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Sercel launches QuietSea marine mammal monitoring system​

Jul 17, 2014

Sercel has launched QuietSea, its new passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) system designed to detect the presence of marine mammals during seismic operations. Totally different from other commercially available PAM systems, QuietSea is set to revolutionize PAM within the seismic industry…

Inflatable seals for critical offshore applications

Jul 16, 2014

Figure 1: Inflatable seals. Images from Technectics Group.  Inflatable sealing technology is used in a number of critical applications including offshore production, storage and offloading (FPSO)…

Offshore drilling optimization: Utilizing the future of technology

Jul 16, 2014

In today’s oil and gas markets, there are many drilling situations in which an operator faces adversity. A growing difficulty to successfully and economically drill and produce wells has created a global demand for proper well optimization…

Analyzing wireless machine condition monitoring for offshore applications

Jul 14, 2014

The SKF wireless machine condition sensor collects data on three key machine conditions: temperature; overall machine condition; and rolling element bearing and has ATEX Zone 0 certification. There…

Automation can fulfill skills shortage remotely

Jul 14, 2014

A radio surveillance system in Den Helder in the Netherlands monitors the prodution operations in the southern section of the North Sea. Photo from Wintershall. It wasn’t long ago that Wintershall’s…

Energistics publishes new unit-of-measure standard

Jul 10, 2014

Energistics, the upstream oil and gas open standards consortium, has published the Unit of Measure (UOM) Standard V1.0. This new standard includes the Unit of Measure Dictionary and the Unit Symbol Grammar Specification. This standard is a harmonization of several industry UOM standards…

Applus RTD applies augmented reality to NDT

Jul 09, 2014

Applus RTD announced it has launched an innovative research and development program to incorporate augmented reality systems into its industry-leading technology range. To demonstrate the value and capabilities of the system, the company has integrated the technology into its RTD IWEX system…

Kongsberg Maritime to supply simulator

Jul 09, 2014

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) announced it has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations. The contract was signed on 21 May…

Huntingdon introduces purging systems

Jul 08, 2014

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques Ltd. announced it has developed a line of low-cost pipe weld purging systems for purging pipes and tubes that need to go through high temperature thermal cycles before, during and after the welding process. When…

Safety incidents: Finding the root

Jul 07, 2014

There are times when mistakes happen time and time again and no one seems to learn from them. That has got to change and Carlos Barrera is trying to help. “The ultimate goal of an incident investigation is to find the underlying reasons…

Safety, security: Know risks, learn priorities

Jul 07, 2014

Look at the risks and learn the priorities. In the manufacturing automation arena, that line could apply to the safety environment or in a security scenario. Users have to look at risks and understand the priorities in what you have to protect – and the catch is there is no room for error…

Next step after a disaster

Jul 07, 2014

Nothing good comes from a disaster, but if people and companies can learn not to let it happen again, then at least that is one positive. That is what appears to be happening after the Piper Alpha disaster (pictured) over 25 years ago and the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe four years ago…

OTC: Safety, security reign

Jul 07, 2014

Safety and security are an important combination in any industry, but when you talk about the offshore oil and gas industry, the subject definitely ratchets up a few levels. Yes, folks at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2014…

Belden launches industrial ethernet switches for harsh environments

Jul 07, 2014

Belden Inc. has launched two new robust entry-level switches in its Hirschmann product range. The new SPIDER II 16TX EEC and SPIDER II 16TX/2DS-S EEC switches have a high port density, thus offering a cost-effective means for implementing industrial Ethernet technology…

Kobe Steel enters Brazil compressor market

Jul 07, 2014

Kobe Steel, Ltd. announced that its subsidiary company, Kobelco Machinery do Brasil Servicos Empresariais Ltda., has begun full-scale marketing of nonstandard compressors. Based in Sao Paulo, Kobelco Machinery do Brasil (KMB) is Kobe Steel's first location established in Brazil…

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