The Foothills Industrial Products Blog

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

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It’s one of the pains that came along with switching sites and being stuck with using products that are now very out-of-date.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

A Highlighter? Your Wife's Lipstick? 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 wasn’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

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

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