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August 2012

Issue 8

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Latest News

Hazardous Areas - Static Electric

Pipe Measurement


Latest News


Heat Exchangers


Atex Equipment - Hearing Instruments


Hazardous Areas - Static Electric


Hazardous Liquids - Pumps & Valves


Pipe Measurement


Buyers Guide

Latest News

Crowcon Clip and Clip+ Single Gas Fixed-Life Monitors Deliver Compliance
Personal monitor with hibernate feature, extending life and reducing lifetime costs
The new Crowcon Clip and Clip+ single gas monitors are simple to use and designed with one thing in mind: compliance with regulations and company procedures in the oil and gas industry. Intended for use in hazardous areas, they offer reliable and durable fixed life monitoring in a compact, lightweight and maintenance-free package. Application focused innovations allow hibernation, Ideal for non-specialists such as contractors during shutdown/ turnaround, the Clip and Clip+ monitor for hazardous gases such as hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and carbon monoxide (CO), ensuring workers are protected deliver industry leading alarm time, changeable alarm levels, as well as user friendly gas test and calibration solutions. at all times, whether they are involved in exploration, production or refining. With over 2900 alarm minutes, both the Clip and Clip+ offer a full year of shelf life followed by a two-year run time which includes four minutes of alarm time per day of operation. This ensures that even when a monitoring is regularly gas (bump) tested, or enters alarm whilst in use, the battery still has ample capability to last the 2 year product life. The Crowcon Clip+ also includes an innovative hibernate facility, allowing full monitor shutdown Attached to a wall, the C-test gas (bump) test station can be used to calibrate the detectors and also acts as a USB data storage and IR/USB set-up device. Alarm levels and gas test intervals can be changed using the IR interface or C-Test, ensuring implemented fleets can keep up with changing industry, regional or understandable format. Fleet or safety managers also have the capability to change alarm points, ensuring compliance with changing regulations or company procedure.

New Loop Powered Rate Totalisers Have A Large Display

BEKA associates new field and panel mounting loop-powered 4/20mA Rate Totalisers have large easy to read displays which can simultaneously show rate and total flow in engineering units. All models include a root extractor, lineariser and calibrator with optional dual alarms and a backlight that can be loop or separately powered.
Field mounting models have a robust IP66 GRP enclosure with an armoured glass window and a separate terminal compartment making them suitable for installation in harsh industrial environments. Panel mounting models have a 144 x 72 DIN enclosure with an IP66 front panel. In addition to general purpose models, versions are available with ATEX, IECEx, and FM intrinsic safety certification permitting installation in gas and dust hazardous areas. For lower risk Zone 2 or 22 applications, field mounting models with Ex nA and Ex tc approval permit installation without the need for Zener barriers or galvanic isolators significantly reducing installation cost. Information is available when needed in the form of an event log capable of storing up to 25 individual events, including self tests, alarm events, gas For further information including datasheets, certificates and instruction manuals please visit or phone the BEKA sales office on 01462 438301 test and calibration detail. Events can be accessed either via the IR ink or C-Test gas (bump) test station and are stored in .csv format, ensuring data is provided in an easy to manipulate and Designed with the user in mind, the monitors measure just 85mm x 50mm x 28mm (3.2in x 2.0in x 1.1in) and weigh just 76g (2.7oz) making the Clip and Clip+ non-intrusive and comfortable to wear. for times when not in use very useful for shutdown and turnarounds when site population drastically increases. Single button operation maintains the simplicity of the monitor. Once activated, the operator button can be used to run a self-test (demonstrating audible, visual and vibrate alerts as well as running internal electronic diagnostics) or show the alarm points (low and high in turn). This means users wont get side-tracked by lengthy menus or functionality that is simply not required. Both the Crowcon Clip and the Clip+ are extremely robust and can operate in harsh environments over a temperature range of -40o to + 50o Celsius and in 5 to 95% humidity, ensuring their suitability for the increasingly harsh environments monitors are required for. They are also IP66 and IP67 ingress protected for dust and water. The monitors have certification in the form of ATEX ll 1 G, IECEx Ex ia llC T4, CSA22.2 and UL913 to Class l Division l Groups A, B, C, D, ensuring they are suitable for the international market place. Simple to train, simple to implement and simple to use, the Clip and Clip+ offer the ideal solution for operators who need to comply with regulations, but who dont need to spend excessive time training workers in the use of more complicated monitors. Complementing Crowcons existing portable range, Crowcon Clip and the Clip+ are simple to train, simple to implement and simple to use. company regulations.

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Latest News

Petrofac Extends North Sea Contract With Apache

Petrofac, the international oil & gas service provider, has been awarded a contract by Apache North Sea Limited (Apache) for the provision of onshore engineering and both onshore and offshore construction services. The three-year contract, which was awarded following a competitive tender process, has two optional one-year extensions and is worth approximately 100 million per annum.
Petrofac will provide onshore engineering and both onshore and offshore construction services to all of the Apache North Sea assets including the Beryl Alpha and Bravo platforms in the northern North Sea and the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) gas processing plant at St Fergus, Aberdeenshire. The contract represents an extension to, and continuation of, the current service contract which Petrofac holds for Apaches Forties platforms. Under the terms of the new contract Petrofacs scope will also include topside brownfield and greenfield activity in addition to interfacing with subsea contractors.


Sira Test & Certification Ltd (a CSA Group company) will be supporting HAZEX, the specialist hazardous area event being run as part of easyFairs MAINTEC 2013. HAZEX made an impressive debut earlier this year at the 2012 show, and when it returns to MAINTEC on 5-7 March at Birminghams NEC it will once again bring the UKs top hazard prevention experts under one roof to address the growing health and safety responsibilities of engineering professionals. Sira has been at the forefront of hazardous

Bill Dunnett, Managing Director, Petrofac Offshore Projects & Operations, said: We have worked closely with Apache to deliver a number of highly successful projects on the Forties field since we began work in 2009. As Petrofac develops its offshore capability we are delighted that Apache has extended our responsibilities to include engineering and construction work on the Beryl field and at the SAGE gas plant. Jim House, Managing Director, Apache North Sea Limited, said: Petrofac has consistently delivered against our expectations on the varied projects we have undertaken on the Forties development, including our biggest ever shutdown and turnaround project. They have also shown a relentless focus on improving safety performance and we look forward to continuing to work together to deliver our objectives across more of our North Sea assets.

area issues and training for over 25 years, so its support for HAZEX is a great endorsement for the event. Sira is a world leader in the conformity assessment solutions field and the UKs leading Notified Body for Ex Product Certification (ATEX & IECEx); indeed it has issued more IECEx certificates than any other certification body. Commenting on the decision to support HAZEX, Adam Garner, Commercial Manager at Sira, said: We look forward to once again being involved in this important and growing sector of the show. Its exciting to see an event investing resources to develop a live arena for suppliers, in this market, to get their products and services in front of serious buyers. Siras support for HAZEX comes hot on the heels of an earlier announcement by MAINTEC organisers that when the show returns to the NEC in Birmingham next March it will include a major conference featuring internationally renowned speakers, plus the Maintenance Professional Awards. Matt Benyon, Managing Director at easyFairs UK & Ireland, commented: Were absolutely committed to building MAINTEC into the show all those involved in maintenance, engineering and asset and plant management need. So were thrilled to be developing HAZEX, taking it to the next level and to once again having Sira on board. In addition to promoting its services within HAZEX, Sira will run one of the many special, free-to-attend learnShops that will be running throughout the show. To find out more information about HAZEX or the main show visit and for stand bookings and exhibiting enquiries contact Jerry Dawson on +44 (0)20 8843

The Bifold Group Of Companies Are Leading Manufacturers Of 8823 or email The Widest Range Of Switching Instrument Valves And Pumps In The Oil And Gas, Upstream And Downstream Sectors.
Enhanced by a lean and integrated manufacturing policy, alongside a unique business model, has provided peace of mind to contractors, installers and end users for over a century.
Our innovative range of high-tech valve and pump products and accessories for the upstream and downstream oil and gas industries, specifically designed and developed with the customer in mind, have gained worldwide approval and credibility for the onerous conditions as found in hazardous (classified) locations, hostile and subsea environments. With a team of 245 people at its headquarters in Manchester and its subsidiary locations in Houston, USA, Singapore and Taunton, UK, the Bifold Group of Companies are supported worldwide with a globalnetworkofagentsanddistributors. Withover95%ofsalesforexport,outsideoftheUK,Bifold provides product and technical support for over 5,000 valve product types worldwide and an almost infinite number of configurations. For innovative and reliable valve solutions, visit our website where more detailed information may be downloaded. More Information Gill Bancroft, Tel. +44 (0) 161 345 4777 Fax. +44 (0) 161 345 4780 Email: Web: Bifold Fluidpower Ltd, Greenside Way, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1SW, UK.

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Heat Exchangers

Corrosion-Resistant Heat Exchangers Using Alwaflon Pressure Tubes Made With Dupont Teflon Ptfe Allow Improved Energy Efficiency And Reduced Co2 Emissions
discharged from the stack. The system has

Frankfurt am Main/Germany, 2 July 2012, AlWaFlon pressure tubes supplied by Wallstein Ingenieur GmbH of Recklinghausen/Germany are made with DuPont Teflon polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). This enables them to resist even the highly corrosive media present at flue gas desulphurization plants of coal-fired power stations. Unlike heat exchangers made of nickel-base alloys, these systems withstand a long-term exposure to aggressive acid mixtures. Such mixtures are comprised of SO2, SO3, HF and HCl, which are formed as flue gases cool and then condense on the heat exchanger surfaces along with ash particles.

been continuously in use for two years, and no corrosion issues or other problems have been encountered. Heat exchangers incorporating AlWaFlon pressure tubes contribute significantly to the sustainable operation of coal-fired power plants. They are suitable for service in temperature ranges in which metal-based heat exchanger systems can no longer be used due to attack by a mixture of acids. As a result, fossil fuel input and CO2 emissions can be reduced even in highly corrosive applications. Moreover, more efficient cleaning cycles can be implemented thanks to the anti-stick properties of Teflon fluoropolymers. An on-line cleaning system is also in use at the Siekierki plant. The CHP (combined heat and power) generating station at Siekierki has a rated output of 620 MW and is operated by PGNiG S.A. It comprises two flue gas desulphurization lines, including a heat displacement system, fitted by RAFAKO S.A., the Polish equipment building company which refers to itself as Europes largest boiler manufacturer. The systems were sourced from Wallstein and comprise 12 flue gas heat exchanger modules featuring AlWaFlon pressure tubes plus 42 clean gas heat exchanger modules of which 14 likewise incorporate AlWaFlon pressure tubes. Line 2 has been in service since November 2010; Line 1 was commissioned half a year later. Each of these lines saves 23 MW of energy

The superior performance of these systems made with Teflon PTFE is confirmed by a growing number of applications, the oldest of which have been in service since the early 1980s. One current example is the heat displacement system employed at the hard coal fired power plant at Siekierki near Warsaw, Poland. Here the energy recovered

Above: Wallstein Ingenieur GmbH, Recklinghausen/Germany.

that would otherwise have to be sourced from superheated steam. This is equivalent to an 8600 kg/h reduction in CO2 emissions. Hugo Graepel, project engineer at Wallstein, comments: In all, the heat exchangers for Siekierki contain around 1,000 kilometers of AlWaFlon pressure hose. The plant operates to the contractual expectations. In

is used as a substitute for primary energy in reheating the cleaned flue gas. One benefit of this technology is that it prevents corrosion in the ducting and flue gas stack while also avoiding droplet formation once the gas is

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Heat Exchangers

fact, the Siekierki project is just one example among many of how this system proves its merits on a sustainable basis even under extremely tough operating conditions. Our customers confirm in unison that the benefits of corrosion and pressure resistance, through a high circumferential tensile strength, are the key to achieving continuous availability and maximum energy efficiency across the range of applications. The AlWaFlon system was jointly developed through partnership among Wallstein Ingenieur GmbH, DuPont, and Fluortubing B.V. Indeed, the AlWaFlon trademark stands for the combined benefits of DuPont Teflon PTFE, a chemically almost inert fluoropolymer, and a special processing method tailored to this material. The product is characterized by an exceptionally high maximum usage temperature of 260 C and a similarly high Vicat softening point of 130 C to 140 C, combined with both a high flexural fatigue strength and stress cracking resistance. Recently concluded long-term studies conducted at different test temperatures by the German TV Sd have yielded independent proof of the performance capabilities of AlWaFlon pressure tubes. In the context of these long-term trials, the latest generation of DuPont Teflon fluoropolymers was likewise approved for this application. Earlier on, internal pressure creep rupture tests over 10,000 hours conducted at BASF test laboratories had already demonstrated that AlWaFlon pressure tubes can resist the combination of internal pressure and high temperature for a very long time and indeed surpass the performance of corresponding products made of diverse other fluoropolymers. DuPont has commercialized a new generation of Teflon fluoropolymer offerings, using new technology to enhance the sustainability of our manufacturing processes while continuing to deliver outstanding performance to meet a range of market needs. Hugo Graepel continues: It is confirmed by these independent studies that AlWaFlon

pressure tubes can resist higher mechanical loads than, for example, pressure tubes made of other fluoropolymers even if they exhibit the same wall thickness. We can thus produce larger diameter hose, which in turn allows more heat to be transferred. Alternatively, the same heat exchanger performance can be achieved with fewer or shorter pressure tubes. We consider our competitive position strengthened by TV Sds approval of the latest generation of Teflon PTFE products, given that the AlWaFlon heat exchanger system based on these products becomes both more cost-efficient and more sustainable as a result. These advantages, in conjunction with the security of supply, enable us to make our own sustainable contribution towards enhanced energy efficiency. Wallstein Ingenieur GmbH is part of the Wallstein network of affiliated companies whose core competence lies in industrial heat and process engineering. The company ranks among Germanys leading equipment and plant manufacturers and serves customers in the waste incineration and power plant sectors as well as other industries. For thermal and environmental/process engineering applications, Wallstein supplies individual components as well as heat displacement systems and complete flue gas purification plants.

can also be supplied in conductive form and colored to customer requirements.

DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions is a leading producer of fluoropolymer resins, additives, films, finishes and dispersions, PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), PFA (perfluoroalkoxy), FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), ETFE (ethylenetetrafluoroethylene) and PVF (polyvinylfluoride). Major markets for these fluoropolymer products include the automotive, chemical processing, semiconductor, oil exploration, chemical handling, data communication, aerospace, electronics, housewares, building and renewable energy industries. For more information about Teflon branded products, visit www.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on

Fluortubing B.V., with headquarters in Utrecht/the Netherlands, specializes in the extrusion and thermoforming of standard and application-specific pressure tubes and tubes made of PTFE. Moreover, the company employs vertical extrusion lines optimized, e.g., for the paste-extrusion of products of low wall thickness (under 10 mm to around 200 mm in internal diameter). Among the companys specialty products are convoluted PTFE pressure tubes, which

fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://

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Atex Equipment

ATEX Certification Proves Dynamite For Siemens

Range Of Hearing Instruments Launched For Those Working In Explosive Atmosphere Environments
Siemens has expanded its range of ATEX certified hearing instruments to provide exceptional sound quality to those working in explosive environments.
Five of Siemens Hearing Instruments products have been cleared for use in potentially explosive atmospheres such as mines, factories, agricultural silos, rigs, oil and gas platforms, water and chemical processing environments. The certified products will benefit people with hearing loss that work with flammable gases, mists, vapours or combustible dusts. ATEX is the European Directive for controlling explosive atmospheres. Any electrical or mechanical device used in such environments must be certified. Siemens portfolio of ATEX certified products includes a range of hearing instruments that cater for a variety of individual requirements. This includes Behind-the-Ear (BTE) instruments that offer the highest comfort and usability such as the Motion XCEL range and the Siemens Life, a small and stylish hearing solution, also joins the ATEX certification list, alongside Nitro, a high power device designed to enrich the lives of those with severe to profound hearing loss. One in six people suffer hearing loss so were delighted to offer a wide range of solutions to match the lifestyle and occupations of people working in industrial and potentially explosive environments, said Wendy Davies, National Sales & Audiology Manager at Siemens Hearing Instruments. This certification will provide extra confidence and comfort for a huge sector of the workforce. ATEX certified hearing instruments can be provided by all Siemens dispensers. For further information visit: The only waterproof digital hearing instrument in the world, Aquaris, is also now certified for use in explosive environments. In addition to being waterproof it is also dust and shock-proof, making it an ideal solution for those who require a robust hearing instrument that does not compromise on sound quality. Combined with a sports clip, Aquaris stays on the ear in any situation and takes away the challenges of working in industrial environments.
About Siemens Hearing Instruments Siemens Hearing Instruments Ltd (Crawley, West Sussex) provides a comprehensive range of digital hearing instruments and software, patient management systems and audiology equipment to the National Health Service, independent retail dispensers and national chains in the UK. It is the UK operation of Siemens Audiologische Technik (S.A.T.), based in Erlangen, Germany. Part of the Siemens Medical Group, S.A.T. has been at the forefront of audiological innovation for over 125 years and is the worlds market leader in the design and manufacture of audiological products.

On asking for the ATEX version of the products, users will receive the appropriate certificate, validations card and ATEX user guide. This list of Siemens ATEX certified products includes: Motion XCEL SX & P (BTE) Pure Carat XCEL (RIC) Aquaris (BTE) Nitro (BTE) Life (BTE)

versatile discreet Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) instruments such as the Pure Carat XCEL.

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Gas Processing

O Rings Sweeten Sour Gas Processing

lowering emissions. Typically the

The Dupont Kalrez Spectrum 6380 is a non-black sealing product, that has been specifically developed for chemical processing applications involving hot and aggressive amines. Amine plants are operated throughout the world, typically in oil refineries and gas plants for the removal of H2S (hydrogen sulphide) from a product stream such as natural gas. New sources of oil and natural gas fields in the Middle East can incorporate up to 30% of H2S which is known as sour gas. However, the new, stricter environmental standards require ever decreasing contents of H2S, and the process of removing this contaminant from natural gas is commonly referred to as sweetening.
H2S is highly toxic and needs to be handled with care as it can cause embrittlement in metal equipment. Together with the harsh chemical environments and high temperatures that amine processes operate under, destructive swelling can occur with conventional elastomeric sealing components including fluoroelastomers (FKM) and perfluoroelastomers (FFKM). Loss of mechanical properties and extrusion of O-ring seals can result, leading to leakage and increased valve operating These problems have led to the development of the Kalrez Spectrum 6380 range by Dupont, designed to provide extended seal performance and operating life for applications Dupont Kalrez Spectrum 6380 high performance O rings suitable for harsh operating conditions found in gas sweetening operations. in chemical and hydrocarbon processes involving hot, aggressive amines, strong acids and oxidising media. The extension to MTBR (Mean Time Between Repairs) of valves and pump mechanical seals, together with process leakage reduction helps to reduce maintenance costs while also torques where seal face deformation has also occurred.

tripling of seal service life to one full year of trouble-free operation has been achieved for current users. Identified by their cream colour, these products are suitable for both static and dynamic sealing, and together with other specialised sealing products in the Kalrez Spectrum range, are all available in the UK from Dichtomatik Ltd, an authorised Dupont distributor. In test results the Kalrez Spectrum 6380 perfluoroelastomer products exhibit outstanding resistance to amines and strong oxidisers, exhibiting 10 15 times lower swell compared to FKM and four times lower swell over general purpose FFKM sealing items. The products are also suitable for continuous use at temperatures up to 225C, with occasional excursions at even higher temperatures for short durations. They can be supplied in standard AS568 and metric sizes, with custom O-ring sizes and other shapes also available.

Further information is available from:

Dichtomatik Ltd, Donington House, Riverside Road, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8HX Telephone: 01332 524401 | Fax: 01332 524425 e-mail:

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Hazardous Areas - Static Electricity

Static Electricity The Hidden Danger In Hazardous Areas

it imposes in the presence of various types of

Static electricity is an ever-present and significant hazard for operations taking place in flammable, combustible or potentially explosive atmospheres.
The uncontrolled build up and discharge of electrostatic must be avoided in these environments in order to prevent ignition and protect people, plant, processes and the environment. Every year, hundreds of electrostatic-caused incidents occur across the globe in the process industries, including oil & gas, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, paints and coatings and food and beverage. from purpose designed mechanical grounding clamp assemblies through to intrinsically safe static ground monitoring and interlock systems, providing the highest levels of hazardous area safety for critical operations such as road tanker transfers to and from storage tanks, drumming, mixing and general flammable bulk flammable liquid and combustible powder transfer and handling applications. Customers are supported from technical sales and service centres in the UK, USA and Germany and via an international network of specialist distributors and partners.

flammable or combustible atmospheres and common means of control. These include relevant technical standards and a discussion of the Newson Gale equipment available for hazardous area applications. The illustrated arrangements include those involving drums and containers, mobile vessels and equipment, bulk storage containers, tankers, drums in storage, fluidized bed and drying equipment, rotating vessels, pipes/ducting systems and personnel/footwear. One of the new inclusions is the growing area of mobile/field grounding, including vacuum tanker transfers and trans-loading. Each application is described in some detail and clearly illustrated, along with summarized guidance from the main international technical standards.

Newson Gale also produces a useful Grounding & Bonding Applications Handbook which provides a wide range of information on controlling static electricity in hazardous areas.
Information sections include a general introduction to the danger of static electricity and methods of control of industrial hazards, 17 illustrated applications drawings, a guide to hazardous area Bond-Rite Self-Testing Grounding Clamp Newson Gales unique range of Static Earthing/ Grounding and Bonding systems, equipment and accessories can help eliminate, control or mitigate these risks, creating a safer and more productive workplace. Products range equipment selection, a comparison of European and North American, and a plant operators maintenance guide and safety checklist. The extensive general introduction to static electricity control includes a review of the source and nature of static electricity, the harmful effects
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Leak Detection

Early Detection Of Leaking Oil Coolers Can Reduce Repair Costs And Oil Losses.
Using Fluorescence with no significant turbidity affect, the TD-4100C On Line Oil in Water Monitor from Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments can detect lube, hydraulic, fuels, etc. in water below 1 ppm.
The TD-4100C directly measures oil content in the water without any sample preparation, reagents or chemicals. The response to a concentration change is under 10 seconds. With this low level of detection and quick response, the TD-4100C can alert operators of a small leak before repair costs and oil loss is high. For more information visit California EPA Certified, USCG Certified, IMO Certified MEPC 107/49 ATEX Compliant ISO 9001:2008 Certified Quality Management System Our On-Line Instruments are: If Produced Water is your business, consider joining the Produced Water Society.

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International News

Norbar Australia Management Moves

Important structural changes to the management team at Norbars representative company in Australia are taking place that also affect Norbar companies in New Zealand and Singapore.
Matt Packer is to become Managing Director of Norbar Torque Tools Pty, based in Adelaide, South Australia and with offices in Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. He is to take over the position from his father Leigh Packer, who will remain Executive Director of the company and be able to devote more of his time to managing Norbar companies in New Zealand and Singapore. The transition is to take place on the 1st September, and is part of a long-term succession plan within the company. It comes at a time of growth and strong financial results for Norbar throughout the region, with changes including moves to expanded premises in both Auckland New Zealand (Norbar Torque Tools (NZ) Ltd) and Singapore (Norbar Torque Tools Pte. Ltd). Leigh Packer commented: Over the past six years, I have had the opportunity to watch Matt develop as a Manager and Director. He has taken on many responsibilities, including hands-on operational duties. This is an exciting time for us as we look forward to the future growth of Norbar under his guidance. Norbar is a world leading specialist in the design, development and production of torque tightening and measuring equipment, exporting 75% of its output to markets worldwide. With its manufacturing base in Banbury, Oxfordshire, there are Norbar companies in China, India, and the USA as well as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The company also has a worldwide network of calibration laboratories located in the UK (accredited by UKAS), Australia (NATA), the USA (NVLAP), Singapore (SAC-SINGLAS) and China (TAF). Matt Packer became a director of Norbar Torque Tools Pty Ltd in 2006 after completing an Engineering degree, two years of service at Norbar in the UK and a course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Neill Brodey, Managing Director of Norbar UK, congratulated Matt on his forthcoming appointment. Norbar is a family run company celebrating its 70th

Matt (left of picture) and Leigh Packer of Norbar Torque Tools Pty, based in Adelaide, South Australia

Anniversary in 2012 and for many years the Packer family team has been a dynamic, experienced and reliable support to our business in Australasia and South East Asia. We look forward to working with Matt to progress our strong record of development in the region. Norbar Torque Tools Ltd, Banbury, Oxfordshire Tel +44 (0)1295 270333

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Hoists, Cranes & Winches

J D Neuhaus Engineered For Extremes

With nearly 270 years of experience in the design and manufacture of high performance handling and lifting equipment, the J D Neuhaus company has updated their logo and slogan to a design which more closely represents their latest products, including new developments, designed for applications in some of the toughest markets and environments.
For many years the logo slogan of powered by air was fully appropriate for their full range of hoists, cranes and winches. More recently, however, the introduction of hydraulically powered products has been predominant, suitable for the operating conditions in heavy engineering markets such as shipbuilding, mining, tunnelling and oil and gas exploration which all have their own unique requirements. To do justice to these developments, the logo slogan has been updated to engineered for extremes, which the company feel is more representative of their current product performance and developments. The new logo also incorporates a modern typeface JDN products incorporate 100% duty ratings, insensitively to humidity and dust while operating at temperatures from -20C to +70C. They are ideally suited for working in hazardous atmospheres and are Ex rated for use in potentially explosive areas. Highly specialised operating conditions have also been accommodated, with hoists currently available for underwater applications (down to 70 metres in depth), as well as for operation at arctic temperatures down to -45C. In addition, the website now incorporates an interactive online platform that has been designated as JDN Community. This provides an exchange medium for anyone involved with the JDN company and its products. Technical issues can be raised, together with product user experiences with images welcomed illustrating application sites of JDN lifting and handling equipment. Indeed, everyone posting a JDN story on the site will be entered in a prize draw for a 7 day holiday. The site also links through to the J D Neuhaus Facebook page. which is more powerful and vibrant, reflecting the changes in the markets served. To complement and supplement these changes, the JDN website address has been consolidated for worldwide operation to Users of the site will be automatically routed to an existing site appropriate for their country and language. However, all existing email addresses will remain unchanged at the present time.

Further information is available on request to: J D Neuhaus GmbH & Co. KG, 58449, Witten-Heven, Germany Telephone: +49 2302 208-219 Fax: +49 2302 208-286 e-mail: Web:


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Health & Safety

Securing Justice Before Its Too Late

Cautiously welcomed the announcement by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) of the creation of a new tariff scheme to compensate future mesothelioma vicitims where the liable employer or employers liability insurer cannot be traced.
Neal Stone, Director of Policy and Communications commented: It has been of serious concern to the British Safety Council and its members that an estimated 300 mesothelioma sufferers a year lose out on compensation because of the inability to trace the relevant insurer. HSE reported that an estimated 2,321 deaths attributable to mesothelioma occurred in 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available. We have still to see the peak in mesothelioma cases which is expected around 2016. Up until the DWP and ABI announcement 300 men and women, an estimated one-in-eight of mesothelioma sufferers diagnosed in any given year, go uncompensated. There is still some way to go before the benefits of the new tariff scheme supported by the 300m fund provided by insurers are felt by mesothelioma sufferers. No payments will be made for an estimated two years while the necessary legislation is passed. We, like many other organisations committed to preventing workplace injury and ill health, consider it imperative The total number of mesothelioma deaths has increased from 153 in 968 to 2321 in 2009. Research undertaken for HSE by Dr Lesley Rushton of Imperial College, the Burden of Cancer Study, provided the Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, an active campaigner on behalf of mesothelioma sufferers, welcomed the announcement: I am delighted that future sufferers of mesothelioma will be able to get the compensation they deserve and hopefully, as a result of these measures, in a time frame that will allow them to financially plan before they sadly pass away. However, claimants suffering from asbestos-related lung cancer and asbestosis are excluded, and this continues to be a real worry. that government and all political parties find the time needed in a busy timetable to get the legislation enacted speedily.

big picture of the magnitude of the current burden of occupational cancer created by particular agents and the scale of the overall burden. An estimated 54% of current occupational registrations in men are attributed to work in the construction industry. Exposure to asbestos can give rise to mesothelioma, lung, larynx and stomach cancer. Nearly 95% of all mesotheliomas occurring in Great Britain are attributable to occupational exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma has a poor survival rate.

About the British Safety Council The British Safety Council is a global health, safety and environmental charity. Our vision is that no one should be killed, injured or made ill by their work activities. We would be grateful if you could use British Safety Council in full rather than abbreviating to BSC when quoting our organisation.

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Seeing Clearly - The Importance Of Protective Eyewear In The Workplace

Workers often face many hazards in industrial environments; not least those that may cause serious eye injuries.
Brammer, the leading pan-European distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, is urging employers to ensure workers are protected against these hazards with the provision of appropriate safety eyewear. At Brammer we supply all the leading PPE brands Jeremy Salisbury, Head of Marketing at Brammer UK, explains: Eye injuries in the workplace are common so its vital that workers are provided with adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of safety eyewear. Its also a legal requirement. Every day, workers may face impact of sparks, chippings and larger items, chemical or water splashes, glare from sunlight or monitors and industrial processes, radiant heat and biological hazards, so its essential that appropriate protective The subject of protective eyewear is covered in the latest Quick Tips Video from Brammer, which is now available online at and provide our customers with independent advice on selecting the most suitable protective eyewear for any application. Protective eyewear is an important part of any health and safety strategy. Ensuring workers are protected helps to prevent workplace accidents, and gives workers the assurance that their employer is committed to their welfare. Further information on the range of products and services available from Brammer can be found at the website or by calling 08447 36 36 65 in the UK or 0181 77 6141in Ireland. The Quick Tips series are succinct visual aids presented by product group specialists and industry experts, to explain key issues and suggest practical advice for customers. eyewear is selected. Thankfully, developments in PPE, and specifically in safety eyewear, means there is now a broad range of options when it comes to specifying the most suitable eye protection.


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Explosion Protection

Get Alarmed Before There Is Fire Or Explosion

Detect Heat (and Fire) and report/alarm from 60 385C in Enginerooms, Windmills, Power Plants, Ovens, Generators, Trains, Dryers, Gas turbines, Heating rooms, Factories, Inventories and many more.

Reliable 2- or 4-wire N/O or N/C switches, FM approved, connect to your existing alarm system or take the comprehensive LICO HDL & Stand-Alone or intermitting Alarmpanel HDL to secure lifes and your values by in advance monitoring. Learn more by visiting or

XRF Rental Helps Assure Component Quality

A specialist manufacturer of high quality components for critical industrial applications has employed the latest analytical technology to guarantee the metallic composition of the products it provides. Employing a portable XRF analyser from Ashtead Technology, UK based Wulfrun is able to quickly check the quality of raw materials, work in progress and final products, in order to meet the tight specifications required by the market sectors for which quality is critical.

Wulfruns Bastien Wacogne says We hire the latest XRF instruments for three reasons: component traceability, health and safety, and to prevent component failure. XRF hire from Ashtead Technology ensures that we have access to the most advanced technology without the capital cost of ownership. For more information visit


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Pumps & Valves

PFA Linings Aid Safe Transport Of Hazardous Liquids

PFA lined pumps and valves fixed to road and rail tankers and wagons are helping to ensure the safety of European roads, railways and waterways as the amount of dangerous liquids being carried increases.
The standard DIN EN 14432, Tanks for the carriage of dangerous goods equipment for tanks for the carriage of liquid chemical products product shut-off and gas exchange valves has now been in force since January 2011 and all equipment must now adhere to this European standard. The integral PFA/PTFE fluoroplastic lining One of the leading suppliers in this sector is Richter Chemie-Technik GmbH, the German pump and valve manufacturer and part of the US-based IDEX Corporation, whose lined valves and sealless magnetic drive centrifugal pumps are becoming increasingly the products of choice when stainless steel and conventional plastics are not sufficiently corrosion-resistant for the multitude of chemicals carried by these specialist tanker fleets. has many advantages in that it much more resistant to corrosion than the alternative materials of Duplex, HastelloyR, PVDF, ETFE and even than titanium and nickel, It is an anti-adhesive vacuum resistant lining which is easy for CIP (Clean In Place) and can be also used for high-purity and solidsladen fluids with large temperature ranges up to 200 C (400 F). In addition, the lead times are much shorter and the prices are much lower than specialty metal pumps and valves. The Richter range of sealless, magnetic drive centrifugal pumps are fitted with integral PFA lining and are ideally suited when stainless steel and conventional plastics are not sufficiently corrosionresistant. Hydraulically optimised with a closed impeller, the pumps are also hermetically tight with no rotary shaft seal thus requiring minimal maintenance. Richter products are in use on the roads, rails and water as PFA-lined magnetic drive pumps on road tankers are faster for unloading, e.g. for acids, as PFA/PTFElined butterfly valves on acid tank ships and as lined diaphragm valves for filling and drain valves on special bromine containers. Colin Simpson, Sales Director at Richters pump UK distributors, Billingham-based Tomlinson Hall Ltd, commented, Whilst loading facilities at European chemical plants specialising in the production of highly corrosive liquids, such as sulphuric acid, are very high specification, those at the various discharge points are not always geared up for particular hazardous liquids. As a result, specialist operators are fixing their own self-contained pumps to the trailers and it obviously makes sense to go for the highest specification so that all liquids can be carried.

For more information please visit: or contact Tomlinson Hall on: (01642) 379500.

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Oil & Gas

OMS Completes Pipe End Measurement Surveys For GRTgaz

Specialist pipe measurement technology company for the oil and gas industries, Optical Metrology Services (OMS) Ltd, has successfully completed a series of pipe measurement surveys for GRTgaz, Frances largest natural gas operator.
GRTgaz operates and markets natural gas to the Public Distribution Systems in France and to consumers (industrial customers). GRTgaz operates more than 32,000km of steel pipelines and 26 compressor stations and is currently implementing the Artere des Hauts de France II project, which involves the installation of pipelines linking an LNG terminal at Dunkerque to the existing gas distribution network in France. As part of the preparation for this project, GRTgaz contracted OMS to conduct pipe measurement surveys in two separate locations in France, Campagne les Wardrecques and Arques. The The surveys were carried out in three separate mobilisations during November 2011, February 2012 and April 2012. OMS measured a sample of 450 pipe ends during the first survey, 900 during the second, and 108 pipe ends during the third survey. Pipe end dimensions measured included objective of the measurement surveys was to identify the proportion of pipes whose out-ofroundness tolerance was greater than 6mm (i.e. out of their manufacturing specification), which could later result in pipe fit up delays and welding issues. Dr Richard Gooch, Director of Technology at OMS commented: The pipes were stacked outside in sub-zero temperatures, which presented our two inspectors with logistical challenges. Prior to measurements being taken, the pipe ends had to be cleared of snow, ice, dust and debris, as temperatures dropped as low as minus 15 degrees Centigrade during the first two surveys. We also had to use mobile access platforms in order to provide our inspectors with safe access and a stable working platform for measuring the higher pipes in the stacks. OMS inspectors maintained a paper record of all measurements, as well as digital measurement data, which was archived directly to a laptop computer and filed under the pipe number for traceability. The measuring tools were calibrated before measurements were taken and then checked for correct calibration after measuring. Results from all three pipe surveys were presented to GRTgaz, which indicated what proportion of pipe ends were within the 6mm outof-roundness tolerance and which were outside of this specification. inside diameter, outside diameter, wall thickness and out-of-roundness tolerance (6mm). For end dimensioning of pipes, OMS utilised its own automatic Pipe Checker laser measurement tool, which is capable of measuring more than 2,000 IDs and 2,000 ODs. The tool is accurate to 0.05mm and enables just two OMS staff to measure a minimum of 200 pipe ends in a single shift. This meant less time on site, minimising project delays and costs for the customer and reducing pipe fit up and welding issues.

For more information on OMS, please visit the website at www.omsmeasure. com or telephone 01279 656038 or email

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Static Electric

Fraser Provide Static Solution For Kia Slovakia

Fraser Anti-Static Techniques and EXIM TECH (its representative for Slovakia and the Czech republic) have worked together with KIA Motors Slovakia to overcome contamination issues directly caused by static charged particles at the outer entrances of the chassis paint spray lines. Their originally installed system of contaminant removal pre-painting was not performing effectively.
improvement of quality and productivity on the final Fraser recommended installing 3 sets of custom made ionising gates (for all three paint spray lines) using the 5100 Ionised Air Knives before the entrance of the paint spray line. The Air Knives were positioned to form an arch over the surface of the vehicle to achieve effective blowing over the surface of the whole vehicle and so remove all dust and contaminants prior to spraying whilst ionising the air and preventing re-attraction. Kia found the systems highly effective whilst being simple to install and regulate. Optimisation of the air speed has been achieved by the adjustment of air pressure this can be varied from 1 Bar to 7 Bar and is dependent on the cleaning distance. The Air Knife works by forcing the compressed air out through a slot at very high speed. The air is ionised as it passes over a static eliminator bar and thus has the capability of neutralising static electricity on both charged particles and the host surface simultaneously. The reduction of static electricity and associated contamination positively contributed to the improvement of vehicles cleanness before spraying, and thus eliminated one of the sources of non-quality and increased the condition of spraying lines. The system is fitted with an ionising function monitoring and alarm signal system which insures the confirmation of the functionality of ionisation simplifying the verification of appliances reliability and so contributes to complete customer satisfaction and confidence in his systems.

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Loctite Adhesives Deliver The Highest Safety Standards

Rollercoasters have come a long way in engineering terms. With their origins in fifteenth century Russia, they are now the stuff of adrenalin junkies worldwide. And the latest generation of these machines have taken performance to another level, creating forces that demand the highest standards of engineering and maintenance. And it is for this reason that one of a new breed of hypercoasters relies on Loctite engineering adhesives for its threadlocking and retaining needs.
The Silver Star is a super-tuned 1,620m long, 73m high hypercoaster that travels at speeds of up to 130km/h. Its performance equals the acceleration and G-force of a Formula One car, but without an engine. The speed and passenger load are constantly calculated to apply just the right amount of magnetic braking but vibration needs to be kept to an absolute minimum and this is where Loctite comes in. The safety bars that hold passengers in their seats are checked every day and annually stripped down completely for detailed inspection. When reassembling, the maintenance engineers use Loctite 243 to threadlock the bolts that connect the ratchet components to the main bar. This product is part of the Loctite range of threadlocking adhesives that prevent self-loosening and secure any threaded fastener against vibration or shock loads. It fills the gaps between mating threads and eliminates fretting corrosion by creating a unitised assembly. Because aluminium expands faster than steel, engineers warm the wheels to 70C which allows them to simply push out the steel ball bearing cage. They then clean all surfaces with Loctite 7063. This is a general purpose cleaner and degreaser that leaves no residue and is ideal for use prior to adhesive bonding and sealing applications. Web link for enquiries: The Chief Engineer in charge of Silver Star maintenance, Hans Volz, explained: Because Loctite 243 is medium strength, it is strong enough to withstand the loads and vibrations but can be disassembled for maintenance. It is perfect for us. Rolling stock Guide wheels are crucial to providing a fast but safe ride and keep the train locked to the track from above, below and from the side. Like the safety bars, the wheel units are checked daily and subject to thorough inspection and re-assembly annually. The steel ballbearing cages must be completely removed from the aluminium wheels during this process. The bolts that secure the ball-bearing cage casings and those that fasten the wheels to the train are then threadlocked with Loctite 243. This product saves us a lot of time but does not compromise reliability in any way, concludes engineer Achim Stoss. It holds tight for as long as we need it to but we can still dismantle parts with hand tools. Loctite 638 is then applied to re-fix the cage. Widely used to secure bearings, bushes and cylindrical parts, this high strength retaining compound has been formulated to provide the best resistance to dynamic, axial and radial loads. It achieves maximum load transmission capability, uniform stress distribution and also eliminates fretting corrosion.

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