October 2013, Vol. 240 No. 10

What's New

October 2013 New Products And Services

New products and services from TOA Technologies, Heath Consultants, Pipetech, Tiger Industrial Rentals, ProSoft Technology, Enervation, Chevron Products Company, LYME-AID, Kenworth, Wood Group, Emerson, ULC Robotics and more.

TOA Technologies
Mobile workforce management software provider TOA Technologies provides a complete cloud-based field service management software solution to make sure the right field employee gets to the right appointment with the right tools and the right information. ETAdirect measures everything that happens in the field, down to details of work and travel, and creates unique performance pattern profiles for each and every person in the field. Using a proprietary and patented statistical analysis engine, it predicts when things will happen and how long they will take to do in the future. Using these predictions, the software manages the service delivery process from the moment an appointment or service is requested, through planning, routing and scheduling, to real-time customer communications and field management. To support a broad spectrum of fieldwork, mobile employees use the HTML5-based mobility app. www.toatech.com.

Heath Consultants Incorporated
Heath Consultants’ Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD-IS) is an eye-safe laser-based natural gas detector that can detect methane leaks up to one hundred feet away, allowing remote detection of underground piping, compressor stations, offshore platforms, plant/industrial inspections, gas processing plants, gas gathering, drilling sites, landfills, difficult terrains and more. When the infrared laser beam is transmitted from the launch port, some of the laser light is reflected back and converted to an electrical signal that carries the information needed to deduce the methane concentration. 1-800-HEATH-US, www.heathus.com.

Pipetech has introduced the SUREBEND system, a wireless, digital angle measurement device for bending projects. It attaches to the pipe-bending machine and provides a continuous readout of the achieved bend angle during operations. The device eliminates the need to climb on the pipe and allows each pull to be monitored from the bending operator’s station. The system consists of two magnetic measurement units and a master receiver unit with a digital display. The magnetic mounts allow fast setup on all pipe sizes. www.pipetech.net.

Tiger Industrial Rentals
Tiger Industrial Rentals has introduced a line of synthetic mats to replace wood mats in use at plants, refineries, compressor pump stations, construction sites, pipelines, transmission line contractors. The company says its mats are fire resistant, anti-slip, anti-static, 1000 PSI, will not absorb liquids or chemicals and can be loaded in sets of 18 to 22 to a truck. The mats are made of recycled synthetic poly with no wood or materials vulnerable to rot, and are solid, not hollow, with no latching required. 409-832-9336, www.tigerindustrialrentals.com.

ProSoft Technology
The 802.11abgn Fast Industrial Hotspot is a high-speed wireless Ethernet solution designed for plant-floor automation, SCADA systems, mobile worker Wi-Fi infrastructure and process control systems. It offers a broad range of industrial wireless capabilities including client/bridge fast roaming between access points, Ethernet packet optimization and enhanced diagnostics. These capabilities provide seamless high-speed Ethernet connections for moving machines and vehicles traveling long distances. The module provides secure 802.11i and 128-bit AES Encryption and operates securely in the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bands. It is designed for extreme environments and hazardous locations, including oil and gas systems. 661-716-5100, info@prosoft-technology.com, www.prosoft-technology.com.

The Samson hydrostatic test system, developed by Enervation, relies on hydraulic drive. The company says hydraulic drive solves many of the issues of direct engine drive and is simple to operate and maintain, compact, and offers exceptional control, giving maximum power as setpoint is approached, yet allows the operator to slow the plunger pump to just a few rpms. Using a compact turbo diesel engine, simple manual controls and an easy-to-understand operator display, the system operator can employ either the 1,000 gpm centrifugal pump or the high-pressure plunger pump with the flip of a lever and an adjustment of the flow-proportioning valve. At a rated weight of 9,900 lbs., drivers do not need a commercial license, yet the trailer offers four-wheel brakes and heavy reinforcement. 214-616-4311, enervation@mygrande.net.

Chevron Products Company
Chevron Products Company, has expanded its line of Cetus-branded compressor oils, formulated for use in a wide range of applications, including portable and stationary rotary screw, rotary vane, and reciprocating compressors. Cetus PAO oils are designed to meet the requirements of modern higher output, more efficient air compressors and are formulated with polyalphaolefin (PAO) base fluids. They provide thermal and oxidation stability, high viscosity index, high flash point, low pour point, and hydrolytic stability while protecting against rust, oxidation and foaming. Cetus HiPerSYN oils are designed for most air compressor applications, especially those with wide operating temperature ranges. They are formulated with premium base oil technology and enhanced by a additives for thermal and oxidation stability, high viscosity index, high flash point, low pour point, anti-wear protection, and hydrolytic stability. Cetus DE oils are synthetic diester-based, oxidation resistant compressor oils for use in portable and stationary rotary screw, rotary vane, and reciprocating compressors, applications that cannot tolerate carbon build up. They have a low sludge-forming tendency and perform well in high temperatures. www.ChevronLubricants.com.

LYME-AID is a DNA-based diagnostic tick testing kit developed by East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. To submit a tick for testing, just remove the tick and follow directions in the kit. With 99.9% accuracy, the test will determine if you have been bitten by a tick that is a transmitter of Lyme disease. Results are provided within 3 business days of receipt at the university. This information can prevent unneeded medical treatments that, in themselves, have harmful side effects. According to the company, antibody tests for Lyme disease performed on people are only about 50% accurate. www.lymeaidkit.com.

Kenworth, Cummins
Kenworth has produced and delivered its first full-production truck powered by the new 400-hp Cummins Westport ISX12 G natural gas engine, a T800 Extended Day Cab. The Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine requires a single fuel source and can run on either CNG or LNG. The truck can be equipped with two side-mounted Type 4 CNG cylinder tanks for a range of 450 miles. Recently, the average cost of diesel fuel in the United States was just under $4 per gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average price of a diesel gallon equivalent of CNG in the United States is nearly $2 less. www.kenworth.com.

Wood Group GTS

Wood Group GTS has expanded its gas turbine service line to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul for Solar Mars and Siemens SGT 200 (Tornado) dry low emissions and SGT 100 (Typhoon) gas turbines. The company says it is the first independent service provider to offer aftermarket services for all three models and has expanded its maintenance facilities in Houston and Aberdeen, UK, to accommodate the new turbines and test them at full operating load. www.woodgroup.com.

Emerson Process Management has expanded the measurement capabilities of the Rosemount 3100 Series of ultrasonic non-contacting level transmitters to harsh environments with the option of a corrosion resistant plastic (glass-filled nylon) housing. The plastic housing reduces the weight of the transmitter by one pound compared with the standard aluminium version, making it suitable for installation on extended mounting brackets, or on thin gauge metal tank roofs or plastic tanks. An integral temperature sensor continuously measures the air temperature around the transmitters. It then computes the speed of sound in air, automatically compensating the calculated distance for temperature effects. www.EmersonProcess.com.

Rotork GP Range pneumatic valve actuators have assisted in the early completion of a natural gas pipeline owned by the Gas Authority of India Ltd. The actuators were supplied to valvemakers in India for installation on Phase 2 of the Kochi-Koottanad Bangalore-Mangalore Pipeline project. The actuators are designed to operate above ground and buried service ESD (Emergency Shutdown) ball valves along the length of the 30-inch-diameter, 545-mile pipeline, which runs from a new 5-million-ton annual capacity LNG import terminal constructed by Petronet at Kochi, on India’s southwest coast. The actuators were packaged with cabinet-mounted limit switches and controls, together with gas storage tanks for the ESD duty. GP actuators are manufactured in double-acting and spring return configurations with torque outputs up to 600,000 Nm (5,000,000 lbf-in). Certifications include IP66M/67M, ATEX94/9/EC and PED 93/27/EC and the actuators are also suitable for use in SIL2 and SIL3 rated safety systems. +44 (0) 1225 733200, information@rotork.com, www.rotork.com.

Ditch Witch
Ditch Witch has introduced the RT120 Quad, a utility tractor designed for the power, heavy-duty frame and traction necessary for long installations of large-diameter pipe on challenging jobsites. It features a heavy-duty undercarriage and a robust Quad Track System to provide stability and traction. www.ditchwitch.com.

ULC Robotics
ULC Robotics’ In-Pipe Locating service pinpoints the location of gas mains and pipeline features such as taps, joints, valves, drip pots and cross tees. Crews launch a patented camera along with custom developed sonde into live mains. The sonde emits a signal that can be accurately detected and then marked out on the street surface. The resulting mark out provides the road map construction crews rely on to ensure safe and efficient excavation near gas mains. Locating services are now available for 2-inch pipe mains. 631-667-9200, www.ulcrobotics.com.

TT Technologies
TT Technologies recently introduced a pipe rammer and bentonite system package for oil and gas pipeline installation projects. The pipeliner package features an 18-inch diameter Grundoram Goliath pneumatic pipe ramming system and a Grundomudd 500 bentonite mixing/delivery system. During the ramming process the rammer is attached to the rear of the casing. The tool then drives the pipe through the ground with repeated percussive blows. The rammer installs steel pipes and casings from 24 to 56 inches in diameter. It can also be used for the slick-bore process, installing a bore pipe, which, when removed, pulls the product pipe into place. Ramming provides accurate installation of casing in a wide range of soil without surface slump, making it ideal for installations under railways and roads. The pipeliner package is also useful in HDD assist and rescue applications. The rammer can be used to salvage product pipe after a failed bore, install casings, remove stuck drill stems and assist drills during product pullback, preventing hydrolock. 630-851-8200, www.tttechnologies.com.

SICK Engineering GmbH
SICK Engineering GmbH has created a joint venture with GGS Oil and Gas Systems, SICK Metering Systems NV, in order to engineer, fabricate and market complex system solutions for gas flow measurement. The new company will focus on high-end integrated metering solutions for ultrasonic gas measurement stations. These turn-key stations include complete metering systems, filtration and pressure reducing stations, heating installations, ultrasonic flow meters, gas quality analyzers and interfaces such as evaluation and monitoring software. +49-7681-202-5747, www.sick.com.

GE Measurement and Control, Measurement Canada

The GE Port Northwest global manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas has received accreditation from Measurement Canada, the federal government agency responsible for Canada’s gas utilities measurement, for the verification and re-verification of GE’s Dresser natural gas meters and instruments used for custody transfer measurement applications. Meters from this line have been used for billing commercial and industrial gas loads for almost a century and include rotary, turbine, and diaphragm meters, metering instrumentation, and test equipment for the global natural gas distribution and transmission industry. www.ge-mcs.com.

Fluid Components International (FCI)

The ST102A Air/Gas Thermal Mass Flow Meter from Fluid Components International features an advanced dual-element averaging system designed to improve installation repeatability and accuracy for large-diameter pipes and ducts. The company says flow measurement applications involving line sizes 12 inches or greater can realize improved installation accuracy and repeatability by averaging the flow rates of two elements. Distorted, swirling and non-repeatable flow profiles can result in decreased accuracy of single point meters. It is often impractical or impossible to provide the required straight-run for a fully developed flow profile in large lines. On this model, transmitter electronics average the input from two independent flow elements into a single output. Each flow element can be independently configured for insertion length and process connection to allow installation flexibility. 760-744-6950, fcimarcom@fluidcomponents.com, www.fluidcomponents.com.

Fairbanks Morse Engines
Fairbanks Morse Engine will supply five two-stroke opposed-piston dual-fuel, engine-driven crude oil pump sets and auxiliary equipment to Ecopetrol, the primary oil and gas producer in Colombia, for the Ayachucho-Covenas pipeline. The engine-driven pump sets will increase capacity of the pipeline, which transports crude oil from the Colombian interior to the Covenas port on Colombia’s north coast. Two 12-cylinder engines, each rated at 4410 hp, will be installed at the line’s El Retiro pumping station and three 9-cylinder, 3308 hp units will be installed at the El Banco pumping station. These units have been designed specifically to operate on 99% natural or associated field gas and a 1% diesel pilot. If the natural gas supply is interrupted, the engine automatically switches back to diesel fuel and continues to operate without interruption. In addition, the two-stroke, opposed-piston design has significantly fewer moving parts compared to four-stroke engines, which simplifies maintenance and reduces maintenance costs. www.fairbanksmorse.com.

Air Liquide
Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP has announced that NASA has renewed its agreement for Air Liquide to supply nitrogen and related pipeline launch support services for NASA’s current and future space programs at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Products supplied include high-pressure, high-flow nitrogen produced at a 162-ton-per-day onsite air separation unit. The site also features a 265-ton-per-day liquefier. Associated pipeline and launch support systems that rely on the gas plants aid NASA, the U.S. Air Force and commercial launch operations that use the Kennedy Space Center. Excess gases produced by the facility, such as bulk oxygen and liquid nitrogen, are used to supply a variety of industrial and medical applications in the region. www.airliquide.com.

Lincoln Electric
The Vantage 300 from Lincoln Electric provides an EPA Tier 4-compliant, multi-process, industrial, diesel-engine-drive welding solution for construction teams, pipe-rig owners and rental-fleet managers. The unit’s four-cylinder Kubota engine with gear-driven camshaft has a closed breather system to keep the engine compartment and ground clean. The system eliminates oil mist from collecting inside the engine compartment, especially on surfaces that would lower engine-cooling efficiency. It also provides excellent fuel economy and reduced noise. There are five welding process modes, including stick, Touch Start TIG, MIG and flux-cored, with a separate arc-gouging mode. The unit operates at 300 amps at 100-percent duty cycle, with output up to 400 amps at a temperature of 104°F/40°C. www.lincolnelectric.com.

Technical Toolboxes
Technical Toolboxes has announced an advancement in 3D structured light for use on pipelines in its Version 1.3.5, featuring enhancements to hardware and software. Hardware changes include an available camera with 8-inch working distance, optional hardware for magnetic clamping of the 3D camera and target verification including certificate of NIST traceability. Software updates include improvements in the 3D image acquisition time, better memory management, a new corrosion detection algorithm and corrosion depth detection on flat surfaces. www.technicaltoolboxes.com.


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