IPEMU Prototype completes six-week passenger trials in the UK

Network Rail and Bombardier Transportation have just completed testing Britain’s first battery-powered passenger train. Till mid-February the train was running in passenger service in Essex. The carriages are fitted with HUBER+SUHNER harnesses for power transmission.

The aim of the IPEMU (Independently Powered Electrical Multiple Units) project, funded by Network Rail and Future Railway, was to develop a prototype electric train fitted with battery technology capable of powering the train without drawing electricity from overhead lines. If successful, the technology could replace diesel stock on branch lines where electrification works would not be cost-effective. Read more…

Induction Tempering (IT) the modern alternative to Oil Tempered (OT) wire

Oil tempering is recognised as the traditional method of producing spring wire for cold coiling. Today Induction Tempered (IT wire) is increasingly growing in popularity amongst leading spring makers for cold coiling applications due to its superior mechanical properties.

DSR Wire Corporation of South Korea placed its trust in Inductotherm Heating & Welding Ltd (IHW) and purchased its first Radyne Spring Wire Line for the production of IT wire. At that time IHW had already supplied ten such lines and today has supplied fifteen of these high capacity high efficiency lines with production capacities of 1,500 to 3,000kg/hr. Typically the Radyne lines treat SAE9254 or equivalent and are also used to treat more exotic alloys with Vanadium and Nickel additions. Read more…

BSEE executive named keynote speaker at major decommissioning summit

Susan Green, deputy regional supervisor for field operations at the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, 17-19 March in Houston.

Green will provide a crucial update on the regulator’s priorities at a time when, despite the fall in oil prices, production is expanding in deepwater and ultra-deepwater.

BSEE has said that it needs to keep pace with technology developments that are helping to drive deepwater oil and gas development. In February it requested $204.7m for its fiscal year 2016 budget, broadly in line with last year’s budget request. Read more…

3M Cable Jointing In The Oil & Gas Industry (+Training Video)

Power supplied by electric cables is the lifeblood of the oil and gas industry : uninterrupted power ensures oil and gas production, processing, transportation, storage and distribution. However, cables are vulnerable to damage and degradation in harsh onshore and offshore operating conditions.  Cable failure is catastrophic. Cable related problems are costly and are often caused by inadequate risk identification, sub-standard design or deficiencies in installation technique. Whatever your currency, cable failures cost millions. The financial costs, both direct and consequential, can be painfully calculated. The reputational loss is immeasurable. Unplanned shutdowns or suspended production caused by electrical power outages associated with cable failures can and does inflict devastating revenue losses on the oil and gas industry. 3M have a proven history in providing tested and trusted solutions for the jointing and terminating of cables in the oil and gas industry. Read more…

SMD to Supply KT Submarine with QT1000

SMD are delighted to announce a contract award with KT Submarine for a QT1000 high powered cable installation and maintenance ROV.

The relationship between SMD and KT Submarine began in 1998, with the supply of a standard cable plough. This was followed by the supply of an MD3XT Plough in 2012; the latest generation 500kW jetting assisted, telecoms cable plough. Read more…

New Self-Adhesive P/TAG Labels to be introduced by Silver Fox

Industry leading labelling solutions manufacturer Silver Fox are introducing a new extensive range of Prolab® P/TAG Self-adhesive labels. Available in 6 new colours, Clear, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue, Purple as well as the original White*. In addition to 18 stick sizes, customers can order specific size labels to meet unique requirements.

Not only can Silver Fox offer more colours, but they can supply minimum orders to meet the customers individual requests, just contact sales@silverfox.co.uk. Stock items can be delivered within 24 hours and up to 4 days for special orders. Read more…

ENERGOINVEST d.d. Sarajevo achieves time reduction in Design Works using AVEVA Bocad Tower

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s leading EPC uses AVEVA’s advanced solution for steelwork modelling and fabrication to slash completion times on major Tower Design Works

AVEVA announced today that ENERGOINVEST d.d. Sarajevo, a multi-disciplinary engineering company, has used AVEVA Bocad Tower™ to complete the construction of a K-Face transmission tower, saving time for the design of towers significantly.  AVEVA Bocad Tower is the only software designed specifically for the construction of transmission and communication towers, increasing productivity and enabling superior quality modelling. The AVEVA Bocad products are helping companies achieve right-first-time fabrication, ensuring assets are delivered on time and on budget. Read more…

Conductor Installation Services Completes Operation On Major Gas Project In Southern North Sea

Conductor Installation Services Ltd (CIS), an Acteon company that provides hammer services to install conductors and drive piles, announced that it successfully completed a conductor installation operation 17 hours ahead of schedule for a leading North Sea oil and gas operator.

Work was carried out on a major gas project in the Southern North Sea. CIS was retained to install six 30-inch conductors on the project to form the foundations of six development wells. In addition, CIS was required to supply cold-cutting services, and all conductor-running, handling equipment, together with drive shoes.

Job safely completed 17 hours early = reduced time & costs
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Unique System LLC (USA) Announces its Participation at Underwater Intervention 2015

A division of the Unique Maritime Group (UMG) which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, Unique System LLC (USA) is participating at the Underwater Intervention show (UI 2015) to be held from  February 10th to 12th, 2015 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, USA. Unique System will be present at booth number 116.

Underwater Intervention is an industry conference and exhibition, jointly owned by the Association of Diving Contractors International and the ROV Committee of the Marine Technology Society. Over the past 22 years, the event has grown to encompass many industries in addition to Commercial Diving and Remotely Operated Vehicles. Underwater Intervention now includes Manned Submersibles, Instruments and Sensors, Sonar and Acoustics, Ocean Engineering, Marine Salvage and Shipwrecks, AUV and UUV Technology. Read more…

Ashtead Technology Kicks-off 30th Anniversary Celebrations with Contract Win

Ashtead Technology has secured a new contract with FUGRO to be a preferred supplier of subsea rental equipment and associated services to all its operating companies around the world.

The award comes as the Aberdeen head-quartered business, which is the only global, independent provider of subsea electronic and survey equipment rental, sales and services, launches its 30th anniversary celebrations at Subsea Expo tomorrow (11 February 2015) marking three decades of subsea technical excellence.

In the new two year agreement, Ashtead Technology will rent subsea equipment, including underwater positioning, subsea inspection, ROV survey sensors and tooling, metocean, hydrographic and geophysical and camera and video equipment, to FUGRO companies world-wide. Read more…

Osiris Projects introduces revolutionary survey platform known as d’ROP

Developed by Osiris Projects, the innovative d’ROP system has the potential to revolutionise productivity in shallow water survey and inspection applications.

d’ROP is a dynamic Remotely Operated Survey Platform that borrows and combines technology and operating principles from existing ROVs’, ROTVs and systems from the modern day dredging industry. Addressing many of the inherent limitations of compact free-flying ROVs and seabed crawler systems, the d’ROP is ideally suited to precision tracking operations in dynamic coastal environments.

d’ROP Data Sheet

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Borealis and Borouge highlight material solutions for electric sports car at VDI Mannheim and announce start-up of expanded Itatiba operations

Borealis and Borouge, leading providers of innovative, value-creating plastics solutions, are using the occasion of the 2015 VDI Mannheim to showcase material solutions for a leading automotive manufacturer and announce the start-up of expanded operations in Itatiba, Brazil. A new DaplenTM grade developed in cooperation with BMW for the front bumper of the electric sports car BMW i8 is a recent and specific example of how Borealis and Borouge innovations can play a role in facilitating systematic lightweight construction in the automotive industry. Read more…

Silver Fox’s Solar Solutions

Silver Fox are a leading manufacturer of labelling solutions based in the UK. Supplying to industries including; Energy; Power: Oil and Gas; and Data & Telecoms.

Silver Fox are on Stand 2F21 at Middle East Electricity, in Dubai UAE, from the 2nd—4th March 2015. Co-located at this exhibition is ‘Solar Middle East’. This provides the ideal opportunity to demonstrate solutions to a highly targeted audience. Alongside P-Tag and Fox-Flo UV Stable, LSZH Tie on cable labels, Silver Fox will be exhibiting Solar PV Warning Labels. Designed for use on Solar PV system installations, these warning labels have been produced to comply with DTI guidelines. Read more…

Fit and Forget solution thanks to HUBER+SUHNER products in the ISIS particle accelerator

For decades, man has sought to discover what holds the world together at its innermost core. To discover the answers, more than 2,000 scientists use the powerful ISIS particle accelerator for fundamental and applied research every year. The system is continuously being expanded and renewed. HUBER+SUHNER has already supplied kilometres of power cable.

ISIS is a public facility operated by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the UK and one of the world’s leading scientific research centres. ISIS generates subatomic particles and is available to a large number of scientists for research purposes. Read more…

SACO Polymers launches advanced technology zero-halogen tray cable jacketing compound with enhanced fire performance to meet UL 1277

At the International Wire & Cable Symposium and Conference, SACO Polymers, a market leader in wire and cable polymer compound solutions, has showcased its latest development in ceramifiable compound technology, with a research paper and poster highlighting cost-savings and performance of the innovative material in tray cable jacketing applications.

Formulated to meet stringent UL 1277 tray cable standards with enhanced fire performance properties while preserving flexibility, the new ceramifiable compound extends the range of halogen free compounds, integrating this new technology now available from SACO Polymers. The new compound technology can also be used in other high performance cable applications. Read more…

SMD Further Strengthen Sales Team

In order to further develop our business while maintaining the strong customer relationships that are key to our success, we have added two new members to our sales teams.

Ian Bryan, who qualified as a chartered engineer while working on nuclear submarines in the Royal Navy, joins our team from the Crown Estate. Ian brings with him a range of experience and expertise in renewable energy technology. In his previous role as a senior development manager Ian was heavily involved with the development of commercial scale wind farms as part of Round 3, and more recently with the Crown Estate’s test and demonstration programme for offshore wind, wave and tidal technology. Ian will be working across our Trenching, Mining and Renewables teams, supplementing and further supporting the team’s existing skillset. Read more…

TECODS Conveyor & Drive Solutions for Maritime Applications

For moving, pulling, lifting, telescoping, pivoting, swivelling and more:

RUD Chains is a leading manufacturer of high quality round steel link chains. RUD round link chains are used across a range of demanding working environments, they show their strength across RUD’s conveyor and hoist systems to their well-known lifting and lashing means. As a response to the increasing demand from the industry for drive solutions based on round steel link chains, RUD has established the product group TECDOS®.

TECDOS® components and modules offers unrivalled solutions for a wide variety of maritime applications: for moving, pulling, lifting, telescoping, pivoting and swivelling. Read more…

Brand new BSEE, Marathon, Chevron and BOEM execs join ‘unmissable’ Summit program

The industry’s oil price pressures are not stopping the clock for global decommissioning and abandonment executives as they flock to Houston for what is set to be the most operator-led debate to date.

The news comes as organizer DecomWorld announces a raft of exciting developments to the program for its 7th Annual Decommissioning & Abandonment Summit, 17-19 March.

Marathon Oil’s Advanced Senior Facilities Engineer has now been confirmed to join the much anticipated deepwater decommissioning panel session alongside leaders from Stone Energy, Anadarko and BHP Billiton. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime Underwater Image Competition Winners Announced

Kongsberg Maritime has selected the winners of ‘The Full Picture Photo and Video Competition’, which ran from 26th August until 30th November 2014. With iPad Minis on offer as prizes and the chance for some entries to be used in Kongsberg Maritime marketing activities, the company’s international camera user-base submitted a wealth of fantastic underwater stills and video. Visitors to the Kongsberg Maritime booths at this week’s Underwater Intervention 2015 in New Orleans and Subsea Expo 2015 in Aberdeen can see some of the best entries on display. Read more…

HUBER+SUHNER Centers Its FTTH Council Europe Presence Around Its ‘Fiber to our Kids’ Concept

Global connectivity supplier HUBER+SUHNER is to focus on connecting the next generation with its ‘Fiber to Our Kids’ theme at the FTTH Conference in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-12 February. A broad portfolio of high end fiber management solutions, high quality fiber optical components and carrier grade transport solutions will be on display during the event and Dr Martin Strasser, HUBER+SUHNER’s product unit manager for Fiber Management Systems, will present the ‘Fiber to Our Kids’ concept in his presentation during the conference stream: “Deploy FTTH and Save Money” on 11 February.

As the demand for bandwidth in homes continues to grow exponentially, network operators increasingly face challenges in meeting the explosion of in-home demand. Read more…

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