Lonnie Barker| Feb 19, 2015

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The time is NOW to take a fresh look at upgrading technologies

Since late-2014, the price of crude oil has consistently been dropping lower and lower. Already, we’ve already seen a decrease in drilling, fracking and production cuts, not to mention thousands of layoffs. The predictions of when prices will be back into the $70 BBL mark have ranged from July 2015 to the second quarter of 2016. While this may seem like a cruel (short-term) eternity, this could actually be a blessing in disguise for the industry. With dropping crude prices, it’s the ideal time t ...

Matthew Logeman| Feb 13, 2015

Grain Blog 2015 Feb

How do you create a safe environment while increasing operational efficiency?

Over the past 50 years, there have been more than 900 instances of grain engulfment with 62% of those cases resulting in death. In 2010, over 26 fatalities, the highest number of U.S. deaths occurred due to grain engulfment. Companies need to be aware of how to reduce the chances of their employees becoming the next statistic.Grain engulfment can occur when an employee has to climb to the top of a storage bin to manually measure the level of product and is trapped in flowing grain. Occupational ...

Herman Coello| Jan 21, 2015

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How can you simplify your grain level measurement?

Here is the situation: a grain handling company in Minnesota needed level measurement for a cluster of eight grain silos. This seemed like a usual, run-of-the-mill request. However, the cluster consisted of six 120 foot tall concrete silos that were arranged in such a way that they formed additional storage, which resulted in two interstice or star-bin silos. Narrow tall silos present problems of their own, but the more complex geometry of interstice or star-bin silos is truly a challenge for mo ...

John Dronette| Jan 15, 2015

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How are you weighing your frac sand?

When you think of a well site where hydraulic-fracturing (also known as fracking) is done, what equipment comes to mind? You have the basic essentials like high pressure pumps, blenders, water storage and sand storage, and then you have process instrumentation for level, flow, and pressure measurement…but, what about weighing technology?While flow meters, level and pressure transmitters are able to measure and monitor many of the liquids and gases throughout the fracking process, they aren’t the ...

Justin DiNunzio| Jan 07, 2015

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How can you get a valve positioner to work in excessive vibration – or other unsafe or poor locations?

At times, we have valve positioner applications that are affected by excessive vibration, temperatures, radiation, magnetic influence, and unsafe and/or poor locations. Addressing the root cause of the issue can be timely, expensive and sometimes deemed impossible by plant management.At one power plant, I remember a situation where they had placed the valve too close to the boiler. Because of its proximity to the boiler, employees were hesitant to work on the valve. To make matters worse, the va ...

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