New Equipment

January 2018

PipeLine Machinery International

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) announced the newest custom equipment solution to the pipeline industry – PANTHER T14R and PANTHER T16 by PRINOTH. Offering the highest speed combined with the highest payload in its class, the PANTHER T14R and PANTHER T16 carriers set new standards in productivity and mobility. The PANTHER T14R Rotating carrier will allow the continuous rotation of the upper portion of the vehicle independent from the undercarriage. The patent-pending direction reset allows the operator to reset the vehicle’s upper and lower portions’ alignment (front to back) by simply pushing a button. The PANTHER T14R has a 29,100 lb. (13 200 kg) payload capacity and a loaded ground pressure of 7.46 psi.  Together with a superior speed of 8.1 mph (13 km/h) and its narrower width of less than 102 in., the PANTHER T14R provides a solution to working in tight, challenging areas where other vehicles do not have access. 

Trelleborg Offshore

Trelleborg’s offshore operation recently developed a new Rotating Buoyancy Module system for buckling mitigation for subsea pipelines. The advanced solution is engineered to roll on the seabed to reduce lateral friction and berm creation thereby creating repeatable and predictable pipeline behavior.

When hot liquid flows through a pipeline, buckling typically occurs as thermal fluctuations cause the pipeline to expand and contract during start-up and shutdown sequences. This can possibly lead to problematic buckling along the length of the pipeline. While traditionally non-rotating cylindrical buoyancy modules are installed along these sections to reduce weight and friction as well as promote controlled bending, in certain conditions the modules displace seabed material. This displacement can lead to ridges or berms of earth, which start to restrict the lateral movement of the buoyancy modules.

Rotating Buoyancy Modules can be used on subsea pipelines or flowlines to reduce berm creation and create predictable, safe bucking zones.

Yokogawa Corp. of America

Yokogawa Corp. of America announced the release of Y-Flow®. The Y-Flow® product family consists of the Y-Flow® YFFC (Field Flow Computer) and Y-Flow® YRTU (Remote Terminal Unit). The Y-Flow® YFFC is a low power orifice flow computer designed to measure AGA 3 orifice gas flow and the Y-Flow® YRTU is a low power remote terminal unit designed to measure various complex AGA gas flow calculations as well as remote control applications. The overall basic function of an electronic flow computer is to calculate and record flow rate using industry standard algorithms as natural gas and other hydrocarbons pass through a meter of a segmented section of pipeline. These meters could include, but are not limited to, orifice meters, linear meters, ultrasonic meters, or Coriolis meters. The Y-Flow® YRTU is a remote terminal unit that allows an external turbine meter, ultrasonic meter, multivariable transmitters and Coriolis meter to be connected to measure complex AGA gas flow calculations. In addition, the Y-Flow® YRTU can measure, monitor and control other remote applications.


Metegrity is announced the release of Version 1.7 of Pipeline Enterprise, which is the company’s groundbreaking Software as a Service (SaaS) product for construction on pipeline projects. A powerful mobile solution for data capture on the right of way, Pipeline Enterprise integrates data collection across all levels of the pipeline construction into a single object-oriented database. This enables you to harness the database for true business intelligence, key performance indicators, charting, dynamic dashboards, and the complete birth certificate of the pipeline. The system captures everything from the field, start to finish, on all activities and on all projects. It includes data from all the field inspectors, welding, non-destructive testing results, survey as-built coordinates, labor, equipment, materials, unit price items, and more. The new update features key enhancements developed around user-driven feedback to provide greater time and cost savings to the pipeline/midstream sectors.

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs

Black & Veatch and Aeryon Labs announced that they have launched an end-to-end asset management inspection solution leveraging drone technology for global energy clients. Aeryon’s commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) hardware, software and services enable the capture of critical infrastructure condition data that is integrated by Black & Veatch into a utility’s existing enterprise asset management (EAM) systems. This streamlined solution speeds inspection times, reduces inspection costs and accelerates the integration of data into EAM systems. Over the past year, Black & Veatch and Aeryon worked with utilities across North America to develop an efficient, comprehensive drone inspection solution addressing needs identified by the sector. Testing identified that utilities are particularly in need of a solution that rapidly delivers detailed condition reports by collecting, processing and analyzing high resolution photographic data that is then integrated with the utility’s existing EAM systems. Black & Veatch and Aeryon consolidate all critical workflow steps from initiation to report completion, providing secure, structured data to a client’s EAM system. This enables utilities to proactively identify risks while improving safety and lowering costs.

Milliken Infrastructure Solutions LLC

Milliken Infrastructure Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Co., was recently awarded U.S. Patent No. 9,797,540 B2: Apparatus for Repair of Polyolefin Pipes and Structures, as well as U.S. Patent No. 9,803,791 B2: Method and Apparatus for Repair of Polyolefin Pipes and Structures. Corresponding international patent applications are pending. These patents, which mark the eighth and ninth held by Milliken Infrastructure’s Pipe Wrap business, describe a system and method for the repair of polyolefin pipes and structures such as those used in the oil and gas industry, as well as fiber-optic conduits in the communications industry. The innovative system enables direct bonding of composite materials to polyolefin pipe. This process allows the adhesion of a fiber-reinforced polyurethane or a fiber-reinforced epoxy system to repair microcracks, dents or gouges. These defects can occur as a result of welding pipes together, the crimping process when including couplings or other mechanical damage.