The MPXI-F is Built For Oil and Gas Exploration

A lease tank for oil waiting to be picked up by a truckThere are some places where level and pressure measurement is easier than others. A rainwater collection tank for a garden, for instance. Anything associated with oil and gas exploration? No, that's not easy. From detailed regulations to keep people and the environment safe, to the various hazardous, poisonous, or corrosive chemicals involved, to the remote places where most drilling occurs, oil and gas exploration is a tough industry for level and pressure sensors. APG's new MPXI-F explosion proof, flexible stem, magnetostrictive probe is made to excel in these specific harsh conditions.

API 18.2 Custody Transfer Compliance with APG's Magnetostrictive Level Transmitters

An oil tanker truck pumps oil from containment tanks, in an API 18.2-related scenarioAPG recently introduced the new API 18.2 MPX Custody Transfer Approved Magnetostrictive Float Level Sensors. We also provided you with a quick synopsis of API 18.2 and its importance for increasing safety and accuracy in crude oil custody transfers from lease storage tanks. In this post, we will tie the two together, showing you how our API 18.2 MPX sensors meet the requirements of API 18.2.

3 Advantages of the DDX Explosion Proof Panel Meter

Use the DDX Explosion Proof Panel Meter on oil and gas drilling rigsIf inventory control is part of your job, then worrying about product levels is just something you do. “Do we have enough? How do I know we have enough? What do the sensors say? Can I trust the sensors?” These questions are a natural part of the job. Adding hazardous locations to the mix only makes the questions more stressful. It’s important in these types of situations to have the best and safest equipment possible and often this means explosion proof panel meters.

APG Introduces Three New Digital Panel Meters

APG's Digital Display Panel Meters

LOGAN, UT – Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG) introduces three new analog-input digital panel meters: the Series DDD Din Mount Digital Display, the Series DDL Large Digital Display, and the Series DDX Explosion Proof Digital Display.

APG’s new Digital Display panel meters showcase your critical information where you need it to be seen. Each one features a two-line, six-character display with eight display intensity levels. With an accuracy spec of 0.3% across all three series, you can be confident that measurement sent to the panel meter is the measurement it will display. Every Digital Display panel meter accepts a range of current or voltage analog inputs, and comes with one discrete digital input. Any outputs, from an isolated 4-20 mA to two or four SPDT switches, is up to you.

3 Reasons the PRX Excels in Explosive Situations

hazardous locations iconIf you have important material levels that need to be monitored in Class I hazardous areas, you know that safe equipment is a necessity. What starts as a spark here, or a bit of overheated metal over there, can end up as a very loud (and costly) BOOM. APG’s new True Echo™ Series PRX Explosion Proof Pulse Radar Level Transmitter is an excellent choice for safe and reliable level measurements in those hazardous areas. It combines the unparalleled accuracy of radar level measurement with several safety factors. Let’s take a look.

Three Reasons Why The PT-405 Excels in Harsh Environments

MONSTER TRUCKWhat is it about a pressure transducer that makes it fit for use in harsh environments? "Insanely strong," "unbelievably tough," "the grittiest of them all," and other things that might be yelled by the announcer at a monster truck rally come to mind. And while grading pressure sensors on the "Monster Truck Scale of AWESOMENESS!" might not be helpful, thinking about a pressure sensor surviving a monster truck rally gives us a good jumping off point (just like the truck ramp!) for looking at why the Series PT-405 Explosion Proof, Heavy Duty Pressure Transducer excels in harsh environments.

APG Introduces New Series PT-405 Explosion Proof, Heavy Duty Pressure Transducer

APG's New PT-405 Explosion Proof Pressure Transducer

LOGAN, UT – Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG) introduces the new Series PT-405 Explosion Proof, Heavy Duty Pressure Transducer.

The PT-405 offers unbeatable performance in harsh conditions and hazardous locations. The PT-405 carries a Class I, Division 1, Explosion Proof rating from CSA, an IP65 rated case, and single seal construction for the highest safety factor. With ranges up to 30,000 psi, and outputs including 4-20 mA, 0-5 or 0-10 VDC, and RS-485/Modbus RTU, the PT-405 is as versatile as it is tough.

APG Introduces Three New True Echo™ Pulse Radar Level Transmitters

APG's New True Echo™ Pulse Radar Transmitter

LOGAN, UT – Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG) introduces three new True Echo™ Pulse Radar Level Transmitters: the Series PRL for Liquids, the Series PRS Dual Frequency for Solids, and the Series PRX Explosion Proof.

True Echo™ Pulse Radar Transmitters bring the unassailable accuracy of radar level readings to several difficult settings: liquids, solids, and Class I, Division 1 hazardous locations. All True Echo™ Pulse Radar Level Transmitters come with either a 50’ (15m) or 100’ (30m) range, an accuracy of ±0.25% of maximum range, and an output resolution of 6.1 μA.

Prevent Dangerous Benzene Exposure During Flowback Operations

Frack and flowback tankIn a recent cooperation between NIOSH, the government agency for researching work-related injury and illness, and private partners in drilling and well servicing found that workers involved in flowback operations where exposed to elevated levels of benzene, a known carcinogen.

The preliminary results of their study were published on the CDC blog last month. The study was conducted by taking urine samples of workers at the end of their shift. The study also included, “short-term and full-shift personal breathing zone and area air sampling for exposures to benzene and other hydrocarbons.”

Is Intrinsic Safety or Explosion Proof Better For Hazardous Areas?

Oil and Gas drilling rigs require hazardous location certified instruments and wiringTwo of the most well known protection methods for instrumentation in hazardous areas are Intrinsic Safety and Explosion Proof. The difference between the two is quite large, and amounts to the idea of prevention vs containment. Then there are the practical differences, which are largely based on how the two are wired.

We’ll discuss these basic differences and the merits of each.

Prevention vs Containment

There are really three basic methods to stop the ignition of fires and explosions in hazardous areas. They are:...