Record sales for AESSEAL® secures further future investment

March 2017 saw record sales for AESSEAL at just under £16 million, nearly £2 million greater than the previous record breaking month for the business.

Incidentally the company also reached a record landmark of £100 million in net assets. Founder and Managing Director, Chris Rea has hailed the success as a ‘magnificent achievement’.

In a message to all 1700 staff he said: “In a time of decline for all of our major competitors, due to the low price of oil and the lack of business in that area, this is a magnificent achievement. I remain convinced that people are the most important ingredient for business success and the results are testament to your hard work and commitment to customer service. I am proud and delighted with all of you for what you have done and continue to do to give our customers exceptional service.”

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Furthermore, the business is on target to beat a target of £160 million sales for 2017.

“Part of it has come from the weakness of sterling, which means that international sales have been translated into a higher sterling number. We have also been helped by the fact that we had a 23-day month as in 2017 Easter falls in April. Nonetheless, March saw another important milestone, in that our group had £100 million of net assets after depreciation, supporting our £160 million-plus 2017 sales target.”

It may appear questionable overinvesting in the business, however Mr Rea stated: “In my view, investment in our future is a key contributor to our ongoing success and that with higher levels of investment in people and infrastructure like machine tools and information technology, we get sustainability and with it security for all of us. In short, we did get a record sales month and coincidentally the £100 million milestone of net assets invested in the business could be a part of the reason for a sustainable business.”

AESSEAL® is one of the world's leading specialists in the design and manufacture of mechanical seals, bearing protectors, seal support systems and gland packing. AESSEAL® has 230 locations worldwide, supplying customers in 104 countries, and employs a global network of sales engineers and technical support specialists.


Parker Autoclave Engineers reduces lead times on main air driven liquid pumps range

Parker Autoclave Engineers, part of Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technology, is now able to offer customers a significant reduction in lead times for its most widely specified air driven liquid pump products.

This has been made possible as Parker Autoclave Engineers’ air driven liquid pumps will now be manufactured in Wexford in Ireland at one of the company’s Instrumentation Products Division Europe (IPDE) locations.

2017 05 03 094446Franck Grignola, Product Manager – Parker Autoclave Engineers, said: “This is a very exciting development, as our air driven liquid pumps are much in demand in Europe. Manufacturing them closer to our major market will bring many benefits to our new and existing customers.”

Parker Autoclave Engineers’ air driven liquid pumps are widely used across industry for a variety of high pressure applications. They provide cost-effective and energy saving benefits for many applications including chemical, oil and gas, industrial and research sectors.

Air driven liquid pumps that will now be available with shorter lead times include the ACHL, ACL and ASL ranges.

Parker Autoclave Engineers’ ACHL Series is a compact 3” (hand lever) air driven liquid pump that delivers high pressure hydraulic power in a mobile, easy to use package. The high strength, stainless steel pump pressure heads are specifically designed and engineered for a long cycle life.  These pumps feature extended service check valves and anodized aluminium parts for better protection from harsh environments.

Also a compact 3” air-driven high pressure liquid pump is Parker Autoclave Engineers’ ACL Series. At only 8 ½” tall, this liquid pump is a single piston air driven pump that operates at an air to pressure ratio of 1:220.  It operates in an air drive pressure range of 15-150 psi and has the option of an isolation chamber to protect air drive section from high pressure leakage.

The third type to be manufactured in Ireland and now on shorter lead times is Parker Autoclave Engineers’ ASL Series, a standard 6” piston, air driven liquid pump.  This compact, air-operated liquid pump provides an air to liquid pressure ratio of 1:11.  This pump is manufactured from hardened stainless steel and operates to a maximum outlet pressure of 1,600 psi.

Using the knowledge developed over the last 70 years, Parker Autoclave Engineers’ Packaged Pressure Systems have been developed to incorporate its Air-Driven, High Pressure Liquid pumps, valves and fittings into a wide range of self-contained portable, or custom framed modules that "plug and play" for virtually any test, control, or injection system. They vary in size, flow capability, output pressure and can include optional features such as chart recording, data logging, cycle counters, injection controllers and almost any kind of electric or pneumatic valve control option.

Parker Autoclave Engineers’ air driven liquid pumps are highly efficient to operate and provide cost-efficiency and energy saving benefits. These pumps have been developed to be ‘plug and play’ for virtually any test, control or injection system.  Extremely flexible, the air driven liquid pumps are available in a wide range of sizes, flow capabilities, output pressures and with optional features, such as chart recording, data logging, cycle counters, injection controllers and almost any kind of electric or pneumatic valve control option.

Parker Autoclave Engineers has extensive experience in manufacturing air driven high pressure liquid pumps, valves and fittings for a wide range of markets.  The company offers a comprehensive range of products, with a wide choice of sizes, flow capabilities, output pressures and additional features.  The company’s products are used in a variety of different industries and applications, including hydrostatic/burst/leak, chemical injection, valve/gauge/hose testing, bolt tensioning, hydraulic control systems, laboratory research and autofrettage systems.

Parker Autoclave Engineers combines high pressure industry knowledge, manufacturing expertise, and technological innovation to offer a broad range of products and services to customers across a wide range of industries. This includes low pressure instrumentation products from 15,000 psi to air driven liquid pumps and packaged systems up to 60,000 psi.

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About Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For 100 years the company has engineered the success of its customers in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. Learn more at or @parkerhannifin.


Faroe-Shetland Channel could face Deepwater Horizon ‘dirty blizzard’

A deep water oil spill in the northeast Atlantic would be more difficult to combat than the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2015, and the use of a dispersant in those waters would create a subsea ‘dirty blizzard’ of marine oil snow, according to scientists.

When tackling oil spills, operators often use dispersants, which break up the oil and encourage it to degrade naturally.  The new research from Heriot-Watt University, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, shows that the use of a dispersant in the Faroe-Shetland Channel after an oil spill would trigger conditions similar to the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon: the formation of marine oil snow (MOS).

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MOS comprises sticky, floating organic particles that are visible to the naked eye and contain oil droplets from spills. MOS sinks rapidly, which has two effects: it vanishes much of the oil from the surface, leading observers to think the spill has been cleaned up, and it carries the oil to the seabed, with potentially damaging effects on deep sea ecosystems.

The rapid sinking of copious quantities of MOS to the seabed was the ‘dirty blizzard’ that occurred during the Deepwater Horizon spill, and may have accounted for vast quantities of oil that impacted much of the continental slope in the northern Gulf of Mexico around the Macondo wellhead.

Dr Tony Gutierrez, Associate Professor of Microbiology at Heriot-Watt University, said, “Many lessons were learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

“The Faroe Shetland Channel is at the frontier of deep water petroleum exploration, so there is a pressing need for fundamental research in this region. 

“The area is already home to oil rigs that are extracting oil at depths of down to 500m, and the region is being scoped for oil at much greater depths. 

“The Faroe-Shetland Channel is the ‘spaghetti junction’ of Icelandic, Norwegian and Atlantic currents and is much more hydrodynamic than the Gulf of Mexico, where the Deepwater Horizon spill occurred. 

“The possibility of a deep sea spill in this area in the future cannot be discounted, so it’s vital we know how to respond.

“Our research is a first step to understanding the fate of oil in the event of a major spill in the Faroe Shetland Channel.

“We don’t know exactly what happens when the MOS arrives on the seabed, but given the fragility of sponge belts in the Faroe-Shetland Channel and other sensitive benthic communities, it’s not likely to be good.” 

Laura Duran Suja, a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University, led the study and took surface seawater samples from the water mass known as the Modified North Atlantic Wester (MNAW), near the Schiehallion oil field, and incubated them with the oil under conditions simulating the sea surface.

Over the course of six weeks she studied the microbial response, including of the oil-degrading bacterial communities, and observed the formation of MOS in incubations treated with dispersant and/or nutrients. 

Dr Gutierrez said: “Our data indicates that in the event of an oil spill in the Faroe Shetland Channel, the use of dispersants could trigger the formation of MOS. The good news is that the MOS harbours rich communities of oil-degrading bacteria, which have an important role in ‘eating’ up the oil. 

This work is the first of its kind to test dispersants on the microbial response and formation of MOS in the event of an oil spill in the Faroe Shetland Channel. Dr Gutierrez cautions that more work is needed to understand existing dispersants and develop safer, more effective products to combat oil spills and minimise impacts to pelagic and benthic ecosystems in the area.

About the Gutierrez Research Group

The main research theme of the lab is on the identification, characterization, response, ecology and biotechnology of marine microorganisms.
One major focus of the lab is on oil-degrading bacteria. These organisms play a key role in the ocean by breaking down petrochemical contaminants, such during an oil spill. We have published widely on the microbial response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and our research also focuses on the microbiology of sea surface and deepwater provinces, such as in the North East Atlantic where oil exploration is expanding. We are also bio-prospecting marine microorganisms for discovering novel types of bio-molecules, such as surface-active agents (bio-surfactants and bio-emulsifiers) for biotechnological applications.
We use conventional and sophisticated microbiological and molecular approaches (e.g. DNA stable isotope probing, CARD-FISH, next generation sequencing). Our aim is to discover and seek an enhanced level of understanding on the resilience of the marine environment to cope with the impacts of fossil fuel contamination – to use this information to combat future oil spills at sea, and exploit the biotechnological potential of marine microbes.


Forum investment brings new multiplexer technology to the rental market

Forum Subsea Rentals, a Forum Energy Technologies business, announces that new multiplexer video and data acquisition technology is available to their global rental market following significant investment in MacArtney’s EMO range.

The acquisition of DOMINO-7 Mk II and NANO-MUX multiplexers has been made in response to a growing demand for compact, lightweight designs which deliver enhanced operational efficiencies while supporting a complex array of subsea sensors.

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The investment not only expands Forum’s extensive range of multiplexers, it brings the newest kit - the NANO-MUX- to the global rental market for the first time.

Richard Main, Operations Manager and Global Asset Manager at Forum Subsea Rentals, said: “We have an unparalleled range of innovative technologies available for rental which were developed by Forum and other third party manufacturers which deliver results to our worldwide clients.

“We recognised a growing demand for rental multiplexers that can fit smaller ROVs. Both the DOMINO 7 Mk II and the new NANO-MUX offer a wide range of configurations. This latest acquisition builds on our commitment to continually bring our clients reliable, result-driven and technology-led solutions which help them meet their operational challenges.”

The new compact MacArtney DOMINO-7 Mk II multiplexer (MUX) can be installed on a range of work class ROVs. A fibre-optic system with a range of MUX channel and power supply configurations, it offers three videos with 10 bit data link in addition to two multi-beam ports, so that data can be communicated via a gigabit Ethernet link coupled with a 48 VDC supply voltage. It has additional power supply channels and can be re-configured effectively and quickly whilst ensuring that it is deployable with a range of power and protocols available.

The small dimensions and low weight of the MacArtney NANO-MUX allow it to be installed on a wider range of ROVs. Video and data can be converted to fibre including HD video formats as well as high speed gigabit Ethernet data. Applications include control of a camera’s pan-and-tilt utility as well as zoom and other lens control functions. The additional serial channels can also be used to transmit other sensor data within one single fibre optic signal.

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is a global oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion, production and infrastructure sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. The company’s products include highly engineered capital equipment as well as products that are consumed in the drilling, well construction, production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Forum is headquartered in Houston, TX with manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located around the globe.


Alfa Laval wins SEK 55million energy-efficiency order in Africa

Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchangers to a refinery in West Africa. The order, booked in the Welded Heat Exchangers unit of the Energy Division late March, has a value of approximately SEK 55 million and delivery is scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

2014 08 14 093039 alfa lavalThe order comprises the delivery of compact heat exchangers for energy recovery in a chemical process, where low octane refinery naphthas are converted into high-octane liquid products.

“This is the third Packinox order that we have booked within a short period of time,” says Susanne Pahlén Åklundh, President of the Energy Division. “These reliable and highly energy-efficient products play a vital role in recovering and saving energy and are therefore well-suited for the energy-intense refinery and petrochemical industries.”

Did you know that… one single Alfa Laval Packinox heat exchanger can raise the temperature of the incoming naphtha from 80 to 520 degrees Celsius, by reusing heat from the refinery process?

About Alfa Laval
Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.

The company’s equipment, systems and services are dedicated to assisting customers in optimizing the performance of their processes. The solutions help them to heat, cool, separate and transport products in industries that produce food and beverages, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, starch, sugar and ethanol.

Alfa Laval’s products are also used in power plants, aboard ships, oil and gas exploration, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications.

Alfa Laval’s worldwide organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries to help them stay ahead in the global arena. Alfa Laval is listed on Nasdaq OMX, and, in 2016, posted annual sales of about SEK 35.6 billion (approx. 3.77 billion Euros). The company has about 17 000 employees.