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OIL
&
GAS
processing
access to this information. One way we are
helping companies in all industries is through
our Malibu Smartware. This system creates
a 3D visual of the process and process
equipment. Key operational information on a
given asset can be viewed by an operator or
maintenance person on their smart phone,
tablet, or PC, wherever they are. They can
be standing right in front of the asset and see
operating parameters, maintenance videos,
drawings, past work history on the asset and
even can get confirmation about spare parts
in stock for repair."
This software captures data regardless
of where it is stored in the facility or offshore
rig and provides it at the device level with
only one username and password. To further
expand on the use of smart software, it can
allow condition monitoring of all kinds of
assets, Loudin added. Through predictive
analytics, the system learns what a normal
condition looks like. When anomalies occur,
warnings are sent to maintenance personnel.
These solutions can be cloud based or
housed on the owner's servers or their own
secure cloud. The system uses the same
encryption as the Internet banking industry.

QUALITY
MANUFACTURING
Mark Weidmann, vice president salesMidstream/Downstream O&G at PumpWorks610, a DXPE Company (Houston,
pumpworks610.com) said that customers
ask him everyday, "Do our pumps, products,
and services address cost, quality, efficiency,
and reliability issues?" He said the simple
answer is "yes," however, this doesn't happen in a vacuum.
Weidmann explained that his company
is experiencing seven key trends:
n Speed of delivery. "The longer you
wait for your pump supplier to get
back to you with what you requested, the more money you lose,
"Investment in manufacturing
efficiencies and getting pump selection
information into the hands of customers is vital. The issue that we now face

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is that demand has outstripped supply.
This is especially true in the case of
centrifugal pumps engineered for specific applications and specifications."
n Mergers and acquisitions. "We all
see the acquisitions happening in
the industry now," he said. "The big
companies get bigger and the lead
times for projects are getting smaller
and tighter. DXP Rotating Equipment
Divisions' ability to remain nimble
and supremely focused on the engineering, manufacturing, testing, and
delivery of these highly specialized
centrifugal pumps remains key to
our core values."
n Price. Material selection has
become critical, Weidmann stated.
"For example, carbon steel can save
money over ductile iron," he said.
"But it's not just about the quality
of the metallurgy, it's also about
intangibles." Companies who offer
in-house engineering and testing,
and extended warranties, are getting
a competitive edge.
n Supply and demand imbalances
seem to be tightening. Most
outlooks call for supply and demand
equilibrium by early 2017.
n Moderate demand. Global and
U.S. oil demand continues to show
moderate but steady growth.
n LNG export. More U.S. LNG export
capacity is expected to hit the
market.
n Cost control. Oil companies
have learned how to operate in a
lower-price environment, returning
to a healthier focus on capital and
operating cost discipline.
Weidmann said his company tackles
these challenges with vertical integration of
its manufacturing processes.

amount of vapors that are created and emitted during production, transportation, and
storage, according to Webb. To prevent the
escape and loss of these vapors-which are
saleable assets in addition to being potentially dangerous to the environment-many
operators installing vapor-recovery units
(VRUs) at their oilfield storage sites.
"The growth in the amount of vapors that
are a by-product of oilfield production activities is not going away," Webb said. "Neither
is the attention that regulatory agencies will
be paying to the levels of vapors that are
emitted into the atmosphere and whether
or not they can be harmful. That's because
many oilfield vapors have been classified as
hazardous air pollutants or volatile organic
compounds by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency."
Basically defined, a VRU is a system
composed of a scrubber, compressor, driver,
and controls designed to recover vapors that
are formed inside completely sealed crudeoil or condensate storage tanks. During the
VRU's operation, the controls detect pressure variations inside the tank and turn the
compressor on and off as the interior pressure exceeds or falls below pre-determined
settings. When the compressor is running,
it passes the vapors through the scrubber,
where any liquid is trapped and returned to
the tank, while the vapor is recovered and
compressed into natural-gas lines.
As the oil and gas industry faces changing demand, low per-barrel prices, large
supplies with varying extraction costs, and
competition from renewable resources,
producers are turning to manufacturers of
pumps and related control equipment for increased reliability, efficient performance, and
solutions for product handling and storage.
Pump manufacturers are delivering, resulting
in higher efficiency throughout the oil-andgas handling process. RP

VAPORRECOVERY UNITS

Michelle Segrest is president of Navigate
Content Inc. She specializes in coverage of
the industrial processing industries. Please
contact her at michelle@navigatecontent.

The increase in oilfield activity has also
meant a corresponding increase in the

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