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ProAct Services Corporation
Discharge limits for iron and total suspended solids in pipeline hydrotest water are becoming more stringent. Limits for iron in Illinois and Pennsylvania are 4 mg/l and 7 mg/l, respectively. Total suspended solids discharge limits vary from a low of 15 mg/l in Illinois to 100 mg/l in Kansas and Missouri. ProAct Services can treat on-site hydrotest water for iron and total suspended solids along with hydrocarbons at flow rates up to 10,000 gallons per minute and meet these lower discharge levels regardless of the influent load. Company officials say they have over $9,000,000 worth of equipment and an extensive fleet of trucks and trailers to mobilize anywhere in the U.S. on short notice.

The new Cat® CT660 Vocational Truck has passed all requirements of the Caterpillar’s rigorous new product introduction process and is approved for shipment to customers. The CT660 has been in limited production since June, with the first units off the line used to validate manufacturing procedures and to ensure that the CT660 meets the high standards of quality customers expect from Cat products. Customer deliveries of CT660 Vocational Trucks began in September. Most Cat dealers in North America have held or plan to hold open house events in order to introduce customers to the CT660 and explain how the trucks can be configured to meet their demanding vocational applications.

Therm Inc.
Thern, Inc. has introduced the Atlas II Series power winch designed for oil and gas applications. With a durable, cast aluminum body, this compact, lightweight winch boasts an impressive two-ton load capacity that is ideal for lifting equipment and positioning pipe. Features include lifting handles built onto the frame to facilitate easy attachment of lifting straps for additional convenience with worksite positioning and transport. Precision machine-cut gearing with an enclosed oil bath help to reduce wear and ensure long-lasting efficient operation. Corrosion-resistant epoxy finishes are also available to help extend operating life in the harsh saltwater environments of offshore rigs.

Ditch Witch®
The Charles Machine Works Inc. (CMW), manufacturer of Ditch Witch® underground construction equipment, offers TriHawk® downhole tools through its worldwide network of Ditch Witch dealerships. TriHawk products, now available, include the new TriHawk HD housing and four compatible TriHawk drill bits. The Ditch Witch organization also offers a dirt bit adaptor and the Hawkeye™ quick connect system, products that enhance the performance of TriHawk downhole tools. Available in four sizes, the TriHawk HD housing is compatible with Ditch Witch and Vermeer® drills.

Parker Hannifin Corporation
Parker Hannifin Corporation has introduced a line of quality-assured domestic and non-domestic 316/316L stainless steel seamless tubing for hydraulic and instrumentation applications. The line was designed for systems processing harsh media or in corrosive environments where the safety, integrity, and reliability of the tubing are critical and leak prevention is paramount. The instrument tubing line is made up of Parker Plus Tubing (P2) (domestic) and Parker Tubing (P1) (non-domestic). The tubing is available in sizes from 1/8-inch to 1-inch outside diameter and is marked to indicate the size, material, specifications, and heat number.  The line was developed primarily for the chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas, and power generation industries.
Radiodetection has developed ClearTRACK™, a digital signal processing engine that automatically rejects other signals from adjacent conductors, leading to more accurate location of a target pipe or cable. This feature helps to ensure that operators using Radiopdetection’s RD5000WL single-frequency pipe and cable locator kit can confidently trace their target pipe or cable through increasingly congested underground utility networks. The incorporation of Dynamic Overload Protection, which rejects electrical interference, also allows use in electrically noisy areas – for example beneath high voltage cables.

Bascom-Turner Instruments
Bascom-Turner Instruments has introduced the GPS-enabled Gas-Rover®, a CGI with parts-per-million sensitivity. The device uses a catalytic combustion sensor to provide sensitivity, speed of response and accuracy needed for leak surveys on foot or by vehicle. The unit is capable of being used to replace a conventional FID with a significant reduction in cost and a substantial increase in convenience. Some working features include : measurements over the full range of gas from 1 ppm to 100% gas; survey mode provides a calibrated scale from 1 ppm to 10,000 ppm; and barhole mode yields peak and sustained readings after a fixed time.

McElroy has introduced the Guided Side-Bend Tester. The quality assurance device performs a qualitative test for ductility in a fusion joint. With the new equipment, an operator can perform a bend-back test on polyethylene pipes with 1 to 7 inches of wall thickness. This testing method places the entire wall thickness into tension and gives assurance of the ductility of joints. The test unit is compact and requires just a few common tools to conduct the process. The company says this quick and simple test, when paired with the company’s DataLogger® recording device can ensure others that fusion procedures were followed, that destructive tests were used and that results met expectations. Operators will need a saw, planer and calipers to perform testing with McElroy’s Guided Side-Bend Tester. The tester can be used alongside McElroy’s In Field™ Tensile Tester to complete a full range of testing tools that will destructively test key elements of a fusion joint.