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.
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
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!
“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It’s one of the pains that came along with switching sites and being stuck with using products that are now very out-of-date.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.
“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!
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!
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
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, safety, odorize, gas safety, 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.