Energy, oil and gas extraction
Energy, oil and gas extraction

Position sensing for hazardous locations

The Oil & Gas industry pursues and extracts energy resources across the globe, whether on land or offshore, operating in all extremes of climate and weather. Increasing demand for remote operation and energy efficiency, not to mention productivity through reduced need for maintenance and human intervention, are driving an increase in the deployment of automation into these often-hostile environments.

With highly robust, accurate, and low-maintenance sensors, Balluff brings its automation expertise from the factory floor to the oil and gas field. Balluff's global presence and special expertise in explosion-proof linear position sensors means that accurate hydraulic cylinder position feedback signals are available, certified for use in hazardous locations all around the world.

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Application examples

  • Valve position feedback for hazardous locations

    Hydraulic actuator position feedback for control and shutoff valves

    The solution

    Balluff's magnetostrictive linear position sensors are used in servo-hydraulic systems in nearly every industry. The special requirements of hazardous locations in oil & gas extraction, transportation, refining, and petrochemical processing require sensing products designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, while at the same time meeting the certification and agency approval requirements of jurisdictions around the globe.

    The features

    • Flameproof / Explosion-proof protection method
    • Non-contact, wear-free operation for long service life
    • NEC, CEC, ATEX, IEC, and many other international approvals
    Energy, oil/gas extraction, explosion protection for control and shutoff valves
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  • Controlling hydraulic artificial lifts

    Position feedback for hydraulic lift cylinders

    The solution

    Hydraulic artificial lift systems are enhancing energy efficiency and optimizing production rates through constant monitoring of downhole conditions and adjustment of the rate and duration of pumping operations. Controlling the velocity and stroke of a hydraulic lift is key to obtaining these benefits.

    Balluff magnetostrictive linear position sensors are available with operating strokes up to 7620mm to accommodate all but the longest-stroke lifts.

    The features

    • Non-contact, wear-free operation for long service life
    • Standard models for non-hazardous applications
    • Flameproof / Explosion-proof protection method for hazardous locations
    • NEC, CEC, ATEX, IEC, and many other international approvals for explosion-proof variants
    Energy, oil/gas extraction, monitoring oil pumps
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  • Erect and align hydraulic artificial lifts

    Precise alignment of artificial lifts over the borehole

    The solution

    Hydraulic artificial lifts need to be placed precisely over the borehole so that side loads and component wear are minimized as much as possible. Balluff's inclination sensors offer non-contact angle measurement for precise vertical alignment in multiple axes. The sensors operate by measuring the deviation from horizontal, up to 360° (one complete rotation).

    The features

    • Mounts directly on the equipment to be aligned
    • Space-saving and robust, well-suited to outdoor conditions
    • Fluid-based and MEMS technologies available to suit moderate to high accuracy requirements
    Energy, oil/gas extraction, aligning oil pumps
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  • Rapid positioning of drill strings

    Rapid positioning of drill strings

    The solution

    Pipe handlers take drill strings out of the magazine and position them directly over the borehole. Quick and efficient drilling is thus ensured. Powerful hydraulics move the heavy rods with ease and bring them directly into place and position. Balluff magnetostrictive linear position sensors are critical for prompt, correct positioning.

    The features

    • High temperature range
    • Long-lasting
    • Rugged
    Rapid positioning of drill strings
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  • More efficiency in making up or breaking down pipe

    Easy handling for explosion hazard environments

    The solution

    Iron roughnecks maximize the efficiency in making up or breaking down pipe. In spite of enormous weights, making up or breaking down the pipes requires very precise movements. Magnetostrictive linear position sensors measure reliably and with absolute exactness. And you will be on the safe side when using the explosion-protected versions.

    The features

    • For explosion hazard environments
    • With IECex, ATEX, NEC500/505 and additional international approvals
    • Rugged stainless steel design
    Easy handling for explosion hazard environments
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  • Precise drill position

    Guarantee the correct drilling depth

    The solution

    Always know where the driller is: When searching for a new raw material supplies, soil samples are taken with mobile drillers to confirm potential deposits. BTL magnetostrictive linear position sensors PF ensure reliability for the correct drilling depth.

    The features

    • Flat design, space-saving for mobile machines
    • Robust profile housing
    • Wear-free, since it is contact-free with up to 15 mm distance from the position encoder to the transducer
    Guarantee the correct drilling depth
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