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After completing five years of design and engineering, PipeSak® Pipeline Products introduces PipePillo™.  The PipePillo™ product is designed to serve dual functions – providing controlled support and protection for the pipeline through areas of rocky trench, and for use adjacent to the trench as stackable pipeline support for stringing and welding. In recent trial tests on the Ruby Pipeline Project, PipePillo™ pipeline supports proved quick and easy to install; kept the pipeline centered in the trench; and maintained a design height of 8-inches. The company says that unlike current pipeline support practices the PipePillo™ is lightweight; can be installed from outside the trench; does not float or biodegrade; and does not restrict cathodic protection.

Z&S Headwear
Z&S Headwear has launched sales of the LesterLid, developed to improve the fit, safety, and comfort of hard hats used in the construction industry. The newly developed LesterLid is a lightweight, form-fitting hard hat liner designed for simple field installation and removal. Made of breathable, washable cotton with an elastic terrycloth sweatband, the company says the LesterLid keeps a hard hat snugly in place and results in cooler on-the-job comfort. The product snaps in around the inner liner of a hard hat and snaps out for easy removal.

Lincoln Electric
The new VIKING™ 3350 Series auto-darkening welding helmets from Lincoln Electric feature top-quality LCD optics for a clear, natural view in varied ambient light settings. The solar-powered helmets, augmented with a user-replaceable lithium battery, have a substantial 3.34-inch height viewing area in a U.S. standard 5.25- x 4.50-inch sized cartridge shell. Weighing in at 21 oz., the VIKING 3350 helmets are lighter in weight than many auto-darkening helmets. Additionally, the helmet’s “grind mode” control allows it to be used as a grinding shield for weld prep or post-weld clean-up activities. The company says they are ideal for stick, TIG, pulsed TIG, MIG, pulsed MIG and flux-cored welding, as well as gouging and grinding.
John Deere Power Systems
John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) announce that three models in their lineup of 56 kW (75 hp) to 130 kW (174 hp) off-highway diesel engines have been certified as compliant with U.S. EPA Interim Tier 4, European Union Stage III B and California Air Resources Board emissions regulations. The PowerTech PWX 4.5L and PVX 4.5L engines and the PowerTech PVX 6.8L model below 130 kW (174 hp) join the previously certified lineup of engines above 130 kW (174 hp). EPA Interim Tier 4 and EU Stage III B emissions regulations begin January 1, 2012, for 56 kW (75 hp) to 130 kW (174 hp) engines and require a 90%  reduction in diesel particulate matter (PM) and up to an approximate 30% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) from previous Tier 3/Stage III A requirements.

EDM Specialties
EDM Specialties, a division of Scan Systems Corporation, announced a major upgrade to its Girth Weld Calibration manufacturing process.  By adding a state-of-the-art 5-Axis CNC machine, complimented by the MasterCam X5 software package, Scan Systems is able to meet and exceed the ever-increasing demands of companies performing AUT inspections of girth welds in pipeline construction projects.  The 5-Axis CNC has been fitted with a custom-designed fixture, and when combined with years of experience working with AUT inspection customers, allows EDM Specialties to provide precision at increased production speeds.  The result is a quicker turn-around time for the production of AUT calibration blocks.

Ditch Witch
The Ditch Witch 8500 guidance system is an advanced, highly accurate electronic guidance system for tracking horizontal directional bores. It features easy-to-understand graphics and offers a number of innovative and exclusive features, including offset locating ability and a “drill-thru” mode that allows the operator to drill beyond a fixed point on a calculated path.