The Foothills Industrial Products Blog

Why You Need a Val-Tex Viper Today

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Feb 14, 2017 10:11:32 AM

 Joe’s got a situation on his hands…well with his hands. Two days ago, he was in an unfortunate car accident that he was lucky to walk away from in good condition except for a painful fracture to his right hand (his dominant one, of course). He was ordered to endure the dreaded boredom sentence of ‘light duty’ for the next couple weeks. Armed with a cast, on the one hand, to limit bone movement until it healed properly, he was back at work Monday morning.

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Topics: viper grease guns, val-tex viper, what is a viper, ball valve lubrication, viper, valve lubrication, what is a viper grease gun

How Tap Placement Can Affect Regulator Control

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Feb 7, 2017 10:55:00 AM

It was a Saturday afternoon and Rob was getting ready to call it a day. He’s the new guy on staff and had decided to pick up an extra shift to bank some bucks for an upcoming vacation when… “Oh great not NOW! Why me?” he shouted.

I wish I was on vacation right about now!” the technician bellowed. He was the only technician on call, and of course, Murphy’s Law had decided to rear its ugly head. He was getting a call from Gas Control saying that one of their stations was behaving strangely; the outlet pressure wasn’t holding steady, and guess who’s job it was to make things right? Looks like vacation wouldn’t be starting early after all…

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Topics: Pietro Fiorentini, station design placement, regulator performs, station design, station recommendations, station planning, sensing line, regulator control, tap placement, station issues, station design flaws

Rockin' RABO Meter

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jan 31, 2017 9:59:14 AM

Joe and his buddy Daryl have been using Elster RVG and IRM gas meters for ages (yikes over 15 years now) and they have always done the job exceptionally well. There are, however, certain characteristics of one product that Joe preferred, for example on the RVG, the easy access to the oil chamber from the front face of the meter allowed for quick and easy maintenance. While Daryl liked how the IRM had an index on the front cover that supports either vertical or horizontal installation positions and had an overall compact device size.

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Topics: Honeywell, RABO, RABO rotary gas meter, Elster, RABO meter, gas meter

3 Step Guide: When Having Ball Valves Issues (External Causes)

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jan 17, 2017 11:20:43 AM

Everyone has had issues operating a ball valve at some point. It’s happened to the best of us (even our seasoned pro Joe). The solution? This can be caused by many potential issues, either internally or externally, or sometimes it can be a combination of both. We suggest beginning your search by looking at external issues. External issues deal with inspection, maintenance, and servicing many of which are included in the list below.

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Topics: Val-Tex, ball valves, ball valve issues, external causes, manually operated, pneumatic actuator, electric actuator, actuator, gear operated, power actuated, manual actuator, hydraulic actuator

Is Gas Analytical Sampling of Interest to You? We Have An Answer

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Dec 16, 2016 10:04:46 AM

For those of you who are involved in gas sampling and protecting your analyzers-WE HAVE A SOLUTION! It's also Joe approved to get the job done- for good!

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Topics: Welker, analyzer protection, gas sampling

Tough Love For Old Technology

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Nov 16, 2016 1:38:36 PM

“So (explicit) annoying” cursed an aggravated Joe. He was so tired of using this ancient mechanical TC Module and it had only been a couple of days.


It’s one of the pains that came along with switching sites and being stuck with using products that are now very out-of-date. This old mechanical Temperature Compensating module was causing many problems at Joe’s site, from being difficult to calibrate and not nearly as accurate as newer electronic indexes.

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Topics: Honeywell, temperature compensating index, mechanical module, temperature corrector, tc module, mercury instruments

Filter for a Stress-Free Future

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Oct 25, 2016 9:58:01 AM

“I don’t understand what’s going on with this plant, they keep sending us wet and dirty gas” a frustrated Mary exclaimed. Each time this happened the process was torturous, the analyzers would go down and report an alarm. Adding to the annoyance this had been happening more frequently lately, and it was always up to Mary's team to strip down and carefully clean the analyzers to get them back up and running again. It's crucial that the analyzers are working properly since the quality of the gas entering the pipeline system had to be continously checked for contaminants, the most important being the dreaded H2S!

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Topics: industrial products, air filter, gas filter, Shawndra products, sparks filters, filter, Shawndra filters

It's a Highlighter? It's Your Wife's Lipstick? Nope it's a Yellow Jacket WeatherCap

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Oct 5, 2016 3:40:44 PM

Three months ago, Joe decided to try something new and take a chance. He had been having issues last winter with ice, sand, and other materials getting stuck and building up within the Pressure Relief Valves at his company’s site. It was a frustrating situation as every week or two, he would have to remove the vent pipe from the outlet flange, clean the inside by running hot water through the opening for several minutes, and hope that no corrosion had occurred during this process. The time and effort taking apart the vent pipe, cleaning the inside, then re-assembling just weren’t worth it, especially during -30 degrees in the dead of the winter. That’s the last thing I would like to do on a Friday afternoon, before heading home for the day thought Joe. There has to be a better way!

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Topics: Foothills Industrial Products, Val-Tex, British Columbia, Alberta, yellow jacket, weathercap, valves, pressure relief valves, weather protection, valve protectors, gas & liquid transportation, Yellow Jacket WeatherCap, Scientific Linings & Coatings

Déjà vu All Over Again

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Sep 13, 2016 2:37:59 PM

Uuugh not again! For the third time this summer Joe had just gotten the same service ticket with the same issue. Once again a small property on the edge of the network was reporting the smell of gas. Great can't wait thought Joe! He had already gone over the problem twice before, looking for leaks EVERYWHERE before finding out the odorizer upstream hadn’t been properly set for summer conditions.

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Topics: Welker, Foothills Industrial Products, Western Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, industrial products, industrial customers, automatic bypass system, scada system, odoreyes, ecosystem, safety, odorize, gas safety, odorizer, smell of gas

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

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