Category Archives: Gauges

Southwest Process Controls to Attend OTC Tradeshow

Southwest Process Controls is excited to announce that we’ll be exhibiting with Hy-Lok USA at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), held May 1st – 4th at NRG Park in Houston. The biggest energy show in the world, OTC provides a valuable arena for energy professionals to network, view new technologies, and attend various educational seminars on offshore resources and environmental issues. Featuring more than 2,300 exhibitors, this exciting event draws industry leaders from 100 countries.

Training, Networking & Sessions

Various training courses, technical sessions, luncheons, and networking events will be held, with topics ranging from safety and risk management to the digital revolution. Universities will also showcase their offshore technology research and development (R&D) projects, and emerging energy companies will highlight their work. Special event topics include “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders in Oil and Gas: Strategies and Ideas to Excel in the Present Day Climate” and “Networking in the Downturn.”

Training courses will cover a wide range of offshore energy topics, such as fracpacking for sand control, seismic interpretation in deep water basins, and sustainability. These forums will provide valuable insight into new innovations and strategies to adapt to today’s changing landscape, with increased focused on renewability and sustainability.

Southwest & Hy-Lok Showcase

Southwest will be showcasing our Hy-Lok fluid system control products, including valves, tube fittings, quick connects, ball and plug valves, needle valves, check and relief valves, and manifold and gauge root valves, as well as cryogenic components. These high-quality products provide reliable, long-lasting service for offshore equipment of all kinds.

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We’ve been proudly serving the oil and gas industry for over 15 years, supplying companies with only the best products from our trusted partners. Committed to constant improvement and innovation, we understand the importance of staying on top of industry trends and invite you to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog to stay up to date on important news and events.

Southwest Process Controls to Attend Dug Permian Basin & PBOG Conference and Expo

The team at Southwest Process Controls is pleased to announce that we’ll be attending two trade shows this April: the Permian Basin Oil & Gas Conference and Expo and the Dug Permian Basin.

First – the Dug Permian Basin, held in Fort Worth, Texas is April 3rd through the 5th. This conference explores what tactics are working for West Texas oil producers, servicers, and supply companies. Key content that will be discussed includes driving efficiency in exploration and production, the latest results and projections, resourceful technologies, and fiscal discipline. We will be attending alongside Hy-Lok.

Next, this year’s Permian Basin Oil & Gas (PBOG) Conference and Expo is from Wednesday, April 12th to Thursday, April 13th. Held at the Midland Horseshoe Pavilion in Midland, Texas, this exciting event brings together oil and gas industry leaders from across the country, allowing companies to network, browse the extensive trade show, and view the latest innovations and technologies.

With free attendance for industry professionals, the PBOG Conference and Expo provides an arena for businesses to demonstrate new products and services while attending educational talks and classes. This year’s educational topics will include environmental sustainability, leak detection, business ethics, and hiring and staffing best practices.

At Booth 306, we will again be showcasing our extensive line of Hy-Lok products, which includes high-pressure fittings, ball valves, quick connects, and needle valves. Since 2002, Southwest Process Controls has been an industry-leading supplier of high-quality fluid system control products for the oil and gas, petroleum, and petrochemical industries. In addition to instrumentation valves and fittings, we also carry tubing, gauges, regulators, and filters. Our team members will be on hand at the conference to answer any questions you may have about our product line and discuss options for your next oil and gas project.

In addition to free attendance, conference attendees will also have the chance to enjoy a networking mixer on the first night of the expo, with appetizers, drinks, and live music. We hope to see you there!

To keep up with our upcoming events and stay abreast of industry news, visit our blog regularly, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

New Opportunities in Oil: What’s Happening in Eagle Ford?

Late last year, we spent some time discussing the Permian Basin in Texas — specifically the Delaware Basin and the incredible rebound in oil and natural gas production it’s seen over the past few years. This month, we’re digging into the Eagle Ford Shale, the South Texas sibling of West Texas’ Permian.

 

Formation of the Eagle Ford Shale

Like the Permian Basin — which covers around 75,000 square miles of southeast New Mexico and western Texas — the Eagle Ford Shale was once submerged in the Tobosa Basin, the sea between the Laurasia and Gondwana supercontinents.

As the continents neared each other and the land rose, the area of the Permian remained submerged, thanks to the Hovey Channel, which kept the area connected to the ocean. As the Permian formed around 300 and 250 million years ago, the area that would become the Eagle Ford was still high and dry. It wasn’t until 153 million years later that the Eagle Ford Shale would begin to form.

Why the Recent Rebound?

The Eagle Ford Shale has a unique history, much different than that of its neighboring Permian basins. Those basins, the Delaware Basin, in particular, were impacted by three primary factors: availability, economic policy, and technology.

The United States’ embargo on Arab oil in the 1970s and corresponding crude oil export ban led to a considerable surplus of oil and a drop in crude prices — an inhospitable environment for large drilling operations. More recently, slowly rising oil costs, Congress’ 2015 vote to end the export ban, and advancements in horizontal drilling technology have led to a significant boom in Delaware Basin drilling, particularly for deposits that were unreachable until recently.

In the Eagle Ford, the situation has been somewhat reversed. In 2010, when drilling in the Permian was way down, the Eagle Ford Shale was among the most active drill sites in the United States. And as drilling in the Permian rose, drilling in the Eagle Ford slowed; by the last quarter of last year, there were 25 active Eagle Ford drilling operations.

Land, Oil, & Economics

Economics are the main cause of this contrast. The horizontal drilling opportunities present in the Permian are absent in the Eagle Ford. The ability of a single Permian well to tap multiple oil or gas formations reduces the break-even point for drilling to $30/bbl or less, while the Eagle Ford break-even, due to its lack of horizontally accessible formations, remains at about $50/bbl.

Land leases and production obligations also play a part. Eagle Shale drillers are operating the fewest number of drills required in order to maintain drilling obligations, allowing them to retain their leases and preventing other organizations from taking their own leases and starting wells. Simply put, drillers in this area are sitting tight on their Eagle Ford Shale assets while actively pursuing Permian Basin assets, which, at this moment, are more profitable.

This trend is already starting to reverse, however. While Delaware Basin drilling in the Permian remains strong, more wells are being reactivated in the Eagle Ford Shale. From its low point in fall of last year, the number of active Eagle Ford wells has increased by over 100%. While slow, with only a small handful of rigs coming online every week, the trend is distinct and holding steady.

A major driver of this rebound in the Eagle Ford is also a driver of the Permian rebound: the ever-present threat of peak oil. Though estimates of when we will hit peak oil vary tremendously, it is becoming increasingly clear that we’ll peak sometime in the next generation or two. The inevitability of peak oil — as well as constantly increasing pressure to move toward environmentally friendly and renewable energy sources — drives both an increase in oil drilling and an increase in natural gas drilling.

Southwest Process Controls

Southwest Process Controls, having maintained a presence in the petrochemical industries for 15 years, is committed to following and analyzing shifting trends in the oil and natural gas drilling fields. To keep on top of these trends and stay up to date on relevant industry news, visit our blog regularly and/or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

2017 at Southwest Process Controls

In our 2016 recap, we gave you the lowdown on our company and its place in the constantly changing oil and gas industry. Now, with the New Year upon us, we’re looking ahead to what 2017 will hold for Southwest Process Controls.

Looking Forward as 2017 Begins

The start of a brand new year and business cycle holds an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and set new goals and objectives while continuing to do what worked well last year.

As always, our company aim is to provide customers with excellence in both quality fluid system control products and customer service. Our vast inventory includes tube fittings, tubing, pipe fittings, ball and plug valves, gauges, hoses, clamps, and more. They come in a range of configurations, sizes, and materials, dependent upon your needs.

The Southwest Process Controls team also will maintain presence at conferences for the oil and gas, petroleum, and petrochemical industries. These live events provide a great way to build business connections, learn industry trends, and discover the latest technologies – all of which benefit the products and service we provide to you.

Keep an Eye Out for what is to Come

The year ahead promises to bring new business opportunities, making for a proactive 2017. The New Year is reason enough for us to highlight our everyday resolution: to ensure our commitment to provide the best customer service possible. Our mission is for industry members to seek us as their top-performing vendor for fluid system control products we provide within the field and growing range of businesses.

As developments unfold during the year, here at Southwest Process Controls and throughout our related industries, we will keep you abreast of the latest information and resulting benefits for our client base. Follow us on both Twitter and LinkedIn for those updates and may 2017 be bright and prosperous for each and every one of you!

Diving Back Through 2016

As we look back over the past 12 months, the year was full of ups and downs in the oil and gas industry and the global markets. For us, business was brisk as our products support a wide range of processes and applications. We’ve used our blog to share with you important topics and look forward to sharing the year’s highlights.

Since the oil and gas industry is subject to internal and external forces, we shared with you the latest industry concerns, trends, and updates. The industry is complicated. As a commodity crude oil is complex and understanding how the markets set oil prices is an important factor. Differentiating Crude Prices: Brent and WTI, The Future of a Benchmark, and The Economic Effects of Falling Oil Prices explain the variables. The crude industry also struggles with storing and delivering crude oil. This capacity and storage issue is ongoing.

Because of the volatility in the oil markets, many of the oil producing regions of the country saw a shift in production throughout the year. In response, we kept you up-to-date on the workings at Eagle Ford, the Permian Basin, and the Delaware Basin. Global concerns also affect the industry and just as we were starting to see a recovery and rise in prices, the UK voted to leave the EU. This was the topic of our July blog and it remains to be seen if Brexit has lasting effect on global oil prices.

Highlighting the potential of environmentally friendly compressed natural gas was coincided with April’s celebration of Earth Day. And as of recent, reviewing the petrochemical industry helped us to expand on an integral part of the petroleum industry.

We’d like to thank all of you for a very successful 2016 and are looking forward to continuing to serve you in 2017. From all of us at Southwest Process Control, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

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How to Relieve the Pressure of Inventory Headaches

industrial_gaugeMaintaining peak operations for many industrial processes hinge on instrumentation. Because of this, many companies are forced to rely on difficult-to-find components.  This is especially true of instrumentation products such as pressure gauges.  While pressure gauges are very common and widely-used products across a number of industries, some models are more rarely-used than others.  Just like any other industry, the less commonly-used items tend to be the hardest to get ahold of quickly.  However, unlike many difficult-to-find products, pressure gauges are usually critical to operations and need to be acquired immediately in order to keep systems running smoothly.

Pressure gauges provide crucial functions for many types of processing systems.  Accurate, reliable, and easy-to-read gauges help prevent system failure in everyday operations.  These gauges are used to measure pressure from liquids, vapors, gases, and solid bodies.  When pressure gauges have to handle heavy or unpredictable levels, they can quickly wear out.  Failure can be very costly in terms of money, time, and loss-of-productivity.  This is why it is important for companies to have easy access to the gauges they need, and when they need them most.  While this concept is simple, creating easy access to rare or unusual gauges can create some unexpected challenges.

One of our customers used to regularly encounter the problem of needing difficult gauges delivered in a timely manner.  This client, a large original equipment manufacturer (OEM), needs a particular pressure gauge in order to run their operation successfully.  This gauge is not commonly carried by many suppliers, and when ordered, typically requires a long lead time.  To make matters more difficult, this customer experiences large swings in their production schedule.  The nature of their business makes it difficult to predict when they will need this pressure gauge.

This is where inventory control becomes very useful.  As a practitioner of Just in Time (JIT) strategies, we understand that maintaining the most efficient level of inventory can be difficult.   At Southwest Process controls, we employ JIT strategies in order to maximize efficiency and minimize waste when it comes to product supply.  We curtail unproductive practices, typically defined as overproduction, transportation, waiting, excessive inventory, inappropriate processing, unnecessary motion, and defects.  Our efficient inventory practices provided us a method to help our customer who needed ready access to this difficult gauge. 

We are a trusted distributor of gauges of all types.  Consulting thoroughly with this client, we understood that they needed a supplier that could deliver this specific gauge on very short notice.  Using our specialized inventory control methods, we make sure that we always have enough of these gauges to meet any production spike the client might experience.  Furthermore, we also ensure that these gauges are delivered within extremely tight lead times.  In this case, we usually turn around these products within two hours–not two weeks, not two days, but two hours.  Our customer can rest assured that they will get this gauge whenever they need it, covering any potential production spike they might experience. 

It’s our goal to meet our customers’ needs, including rush and emergency orders.  We provide some of the tightest turnaround times in the industry, and it’s our goal to ship 95% or more orders on the same day they are placed.  By keeping difficult-to-find products in stock when our clients need them, we help prevent production delays and help our costumers’ overall bottom line.  To learn more about our JIT inventory methods and the wide variety of fluid system control products we have available, please contact us.