FUEL & LUBES Prescient - Intelligent Oil Analysis System assessing severity of test results, based on logical, hierarchical component categorization. · Expert domain knowledge is applied to combinations of severity ratings in given configurations and applications. · Nuanced pattern recognition applies tailored comments, combining data rating with expert domain knowledge - the knowledge is continuously modified via ongoing statistical processing. For more information, Email email@example.com analog formats. The M-Series Analog sensor has a gauge order length of 500 mm to 12,000 mm and an output of 4-20 mA with HART-Protocol. The M-Series Digital sensor has a gauge order length of 508 mm to 18,300 mm and is network-compatible. Both the M-Series digital and analog versions have TEX safety approvals for zones 0 and 1. For more information, e-mail Adrian.firstname.lastname@example.org Algae-X AFC-705 from ALGAE-X is a full spectrum additive designed to provide superior fuel quality. Unlike biocide type products that do not address fuel quality; AFC-705 adds lubricity, dispersants, surfactants, corrosion inhibitors and combustion catalyst. AFC-705 will dissolve sludge, remove carbon build-up and preserve fuel quality up to 12 months. For more information, Email email@example.com Level Measurement in Fuel Barges MTS Systems Corp., Sensors Division's M-Series magnetostrictive level sensors are designed to provide precise measurements of hazardous materials being carried by fuel barges as required by the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN). Using only one probe for temperature, material and water levels, the MSeries provides an additional safety barrier by monitoring both the level and temperature of the hazardous substance, allowing the barges to safely ship high volumes of petroleum, kerosene, diesel, oil, LPG and other hazardous chemicals. With a non-linearity of 0.035% and a repeatability of 0.01%, the MSeries Level Sensors are maintenance-free with no recalibration needed and are available in digital and Condition Monitoring International, LLC (CMI) released its web-based Intelligent Agent, Prescient, for Oil Analysis data evaluation. "This product was designed to fill a gap in the quality of report commentary. It is based on sophisticated algorithms to assess data levels, movement and combinations," says Jack Poley, Managing Partner and Prescient designer. Oil Analysis laboratories emphasize response time, instrumentation and software for distributing reports and managing data, but there is less emphasis on quality and specificity of the commentary (if any) on the report. Missing in this evolving process is continuous improvement in the Evaluation of the test data toward appropriate maintenance management action, yet that is the Goal of Oil Analysis. Prescient is an Intelligent Agent designed specifically for oil analysis data rating and evaluation, blending three distinct processes: · Statistical data analysis creates Boundary Tables for KCBioFuels KC BioFuels, a manufacturer of "certified" Bio-Diesel. New facilities and infrastructure now has the capacity to deliver large quantities anywhere in continental U.S. The fuel is made by chemically reacting alcohol with recycled or virgin vegetable oils, fats, and greases. The product conforms to the National Bio-Diesel Board American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard, specification (D-6751), issued in Dec'01. This also meets U.S. and European manufacturer's fuel specification for engine or generator warranty purposes. For more information, Email Dimichino@aol.com ConocoPhillips Establishes $22.5m Biofuels Research ConocoPhillips will establish an eight-year, $22.5 million research program at Iowa State University dedicated to developing technologies that produce biorenewable fuels. The grant is part of ConocoPhillips' plan to create joint research programs with major universities to produce viable solutions to diversify energy sources. ConocoPhillips will make an initial $1.5 million grant in 2007 to support Iowa State researchers, with additional grants of $3 million per year for seven years. Biorenewable fuels are produced from organic materials and help reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while diversifying the energy supply. Conventional biorenewable fuels include ethanol from corn starch and biodiesel from soybean oil. Advanced biofuels are expected to be made from fibrous biomass such as the stalks and leaves from corn plants and switchgrass. "We believe the key to a secure energy future is the efficient and effective use of a diverse mix of energy sources," said Jim Mulva, chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips. "ConocoPhillips is developing long-term relationships with respected academic institutions such as Iowa State to research extensions of traditional energy sources that ultimately will benefit consumers." Robert C. Brown, the Iowa Farm Bureau Director of Iowa State's Office of Biorenewables Programs, said ConocoPhillips is especially interested in converting biomass to fuel through fast pyrolysis, a process that uses heat in the absence of oxygen to decompose biomass into a liquid product. This so-called bio-oil can be used as a heating oil or can be converted into transportation fuel at petroleum refineries. Brown said ConocoPhillips also will sponsor studies of other thermochemical technologies that produce biofuels. According to Brown, the details of specific projects have yet to be determined. He estimates the research program will involve 10 faculty members plus graduate students in the first year with additional researchers added in subsequent years. He noted that ConocoPhillips turned to Iowa State as a research partner, in part, because of Iowa State's expertise in a wide range of biorenewable technologies. ExxonMobil Mobiltac 375 NC Mobiltac 375 NC is a high performance non-leaded, diluent-type, heavy-bodied open gear lubricant designed for a wide variety of open gear applications. Marine vessels use this product on open gears driving windlasses, winches and certain capstans. It contains a non-chlorinated, volatile solvent that ensures fluidity during application, even at low temperatures. Once applied, the diluent evaporates and the lubricant takes on a flexible, adhesive, high-strength consistency that is maintained throughout its service life. Mobiltac 375 NC adheres strongly to gear teeth and other machine elements to resist excessive throw-off, thereby providing a wear-resistant, viscous, continuous film that lubricates well under boundary conditions. Mobiltac 375 NC will not harden, chip, or flake in cold weather, is a self-healing, and does not form a hardpacked buildup in gear-tooth roots. Dripping and throwoff are minimal, and the lubricant is easily cleaned up with a solvent-soaked rag. The lubricant provides resistance to rain, snow, and process water washing. Its flash points minimize the risk of fire. This new generation gear 34 · MarineNews · May, 2007
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