August 2018
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Plenty-brand screw and vane pumps from SPX Flow are engineered to pump heavy viscous fluids, and are ideal for forced lubrication of rotating machinery and fuel transfer processes.
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Heavy-duty, medium-pressure and variable pumps provide efficient and durable fuel transfer

Plenty-brand screw and vane pumps from SPX Flow are engineered to pump heavy viscous fluids, and are ideal for forced lubrication of rotating machinery and fuel transfer processes. The TRIRO triple screw pumps offer quiet, pulse-and-vibration-free operation. With only three moving parts, installation is simplified, minimizing impact on other equipment.  Also, the vane pumps offer gentle, low-shear pumping action, low rate of wear, lower running costs, and variable flow without the need for variable-speed drive systems. Additionally, the Twinro two-screw pumps provide heavy-duty fuel transfer in accordance with API specifications. 

Seismic acquisition system traverses marsh zones

Sercel has launched a transition zone version of its 508XT seismic acquisition system, capable of mixing wireless nodes, autonomous sections and connecting links, either on land or in transition zones. Designed to deploy in marsh zones, the reinforced hardware has a breaking strength to 300 daN and can withstand the challenges of operating in shallow water, up to 25 m. With real-time monitoring capabilities, the plug-and-play system features local storage, autonomous model automatic rerouting, and utilizes fault-tolerant X-Tech architecture. Real-time monitoring capability allows quality control of the complete spread.

High-resolution images, models from subsurface optimize accuracy

Emerson announces the release of the Paradigm 18 integrated software solution suite. This release includes advanced technologies that use reservoir intelligence and enhanced operational certainty, and support effective asset management. Artificial intelligence capabilities enable identification of geologic facies from seismic and wellbore data. This unifying platform encompasses user interface and data management, artificial intelligence capabilities, support for cloud hosting, and high-resolution processing, imaging, interpretation and modeling geoscience software, delivering more accurate subsurface models.

Ultra-fine solids removal, cuttings treatment improve drilling fluid recovery

Halliburton has unveiled its BaraOmni hybrid separation system that removes ultra-fine, low-gravity solids, resulting in optimal fluid systems. The compact technology eliminates the need for dilution and improves the ability to recover drilling fluids, so more wells can be drilled with less fluid volume. Additionally, mobile technology allows drilling fluids, contaminated solids and other hydrocarbon waste streams to be treated with a single system. It replaces traditional complex solids control and waste management equipment set-ups. As a result, the operator can minimize waste transportation, off-site treatment and storage to reduce environmental exposure and total cost of ownership.

Customized cutter technology enhances PDC bit performance

Force cutters from Varel Oil & Gas Drill Bits are a set of unique cutter geometries, designed to optimize drilling performance by fine-tuning the bit’s interaction with the rock. Research into shaped cutter design has created four new figures to match cutting action to drilling conditions and objectives. The OVAL, TRIFORCE, SCOOP, and FANG cutters have raised ridges, concave faces, and other unique features. Each pattern provides a different cutting action to reduce torque, pre-fracture the rock, create a progressive back rake, and enable non-standard positioning on the bit. Utilizing bit design software, a virtual approximation of ROP, and other variables is determined, and adjustments are made for better performance. The firm reportedly has been testing in Permian, STACK and Canadian laterals with good success. Photo: Varel Oil & Gas.

Non-contact, loop-powered transmitter improves resolution

The Pulsar model R86 non-contact radar transmitter from Magnetrol has a 26-GHz radar signal with a smaller wavelength and antennas, and improved resolution. This results in a smaller-beam angle that allows for installation into process connections as small as 1½ in. (38 mm). Automated echo capture conveys real-time waveform and trend data, showing up to 20 events, including diagnostic and configuration data to pinpoint any issues. The instrument uses circular polarization, eliminating the need to rotate the antenna orientation during commissioning. This simplifies installation and delivers proper alignment in virtually every application. High-temperature antennas are designed for use in operating conditions up to 750°F (400°C). Photo: Magentrol.

BioSurfactants break down oil/water without changing hydrocarbon structure

Nanotera Group has introduced plant-based cleaning agents to replace chemical and hazardous products. This biodegradable product can be applied in enhanced oil recovery, tank cleaning, equipment maintenance, oil herding, oil/water separation and rig maintenance. By weakening the polar attraction of oil to the surface, the surfactants break down organic contaminants, oil and water emulsions and remediate hydrocarbons without polluting the treated product.

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