The Foothills Industrial Products Blog

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

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

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

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

Uh-oh! 

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

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