The Foothills Industrial Products Blog

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

"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


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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