Compressed success
Siemens has been selected to provide one feed and sales gas train and one refrigeration compression train for Encana’s Pipestone Processing Facility in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

The first train will consist of a Siemens SGT-750 gas turbine driving two Dresser-Rand DATUM compressors for feed and sales gas compression, combined with a Siemens waste heat recovery unit for process heat. The second train will consist of a Siemens electric motor-driven DATUM compressor for refrigeration compression with Siemens variable frequency drive.

“Siemens state-of-the-art SGT-750 gas turbine is the only twin-shaft engine in its power class with industry-leading fuel efficiency and one of the lowest emission profiles,” commented Patrice Laporte, Vice President, Oil & Gas for Siemens America. “The train configuration achieved by coupling the SGT-750 with the highly efficient DATUM compressors provides an excellent solution for the Encana’s Pipestone gas compression service.”

Designed to accommodate future capacity expansion, the Pipestone Processing Facility will provide Encana with 19,000 barrels per day of net raw condensate processing capacity plus 170 million cubic feet per day of net inlet natural gas processing capacity. Keyera will own the Pipestone Processing Facility and provide processing services to Encana. The Facility will have total processing capacity of 200 million cubic feet per day and is expected to start up in 2021.

Demolition men
World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas saw the launch of four new next generation Brokk remote-controlled demolition machines, including the Brokk 170. With SmartPower™ – the company’s signature intelligent power management system – the new machine offers 15 per cent more power than its predecessor, the Brokk 160, but retains the same compact dimensions.

Brokk equips each Brokk 170 with a 452-pound (205-kilogram) BHB 205 hydraulic breaker, to deliver 299 foot-pounds (406 joules) with each blow. The machine can be paired with a wide variety of attachments for added versatility, including buckets, clamshell buckets, concrete crushers, grapples and metal shears.

The Brokk 170 incorporates the revolutionary new SmartConcept™ system, which ensures improved performance and uptime, and consists of three features: SmartPower, SmartDesign™ and SmartRemote™.

As with all Brokk machines, the Brokk 170 offers superior reach and movement.

The three-part arm extends to 16 feet (4.8 meters) vertically and 14 feet (4.4 meters) horizontally. The machine also features 360 degrees of continuous rotation for optimal versatility on the jobsite.

Off the block
Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc., a global leader in off-highway truck customization, has released the Push Block for articulated and rigid-frame trucks. “Contractors on large jobsites, from road construction projects to dam building sites, traverse sticky, muddy ground that can cause trucks to become stuck,” Josh Swank, PHIL vice president of sales, explained the background. “Prior to the development of the Push Block, support equipment, such as a dozer, pushed directly on the truck body to move it to dryer ground where it could regain traction. This type of pushing on the truck can damage the tires, hinge and even the body since there’s no component of a truck designed to take this type of pin-point pressure.”

The Push Block provides a stable assembly that transfers rear pushing force directly to the truck’s frame, preventing damage. By transferring the pushing and pulling forces through the Push Block to the truck frame, operations prevent damage, downtime and the associated costs without affecting the loading process or payload. An integrated hook also allows the Push Block to be used for pulling a disabled or stuck off-highway truck.

Spray system
Sulzer Mixpac USA, Inc., has launched MIXPAC™ MixCoat™ Spray, a member of the innovative MIXPAC™ MixCoat™ cartridge-based 2-component dispensing system family. The portable Mixpac Mixcoat Spray pneumatic dispense system is designed for small volume applications, touch-up, and repairs, including pipeline repair and field joint coating.

Mixcoat Spray is an excellent choice for complex, quick-set coating structures like 100 per cent solid polyurethanes and polyureas. This self-contained system requires only a pressurized air connection. The integrated air flow and dual stage trigger makes the system unique and user friendly. The dual stage trigger allows atomizing air to flow first to the nozzle and then to initiate material flow from the cartridge. The complete MixCoat Spray system includes cartridges containing the packaged coating material, a mixer that ensures consistent coating mix, and the pneumatic operated spray. With a lightweight, ergonomic design, the MixCoat Spray is ideal for one-handed use. Unlike other cumbersome dispense options, MixCoat Spray dials and settings are located right on the handle, eliminating the need for additional hoses and gauges.

Also compatible with both single line and dual line flex hoses for detailed spray projects, Mixcoat Spray is the only cartridge system that can be used to spray polyureas with a flexible hose too.

Increased options
Kurt HDL CarvLock® Towers and HDL CarvLock® Hydraulic Towers provide a wider range of holding options for both automated and manual clamping. The Towers decrease cycle time by maximizing the machine work envelope with eight stations to 12 stations within each tower. This provides a high-density workholding platform for ganging dozens of parts depending on size. Eight station tower configurations can be selected from Kurt’s

standard 4-inch and 6-inch base models. Twelve station towers are custom engineered to fit specific application requirements. The HDL CarvLock® Tower lineup can be configured as hydraulically actuated with multiple choices of hydraulic pump packages including, Pneumatic/Hydraulic, Electric/Hydraulic, and a turn-key Automation Pump package for easy integration to CNC controller for complete automated machine activation. Hydraulically operated towers feature internalized hydraulic piston/nut to save valuable space. Pressure is maintained until released by operator, triggering device or CNC controller. All hydraulic towers have easy disconnect for pallet shuttle compatibility. Kurt’s CarvLock® Tower systems feature self-adjusting holding block of either top or bottom jaw for clamping the same or dissimilar sized parts. Fast manual operation is enhanced with the adjustable pre-load feature that reduces handle turns for opening and closing clamping stations. Precision manufactured of ductile iron, the towers ensure maximum strength, rigidity and long-term accuracy.

Commitment to the US
KROHNE, Inc. has begun manufacturing the OPTIMASS 6400 twin bent tube Coriolis mass flowmeter at its newly-opened, state-of-the-art flow and level instrument manufacturing and calibration facility located in Beverly, MA. The OPTIMASS 6400 is ideal for standard liquid and gas applications in the chemical and petrochemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and energy and power industries.

The OPTIMASS 6400 is the first Coriolis mass flowmeter in the world to feature advanced entrained gas management (EGM), with no loss of measurement with gas entrainment up to 100 per cent of volume. Unlike other mass flowmeters, where relative movement between gas and fluid dampens the amplitude of the measuring tube and interferes with the electronics’ capability to determine the actual resonant frequency, the OPTIMASS 6400 with EGM can follow the varying fluid conditions and adapt the tube driver oscillations accordingly. EGM continues to present an actual measured reading, together with an indication or configurable alarm that improves processes by identifying transient gas entrainments.

The OPTIMASS 6400 has been approved for custody transfers of both liquids and gases, making it ideal for process industries and specialist applications like LNG, CNG, or supercritical gases in terminal or storage/bunkering, along with custody transfer applications.