset information and can quickly respond to changing circumstances. The software includes a new, advanced framework for capturing financial data that allows utilities to more easily measure the benefit of any project and to assess its impact on corporate metrics before the plan is funded.

Ditch Witch
Ditch Witch has released the new RT30, a compact, dedicated ride-on trencher that features a sturdy, durable frame and components. A compact footprint, tight turning radius, four-wheel drive, and industry-leading maneuverability make the 24.8-hp trencher well suited for installing utilities on tight job sites.

Clark Solutions
Clark Solutions Boxer Series S Gas Diaphragm Pumps provide exceptional air/gas pumping efficiency, typically consuming 18 mA for an air flow of 0.8 l/min at 4.5V. Designed to function at temperatures to -4°F, the pumps are constructed with PPO housings and silicone diaphragms and valves. Models are available with a permanent magnet DC motor or with a coreless motor. The pump has been designed to fit tightly onto the crank-case lid, which acts as a fitting accessory to mount it to existing equipment and permits removal or replacement of the pump without tools. 800-253-2497,,

Nextteq’s Gastec Detector Tube System for Leak Detection precisely measures gases and vapors as well as detecting leaks and fugitive emissions. The system can provide on-the-spot measurement of ambient temperature for tests that require temperature correction. The direct-read length of stain tubes offer distinct lines of demarcation for easy viewing. The system can rapidly measure a wide range of substances that can’t be measured with electronic devices.

Independent Risk Management Systems
Independent Risk Management Systems B.V. has announced that it is expanding its range of services to offer full pipeline integrity management and emergency response, including inspection, repair and emergency pipeline repair systems. In line with this expansion, IRM has hired five new staff and will now offer project management of all the necessary aspects of pipeline integrity management both offshore and onshore. The firm’s new range of services falls into five main categories: risk assessment and integrity management planning; emergency response preparedness; inspection, cleaning, monitoring and testing; integrity assessment and mitigation, intervention and repair.

Geneq Inc. has announced that its SXBlue GPS/GNSS receiver product line has been expanded to include an interface to the Apple iPad, for both sub-meter and centimeter accuracy. It has also introduced updates to its SXPad GPS handheld device, which includes a camera and a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with three- to five-meter positioning accuracy.,

Juniper Systems
Juniper Systems’ rugged handheld computer, the Mesa Rugged Notepad, is designed for field data collection in extreme environments. The device features a large display, integrated GPS receiver, digital camera, and 3.5 GSM data modem, suitable for viewing maps and GIS data.

Climax Portable
The Climax AC3000 Auto Clad system is a integrated cladding machine that lays five pounds of metal per hour, reducing weld times versus hand welding. The machine works on bores 2 to 22 inches in diameter, and flanges up to 32 inches in diameter. Any commercially available alloy can be used. The machine rotates the workpiece while applying the clad overlay. An adjustable axial torch feed system uses a step feed process for complete coverage over the entire length of the bore. The cladding machine’s table tilts to the vertical position to help ease the loading and centering of larger and heavier parts, and an optional face torch is available for automatic cladding of flange faces and gasket surfaces. The system is available for sale or rent.

Smith Flow Control
The Smith Flow Control FlexiDrive valve actuator allows remote operation of valves in hard-to-reach or exposed areas and can be applied to any conventional wheel-operated device. Its flexible linear drive cable connects a hand wheel to a valve up to 100 feet away. This allows a user to locate a point of operation in a place of safety or convenience. The system can operate underwater or in extreme temperatures, be passed through and around walls, bulkheads and floors, and is sealed and lubricated for continuous loop operation. 859-578-2395,

Victor Technologies
Tweco, a Victor Technologies brand, has launched the Tweco Classic Number 4 MIG gun, an update of the Tweco Number 4. Changes from the earlier model include higher impact resistant materials, an interlocking handle design for superior toughness, an angled trigger for a more comfortable pull and modernized lines. It is air-cooled with a rating of 400 amps at 60% duty cycle.

Asel-Tech offers the Integrated Leak Detection System, which combines acoustic and mass balance technology for pipeline leak detection monitoring, including detecting small leaks and locating leaks in buried or underwater pipelines. The system includes aspects of artificial intelligence, neural networks and a noise filtering technique to reduce false alarms.,

DNV has developed new courses in offshore safety that aim to advance the role of elected safety representatives in minimizing the risk of accidents and improving safety. The company is accredited by OPITO, a workforce training organization, to run the courses and will open them to 2000 participants. There are four courses offered, which each piloted at two-day length.,

American Sensor Technologies
American Sensor Technologies has released the new AST4530 PVDF (Kynar) / PTFE (Teflon) Submersible Pressure Transducer. The transducer complements AST’s stainless steel pressure transducer line for liquids with corrosive properties and competes with other technologies such as ultrasonic and radar devices. The housing, strain relief and cable are constructed of PVDF material, while the diaphragm is made of PTFE. The unit is designed for maximum compatibility with various liquids.

Atlas Copco
The SmartLink compressor room monitoring program from Atlas Copco is designed to offer connectivity, data monitoring and business intelligence to customers in order to clarify maintenance needs, maintain production uptime and minimize energy consumption. The software allows 24-hour monitoring of productivity, shows possible areas for optimization and highlights potential future problems. Data is gathered, compared and analyzed and warnings are sent if indicated. The company says it is easy to tailor to individual uses and can help plan interventions and increase service efficiency.

Genscape has launched a virtual Canadian oil supply chain service using in-the-field energy monitors to track oil storage, pipeline and rail movements. According to the company, data is collected via aerial and infra-red photography of crude storage tank volumes and real-time pipeline flow monitoring of 28 crude oil pipelines and satellite tracking of infrastructure build-outs. Free trials are available upon request. 502-583-3435,


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