The Foothills Industrial Products Blog

Sometimes Things Just Work!

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Aug 17, 2016 11:34:53 AM

 Good News for Joe!

It's Tuesday afternoon and Joe has just finished his visit to one of the city gate stations.  Joe has a smile on his face (indeed Joe does smile sometimes!).  Three years ago when these new Pietro Fiorentini regulators were installed Joe was a nay-sayer.  Something new – ‘better’ they told him, but every other time he heard that story, it never seemed to work.  This time, it has worked, and they continue to work. 

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Topics: Foothills Industrial Products, Pietro Fiorentini, Gas Regulators, Western Canada, Alberta, pietro regulators, industrial products, regulators, pf regulators, reflux 819/fo, pressure regulators, pressure recorder, industrial customers, aperflux 851, reliable, regulators and controls, reflux 819

"You Have Got to be Kidding Me..."

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Apr 26, 2016 2:22:02 PM

It’s almost quittin’ time on a Friday afternoon and Joe is excited. 

Why? Because the weather’s nice, he’s got a juicy steak, and a few cold beverages waiting for him at home in his fridge.

Heck ya, thought Joe.

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Oil and Gas, Foothills Industrial Products, Calgary, Alberta, Pipeline Maintenance, Alberta Oil & Gas, Western Canada, Valve Maintenance, Maintenance, Val-Tex, British Columbia, Manitoba, Operational Products, Pipeline Operations, Alberta, Saskatchewan

Wow, that shattered into a billion pieces!

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Mar 15, 2016 10:40:04 AM

Well, maybe not a billion pieces... but there is not a key left on the keyboard, that's for sure. 

Joe, the natural gas field technician, is in a real pickle. 

 "Get a load of this!" He can hear his co-workers yelling back at the office while laughing at Joe's misfortune. 

"Ugh," he groans.  

The dog ate my homework, echoes in his head. But his version of the age old excuse is actually true, he thought, the pipe broke my laptop.

I know, you have questions. 

How did the pipe break Joe's laptop? Well, the problem is simple and complicated all at the same time.  

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Topics: Welker, Natural Gas Industry, Oil and Gas, Foothills Industrial Products, Calgary, Alberta, Pietro Fiorentini, Regulators & Controls, Pipeline Maintenance, Alberta Oil & Gas, Western Canada, Flow Measurement, Analytical Measurement, Gate Station Maintenance, Valve Maintenance, Maintenance, Val-Tex, British Columbia, Manitoba, Operational Products, Honeywell Mercury, Pipeline Operations, Alberta, Saskatchewan

Experiencing freeze-off in your pilot controlled regulators?

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Feb 18, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Uh-oh! 

Gas pressure is dropping off in an area of the city you’re living and working in, if it is not fixed that whole area will be left with no natural gas. A field technician discovers one of the pilot controlled regulators has frozen off. This is not good! To fix this problem it’s going to take additional man hours, further monitoring, and could potentialy damage the regulator pilots.

 


 

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Oil and Gas, Calgary, Alberta, Pietro Fiorentini, Gas Regulators

Ready to Get Correct Data from the On-line Analyzer Every time?

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Nov 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Welker, Oil and Gas, Foothills Industrial Products, Calgary, Alberta

A 5 Step How-to-Guide: On The Proper Way To Use Valve Flush

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Feb 17, 2015 12:00:00 PM

 

When the valves are in a bind, it usually means you are too. 

You've tried operating the valve, and you've evaluated it's condition (without using excessive force mind you, that can cause more damage! tisk, tisk!) but it hasn't loosened the material that is binding the ball valve.

What to do, what to do? Well you're in the right place because we know exactly WHAT TO DO! Use Val-Tex Valve flush. This will help loosen the materials that are blocking the ball valve and it will make your valves work properly again! 

To further make our point about this amazing product find out The 5 Reason We love Valve flush and you should too!  

Then once you're ready, learn the proper way to use Valve Flush below! 

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The Spotlight Is On: GGS Swivel and Gearbox lubricant

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Feb 6, 2015 12:30:00 PM


Over the last couple weeks we've learned a few things, one being sometimes It's okay to judge a book by it's cover, and two that valves and Goldilocks have something in common. 

Sounds insane right? Well you're right it kind of is. 

But we swear, we're not completely crazy - those statements are true, when talking about ball valves that is. Check out our last two posts on how to evaluate the external parts and  internal parts of a ball valve and you'll understand just what we're talking about. 

For now read on and find out why GGS lubricant is a swivel and gearboxes dream come true! 
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How To: Evaluate the Internal Parts Of A Ball Valve

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Jan 21, 2015 1:59:46 PM


When people find themselves in a personal conundrum they usually look "inside" themselves to figure out a way to solve the problem. 

The same can be said for valves (who knew valves could be so emotional?!) 

When the ball valve isn't working properly and you've eliminated the possible external issues, the next course of action is to evaluate the insides of the valve. And lucky for you we've outline just how to do that below!

In case you missed it we covered what to look for when inspecting the external surface of the valve last week, check it out here


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How To: Evaluate The External Parts Of A Ball Valve

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Jan 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM


We've always been told not to judge a book by it's cover. 

But, sometimes you have to. And this is one of those times. 

When there seems to be something wrong with your ball valve, start by investiaging the external part of the valve before getting your hands dirty with the internal parts. 

Find out the proper ways to evaluate and remedy these possible issues with the external part of of your ball valve below. 

You're welcome. 

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The Spotlight Is On: 750 Lube Sealant

Posted by Shelby McDonald on Nov 28, 2014 10:48:12 AM


It’s absolutely freezing (when is it not in Alberta, am I right?) and you’re trying to lubricate a valve.

The key word here is "trying", as you’re finding it very hard to pump this clumpy lube sealant in this weather. What a frustrating situation to find yourself in! It’s awful, but we know exactly why this is happening: you aren't using Val-Tex 750 lube sealant (VT 750). The VT 750 can pump smoothly in frigid temperatures ranging from -50 to 375F (or -45 to 190C, as we call it up here in 'burta). 

Do we have your attention now? Well read on and find out exactly why everyone refers to VT 750 as the one lube sealant that can do it all! 

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