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Calgary Meet and Greet

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came out and made our Meet and Greet in Calgary last week such a success! We had good food and great conversation, and we thrilled to meet our customers and clients and share some conversation.

If you didn’t manage to make it, we’ll be having another in Edmonton in not all too long! Click here to get on the mailing list for an invite to our Edmonton event in September.

ROPS saves a life

We recently completed an analysis and design review of a specialised
Rollover Protection (ROP) System for one of our clients, much like the one
pictured here. It was installed on a man carrier.
Sure enough, there was a roll over incident. Due to the ROPs, no one was
hurt. The ROPs was so well constructed that there was no damage to it at all.
What could have ended in a death turned out to be a minor incident, due to a
properly engineered ROPS.ROPS

Mobile Conveyor from Out of Country

A client purchased a mobile sorting conveyor from the US for their operation. However, the conveyor required certification to operate in Canada. We were able to inspect the conveyor system, review the structural capacity and provide operational certification. In addition, we provided an operation, safety, and maintenance manual for the client to use.

 

Any machinery working in Canada needs to be certified up to Canadian code, but this doesn’t need to be a problem with the right engineers on your side. We can get out of country equipment up and running.

Here’s a clip of our client’s conveyor, up and running on his Canadian operation. Glad we could help!

What to do about an Occupational Health and Safety Work Stoppage

OH&S Work Stoppage

There is nothing more concerning for a company than an injury at the workplace. And the damage for a business doesn’t just stop there. Often, an injury or incident will result in an Occupational Health and Safety ordered work stoppage. After all, a workplace that has been proven unsafe cannot continue to function.

That’s where we come in. The most important goal with a workplace stoppage is to ensure the safety of staff and get the company up and running as soon as possible. Our engineers can determine exactly what went wrong, and work with you to get the appropriate safety measures in place, and work with OH&S to get you running again as fast as possible.

For example, a customer of ours had an onsite injury. They were shut down by OH&S until they could ensure the safety of their staff.

Allan R. Nelson Engineering went in and added guards around rotating equipment, labels warning about pinch points, and clarified identification on machine controls. We provided certifications for the updated equipment, and worked to meet the requirements of OH&S to get the work stoppage order lifted.

With some timely action, Allan R. Nelson Engineering made a workplace safe and got it back to work all in record time.

Automated Pipe Handling System

Check out ARN's(2)This is an Automated Pipe Handling System designed by Allan R. Nelson Engineering. The system utilizes a pipe arm to bring drilling pipes from catwalk to drill floor; this eliminates the need for workers standing on rig floor during operation, improving safety and efficiency.

When paired with an integrated with a PLC system, the pipe arm operation makes operation more user friendly and optimizes production.

Pipe arms can be designed to handle multiple pipe sizes and weights. This one carries up to 5,000lbs. However, we have designed pipe arm with up to 8,000lbs capacity.

During transportation, the pipe arm can be flipped onto the substructure and be transported as one load, reducing the risk of transport as well as increasing transport efficiency.

Pipe arms are a proven design working in Canada and US. Do you have one working for you? Give us a call and find out what a pipe arm can do for your operation.

Here is the video of the pipe arm in action.

 

This is the Solidworks Loading Isometric,

And this is the Solidworks Pipe Arm Transport Isometric

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a very useful engineering simulation that allows us to evaluate gas or liquid behavior and how it interacts with the objects around it. Design of flow systems not only need to meet industry standards and safety regulations; we can take it one step further to predict the lifespan of equipment, optimize the design and maximize the service life. By preventing failures and increasing the life of equipment, computational fluid dynamics can save both money and lives.

Sound like an exaggeration? Allan R. Nelson Engineering once took on a case where a pinprick hole in a fracking pumping system created such a intense jet of fluid it killed a worker standing near. Proper computational fluid dynamics analysis was what we used to identify the failure, and if applied before the incident, could have saved a life. Let us help you avoid this kind of failure with CFD.

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