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The Joy of Automation Engineering

Posted on March 07, 2016 by SPOC Automation

 

 

It’s official. Fortune Magazine reports that automation engineering is one of the top 5 jobs that make workers unusually happy. We completely agree.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Automation, Oil and Gas Industry

Can Drives Take Single-Phase Power and Operate Three-Phase Motors?

Posted on February 18, 2016 by SPOC Automation

Oilmen go where the oil is. Often that means remote, rugged or rural areas—sometimes all three. It should not be surprising, then, that power services may be limited or lacking altogether.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Rod Pump

Save Thousands by Including Your PLC in Your Injection Pump Drive System

Posted on December 02, 2015 by SPOC Automation

 

Two of the critical pieces of equipment for controlling injection pumps are the variable frequency drive and the PLC.

  • VFD – controls the pump motor
  • PLC – controls the logic, which defines what is happening at what rate and when

These two components must inter-communicate and operate together as a system. If they are not already connected before they arrive on site, installation and configuration is required for each device and between them.

Integrated Injection Pump Drive System

In an integrated system, the PLC and VFD come pre-configured and pre-integrated. While this system may cost slightly more than a traditional drive, it eliminates the need for a separate PLC and its integration. Eliminating the separate PLC saves $1,500 to $10,000 for the equipment, another $1,000 in integration and typical startup configuration costs of $2,000.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Injection Pump

Nine Key Benefits of Automation for ESPs

Posted on November 04, 2015 by SPOC Automation

Electric Submersible pumps (ESPs) are gaining in popularity in resource plays for their ability to lift high volumes of liquids at a variety of depths. By combining these pumps with a variable frequency drive (VFD), operators can gain significant benefit.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Electric Submersible Pumps

Soft Starters are Cheaper but They Cost More

Posted on September 15, 2015 by SPOC Automation

 

Soft Starters have an initial attraction because of their low unit price. For a few thousand dollars, operators can add better start and stop control to their pumping units.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Rod Pump, Oil and Gas Industry

Does Color Really Make a Difference in Drive Data Display?

Posted on June 24, 2015 by SPOC Automation

For younger workers it may seem unbelievable that any display exist without color. But does color really make a difference in drive data display? The answer is an emphatic Yes!

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Topics: WiseGuy Interface, Production Efficiency

Add a Drive, Subtract Infrastructure Costs

Posted on April 08, 2015 by SPOC Automation

Integrated drive systems cut infrastructure costs substantially. They simplify operations and reduce infrastructure needs.

Check out these 5 infrastructure changes that put money back in your pocket:

  1. Efficient Energy. Drives improve energy infrastructure in several ways. First, they reduce energy consumption by continuously changing pump speed to match what is needed. This can reduce the energy bill by 20%. Second, drives can be outfitted to ‘clean’ the electricity, removing harmful harmonics and improving power factor. Third, remote monitoring of drives in the field can identify voltage spikes and surges that can cause early equipment failure. Alarms can be set and reports generated for use in addressing electrical service issues. Beam pumps can last 8-10 years when connected to well-designed drive systems. Without such a system, burnout can happen in less than one year.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Oil and Gas Industry

Simple or Not Simple: Injection Pump Controls

Posted on March 25, 2015 by SPOC Automation

Simple is almost always better. It certainly is when it comes to injection pump control. Using a fully integrated drive system reduces total cost, speeds on-site installation and improves reliability.

The key components of an injection pump system are:

  • Pump
  • Field signals
  • Drive
  • Controller
  • SCADA communications

There are several ways to simplify installation, operation maintenance and total cost.

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Topics: Production Efficiency, Injection Pump

THE MORE WE KNOW, THE MORE OUR CUSTOMERS PROFIT

Change in the oil and gas industry is as constant as the sun rising in the east. Every year, we learn new techniques for lifting product from the ground more efficiently and for lower cost. At SPOC Automation, we are passionate about sharing our insights, our hard-earned lessons with our channel partners and our customers. Here, we'll discuss new innovations in lifting technology and all of its many applications.

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