Automation, Test and Measurement

Blaze Technology is a multi-disciplined integration company that is focused on automation and control system development.

Automated Blow Out Preventer Stripping Test System

Houston Hydraulic teamed up with Blaze Technology, LLC to design a means to perform BOP stripping test for a mutual client located in Houston, Texas. The team developed and deployed an Automated BOP Stripping Test System that automatically controls the direction of the simulated drill string, power of the pump motors, and the pressure of the hydraulic fluid.

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Assembly Enclosure and Test Station

Blaze designed and developed a custom Assembly Enclosure and Test Station for one of our Oil & Gas clients in Houston, TX. This system showcases our expansive reach. Some of our capabilities highlighted in this project include: 3D design; electrical schematics and wiring; custom pneumatic design and development and PLC programming.

Portable Data Acquisition System

A client had a particularly interesting problem in that the project engineer needed a Data Acquisition System to be mobile while at the same time be completely customizable to handle almost any sensor or output device the company had in stock. The system needed to be able to accept a variety of input devices such as different types of flow meters, all ranges of pressure transducers, level, displacement, etc. It also needed to be able to allow the user to configure any type of thermocouple for temperature measurement. The system also needed to drive a variety of devices such as back pressure regulators, metering valves, and volume controllers as well as operate solenoid valves.

Another major caveat to this system was that it could be wheeled indoor or outdoor so it needed to be connected to their laboratory network wirelessly. Additional effort was used to identify and procure the appropriate equipment to allow the mobile DAQ station to operate up to 100 feet away from the access point while not losing the data connection. The software needed to be fully configurable in the respect that calibration information for the sensors could be inputted, the type of sensor or device on the specific channel could be selected. The software would scale the sensor or device per the calibration data provided by the client (from their calibration records). Once fully configured, the user interface would auto populate with the necessary controls and indicators per the user’s settings. The user could then start a test. The Graphical User Interface allowed the user to view the current value of any particular sensor and it charted the results. All data, including control information was logged to a TDMS file that was then uploaded to a user’s computer for post data processing.

Nitrogen Monitoring System

This particular client has a nitrogen delivery system for cryogenic operations that needed to be implemented for certain tests. The problem was that the client had no way to really track their Nitrogen usage. The only tools that were available was access to a web page sponsored by the company who supplied the nitrogen delivery system. The tool would only show the current level of the nitrogen tank. The solution was to develop a program that would pull the tank level data from the web page at a specified interval. Based on the interval and level, a flow rate could be calculated. Additionally, the client could determine peak hours of usage and whether a leak was occurring in a specific rig setup.The data could be captured in round robin format. Essentially, a year’s worth of data would be saved to a database and could be reviewed by way of charts.