Throughout the natural gas journey, one of the challenges is lowering gas pressure along the way in order to fit the appliance need for a consumer. The transition to usage means reducing as much as 1,200 pounds of pressure (PSI) all the way down to one-quarter PSI that gas appliances operate at. This is made possible through the help of the gas pipeline system, specifically gathering lines (715 PSI), transmission lines (200-1,200 PSI), and distribution lines (¼-60 PSI.) However, it isn’t the pipeline itself that lowers the gas pressure, especially when the resource reaches the distribution part of the process. This is where the regulator enters the story. Continue reading
Without 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.
Phones, electricity, transportation, the Internet. Could you imagine living without any of these? As some of the best products and concepts of all time, none of the best ideas would even be possible without innovative practices to bring them to life. By creating a solution to a problem that the consumer may not have even known they had in the first place, innovation can be useful in any industry, including utilities. Continue reading
Since 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
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
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
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
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
Most homeowners don’t give a second thought, or even a first one, to the different ways natural gas is delivered to their home. This is understandable as the installation process and the ownership of the gas meter set belong to the gas utility companies that control the flow of gas. There are many varying installation methods that are impacted by several factors. This includes the decision on whether or not to use a cast iron meter bar.