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