FLNG needs offshore know-how
More and more developers are considering floating liquefied
natural gas (FLNG) as a strong option for monetizing gas
resources. The sustained work over the last five years within
the sector has enabled FLNG to mature and be better
Key considerations must be correctly assessed to ensure the
success of an FLNG project. These considerations are unique to
FLNG, so addressing the project with an LNG mindset will not
necessarily result in the correct decisions being made.
One of the most crucial decisions is to select the right
FLNG specialists at an early stage. Very few companies know
FLNG and have sufficient offshore experience. As an FLNG and
offshore specialist, KANFA Aragon has the expertise and
experience for successful, simplified and fast execution
Fig. 1. A jetty-moored
for Samsung Heavy Industries
and FLEX LNG. Photo
courtesy of Samsung Heavy
Industries and FLEX LNG.
When considering an FLNG development, whether offshore or
onshore, there are several key areas to consider, as discussed
Liquefaction technology selection
The key question is whether to select an adjusted onshore
liquefaction technology that is unproven offshore, or a
technology developed specifically for offshore that already has
been proven. As the offshore oil and gas sector has shown, just
because something works onshore does not mean that it is
suitable for offshore use.
Typically, onshore technologies that are proposed for use
offshore utilize flammable, multi-phase refrigerant processes
that require very large amounts of space and equipment. Use of
such hazardous liquid refrigerants are not ideal for offshore
due to performance-impacting vessel motions, limitations on
available space offshore, complexity of operation, manpower
requirements, and the increased safety demands that operating
The optimal choice for FLNG developments is to utilize a
nitrogen (N2) cycle. N2 cycles offer a
simple, single-phase process using a nonhazardous refrigerant
and are an established offshore technology, as they have
already been applied as reliquefaction systems on LNG carriers.
For those who understand the offshore world, it is the best
option for FLNG. This is why KANFA Aragon developed the
patented Optimized Dual Nitrogen Expander Cycle, using
N2 specifically for offshore liquefaction.
The main argument for hydrocarbon mixed-refrigerant cycles is
generated by the traditional onshore LNG focus on efficiency in
terms of kW/kg of produced LNG. Mixed-refrigerant cycles are
more efficient than N2 cycles. However, for FLNG,
developers must look at overall plant efficiency.
Often, plants based on mixed-refrigerant technology are not
much more efficient than plants using N2 cycles.
Complex hydrocarbon-based technologies usually apply a
one-train configuration, and they often use steam turbines with
low thermal efficiencies as drivers. For N2 cycles,
aeroderivative gas turbines with high efficiencies are applied
as drivers, resulting in overall high plant efficiency.
It is important to guarantee reliable production offshore.
As such, simplicity always has an advantage over enhanced
efficiency in an offshore environment.
It is also important that equipment is suitable and proven
offshore. This is another strength for N2 cycles, as
it is generally possible to use equipment that already has
references from operating offshore. This further reduces risk
and enhances stable production. By using established offshore
equipment, it also presents a range of possible suppliers,
improving price competition and reducing dependency on single
sourcing (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2. The LM 6000
aeroderivative gas turbine.
Photo courtesy of GE.
In an offshore environment, the inherent safety level
required as part of the plant and process design is much more
stringent than in an onshore environment. Large plants that
require bulky equipment in confined spacestogether with
high numbers of people and significant storage inventories of
hazardous and flammable liquidspresent a combination that
is not ideal for an offshore environment. However,
nonhazardous, simple-to-operate processes using proven offshore
equipment present a much simpler and safer method of producing
For FLNG, it is crucial to select a technology provider with
a proven track record offshore. Hiring experienced staff with
high expertise in both gas processes and offshore project execution is critical to
successful FLNG development.
KANFA Aragons most high-profile development to date is
for SHI and FLEX LNG. It started with conceptual and generic
FEED work; recently, field-specific FEED work was completed for
the Elk-Antelope Field in Papua New Guinea. For the
field-specific FEED, KANFA Aragon established a joint venture
with Worley-Parsons to further strengthen engineering
capability. The project is currently awaiting a final
With a large amount of development work and FEED done on
behalf of SHI and FLEX LNG, KANFA Aragon possesses experience
and capability in FLNG (Fig. 3).
Fig. 3. KANFA
Sevan Marine FLNG concept
with topside and technology.
As a technology provider and an EPC company, KANFA Aragon
can provide flexible execution options. Whether there is
interest only in licensing the liquefaction technology, or
preference for a full EPC arrangement (including joint ventures
with other EPC companies and/or shipyards), KANFA Aragon is
able to meet what is best for development. A proven track
record in FPSO topside deliveries, together with experience and
expertise in FLNG, means that KANFA Aragon can offer developed,
verified solutions alongside optimized project execution.
Now that FLNG is maturing and becoming of greater interest,
it is more important than ever to ensure that proper
considerations are taken and that the right decisions are made.
Visit www.kanfagroup.com or contact Tom.Haylock@kanfagroup.com
for more information.
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Small-scale GTL to enhance refinery operation
A modular, small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant based on
the use of microchannel Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reactors will
offer an economical option to expand refinery capacity and make
it possible to derive value from smaller accumulations of
unconventional gas that would otherwise be left underground.
This includes shale gas, tight gas, coalbed methane, and
The GTL plant was developed by Velocys Inc., the US-based
subsidiary of Oxford Catalysts Group, and is now under construction at the Ventech
fabrication facility in Pasadena, Texas. In contrast to
large-scale GTL plants, such as Sasols Oryx and
Shells Pearl plants (both located in Qatar), which are
designed to produce over 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) of GTL
product, this new, smaller-scale GTL plant has a nominal
capacity of 1,000 bpd to 1,500 bpd.
The modular GTL plant, which will be composed of
standard-sized, 13.5 ft × 12 ft × 40 ft (4.1 m
× 3.65 m × 12 m) modules, takes advantage of two
technology breakthroughsmodularization and microchannel
Modularization is a construction method that involves
designing refineries and gas processing facilities as a series of modular
process and utility units, that are fabricated in a controlled
shop environment, and then shipped and connected together on
the project site.
Microchannel technology is a developing field of chemical
processing that intensifies chemical reactions by reducing the
dimensions of the reactor systems. This enables reactions to
occur at rates 10 to 1,000 times faster than those in
conventional systems, and makes it possible to use more active
FT catalysts (Fig. 4).
Fig. 4. Velocys
microchannel FT reactor enables
faster reaction rates and the use
of more active FT catalysts.
The Velocys reactors take advantage of a highly active FT
catalyst developed by Oxford Catalysts to accelerate FT
reactions by a factor of 10 to 15 times the speed of
conventional reactors. Individual Velocys microchannel FT
reactors are designed to produce 125 bpd to 200 bpd of FT
product, and desired plant capacity is reached by linking
together multiple reactors to scale production to match the
available resource. Plants of this type can also be used as a
flexible and economical way to expand capacity at existing
petroleum refineries when an economical gas supply is
The first customer for this new plant design is Calumet
Specialty Products Partners LP, an independent producer of
specialty hydrocarbon products in North America.
The Calumet plant will incorporate autothermal reforming (ATR)
reactors from Haldor Topsøe to produce the syngas feedstock for the Velocys
microchannel FT reactors (Fig. 5).
Fig. 5. Illustration of an
process unit module. Photo
courtesy of Ventech Engineers
Calumet plans to use the modular GTL plant, which will have a
nominal capacity of 1,000 bpd, in the expansion of its specialty products
facility in Karns City, Pennsylvania. Fabrication is expected
to begin during the first half of 2013. Velocys anticipates
that this first modular GTL plant, which is due to come
onstream during the second half of 2014, will be the first of
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Catalyst reduces burner gas use
Catacels Stackable Structural Reactor (SSR) metal
foil-structured catalyst for steam methane reforming (SMR) has
resulted in a 30% decrease in natural gas consumption by a
reformer burner since May 2012 at the CPIngredientes hydrogen
plant in Guadalajara, Mexico. The lower gas consumption also
led to a corresponding increase in plant efficiency.
The reformer configuration at the plant consists of reformer
tubes of varying ages, several of which had been recharged with
ceramic pellet catalyst as recently as January 2012. After
thorough study and analysis, plant management decided to
replace the ceramic catalyst media in all reformer tubes with
Catacel SSR SMR structured catalysts (Fig. 6).
The changeout was completed in May 2012 with minimal
Fig. 6. Top view of
Catacel SSR catalyst coated
metal foil unit.
Catacels approach to improving plant efficiency and
performance involves coating proprietary, high-performance
catalyst onto engineered foil supports (fans)
designed to deliver superior heat transfer at the same or lower
pressure drop than traditional ceramic pellet catalysts. The
SSR catalysts increased heat transfer coefficient enables
the operator to reduce furnace temperatures, with consequent
overall energy savings and extended tube and furnace life.
Catalyst media have significant effects on the furnace and
tube temperatures needed to achieve the required reaction
temperature. Ceramic media typically operates with a 90°C
to 100°C temperature differential between the media and the
tube. SSR catalyst media, with significantly better heat
transfer capability, decreases that differential by 35°C or
more. This allows the tubes to operate cooler, extending tube
In addition, the SSR fans are engineered to provide a
reactive surface area that is about 2.5 times greater than that
of typical ceramic media. The higher surface area serves to
ensure that more active ingredient is available to the
reaction, resulting in longer catalyst life.
Installation of the SSR catalyst was accomplished in
3-ft-long sections of fans delivered to the plant site and
inserted into the reformer tubes. Once inserted in place, each
section of SSR was expanded to make the individual SSR fans
conform to the specific internal geometry of each tube. This
installation required 72 sections comprising a total of nearly
2,000 SSR fans installed over a two-day period.
Initial reporting at 100% plant rate with the SSR catalyst
indicated a 13.5% reduction in natural gas consumption by the
reformer burners over the nominal values of previous months and
years of operation. However, readings taken in the following
months and at various plant rates demonstrate burner fuel
reductions of up to 30%, reduction of reformer temperature, and
improvement to overall plant efficiency. Based on current gas
pricing in Mexico, return on investment for the entire SSR
catalyst charge based only on fuel savings is 2.1 years or
In addition to providing ongoing gas fuel savings, the SSR
catalyst system does not fracture, clump together, create space
voids, or increase tube pressure drop over time, as is typical
for ceramic pellets. In summary, SSR technology is expected to
allow the catalyst to extend the life of reformer tubes and
remain active over the extended tube life.
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Piping product reduces gas distribution costs
Evoniks Polyamide 12 (PA12) VESTAMID NRG is being used
by utility companies to install pipes at half the time and
price of a steel piping system, thereby revolutionizing the
natural gas distribution industry.
The high-performance, lightweight thermoplastic polyamide is
a more cost-effective alternative to steel piping and was
recently used to tap five additional service lines into a
natural gas main in Ulm, Montana.
The product allowed Energy West, a Montana-based gas utility
and energy supplier, to complete a piping system to provide gas
to homeowners previously using propane, a more expensive energy
source. Energy West crews were able to extend the service lines
and cut away samples from the previously installed VESTAMID NRG
pipeline by using conventional squeeze-off tools to facilitate
The new piping system operates at 150 psig and can
facilitate up to 250 psig. Energy West said annual energy costs
for homeowners will be reduced by around 40% when switching to
natural gas from propane.
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Gas meter excels in low-pressure environments
Primary Flow Signal (PFS) recently announced the
availability of its Digester and Bio-Gas (HVT-DG) flowmetering
system for high energy recovery in low-pressure digester gas
The HVT-DG is a customizable, insertable venturi meter
engineered for each customers specific requirements for
accurate and reliable measurement in low-pressure, dirty and
wet gas situations.
Biogas, or gas that originates from biogenic material, most
commonly occurs during sewage or municipal waste processes, and
it is typically composed of methane, carbon dioxide or hydrogen
sulfide. These viscous materials, which can flow at low or
irregular pressures, need to be precisely monitored to ensure
that they are disposed of correctly, as leakage could lead to
damage or explosions.
The HVT-DG maintains accuracy of +/− 0.25% of actual
reading or better, based on hydraulic calibration; it can
handle temperatures up to 120°F (49°C); and it features
a manual vent cleaner that allows for the removal of particles
from the meter, offering a simple solution to ensure that
debris does not impact flow measurement.
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Sensor system improves machinery alignment
LUDECA Inc. recently launched sens-ALIGN, an intelligent
sensor system for machinery alignment (Fig.
7). The system combines PRÜFTECHNIKs
patented intelligent sensor technology into the ROTALIGN Ultra
iS platform, yielding instantaneous data acquisition and
real-time results display with guaranteed 100% accuracy under
even the roughest of field conditions.
Fig. 7. The sensALIGN
system allows immediate
data acquisition and real-time
results display with 100%
The sensALIGN intelligence automatically considers the
effects of ambient vibration, acceleration of rotation,
backlash, speed of rotation, and other factors in determining
the quality factor (QF) of alignment readings in harsh field
conditions. This makes the system ideal for long-term
stand-alone monitoring of machine positional change, as well as
routine shaft alignment.
An improved, user-friendly interface makes the ROTALIGN
Ultra iS platform faster than ever, while still collecting
thousands of measurement points with its patented Continuous
With the ROTALIGN ULTRA iS platform, alignment results can
be achieved in three steps:
- Enter dimensions
- View results.
Accurate alignments reduce unwanted maintenance costs, power consumption
and vibration levels while increasing equipment
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Farris introduces SmartPRV valve
Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Co.s Farris Engineering
business unit recently introduced the Farris SmartPRV, a 2600
series pressure relief valve (PRV) equipped with a Fisher 4320
position monitor (Fig. 8).
Fig. 8. The Farris
pressure relief valves in real
With the new technology, PRVs can be monitored in real time,
providing immediate feedback during an overpressure event.
Areas of the plant that had been difficult or impossible to
track using traditional wired products are now effectively
monitored. The SmartPRV also extends the range of field
applications with Emersons SmartWireless solutions
network, including critical assets.
Prior to SmartPRV, monitoring of PRVs and the amount of
product being released was a daunting task due to the
limitations of traditional monitoring technologies, including
environmental monitoring of the
plant site and simple physical observation of PRVs and flare
volume. In both instances, plants have been unable to track
SmartPRV helps identify production and profitability losses,
reduce emissions fines and associated
administrative costs, and improve plant safety and
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Coating combats sub-insulation corrosion
Sherwin-Williams Heat-Flex Hi-Temp 1200 coating is an
immersion-grade, single-component, inert, multipolymeric matrix
coating that outperforms alternatives in aggressive,
multi-cycle laboratory testing. Rigorous protocols based on
ASTM International standards documented better corrosion and
abrasion resistance, increased flexibility and harder film.
Our testing was based on accelerated and real-world
scenarios involving typical corrosion-under-insulation (CUI)
mechanisms, explained Bruce Toews, global market director
for oil and gas at Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine
In addition to improved corrosion resistance,
Heat-Flex Hi-Temp 1200 delivered enhanced durability in transit
from shop to job site, and faster shop throughput. Those
attributes translate into reduced total cost of ownership and
extended service life for high-heat applications and equipment
under insulation, Toews said.
CUI is one of the costliest problems facing the hydrocarbon
processing environment today. Major equipment outages, whether
for periodic inspection and maintenance or due to a
catastrophic failure, account for more operational disruptions
than any other cause.
NACE International standard SP0198-2010, The Control
of Corrosion Under Thermal Insulation and Fireproofing
MaterialsA Systems Approach, recognizes the
increases that have occurred in the temperatures of hydrocarbon processing operations over
the past decadechanges that demand the highest-performing
products for these applications.
The standard holds that immersion-grade systems are a
suitable defense against infiltration by outside moisture or
from the process environment itself through seams, gaps or
other discontinuities in steel under insulation. Insulated
steel capable of trapping water is considered to be under
immersion at 210°F (99°C) or higher.
The Heat-Flex Hi-Temp 1200 coating combines ease of
application, ambient cure, surface tolerance and ultraviolet
(UV) resistance in one formulation for application under
calcium silicate and mineral wool insulation systems, and it is
recommended for use in wet/dry cyclic service at operating
surface temperatures of cryogenic to 1,200°F (649°C),
with application temperatures from ambient to 500°F
During the testing, the coated panels reportedly
outperformed those of competitors, with no adhesion loss or
blistering after 80 cycles of the boiling water test when
applied at ambient temperatures. This test measures a
coatings performance on a steel panel subjected to
thermal shock in a simulated immersion scenario. Accepted as
the gold standard for accelerated testing of heat-resistant
coatings, this test method measures a coatings
performance on a steel panel subjected to thermal shock in a
simulated immersion scenario.
The Heat-Flex Hi-Temp 1200 coating endured a second rigorous
CUI testing protocol to gauge the coatings performance in
real-world scenarios involving typical CUI mechanisms, as
recognized in NACE SP0198-2010.
Coatings formulated for immersion service are ideal for CUI
because the contaminants that pass through the insulation along
with the water create an aggressive operating environment.
Insulation systems generally vary in their water retention,
permeability and wetability characteristics; infiltration can
occur due to breaks in the waterproofing, inadequate system
design, incorrect installation, poor maintenance practices, or a
combination of the above.
Once wet, the insulation systems weather barriers and
sealants trap the water inside, keeping the insulation moist.
Next to the equipment surface, the insulation forms an annular
space or crevice that retains the water and other corrosive
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Furnace camera improves industrial efficiency
An application report from FLIR Systems details how the
Bayernoil refinery complex near Ingolstadt,
Germany has used a FLIR infrared furnace camera to monitor its
hydroreformers, enabling them to keep the installations up and
Stable, high temperatures and efficient combustion in refinery furnaces, heaters and
boilers are mandatory for continuous output of high-quality oil
derivatives. The high-temperature hydroreformer installations
at Bayernoil run continuously and at 100% capacity to satisfy
high demand for petroleum products. The heavy demands on the
hydroreformers make condition monitoring and preventive
maintenance of furnaces and heat supply extremely
Engineers regularly inspect furnaces at Bayernoils
three sites, using FLIR GF309 furnace cameras. Calibrated for
measurements of up to 1,500°C, the GF309 camera provides
temperature readings across entire high-temperature surface
areas, enabling faster inspection in critical or potentially
hazardous environments. The cameras protective shield is
designed not only to reflect the heat away from the camera and
its user, but also to entirely cover the area of a furnace
The information gathered by the furnace camera has helped
Bayernoil to determine when furnace temperature sensors need to
be exchanged. The data also indicate if the temperature of
piping remains within safe limits, provide information on
whether or not productivity can be raised, and assess the
condition of the furnace burners to determine if they need to
be adjusted or cleaned.
Using the FLIR Reporter software suite on the GF309 furnace
camera, Bayernoil engineers are able to gather and analyze
their findings and share them with process safety, production
and maintenance specialists at the plants, enabling them to
assess and optimize production.
Bayernoil has found that the FLIR GF309 furnace camera has
given the company key information on the thermal load of its
furnace and piping installations, enabling production
optimization and improvement in operational safety. Bayernoil
expects the infrared camera to be amortized within two
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Invensys introduces new quality-management software
Invensys Operations Management has released an updated
version of its Wonderware MES software. The newest version
expands existing operations and performance management
functionality by adding quality management for sample data
collection, statistical process control and quality results
monitoring, helping to improve operational efficiency,
regulatory compliance and product safety.
Wonderware MES 2012 software reduces the cost of quality
management while improving regulatory and product safety
compliance by capturing complete product, equipment and
process-related quality data for both automated and manual
operations. The software monitors quality data in near real
time, allowing plant operators to respond faster to
non-conformance conditions, quality trends and deviations, as
well as to take corrective actions that minimize variations and
bring quality closer to specifications.
The software complements existing enterprise
quality-management systems with sample plan execution
automation, higher accuracy in shop-floor quality sample data,
integrated statistical process control (SPC), and enhanced work
order and operational execution context.
The new features of Wonderware MES 2012 software build out
the quality-management capabilities of the original version.
The software now enforces manual and automatic data collection,
integrates structured sampling plans, and includes rigorous
The updated software also allows sampling plans to be
dynamically generated, according to current work order status
for products, equipment and operations. Execution of the sample
plans can be performed according to system quality
specifications, and the samples themselves can be automated
from equipment, control systems or instrumentation. SPC
trending and charting are available for near real-time quality
monitoring, and they include notifications of violations of
control and specification limits.
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Flowmeter achieves CE marking under PED
To support McCrometers European customers, the Wafer-Cone
flowmeter (Fig. 9) now meets the requirements
of the European Communitys Pressure
Equipment Directive (PED) 97/23/EC and is eligible for use
throughout the region.
Fig. 9. The Wafer-Cone
flowmeter now comes with
CE marking for all service categories under PED 97/23/EC means
that McCrometers European customers have third-party
assurance that the Wafer-Cone flowmeter is safe for use in
pressurized environments found in industrial processes and
plants. The flowmeter meets essential safety requirements
covering design, manufacture and testing. It also satisfies
appropriate conformity assessment procedures and carries the CE
marking and other information.
The Wafer-Cone flowmeter is ideal for liquid, gas or steam
service in line sizes from 1 in. to 6 in. The meters
flangeless design makes installation easy, while the
interchangeable cone offers flexibility to accommodate changing
flow conditions without recalibration. When flow conditions
change over time, the cone can be removed and replaced with a
cone at a different beta ratio, eliminating the need to buy a
Space-saving and field-proven, the flowmeter can be
installed virtually anywhere in a piping system or easily
retrofitted into an existing piping layout. No moving parts,
virtually no maintenance and an economical cost
make it ideal for applications such as wellheads, gas,
CO2 and water injection, gas lift, compressor
anti-surge, fuel gas, separator discharge, biogas reactors,
cooling systems, plant HVAC, process gas lines and more.
The Wafer-Cone flowmeters unique differential
pressure-sensing technology with built-in flow conditioning
greatly reduces the required straight pipe run for installation
as compared with technologies such as orifice plates and
venturi meters. The Wafer-Cone flowmeter is highly accurate and
requires a straight run of only one to three pipe diameters
upstream, and zero to one pipe diameters downstream, to ensure
The flowmeters design features a centrally located
cone inside a tube, which interacts with the fluid flow and
reshapes the velocity profile to create a lower-pressure region
immediately downstream. The pressure difference exhibited
between the static line pressure and the low pressure created
downstream of the cone can be measured via two pressure-sensing
taps. One tap is placed slightly upstream of the cone, and the
other is located downstream of the cone. The pressure
difference can then be incorporated into a derivation of the
Bernoulli equation to determine the fluid flowrate.
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AVEVA, Trimble integrate 3D scanning technologies
AVEVA and Trimble are collaborating to provide an efficient
integration between Trimbles
3D laser scanning solutions and AVEVAs laser scanning
software solutions, including the LFM Software suite, for the
plant, power and marine industries. AVEVAs LFM Software
laser scanning solutions help companies capture their
brownfield, as-built assets to improve efficiency and extend
The integration will enable customers to
rapidly capture, import and integrate 3D laser scan data into
their design workflows. With Trimble and AVEVA combining
technologies, customers will have access to industry-leading
laser-capture technology combined with efficient
laser data-processing software.
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EcoDual engine gets EPA approval
EcoDual LLC, a provider of dual-fuel conversion systems for
heavy-duty diesel trucks, has achieved authorization from the
US Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to begin installing its systems on all 29 engine families
of the 2004 to 2009 Cummins ISM engines. The EcoDual conversion
kit for the Cummins ISM 11L engine will provide fleets with an
opportunity to substitute low-cost natural gas for more
expensive diesel fuel. EcoDuals gas-to-diesel fuel
substitution rate is the highest among all available dual-fuel
conversion kits, providing significant fuel cost savings and
the shortest return on investment. The cost of the dual-fuel
system is often recovered in operational savings within one
year, without any government incentives.
In dual-fuel operation, the trucks maintain full torque and
power with no loss of miles per gallon. The systems are easily
installed at the fleet owners site and are fully
warranted. Dual fuel provides the added benefit of automatic
operation of the truck on 100% diesel at full power if the
natural gas tank runs dry.
EcoDual CEO and President Scott Myers noted, This
approval of our ISM system greatly expands our dual-fuel
product line to nearly 50 engine families that can run on
compressed natural gas (CNG) or LNG. As with all of our other
products, EcoDual will provide a two-year/250,000-mile warranty
and lease-to-own financing for immediate fuel
Over the next 12 months, EcoDual will release multiple
systems certified for newer trucks with the Cummins ISM and ISX
engines and other engine families from Detroit Diesel, Mack,
PACCAR and Caterpillar.
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Liquid handling system enhances automation
Agilent Technologies Inc.s Encore Multispan Liquid
Handling System (Fig. 10) features an array of unique technological
advances in a single instrument. The Encore Multispan system
combines innovative multispan pipetting with the reach of a
built-in robotic arm and intelligent software control to
deliver a new level of productivity and throughput.
Fig. 10. The Encore
Liquid Handling System
enhances productivity and
The Encore Multispan system, which combines advanced liquid
handling and robotics to enable true sample-to-analysis
automation, will enable researchers to automate a larger
portion of their workflow and significantly expand their
The system will include a number of innovations:
- A dual, multispan pipetting system provides two
individual banks of multiple pipettes. Each pipette moves
independently in multiple axes, delivering ultimate speed and
double the throughput available today. Also, each pipette can
address a variety of sample formats, from tubes to vials to
- An innovative and powerful software package features a 3D
simulator that provides researchers with the ability to set
up, visualize and optimize their protocols remotely and
offline prior to running valuable experiments on the
- A built-in, robotic arm provides a span of up to 21 in.
off-deck, enabling end-to-end workflow integrations with unprecedented
range and flexibility.
The combination of these capabilities will provide
researchers with the ability to quickly and easily automate
complete workflows for a wide range of applications, including
high-throughput screening, ELISA, ADME/TOX, compound
management, and sample preparation workflows for genomics,
proteomics and more. The product will ship in the second
quarter of 2013.
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