It’s An Offshore Thing

Major motor manufacturers among OTC exhibitors showcasing new products

The 47th annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will take place May 2-5, 2016 in NRG Park in Houston, Texas. More than 90,000 professionals from over 120 countries are expected to attend, to exchange ideas and opinions for advancements in scientific and technical knowledge primarily related to offshore resources and environmental matters.OTC_logo_450

Experts in the oil and gas industry will be on hand throughout the event. While many will be on the floor during the show, a number will be available during “Coffee and Conversations” in booth #5740. The honorees for the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards will also be recognized on May 3 at a luncheon.

The conference will also include a sequel to last year’s “d5: The Next Big Thing” event, a speaker-packed consortium largely considered a success after its inaugural run in 2015. The d5 is designed to spark creativity and innovation in the offshore energy industry by bringing together the brightest minds across multiple industries for talks that inspire participants to discover unique connections and solutions. According to the OTC website, d5 has “inspired energy professionals to connect the dots”, and “focus on excellence without arrogance”. This is refreshing, if unspecific — an emphasis on collaborative effort with at least some counter to capitalist tendencies. OTC has projected a humanitarian consciousness of late: it also engaged in a partnership with UAHT (United Against Human Trafficking) in 2015 to increase awareness of human trafficking.

Among the 2,746 exhibitors registered for the show are names familiar to EA readers, including WEG, Siemens, and 3M. WEG will display its “diverse and integrated product line that includes motors, drives, controls, transformers, and generators.” Siemens plans to offer a series of technical presentations at the X-pert center in booth #4424, featuring offshore solutions, digitalization, midstream solutions, and HSSE. Alongside ABB and Thomas & Betts, Baldor Electric will be showcasing a number of new technologies specifically designed for the oil and gas industry. The booth will feature products, systems, and services across all aspects of oil and gas operations, from drilling to transporting and refining. By providing an integrated approach for automation and electrical needs, the company hopes to provide reduced costs, improved schedules and minimized risk.

Baldor Reliance brand motors will be showcasing its IEEE 841, API 541 and NEMA P-base motors. Specific products include the Baldor-Dodge Raptor coupling, designed to decrease total cost of ownership and extend driven equipment life. Also on display will be Blador-Doge gear reducers and mounted bearings. Introduced April 25 at Hannover Messe, the company’s “Smart Sensor” transforms simple low voltage motors into smart machines that tell users when they need servicing by using operating and condition parameters, such as vibration and temperature. To assess the condition of a large motor’s rotor and stator without removing the rotor itself, a new air gap inspector moves in air gaps as small as 10 mm, covering the entire length of the core and producing a more effective inspection than conventional methods.

Despite recent weather problems in Houston, OTC organizers promise that the event will take place as scheduled.

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