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Mathey Dearman
Mathey Dearman’s machines and systems are known throughout the industry not only on pipelines and in pipe fabrication shops, but in refineries, power and petrochemical plants, and on ships — to name just a few places. Now the company’s Product Improvement Team is calling attention to the latest product to benefit from the team’s efforts – the Monarch Band Crawler. Not only has it been made more robust to handle the rigors of the jobsite, the Monarch Band Crawler has been given a new motor to enable it to run at plasma-speed and newly designed legs to give it better traction on the band. In addition, it offers a newly designed double-torch arm to make adjustment of the torch-to-pipe height easier than ever.

CECO Pipeline Services
CECO Pipeline Services says on its website that it is the premier contractor for pipeline operators—safely providing erosion control, quality construction and maintenance services at a reasonable price. The services group constructs,  repairs and maintains natural gas pipelines, with services that include pipeline integrity work, pipe fabrication, coating applications, corrosion services, erosion control, grounds maintenance, compliance work and mechanical services.

Rhino Linings Corporation
Rhino Linings Corporation says it easier for industrial applicators and OEM clients to utilize fast set polyurethanes and polyureas for containment linings, steel coatings or application where protection against abrasion, corrosion and impact is required. The company’s product line includes:  Rhino TuffGrip™  11-90, a spray-on elastomer formulation that provides toughness and color stability, while retaining a non-skid grip;  Rhino HardLine™ 11-55, the company’s hardest truck bed lining for protection against heavy impact and scratching; and Rhino Extreme™ 11-90, a pure polyurea lining that can be applied at low temperatures or in high humidity conditions that offers hardness, tensile strength, elongation and tear abrasion resistance in commercial, industrial and military applications.

American Innovations
American Innovations’ Field Data Division announced the addition of Direct Current Voltage Gradient (DCVG) survey capabilities to the Allegro Field Data PC. With the addition of the DCVG module, users can locate and size coating defects along pipelines.  The new module is compatible with the CX and MX versions of the Allegro Field Data PC.  According to the company, during surveys, the DCVG module records the Voltage Gradient and GPS location. Unlike the traditional analog meter, the Allegro captures each reading for further review and analysis.  Setup and operation of DCVG survey is reportedly simple and requires no additional training for users.

A Hydratight team recently travelled to Qatar to demonstrate the company’s Morgrip weld-free pipe connection technology. Qatar Petroleum invited the five-member team to present a training session on board its dive-support vessel Khattaf, which supports most of its subsea, oil and gas operators in Qatar. The session covered the features of Morgrip subsea pipeline repair products.  Morgrip connectors are available for pipelines – both subsea and topside – working at over 500 bar pressure and up to 42–inch diameter. They can be installed by divers, or by diverless methods in extreme situations.

The Lincoln Electric Company
Lincoln Electric Company offers a 500 amp welder, Vantage 500, in a compact case. Lincoln Electric says it is the same size as the Vantage® 300 and 400 and achieves its compact size by the use of a turbo-charged diesel engine with the company’s Chopper Technology®. It weighs less than traditional 500 amp welders. All the features that have been standard on Vantage® products are here, including stainless steel enclosure, multi-process welding and plenty of AC generator power (single and three-phase). The welder also includes a fifth weld mode for maximum arc-gouging output, VRD™ (Voltage Reduction Device™) and sealed GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) modules. 

GE Oil & Gas PII Pipeline Solutions
GE O&G PII says its MagneScan™ MFL pipeline inspection technology has completed its first 250 miles of pipeline inspection work on both sides of the Atlantic. In recognition, the company has presented awards to two customers following their pioneering use of the new technology. SARPOM, Exxon Mobil’s Affiliate Refinery and Pipelines Company in Italy (20.5 miles of 6-inch jet-fuel line), and Jayhawk Pipeline, the U.S. pipeline operator (four, 6-inch product lines spanning a total of 227.5 miles), were recognized for projects successfully completed in the first quarter of 2009. The MagneScan inspection tool simultaneously maps the pipeline and checks it for corrosion, using high resolution MFL sensors that deliver high-quality data to identify and locate metal loss and is suitable for GIS analysis. Mapping data is integrated with inspection information during the run.

CRC-Evans has integrated CMT (cold metal transfer) technology with their P450 automatic welding machine, creating new parameters of quality and speed for work on small-diameter pipe. This exclusive equipment offers advanced capabilities that make a significant difference in productivity for offshore projects. CRC-Evan’s CMT robotic technology controls all functions digitally with advanced software that instantly processes welding data.  Equipped with continuous digital feedback, CMT boosts response time for the power supply and executes precise control of the AC servo wire feed motor. 5G and 2G root bead passes are completed rapidly and perfectly.  No copper backup clamp is required. Email:

Deepwater Corrosion Services, Inc.
Deepwater said in June 2010 its RetroClamp sales figures have reached an estimated 2,500 clamps since first deployment in 2000. The company says RetroClamp was originally designed to facilitate ROV attachment of retrofitted cathodic protection anode sleds to offshore pipelines. Now modified for various applications, such as subsea cable runs and for attaching various monitoring instruments to pipelines and other assets, the RetroClamp is still primarily for attaching anode material to aging infrastructure assets in need of life extension. The company reports it still, as of June 2010, has not had a reported RetroClamp failure.

Weatherford’s Pipeline & Specialty Services group offers a four-page digital brochure on its website entitled “Subsea Pipeline Leak Detection.” It says the group offers multiple independent leak-detection systems that, in combination, are capable of finding “very small” leaks, irrespective of pipeline product, water current, visibility and even minimal pressure differentials. The brochure continues, saying early detection helps achieve integrity and avoids serious post-commissioning failures that can result in suspended production, environmental damage and expensive repairs. Systems listed in the brochure include BigEars™ passive acoustic systems, dye-detector systems, programmable mass spectrometers and the Didson active-acoustic system.

Bishop Lifting Products Inc.
Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. (BLP) recently completed construction of its new 3.3 million pound  (1500 metric ton) proof tester. With an overall length of 323 feet, and inside pulling length of around 275 feet, the company says it’s the most technically advanced proof tester ever built.  Designed and fabricated by Chant Engineering and Bishop Lifting, it’s a first of a kind 3-in-1 testing machine for proof testing slings, crane blocks, spreader bars, oilfield equipment and rigging gear. 
  David Bishop, CEO of Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. managed the testing equipment expansion project.  “We’ve needed a larger proof tester for a long time, and moving to a new 13 acre facility made this dream an easier reality.” said Bishop. The use of proof testing equipment is an important function of sling fabrication. More and more customers are now requiring proof testing on all slings.  Proof Testing was driven by the offshore drilling industry and is mandated in the ASME B30.0 “Slings” standard on alloy chain slings, metal mesh slings, and any sling that has been modified or repaired.           
McElroy’s new PitBull 26 fusion machine butt fuses 2-inch IPS to 6-inch DIPS (63mm – 180mm. Due to the growing popularity of the size range, the company says the PitBull 26 was designed to provide contractors a go-to machine for their day-to-day fusion operations. Much like McElroy’s PitBull 14 machine, the 26 features a patented centerline guidance system, a semi-automatic locking cam, hard anodized aluminum wear surfaces for corrosion resistance and thrust-bearing-equipped clamp knobs that minimize the torque required to clamp and round the pipe for fusion operations. The unit can also fit on McElroy’s manual fusion machine stand to bring the process to a more comfortable height for the operator. Three PitBull 26 machine models are available – a 6-inch DIPS with a 100- to 120-input voltage requirement, a 6-inch DIPS with a 220- to 240-input voltage requirement and a 180mm unit with 220- to 240-input voltage requirement. Each PitBull 26 machine comes with the fusion machine, facer, heater, insulated heater stand, facer stand, 6-inch IPS insert set and a screw/driver kit.

Ditch Witch   
The Ditch Witch® organization now offers a heavy-duty track option with two of its Zahn® compact trenchers: the two-wheel-drive R230 and R300. According to the company, unlike other tracks, these heavy-duty tracks “walk” or oscillate 12 degrees, which helps provide greater stability when loading, unloading, and maneuvering over curbs or other rough and uneven terrain. Optional heavy-duty tracks became available with all other Zahn models in August 2010.

SOR Inc. 
The 805PT pressure transmitters from SOR Inc. are designed for use in hazardous locations and hostile environments where space is limited. It has a non-incendive Division 2 approval from FM (U.S. and Canada). Additionally, the 805PT has pressure ranges from 0-100 through 0-10,000psi with +/-0.25% accuracy and it features a 1/2-inch NPT(M) with 1/4-inch NPT(F) dual process connection. The company says it is suited for a variety of applications in the oil and gas industry such as flare gas pressure, wellhead casing and tubing pressure, offshore safety system and pipeline suction/discharge pressure and compressor stations. In addition, the compatible SOR Calibration Manager software allows the user to verify, adjust and re-calibrate the 805PT from scratch to implement turndown and zero offset, or adjust the zero output of a device to account for environmental effects.  With one-button archive, the user can save all calibration results as an electronic text file.