Pipelines Ball Valves: An inside story

When I first started working at a valve company I had to research quite a bit on what valves were and what they were used for. Yes, I was a newbie. There is so much information on the web today that I could go on and on but focusing on one of the products that the company is most known for will cut down my blog from about 10 pages to a paragraph. (Plus, who wants to read 10 pages!!?) Trunnion ball valves are the…

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Pneumatic and Hydraulic Actuators

If you have wondered what the difference is between Pneumatic and Hydraulic actuators, here is a break down. Keep in mind that Pneumatic actuators use air to transmit force while a Hydraulic actuator will use liquid to transmit force.   A hydraulic actuator consists of a cylinder or fluid motor that uses hydraulic power to facilitate mechanical operation. The mechanical motion gives an output in terms of linear, rotary or oscillatory motion. Because liquid cannot be compressed, a hydraulic actuator can exert considerable force, but is limited…

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Natural Gas Facts: The Good and the Bad

We all know what Natural Gas is right? Heres a quick definition if you do not from the dictionary, “Natural gas is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane, but commonly including varying amounts of other higher alkanes, and sometimes a small percentage of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen sulfide, or helium.” Natural Gas is used all around the world in our homes, for most of us for our cars. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about Natural Gas. First,…

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How technology keeps us safe

What industry works hand in hand with the Oil and Gas industry? Technology! We definetly owe it to the techs in saving us from what would have been. Technology is constantly being improved and we people in the Oil and Gas owe it to them in keeping us and our pipelines and equipment safe. The Oil and Gas sector has taken huge strides over the years in making technology part of its core. Here are a few examples: We recently blogged about robots being able…

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Permian Basin trouble

Texas is home to Permian Basin, a large oil reservoir and it has  one of the world’s thickest deposits of rocks. The Permian Basin is actually composed of three total basins and produces over a couple billion of oil per day. Researchers have sink holes in West Texas due to the drilling and wastewater injection in the Permian Basin. Two large holes west of Midland have been found as well as smaller holes in the area all due the drilling of oil. “These hazards represent…

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What the Govt does to O&G

By now, you have probably already heard about the federal government partially shutting down. This blog is about how exactly is this affecting those of us in the oil and gas industry. We will still continue to go to work and get paid, some people will get laid off.  Upstream companies will continue to drill and frac to produce oil from their wells. As stated in the Forbes magazine, “The oil and natural gas from those hundreds of thousands of wells will continue to mostly…

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Trunnion Ball Valves

Did you know that the use of ball valves has been around for more than 2000 years? According to the U.S. patent database which dates back to more than 100 years, valve technology has been around for centuries and keeps improving. As industry standards lag behind the requirements of the market, end users and operators continue to push the boundaries of existing technology. Particularly the offshore oil and gas production industry, which must balance valve performance, space, weight, operability and maintenance, is pushing existing technology to…

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Solenoid Valves and Ball Valves

The O&G, Water Treatment, Chemical, Automotive and Pharmaceutical industries all have something in common. They all use solenoid valves. Solenoid valves and Ball valves are very different from each other. Ball valves are controlled either manually or they are automated whereas solenoid valves are operated electromechanically. In other words, electric current controls the valve through a solenoid, thus its name. Ball Valves are for fluids and gases that flow through the valve and can be open and closed. Solenoid valves can shut off, release, distribute…

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Texas is the capital of oil and gas

Texas has always been what many call a “The O&G state” or “The O&G capital”. But has it always been this way? Did you know that because of high oil prices, a disproportionate share of America’s economic growth over the past decade has come from Texas?  The gross domestic product of the state is $1.6 trillion; if it were an independent country, its economy would settle in around tenth place, eclipsing those of Canada and Australia. Another interesting fact about Texas is that compared to its other…

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Climate Change has taken a toll on the Upstream sector

Due to climate change, starting in 2019 The World Bank will no longer support the Upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. This means that the bank will no longer be able to support the sector financially except in the poorest countries where the support is truly needed. The World Bank originally decided to stop supporting the coal firing business back in 2010 but this has not helped the burning fossil fuels situation and has been under attack by lobbyists ever since. The Bank said…

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