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Cooling Tower Monitoring

October 22, 2013 10:04 am | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson has developed a new essential asset monitoring module that analyzes process and equipment data to determine overall cooling tower health.

Clean-Up Delays, New Contamination Overflows Plague Fukushima

October 21, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, AP | News | Comments

Rainwater has overflowed concrete barriers surrounding 12 clusters of tanks storing radiation-contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. TEPCO said it cannot rule out the possibility that contaminated water has reached the Pacific Ocean as a result. Additionally, due to stalled clean-up efforts, some residents of nearby towns will have to wait years before returning.

Oil Mist Collection System

October 21, 2013 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Airflow Systems Model MPH10 mist collection and filtration system is designed specifically for oil mist, smoke and fume collection and provides MERV 14 filtration efficiency.


Compact Metal Separator

October 18, 2013 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez announces the new Model CFP Metal Separator for applications in the plastics and rubber industry.

Vapor Pressure Tester

October 18, 2013 10:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMETEK Petrolab Company is proud to announce that Grabner Instruments has extended its vapor pressure tester product portfolio with the launch of a new, user-friendly, automatic tester for low-volatility measurements. 

Measuring Bioprocess Kinetics in Real Time

October 17, 2013 1:44 pm | by Bill Campbell, CEO Stratophase Ltd. | Articles | Comments

The FDA/EMEA has introduced initiatives to advocate real-time, in-line monitoring of critical parameters in the manufacturing process, rather than testing the end product. This article discusses the application of a new sensor technology which provides real-time insight into nutrient consumption and product expression enabling manufacturers to automate and optimize closed loop control of the feeding regime of their media.

Wireless Remote Monitoring

October 16, 2013 5:07 pm | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson’s Smart Wireless Gateway 1410 eliminates manual readings in remote locations and delivers real-time information to help operators make better production and maintenance decisions.  

Some Businesses Reimbursed After Honolulu Spill

October 16, 2013 11:04 am | News | Comments

The shipping company that spilled molasses into Honolulu Harbor last month is reimbursing some businesses affected by the incident. Matson's pipe leaked more than 230,000 gallons of molasses into the harbor, or enough to fill about seven rail cars. The spill killed more than 20,000 fish and other marine life.


Size Of North Dakota Oil Spill Being Questioned

October 16, 2013 10:53 am | by James MacPherson, AP | News | Comments

Scientists are questioning the methodology used in estimating the amount of crude oil that recently leaked from a ruptured pipeline. Tesoro Corporation says it came up with its more than 20,000-barrel spill estimate on ground analysis, but oil spill experts say a more accurate assessment would likely come from analyzing pipeline flow data.

Large Electric Contactors

October 15, 2013 4:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s GH15 series of electric contactors now includes larger frame sizes.

Gas Density Meter

October 15, 2013 3:55 pm | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management has released the Micro Motion Gas Density Meter, the next generation of the Micro Motion 7812 gas density meter designed for natural gas custody transfer, refinery/fuel gas measurement, hydrogen purity monitoring and many other process gas applications. 

Supreme Court To Determine If EPA Went Too Far

October 15, 2013 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the EPA overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants. The question is whether the agency's authority to regulate automobile emissions also applies to power plants and factories.

Property Owners Sue Over Groundwater Pollution

October 15, 2013 12:18 pm | by Vicki Smith, AP | News | Comments

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corporation over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the seven-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.


Flexible, Modular AC Variable Speed Drive

October 15, 2013 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new AC30V series from Parker Hannifin combines ease-of-use with high levels of control for a wide range of applications where reliable and accurate motor speed control are key requirements. 

Fracking Water Recycling Plant Opens Amongst Debate

October 14, 2013 12:04 pm | by Casey Junkins, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register | News | Comments

City Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge usually welcomes new businesses to Warwood, West Virginia, but she doesn't plan to be on hand when GreenHunter Water opens its natural gas frack water recycling plant. Following months of planning and public debate, GreenHunter has all the permits required to begin work on the new facility.

Farmer Finds Oil While Harvesting Wheat

October 11, 2013 11:04 am | by James MacPherson, AP | News | Comments

A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while harvesting wheat says crude was bubbling up from the ground. He said he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines became coated in it.

Corrosion: Eating the Oil Industry from the Inside Out

October 10, 2013 4:37 pm | by Tony Collins, CEO EonCoat | Articles | Comments

Corrosion has long been the bane of the oil industry, accounting for more than 25% of failures. Now a growing number of pro-active, oil and gas industry maintenance professionals are turning to a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion, extend equipment life and minimize the cost and production downtime required to repair or replace corroded equipment.

Keystone Still Running Strong In Oklahoma, Texas

October 10, 2013 11:18 am | News | Comments

A federal appeals court said a lower court was correct when it refused to temporarily stop construction of the southern end of the Keystone XL pipeline used to carry oil from Oklahoma to refineries along the Gulf Coast. The Sierra Club and others had sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the project posed environmental hazards and shouldn't have been approved. 

Polished Rod Load Cell

October 8, 2013 4:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tecsis LP now offers the Model XLDR, a compression load cell specifically designed to measure the load on oil well ‘sucker rod’ pumping systems.

Labeling Bill Raises Modified Food Debate

October 8, 2013 2:22 pm | by Sara Burnett, AP | News | Comments

Biotechnology has helped grow crops that could survive drought and insects, as well as produce higher-quality grain to feed livestock. However, the same scientific advances that have so greatly altered the agriculture industry also have made some consumers nervous about what they are putting in their bodies and what long-term effects it could have.

Fracking Opponents Focus On National Forest

October 8, 2013 1:59 pm | by Steve Szotak, AP | News | Comments

Opponents of opening the George Washington National Forest to fracking for natural gas have released a report that they say proves the drilling practice would be harmful to the largest federal forest on the East Coast. The report was issued ahead of the U.S. Forest Service's release later this fall of a management plan for the 1.1-million-acre forest.

Conveyor Belt Cleaner

October 8, 2013 11:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Engineering has announced a conveyor belt cleaner engineered specifically for the aggregate industry.

Wireless Heat Exchange Monitor

October 8, 2013 10:54 am | Emerson Process Management | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management has unveiled a new wireless Air Cooled Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution that expands its Essential Asset Monitoring Suite.

BP Trial Now Focuses On $8 Billion Spill Difference

October 7, 2013 12:05 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, AP | News | Comments

A federal judge is set to begin hearing three weeks of testimony about how much oil made it into the ocean during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Experts for BP and the federal government will provide very different estimates when the second phase of a trial resumes. The amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf is a key factor in determining how much more money BP and its contractors owe.

Pipeline Rupture Leads To Well Contamination

October 4, 2013 11:56 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP | News | Comments

Environmental regulators worked to determine the cause of a significant spill of a clay lubricant during construction of an underground pipeline in eastern Ohio. Southeast Directional Drilling Co. reported that it had released an unknown quantity of the lubricant, bentonite, in Harrison County, northeast of the village Cadiz.

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