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Melanie Takacs

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The 3 Steps: To An Automated 'Pulse' By-Pass System

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jul 17, 2017 1:16:42 PM

Are you tired of wasting time sending an operator to manually open or close the gas line? Our Pulse Bypass Odorization System is an automatic option.

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Topics: Welker, Natural Gas Industry, Calgary, Alberta, Western Canada, odoreyes, odorization, odorization system, solenoids, controller, by-pass system, odorant, pulse bypass system

Pressure Regulators Vs. Control Valves - Best for Pressure Control?

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jun 20, 2017 2:38:47 PM

It was a typical week so far in the reg shop, and business had been steady so far for spring. Steve, the Regional Engineer, was in town and was set to arrive momentarily to get Rob’s advice with next year’s station designs. Rob was recently promoted to Operations Manager but he didn’t quite feel like he had enough experience yet, and was a bit uneasy about his new position. Steve on the other hand, was a seasoned P. Eng, known for making great recommendations that have successfully improved efficiency. Rob was looking forward to working with him for the first time and was hopeful for some great ideas for future improvements.

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Topics: Natural Gas Industry, Calgary, Alberta, Pietro Fiorentini, Western Canada, Alberta, pressure regulators, control valves, pilot operated regulator, pressure control, PF regulator, pressure regulator

What You Need to Know About the Q.Sonic Gas Meter by Elster-Honeywell

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Jun 5, 2017 2:21:01 PM

The Q.Sonic gas meter by Elster Instromet has been around for a few years but has recently been added to our repertoire (since the acquisition of Elster to Honeywell) and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This gas meter is truly exceptional and has the ability to greatly improve customer experience with ease of use and masterful precision. Elster is a known leader in ultrasonic flow metering with over 30 years of industry experience.

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Topics: Western Canada, Honeywell, RABO rotary gas meter, Q.Sonic Meter, Ultrasonic meters, Elster Instromet, ultrasonic, Elster-Honeywell, Q.Sonic plus, Q.Sonic, 6-path meter, ultrasonic gas meter, Calgary, gas products, natural gas measurement

Why We Are Still Raving About The RABO

Posted by Melanie Takacs on May 5, 2017 1:15:00 PM

A continuation from “Rockin RABO Meter” blog…

A quick recap, back in January Joe and his buddy Daryl were excited to get their hands on the new RABO (Rotary-All-By-One) meter by Elster Honeywell. Their current stock of Elster meters was missing something…based on experience from past sites:

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Topics: Calgary, Alberta, Analytical Measurement, Alberta, Honeywell, RABO, RABO rotary gas meter, Elster, Rotary-All-By-One, high accuracy, rotary gas meter, high maximum operating pressure, high precision, gas meters, positive displacement, gas distribution, low pressure drop, RPM, IRM, Honeywell Elster, competitive price

Where Would We Be Without...Petroleum Products?

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Apr 20, 2017 2:55:48 PM

Picture this…you wake up in the morning with the “beep, beep, beep” annoying sound of your morning alarm going off at 6:15am. You lazily hit the snooze button a couple of times, then decide to face the inevitable and get your butt out of bed. You stumble out of bed and reach for your eyeglasses, so you can see where you’re going, as you make your way to the bathroom. Five quick minutes in the shower with some shampoo and soap, you’re now wide awake and smelling fresh. You then pick up your toothbrush, squeeze some toothpaste and brush those pearly whites. You quickly spray on some deodorant, change into work wear and hastily put some gel in your hair, you are now ready to roll! With 30 minutes of driving in your truck, you arrive at your work’s location where you quickly rush to make that cup of joe, right before your morning meeting.

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Topics: Alberta Oil & Gas, pipelines, Energy East, Trans Mountain, Pacific Northwest LNG, Transcanada, petroleum products, oil and gas industry, healthcare, Canadians, quality of life, Canadian jobs, energy industry, Keystone XL, Line 3, Canadian pipelines, Canadian oil, consumer goods, crude oil

TDS For Peace of Mind

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Mar 27, 2017 2:14:55 PM

 

“I’m not feeling too great today.” Daryl moaned to himself. He was quite nauseous and this was, unfortunately, the time when he typically clocked four-five days on the road. This is going to be a long couple of days! Hopefully, this horrible feeling passes.

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Topics: TDS, total data services, real-time notifications, security, utility, data collection system, best in class, IT infrastructure, smart metering, affordable, security and IT infrastructure, ERX, CNI2, meter data management

I Can Be Your Hero! Find Out Why

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Mar 21, 2017 2:52:38 PM

 Rick was stuck in a tough spot; his team was overwhelmed with work and he could use some extra help, but unfortunately there wasn’t any money in the budget to hire new staff.

Not only were they being worked to the bone with station overhauls, new construction projects, and annual maintenance inspections, but what was really killing their productivity was the hours of windshield time required to cover their vast territory.

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Topics: Western Canada, save time and money, remote monitoring, remote monitoring system, OmniMetrix, Strom sense, OmniView, test station, pipelines, Cathodic Protection, Hero Rectifier Monitor, Patriot Test Station, Stormsense, pipeline industry, pipeline lifetime, operations and maintenance, hero

Noise Reduction in Tight Spaces

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Mar 14, 2017 1:58:03 PM

 

Do you hear that noise from the bay on the other side?” Daryl asked his colleague Mary.

No, not really, what noise?” Mary questioned.

Sweet, that’s exactly what we want!” Daryl exclaimed.

He and his design team were testing out how well the DB 819 silencer by Pietro Fiorentini could reduce the noise which is normally created by a regulator as it cuts pressure in a gate station.

Just as it had several times in the past, the DB 819 was working perfectly, and Daryl was hoping to use one just like this for an upcoming overhaul project where noise attenuation was a concern.

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Topics: Pietro Fiorentini, noise reduction, small site issues, PF regulator silencer, light silencer, regulator silencer, LDB 171, DB 819, small site design, tight spaces

A Mini-Max Rotary Corrector Could Save the Day

Posted by Melanie Takacs on Mar 7, 2017 9:42:56 AM

It was a cold December evening at the site in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where the young Technician Rob was just getting settled for his night shift. Being one of the newbies, he was assigned many of the graveyard shifts of watching the monitors, that displayed gas flows going into and out of the site. He had completed a handful of these before, often with someone more senior by his side. The company had been cutting some costs and felt he could handle the cumbersome task on his own. It was boring but someone had to do it. The hardest part was staying awake and alert, even with a cup of Joe! He decided to blast some obtrusive heavy metal music to help keep him going, there was no one to complain about his song choice after all.

 

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Topics: Honeywell, mercury instruments, volume correction, rotary meters, mini max rotary corrector, mini-max rotary, PTZ volume corrector, rotary corrector, mini-max, direct-mount, pressure corrector, volume corrector

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

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