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Bandlock2 closures are now available in diameters in excess of 100 inches (254cm). (Image source: Celeros Flow)

Celeros Flow Technology has up-scaled its Bandlock2 quick-opening closures so they can be incorporated on very large diameter pressure vessels and pipelines

The need for larger diameter closures is being driven by the fact that pipelines and pressure vessels are getting bigger, as a result of the growing global demand for essential products such as water, gas and oil. Available in diameters up to 100 inches (254cm), the larger diameter Bandlock2 closures offer customers the potential to reduce the number of pressure vessels and associated pipework required for any given application.

Same quick-opening mechanism

Manufactured by Celeros FT brand GD Engineering, very large diameter Bandlock2 closures offer the same proven quick-opening mechanism and sealing design as standard diameter closures. Full access is still achievable in less than a minute. They feature a unique, self-energising lip seal with integral anti-extrusion spring and offer full vacuum capability.

A hand-operated pressure warning screw assures safe operation. This is integrated into the closure mechanism and prevents the door from being unlocked until it is confirmed that the vessel’s internal pressure has been relieved. Additional secondary safety features, such as mechanical key interlocks, can be fitted and integrated with control valve operations. In addition, the locking band can be seen at all times, which satisfies design code requirements and means that the operator can actually see that the door is securely closed and locked.

The new Redline+ Packing sealing system features new materials and enhanced geometry to optimise performance. (Image source: GDEP)

GD Energy Products (GDEP), solutions provider for the frac, drilling and well servicing market, has launched its new Redline+ Packing sealing system featuring new materials and enhanced geometry to optimise performance in the harshest of hydraulic fracturing environments

Proven in the field to deliver longer life and reduced downtime, Redline+ Packing has demonstrated a significant improvement in packing performance life over GDEP’s standard Redline Packing. The patent-pending geometry improves sand exclusion and includes fortified materials guaranteed to reduce the risk of packing bore wash. Redline+ Packing also features a refined material makeup, delivering longer product life and increased heat and abrasion resistance in high-pressure environments.

Strong performance in challenging environments

In the most challenging basins, Redline+ Packing pumped over 160 million pounds of sand prior to failure, while also reducing operational downtime. During a 12-week field trial in the Haynesville Basin at pressures up to 12,500 PSI, Redline+ Packing increased performance life on average by more than two times over standard Redline and extended maintenance intervals by 45%.

Jim Yanus, engineering director, GDEP, said, “Redline+ Packing is GDEP’s latest addition to our Redline Series Consumables and was established in collaboration with our customers to deliver an even higher level of performance and consistency to their operations. Field trials have proven an increase in life expectancy and endurance across any condition in the field.”

Redline+ Packing is available for both GDEP and competitor frac fluid end designs.

The new technology uses infused microbubbles. (Image source: APS)

Adaptive Process Solutions (APS), a produced water treatment specialist, has completed a successful field trial of its new Microbubble Infusion Unit (MiFU) technology, which reduces oil in water (OiW) levels

Increased oil in water (OiW) levels in produced water are proving a challenge for operators. The new technology, designed as a retrofittable add-on to existing water treatment systems,was shown to achieve a near five-fold reduction in OiW levels in combination with a synergistic production chemical in the trial, conducted on an FPSO in the North Sea.

Infused micro bubbles

MiFU uses infused micro bubbles which attach to very minute particles of oil and fine solids in the produced water which can then be easily removed by the asset’s existing separator process. While underlying technologies have already been proven, MiFU is unique through its implementation of a patented multi-pass process which directly injects size and quantity-controlled gas microbubbles into target points in a contaminated water stream.

MiFU’s superior bubble saturation and variable bubble size range means it is capable of processing between 1,000 and 100,000 barrels of water a day, reducing up to 90% of oil and contaminants and eliminating the requirement for further costly downstream filtration and material management.

Paul McAlister, managing director of APS, said the MiFU was developed to address the industry-wide issue faced by operators to efficiently and effectively clean produced water so that it meets strict regulatory standards before it can be discharged back into the sea.

“This successful field trial is the culmination of four years’ research and development and MiFU is the first of its kind worldwide. We are a homegrown Aberdeen company and we have now launched a world-leading environmental technology,” he said.

The tablet is suitable for use in demanding and hazardous applications. (Image source: Pepperl+Fuchs)

Pepperl+Fuchs has launched the Pad-Ex 01 P12, a new tablet for professional use in hazardous areas in Zone 2/22, Division 2

The tablet is equipped with the Windows 11 Pro 64-bit operating system and 12th generation Intel Core i5 processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, offering maximum efficiency for demanding tasks. With its robust, compact and lightweight design, the device is ideal for outdoor use.

The Pad-Ex 01 P12 is certified to protection class IP64, thereby protected against the ingress of dust and splash water on all sides. It offers battery life of up to 14 hours. Featuring a capacitive 11.6-inch FHD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and DynaVue technology as well as a brightness of up to 1,000 cd/m², it offers exceptional readability even in direct sunlight. In addition, the model offers four modern touch modes – glove, pen, water, and finger, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.

The tablet has an optional desktop docking interface, so it can be quickly and easily transformed into a PC and seamlessly integrated into office and corporate networks.

Designed for demanding and hazardous environments

The Pad-Ex 01 P12 is ideal for use in highly demanding sectors such as warehousing, field service and logistics, as well as in particularly hazardous areas and sectors such as hydrogen production, the chemical, oil and gas industries and for the mobile management of large-scale facilities, including inspection, maintenance and operation.

“With the Pad-Ex 01 P12, we are providing the world's first fully ruggedised 11.6-inch ATEX/IECEx tablet with a 12th generation Intel processor. It is characterised by its slim and compact design for the modern mobile workforce. The combination of durability, outstanding performance and a large display makes the device an ideal complement to desktop PCs, laptops or wall-mounted displays and can even replace them completely. This makes the Pad-Ex® 01 P12 a solid, reliable, and indispensable companion for mobile, computer-supported work in hazardous areas,” explained Joerg Hartleb, head of Product Management at Pepperl+Fuchs subsidiary ECOM Instruments.

The new coating resists erosion inside pipes located near fracking wellheads. (Image source: Sherwin-Williams)

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine has launched the new Pipeclad Frac-Shun erosion-resistant coating (ERC) that protects against erosion inside pipes located near fracking wellheads, thereby extending their service life

The inner walls of pipes, especially elbows, located near wellheads can be eroded by fracking sandflows within six to 18 months, or sooner. Such erosion also occurs inside storage vessels and tanks where gritty, multiphase fluid flows strike interior surfaces, often leading to unexpected maintenance shutdowns following pipe wall thickness inspections.

Protection against sandblasting action

The patent pending erosion-resistant coating (ERC) technology protects pipe interiors from the inherent sandblasting action of grit moving rapidly through the pipes. The applied powder coating remains intact far longer than other options, protecting the steel pipes from the metal loss that otherwise leads to potential leaks and early pipe replacements in many operations.

“High velocity fluids containing sand, rocks and other debris moving through a coated fracking pipe create a sandblasting action that’s akin to removing coatings when preparing a surface for a new application,” said Kristin Leonard, Energy Segment director, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine. “Once those coatings are gone, the steel will begin to erode instead. The new erosion-resistant coating system is able to withstand the impact of multiphase flows striking it without eroding or chipping away like most coatings. The ERC essentially spits the bullet back out after it’s fired at the surface. With the coating intact, abrasive fluids have no chance at eroding the steel.”

Lab tests and long-term field trials have confirmed the adhesion and chemical and erosion resistance characteristics of the new technology, the company says.

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