Metering Stations: Maintenance Tasks To Do

17 June 2018
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Gas or oil pipelines are complex systems including miles and miles of pipe and large volumes of fluids being carried within them. To monitor that flow, metering stations are typically built throughout the pipeline. You and your workers likely count on metering station data throughout the day to make decisions about the pipeline, so it's vital that the stations are well-maintained and that you ensure all information is correct. Tasks like these help you achieve those goals.

Meter Checkups

You may only periodically check out the meters at each station, but this needs to be a task that's scheduled for weekly or monthly activity, depending on where the station is. The meters themselves, particularly meter couplings, regulators, and other components need to be assessed for any damage. Even minor damage or rust can alter the way the machines work, which in turn could affect the feedback you receive from each station.

Any time you visit any station, you might choose to switch out meter batteries so that they don't go dead between visits. Dead batteries mean no data from that station, which is troublesome. However, if you're regularly checking each station as you should be, you can wait a bit longer between battery changes.

Meter Recalibrations

Sometimes, the problem doesn't lie with the physical components of your meters at all, but the data they're transmitting. Information is the sole purpose of a metering station, and if something's amiss with the way the meters are functioning, your entire pipeline could be in trouble. Bad data could affect decisions about flow, quality, and other issues that are important to your customers and your own company standards. For that reason, meter recalibrations are crucial. Tests should be run regularly to ensure that the meters are calibrated properly and are delivering good numbers.

Filter Changes

Every metering station has filters in the lines, just as other parts of the pipeline do. Filters are silently working to prevent contamination in the lines. However, because filters can be ripped or occluded without attention until a serious problem occurs, you should also be checking on them even if there's no trouble. Replace as needed.

With these suggestions, meters and their stations can be in better condition and deliver usable information about your pipeline to the central facility. Ask peers, experts, and your own team members about what more may be attempted to ensure smooth running of the system and quality fluids for your end users. For more information, contact a company like Buy Wholesale Company.