August 2017, Vol. 244, No. 8

What's New

What's New

Fox Thermal Instruments

Fox Thermal Instruments launched the Model FT4A Thermal Mass Flow Meter, a high-end device featuring a robust design. Among its advanced features are second-generation non-cantilevered DDC-Sensor™, advanced direct digitally controlled sensor technology, expanded Gas-SelectX® Menus and CAL-V™ in situ calibration validation routine. The FT4A works well for applications monitoring pure gases, mixed gases, and even complex flare gas compositions. FT4A View™ software allows easy adjustments to the meter configuration, evaluation of alarm conditions, collection of process data, and measurement viewing from a PC or control station. This software can be used to initiate CAL-V and automatically logs the results of each CAL-V test. If any regulatory submission is required, the software will generate a certificate for easy recordkeeping.


McElroy’s new DataLogger 6 is loaded with new features that make collecting and analyzing data on fusible pipeline projects easier. The android-powered tablet offers a glove-friendly touchscreen interface and easy-to-navigate software system with on-screen instructions. Fusion operators are guided through each step of the fusion process to ensure that the pipe joint was fused with the correct pressure and heating time, according to the supported standards. Other features include front and rear cameras to capture jobsite conditions, GPS joint location, a laser barcode scanner to input pipe and fitting information, a real-time fusion graph for visual interpretation, and contextual help including how-to videos and other media for easy reference. A wired connection ensures the transfer of information from the fusion machine to the DataLogger, which syncs wirelessly to the DataLogger vault.

NDT Global

NDT Global introduced enhanced sizing capability to its ultrasonic (UT) crack inspection service to combat uncertainty about crack-depth sizing for depths above 4 mm (0.16 inch). The enhanced sizing innovation removes this limitation and uncertainty, offering high-accuracy depth sizing up to 100% wall thickness. This breakthrough is the first major improvement in crack inspection since the introduction of absolute depth sizing more than five years ago. The enhancement is available for all UT crack inspections across NDT Global’s complete tool fleet. The advanced algorithms can also be applied to data from previous inspections to deliver more precise sizing for severe cracks.

Bionomic Industries

Bionomic Industries, Inc. made available its new ScrubPac VentClean System, a compact “packaged” system that can provide over 99% removal of storage tank vent emissions. The VentClean can handle single as well as multiple sources with large variations in venting rates with great efficiency. The system uses a triple-action scrubbing technology and is available in four model sizes to handle gas capacities up to 1,500 actual cubic feet per minute (ACFM). Type 1 operating configuration uses water on a once-through basis. Type 2 incorporates a special circulation pump and uses water at a reduced consumption rate, or a chemical reagent, such as sodium hydroxide on a recirculated batch basis. The system features tough corrosion-resistant construction for long-lasting infield operation and offers a low-pressure scrubber design.

Flow Research

Flow Research hadn’t released an ultrasonic flowmeter study in four years. Now its new study, The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 5th Edition, with a base year of 2016, is available. It consists of three parts: “Core Study: A complete picture of the entire ultrasonic flowmeter market,” “Module A: The Inline Ultrasonic Flowmeter Market,” including detailed segmentation about Inline Ultrasonic Flowmeters, both single path and multipath; and “Module B: The Core and Insertion Ultrasonic Flowmeter Markets,” including detailed segmentation about each type.


DNV GL released the Synergi Pipeline software, based on a completely new performance-based architecture, which reduces risk and integrity analytic calculation times by up to 60%. Results are displayed in built-in dashboards with visual cues highlighting abnormal conditions, data-quality issues and data points. Users can quickly identify threats and easily drill down to determine root causes. The analytical framework allows users to maintain risk and integrity models, based on changing regulations and best-practice standards, including ASME, DNV and BS. Users can plan, execute, trace and evaluate activities during all stages of the integrity management process in support of the plan, do, check, act (PDCA) cycle. Integrity managers get a clear quantitative or relative digital view of integrity across the distribution networks or pipeline systems.


Clariant has introduced an alternative to triazine H2S scavenger chemistry with substantial benefits for oil producers. New Scavinator increases overall production with less downtime due to its best-in-class solids control and reduced potential for mineral scaling. Scavinator is a water-soluble scavenger for removing sulfide species from both gases and liquids and used to control hydrogen sulfide. It can be applied in batch form (contact tower) or continuously injected into pipeline streams. Unlike triazine, Scavinator has a minimal effect on pH, which reduces mineral scaling. This enhances production and minimizes downtime linked to pipeline cleaning and solids’ removal. Trials and applications conducted with large producers in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas showed effectiveness in both injection and contact-tower applications, with no effect on fluid separation,


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