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Part of the “Energiewende” (energy transition) towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and increase of renewable energy is the production of biogas. Biogas can be produced from a broad range of feedstocks. In a process of anaerobic digestion, the biomass or energy crops are converted to biogas by several types of bacteria within the fermenter. Once the process has started the bacteria must be fed constantly without interruption. The produced biogas is typically consisting of 60% methane and 40% carbon dioxide with traces of hydrogen sulfide and water vapour. The gas is sent to the treatment plant where impurities are…Read More
Figure 1: Sight Flow Indicators Breaking down wood into usable fibers to create paper products is aggressive and demanding. This chemical-based process can be challenging for materials used in pipe, fittings, and specialty instrumentation. Sight flow indicators, like the examples in Figure 1 below, provide valuable insight into various applications by providing a direct view into systems and processes. Figure 2: Paper Production – Two-Step Process Processes supporting paper production include: Wood preparation Pulping – to separate and clean the fibers Beating and refining the fibers Diluting to form a thin fiber slurry Suspended in solution Papermaking Forming a web…Read More
WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT! Join our partners Clark-Reliance for their session on the Proper Commissioning Procedure of Safety Ballcheck Valves. Event Details: Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021Time: 11am ESTDuration: 30 minutes Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3xQod1h This quick-hit webinar will go over how ballcheck valves operate, the proper commissioning procedure of safety ballcheck valves, as well as common commissioning misconceptions. Key Takeaways Include:– Importance of Safety Ballcheck Valves on a Glass Gage Assembly– Common mistakes when commissioning Safety Ballcheck Valves– Proper commissioning procedure Additional Featured Content:– 360 Valves for simplified commissioning– 360 Valve commissioning video Find out more about our Clark-Reliance products…Read More
Westech is very excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Clark-Reliance® to provide their world class level measurement and sight flow indication products to the Canadian marketplace. Westech has been appointed as Clark-Reliance’s exclusive distributor for the Canadian market for their Reliance® Boiler Trim, Jacoby-Tarbox® sight flow indicators, and Jerguson® magnetic & armoured glass level gage products. Clark-Reliance, headquartered in Strongsville, Ohio, is a Global leader in the level indication & control, sight flow indication, and filtration & separation industries. They have been designing and manufacturing boiler level controls systems since 1884, and have become the most recognized and…Read More
How to determine the right products for your flammable hazard monitoring needs Today’s flame detectors utilize optical technologies to detect flames. Flames are known to emit electromagnetic radiation in the infrared (IR), visible light, and ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths depending on the fuel source. Because of this, optical flame-sensing technologies have been developed utilizing UV, UV/IR and multi-spectrum infrared. These products rely on line-of-site detection of the radiation emitted in the spectral bands to determine if a flame is real. Fuel Types False Alarm Rejection Detection Range Field of View Fuel Types Consider whether the potential flame you are looking to…Read More
Wearable connected technology has become commonplace in our personal lives from tracking our Uber’s location on our phone to checking the monitor on our wrists for our heart rate – and it’s changing industrial safety protocols as well. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is also going through an evolution in incident detection, avoidance, reporting, and management through the rise of connected safety in the workplace. Connected gas detection devices can help avoid serious workplace incidents. With around “340 million occupational accidents and 160 million victims of work-related illnesses annually”, according to the International Labour Organisation, we can do better. WHAT…Read More
TURN THE DEVICES YOU HAVE INTO THE ONES YOU WANT. When you face hazardous conditions at the worksite, you need the most reliable and modern equipment to protect your people. The Refresh Program enables you to fully standardize on the latest gas detection technology. Blackline’s systems work out of the box and support confined space entry, lone worker monitoring, emergency response and evacuation management applications for nearly every industry. With a lineup of more than 20 gas sensors and a plug-and-play cartridge interface, you can feel confident that Blackline Safety has all your safety needs covered. Seamless way to upgrade…Read More
Key Results Challenge A rare event happened which caused the soil around a transport pipeline to erode, exposing a section of the pipeline. This created several challenges not only to the transport of product but extending to environmental and societal factors. This is because the pipeline was transporting product containing Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), a deadly toxic gas. The customer immediately took action to fix the issue, but in the meantime, needed to monitor around the exposed section of pipe for leaks of H2S. This was not only to protect the workers, but the nearby residents who were alarmed by the…Read More
Background In February 2015, a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Speedway, Indianapolis initiated emergency procedures after a strong ammonia smell was sensed by 25 workers. The plant was immediately evacuated and a significant emergency response was provided by local Fire Department and Hazmat teams. The source of the leak was an 80,000 gallon tank, which was used in the refrigeration processes within the plant. Concentration readings fell from 700 ppm to about Photography courtesy of Piho Engineering 150 ppm, which was significant, though the plant could not be operated until they were further reduced to below 25 ppm. Throughout the incident,…Read More
Advantages of Ultrasonic Technology for Flare Apps in the Chemical, Petrochemical & Refinery Industries About Since first developments of ultrasonic technology in the 1920s, it has continued to evolve and is now used for various applications, including measurement of flare gas flow. Join us in this webinar to learn trends and advantages to using ultrasonic technology for flare applications. A brief history of ultrasonic flow meters in flare applications Advantages to using ultrasonic meters for flare measurement What new technology is emerging in the market Date: Monday, April 22 Time: 11 am – 12 pm EST Register Presenters Gabriel Avila…Read More
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