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INDUSTRY NEWS Magnetic Filter from Eclipse Magnetics Saves Vallourec £1000 per Week Eclipse Magnetics have recently supplied a leading manufacturer of premium tubular solutions, Vallourec, with a fully automated magnetic filter. The Double Automag AM6 magnetic filter has significantly improved Vallourec’s production of steel pipe, reducing their maintenance time to zero and saving them £1000 per week in the process. Vallourec were experiencing problems with their quality testing procedure when water contamination affected their ultrasound readings. Due to the tight tolerances required by the off shore industry, it is imperative that the quality of the pipes is 100%. The magnetic filter supplied by Eclipse successfully removes contamination in the water. This has eliminated the possibility of a good product being rejected and allowed them to use recycled water, saving a significant amount of maintenance time and money. Based in Glasgow, Vallourec designs, develops, and manufactures a comprehensive range of products for the offshore oil and gas industry, including steel pipes to be used as drill collars. The plant processes 3500 units of carbon steel pipe per week, which include pipes of anything from 4” to 16” in width, and up to 14.7 metres long. Vallourec’s Principle Engineer Kenneth McRae commented “We are delighted with the Automag installation; it’s solved all the problems we w \