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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.