Wireless Interface Streamlines Pipeline Inspections

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Ratech Electronics recently debuted two of the latest technologies in their pipeline inspection camera systems. The Elite SD is a WiFi interface used to record and transmit videos wirelessly to your device (like an Ipad Air, Iphone, Ipod Touch, etc) and upload saved videos to Youtube directly. It also has the ability to take digital still photos and display onscreen text and distance count, as well as time & date. The product also works well with android devices and can work on every product Ratech is currently offering, as well as upgrade any existing unit in the field by simply having the customers send back their inspection units and the WiFi interface feature can be added at a low cost. The other product that the company debuted is the Inspector tablet, which in the demo was shown with 100 ft of cable. It records to a Microsoft Surface tablet and has a movable docking station which can also be rotated.
The use of tablets and other devices to record pipeline inspections is fast becoming more mainstream in the industry, and it has become increasingly important to offer WiFi options to eliminate the need for USB sticks, SD cards, DVD. Read more about it here

Caterpillar and Modustri to Collaborate on Equipment Monitoring Technology

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

With a desire to offer it’s customers even more service, Caterpillar Inc. has partnered with Modustri, a provider of service and measurement technologies for use in the field, to develop technologies that will help companies optimize their fleets and equipment, ultimately saving the customer hundreds of hours and millions of dollars in the long run. With these new innovations customers will be able to track in real-time, and from the field, information that will help manage and maintain equipment replacement and reduce expensive down-time.

In the next few months, the two companies will be working together to create web-based and mobile platforms for the monitoring and maintenance of their parts and components, and this technology will even work with other suppliers. Caterpillar Inc. and Modustri feel this new development will keep them on the forefront of the heavy equipment industry. To read more regarding this partnership, and how it will benefit customers you can click here…

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Predictive Maintenance: Analyze Data Properly

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The goal of any plant owner is to maximize profits while minimizing expenditures and consistent, and proper maintenance of the plants equipment is key to prolonging the lifetime of the equipment and minimizing expensive replacements. There are two types of maintenance a plant manager needs to be concerned with: reactive and preventive. Reactive deals with actions taken to fix immediately a failure of equipment or hazardous incident, and preventative deals with the constant monitoring and upkeep of equipment through regular inspections, debugging and part replacement.

Preventive maintenance is generally more expensive then reactive maintenance, but in the long term, maybe the better approach as plant shut-downs due to equipment failure is expensive too – so a company has to determine what approach works best for their business structure. Having a good maintenance plan for any business will help manage expenses and to find out key components of an effective maintenance plan, you can click here…

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Study Maps Hundreds Of Methane Gas Leaks Under Streets In L.A. Region

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere, has been detected by the environment group, Environmental Defense Fund, leaking in 250 locations in the Greater Los Angeles region. The organization outfitted a Google street view mapping car with motioning equipment, and after analyzing their findings with scientists from Colorado State University, shared their results with the Southern California Gas Co.

Traditionally, utilities focus their attention repairing leaks that threat public safety, but that is changing as public awareness increases regarding these leaks that contribute to global warming. Southern California Gas said that when they went to investigate the leaks the Environmental Defense Fund found, 40-50% of the leaks did not correlate to actual leaks and may have been indications of methane gas from other sources. The gas company also said that they did find leaks they were not aware of and that needed to be repaired immediately. You can read more here…

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