HOW DOES SOUTH FORK INSTRUMENTS PROVIDE THE RIGHT ENGINEERED MEASUREMENT SOLUTIONS?
We know the right questions to ask and where to get the right information to ensure the solution offered fits each of our customers’ unique requirements.
Our team, led by John Daly, has wide practical experience across many industrial segments – chemical plants, breweries, refineries, mining, power generation, food processing, offshore/onshore oil production, pipelines – just about everything!
This comprehensive cross-industry experience in industrial processes allows us to select, engineer and supply instrumentation and analyzer solutions using proven technologies. Our stable of state-of-the-art instrumentation products provide reliable, low maintenance, high value results for plant control and quality improvements.
WHAT PROBLEMS DO WE HELP SOLVE?
For 15 years, our success has been defined by our ability to develop long-term business relationships with our customers. We accomplish this by using our product portfolio and industry expertise to develop, implement, and refine specially engineered measurement solutions to real-world manufacturing problems.
How do we help our customers meet their critical measurement needs?
Recently, an Oil and Gas midstream operator contacted South Fork Instruments for assistance at a natural gas processing facility in a large oil and gas producing field in the USA. The plant accepts raw natural gas from the field and separates methane from other products in the gas stream while also removing unwanted impurities. The methane is exported to a natural gas pipeline for distribution to consumers around the country while other products (butane, propane, etc.) are compressed into natural gas liquid (NGL) for transport to a refiner.
Contaminants transported within the NGL stream were of particular concern as the refiner has very specific specifications on the purity of the liquids it receives. NGL not meeting these specifications requires further processing at significant cost by the refinery before final products can be produced. Refiners recoup such costs by levying heavy fines on the raw gas processors feeding NGL into the pipeline.
The gas processor approached South Fork to find a way to better measure the quality of the NGL being sent to the pipeline. Their goal was to avoid paying the refiner to cleaning up poor quality product by preventing off spec material from reaching the export pipeline. The measurement of NGL quality is not a trivial task. NGL to specification is an almost totally nearly clear liquid, while offspec NGL is very slightly colored, a difference almost imperceptible to the naked eye.For a successful measurement, the analyzer used must be extremely stable. South Fork Instruments worked with the client to engineer a turnkey solution—a highly sensitive and very stable photometric analyzer installed in an explosion-proof housing with fiber optic connections to an optical cell monitoring the NGL stream. This custom packaging solution met the client’s measurement and certification needs while allowing real time monitoring of the NGL purity 24/7, at a cost significantly lower than that of typical industry solutions.
The system paid for itself the first time offspec material was detected.
SOUTH FORK INSTRUMENTS IS COMMITTED TO SOLVING YOUR FACTORY AND PROCESS AUTOMATION CHALLENGES
Using effective communication and an in-depth understanding of your industry to develop practical solitions for your measurement needs.