April 2017, Vol. 244, No. 4

What's New

What's New

Ditch Witch

Ditch Witch®, a Charles Machine Works Company, introduced the ST37X stand-on trencher designed for creating footings on residential or commercial properties, installing drainage pipe, trenching and other landscape applications that today’s job sites demand. The construction-grade ST37X is designed for heavy-duty operation to increase contractor ROI and overall machine longevity. www.ditchwitch.com.

Hydrostatic Testing

Hydrostatic Testing, Corrosion, and Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion: A Field Manual for Control and Prevention, by Reza Javaherdashti and Farzaneh Akvan, CRC Press; Hardback $149.95; Paperback $59.95. Description

  • Table of Contents
  • Author(s) Bio
  • Reviews

Hydrostatic-testing assesses pressure vessels such as pipelines for strength and leaks. The manual discusses how test liquid must be selected and corrosion by bacteria ought to be controlled. It also discusses the possibility of eliminating leakage. It does not teach how to conduct a hydrotest, but it helps evaluate the quality of a hydrotest already conducted, in terms of use of oxygen scavenger, biocide testing, inhibitor addition and water quality. www.crc.com.

Ritchie Bros.

Ritchie Bros. signed an enterprise framework agreement with Shell for redeployment or sale of industrial assets and equipment. Ritchie Bros. will leverage its integrated suite of asset management tools to implement a cloud-based solution for Shell, allowing easy redeployment of assets within the Shell organization or sale of surplus assets to third parties. Ritchie Bros. will provide a suite of global asset management and disposition solutions, including live unreserved public auctions with onsite and online bidding; EquipmentOne, an online auction marketplace; Mascus, a global online equipment listing service; as well as private negotiated sales through Ritchie Bros. Private Treaty. www.rbauction.com.

Orbital Gas Systems 

Orbital Gas Systems North America (Orbital), a CUI Global company, announced certification audits on its headquarters and manufacturing center in Houston were completed with the company awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Certification. Orbital is a leader in innovative gas solutions with over 30 years of experience in industrial gas sampling, measurement and delivery systems. Orbital manufactures and delivers a broad range of applications including environmental monitoring, gas metering, process control, telemetry, gas sampling and BioMethane.  www.orbitalgas.com.

AGI Industries

AGI Industries developed the first pipeline pig loader, dubbed the Safeway Pig Loader, and designed to eliminate the hazard of a push-rod or pig slipping while forcing a pig into an open-ended pipeline. The Safeway Pig Loader is a safe way to introduce a pig into any pipeline that requires cleaning, unclogging, or preparation for batch treatment processes, hydrostatic testing, or other types of structural integrity testing. It is available in eight sizes ranging from 4-inch to 36-inch diameter and includes a standard gas engine and hydraulic supplement; other sizes are available upon request. In 30 minutes or less, any typical poly or brush pig can be condensed and injected into an open-ended pipeline with the Pig Loader. www.agiindustriespa.com.


TrueLook, based in Winston-Salem, NC, is a leading provider of professional construction cameras with live job site monitoring, project time-lapsing and HD motion-based security. TrueLook has pioneered new construction camera technologies for over 20 years that are now used nationwide by construction companies, large and small. www.truelook.com.

Solartron ISA  

Solartron ISA, a manufacturer of wet gas flow meters for topside and subsea applications, has rebranded its Dualstream family of wet gas flow meters to simplify the process of choosing the correct gas flow meter for a particular application. The Dualstream family consists of four products: 1) Dualstream Venturi, the original wet gas metering system, is a solution for allocation or monitoring gas flow rates. 2) Dualstream 1 is a multiphase measurement solution for allocation or monitoring gas condensate wells. 3) Dualstream 2 is a multiphase measurement solution typically used on wells with high levels of liquids, which can cause gas rate over read. 4) Dualstream 3 uses a patented Solartron approach for water fraction measurement for real-time measurement of phase fractions in wet gas applications. www.solartronisa.com.

Offspring International 

Mooring and offloading specialist Offspring International (OIL) has an exclusive worldwide agency agreement with valve actuator and control systems supplier Paladon Systems for its Autonomous Shutdown Valve (ASV) for pipeline end manifolds (PLEM). Conventional PLEM valve operation is usually controlled from the offloading buoy via a control umbilical, or a diver is deployed to manually open and close the valve. In the event the umbilical fails or the sea state is too high for divers, terminal offshore operations may be disrupted or the operator may choose to leave the PLEM valve open, with potential pollution consequences. The ASV is designed to remove the reliance on or eliminate the need for a surface control umbilical or diver intervention. It is designed to be inherently failsafe and provides automated control of subsea valves for up to seven years before requiring any servicing. mail@offspringinternational.com.


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