Category Archives: Gases

How We Get That Gas Tight Seal

svengraph_lifesaverWithout gas valves, the natural gas distribution process wouldn’t be as efficient and safe as it is today. In addition to controlling gas flow within a structure, these lifesavers are also considered the primary shut off for meter service, which is largely due to their gas tight seal.
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When Meter Adapters Meet Meter Standardization

Do you remember, just a decade ago, when every cell phone type seemed to have its own charger to go with it? Many people couldn’t share chargers and a new one was required with the purchase of a new phone. Gas utilities have to deal with the same concept when it comes to switching out meters and matching meter connection sizes. However, the use of meter adapters makes the concept of gas meter standardization not just a reality, but also the most practical solution. (highlight to tweet) Continue reading

From Dinosaurs to Fossil Fuels

flameSince the year 1,000 B.C., civilization has been taking advantage of the many benefits natural gas provides to our everyday lives. As a common ingredient found in certain products such as paints and medicines, along with the fuel that powers our favorite appliances, natural gas has quickly become an essential energy source and component to our survival. Continue reading

Shedding Some Light on ‘Light Size’ Meter Connections

It takes the collaboration of many parts and pieces in order to provide the proper amount of natural gas to a home. Between BTUs, inches of water column, and PSI, the terminology used in measuring high pressure gas parts really keeps the industry itself connected. When it comes to meter connections in particular, there’s one measurement that stands out from the rest and that’s ‘light size’. Continue reading

When Rust Strikes

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You know the rust that clings to all your favorite things, such as your bike, car, or maybe even the swingset? We all know that the moment you see that orange-ish brown substance, it only goes downhill from there – much like the movie The Blob. However, the first step in pinpointing where rust comes from is recognizing that what these possessions all have in common is that they’re metal-based. Continue reading

Meter Tampering: Picking the Pockets of Honest Customers

It’s common knowledge that if you want access to a public utility’s service on your property, then you are required to pay for it. Seen as one of the necessary costs to maintaining a home or building, most people succumb to taking full responsibility of their energy intake and pay the fees without question. Continue reading

Taking the Headache Out of Gas Meter Change-Outs

For utility companies, having to shut off access to gas for one reason or another is a headache when working on a building that contains more than one gas meter, such as apartments. Not only does this require a scheduled appointment with the customer but it also leaves the utility company responsible for anything that can potentially go wrong throughout the process. Continue reading

CISBOT: Changing Gas Pipeline Repair Forever

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Humanity has an ongoing fear that the Robot Apocalypse is fast approaching. Movies, books, and TV shows end up adding fuel to the fire by displaying this scenario as a bad thing but the company, ULC Robotics, is determined to show that it doesn’t necessarily have to be. In fact, they have found a way to use robotics to our advantage in the natural gas industry. Continue reading

Why is Forecasting Important?

 

Forecasting is the act of predicting or estimating a customer’s needs over a period of time. (highlight to tweet) Accurate forecasting is important to determining the appropriate scheduling of materials, machines and people to ensure products are delivered to the customer when needed. In other words—the better the forecasting, the lower the lead time. Continue reading