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Trenton Corporation, the manufacturer of corrosion prevention systems is introducing a new wax-tape coating which offers corrosion protection of metal pipe and irregularly shaped fixtures in higher temperature applications.

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As we approach the extended deadline to report greenhouse gas emissions, some operations requiring flare gas measurement are choosing thermal mass flow meters and enduring some inconvenience but saving a small fortune on each installation.

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Itron is the manufacturer of industrial, commercial and residential natural gas meters and regulators. Itron US Gas is located in Owenton, Kentucky. If you’re unfamiliar with the trade name Itron, over the years these products have been marketed under the names: Actaris, Schlumberger and even Sprague. Linc Energy has represented Itron, Actaris and Schlumberger since 1992, and currently is a stocking distributor for the states of: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana, western North Dakota, western South Dakota, western Nebraska, western Kansas and New Mexico.

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Linc Energy is a manufacturers’ representative and stocking distributor for Trenton corrosion prevention systems commonly used in oil and natural gas pipelines. The Michigan based company has manufactured wax-based anticorrosion protective systems since 1949. All over the world, Trenton Corporation products have been used to protect thousands of miles of pipelines.

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DUALCO has become a reliable source for valve lubrication equipment, valve lubricant, sealant and cleanser for oil and natural gas high-performance plug valves, ball valves and gate valves.

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One of the many fine product lines Linc Energy Systems represents is Integrity Fusion Products, the manufacturer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fittings, valves and electrofusion equipment. The products are designed for applications in natural gas, industrial, landfill, potable water, and mining. Linc Energy represents these products in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico and Montana.

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A new standard has emerged, from burning flare gas to recycling it and creating renewable energy, creating the need to monitor and measure flare gas flow.

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Engineers at various wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) are recognizing the benefits of using thermal mass flow meters to monitor air flow or aeration flow, improve process efficiency, reduce energy costs, and measure digester gas.

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On November 9, 2011, the EPA amended and clarified many subsections to the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule which requires facilities to monitor and report emissions. A one-time extension deadline of September 28, 2012, was given for any entity reporting under various source categories.

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More and more dairies and farming operations are putting waste to work by using the manure from their livestock to create electric and thermal power. Farming operations, like Lochmead Farms in Oregon, are taking advantage of new technology, and developing renewable energy, receiving tax credits and reducing emissions.

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While the majority of thermal mass flow meter manufacturers recommend their meters be returned to the factory every year for calibration, there is one manufacturer that offers the ability to calibrate the meter onsite, or in-situ calibration.

 

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During interesting economic times, we often hear about budget cuts and layoffs, but there is one area of business that usually does well in a down economy—repair and maintenance. This is true for at least one company specializing in natural gas meter repair and calibration; especially commercial meters.

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Submetering is a metering system implemented in buildings or communities where there are multiple tenants, so the property owner or management company can bill the individual tenants for their utility usage. While submetering was initially invented in the 1920s, it didn’t become popular until the late 80s, because of increasing utility costs and environmental conservation.

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In my post “Natural gas leak detection and what to do,” I discussed methods of detecting, isolating and what to do in the event of a gas leak. I noted that the real first alert for detecting natural gas is the nose, thanks to our sense of smell. Which raises the question – what is natural gas odorization?

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Tracer wire manufacturers routinely strive for advancements to prevent situations where tracer wire fails. Recently Copperhead Industries introduced a new product, corrosion-proof tracer wire connectors which minimize connection failure while backfilling, provide corrosion protection and save time and money.

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Valve maintenance is critical to any damage prevention program as it ensures the proper functioning of a pipeline. After all, if your valves do not turn freely and seal properly, you have little or no control of your crude oil or natural gas pipeline.

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In a down economy, manufacturers are becoming more creative by suggesting the reuse, recycle, repair or even exchange of their existing equipment rather than investing in new products. I’m seeing more and more manufacturers offering renovation or exchange programs such as DUALCO, the manufacturer of hydraulic grease guns for valve maintenance.

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In “What are carbon credits?” I explained how carbon credits (CERs) are awarded to those parties which reduce their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) below a specified quota. Those tradable credits earned can be sold to companies, countries or organizations that cannot reduce their emissions, thus making a new income source for landfill and livestock operations. In this post, I discuss agricultural and landfill methane emission offsets.

In North America, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) offers creative mechanisms to promote the reduction of Greenhouse Gases which are linked to global warming. The group provides an emission registry, reduction, and trading syste

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What are carbon credits? Recently a customer inquired about purchasing a thermal mass flow meter. When I asked him what his application was, he said he needed to measure his CERs or carbon credits. It was then I decided carbon credits or CERs would make a good blog topic.

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Having sold gas measurement equipment for decades, I’m often asked, “What is a turndown ratio?" While turndown (turn down) ratio is usually noted in a flow meters specifications, it’s rarely explained in layperson’s language what it is.

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