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         full range of ATEX and IECEx products
         since the last time the event was held at
         the same venue almost exactly two years
         earlier. It is also the first time organiz-
         ers have created a decommissioning zone
         that will feature a themed exhibition and
         conference space.
           David Mullard, Business  Develop-
         ment  Manager  at Straightpoint,  said:
         “We specifically chose a stand [3B199]
         close  to the  decommissioning  zone,
         which is a key area of interest for us.
         The Radiolink plus [wireless load cell],
         for  example, is  often  used  during  de-
         commissioning  to record description,
         weight and serial  numbers against
         items as they are removed. We are
         also intent on positioning ourselves as
         the  chosen  supplier  for  load monitor-
         ing, measurement and control systems
         used on cranes, hoists and winches for   Straightpoint will exhibit at Stand 3B199 at SPE Offshore Europe 2017, which takes place at
                                            the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre in Scotland on 5-8 September.
         safe and successful energy exploration
         and production offshore.”          about the industry’s latest solutions.  shipped 7,660,969 net tons, a 3.1 per-
           Straightpoint’s range of explosion   He explained: “One only has to look   cent increase  from the 7,428,080 net
         proof products, which  conform to the   at the  exhibitor  list  and peruse  the   tons shipped in  the previous  month,
         2014/34/EU  directive,  includes  the   conference schedule to denote that the   April 2017,  and nearly unchanged
         Radiolink  plus;  wireless  compres-  biggest,  most  experience  oil  and  gas   from the 7,661,979  net tons shipped
         sion cells; shackle cells; load pins; and   professionals will descend upon Eu-  in May 2016.  Shipments year-to-date
         the Running  Line Dynamometer (or   rope’s energy capital for the show. We   in 2017 are 37,722,240 net tons, a 3.3
         TIMH), all of which meet Zone 0, 1 and   must  prepare to  have  dialogue  with   percent increase vs. 2016 shipments of
         2 hazardous area classification.   quality professionals from our stand in   36,509,450 net tons for five months.
           Additionally, Mullard said, Straight-  addition to participating in networking   A comparison of May shipments to
         point will show its latest innovation,   activity alongside the world’s most re-  the previous month of April shows the
         the Clamp On Line Tensionmeter     nowned petroleum engineers.”       following changes: hot rolled sheets, up
         (or COLT), for measuring tension on   The centrepiece of Straightpoint’s   4 percent, cold rolled sheets, up 3 per-
         static lines, boasting a state-of-the-art   3m x  3m,  product  centric  stand will   cent and hot dipped galvanized sheets
         Bluetooth load monitoring app among   be a new truss system first seen at the   and strip, no change.
         a host of standout features. The COLT   LiftEx trade show last November, upon
         measures  tension  on  wire  rope  up  to   which a series of products will be avail-  AISI releases 2016 Annual
         11,000  lbf  (lb.  force)  /  5,000  kgf  (kg   able for visitors to interact with. Addi-  Statistical Report
         force) and up to 1 in. / 25mm diame-  tional features include demonstrations   The  American  Iron  and Steel  Insti-
         ter. It clamps onto pre-tensioned wire   of equipment, including its multiple   tute (AISI) announced the release of its
         ropes, eliminating the need for addi-  wireless  load cell  controller  software   2016 Annual Statistical Report (ASR),
         tional sheaves or tooling.         package, and corporate videos.     which provides comprehensive data on
           Mullard said: “It’s important to be   Mullard concluded: “I expect to find   the U.S. steel industry and select data
         mindful of the fact that although oil and   a cautiously  optimistic industry in a   on the North American steel industry
         gas  accounts  for  a  significant  majority   transitional phase. Offshore Europe   as a whole. In 2016, both total and
         of offshore activity, this event also rep-  attendees understand that to success-  finished steel imports remained at el-
         resents an opportunity to engage with   fully make that transition from a soft   evated levels as imports garnered a 25
         wind farm, tidal and subsea profession-  market to one in full recovery mode it   percent share of apparent steel supply.
         als, representing niche  industries that   needs to accept tougher conditions and   U.S. steel shipments were at 86.5 mil-
         are of growing importance and relevance   adopt advanced technology to shape its   lion net tons (NT), unchanged from the
         to our products. They all need load moni-  future; that’s where we come in.”  previous year and reflect a six percent
         toring  technology,  whether  it  be  used   Visit Straightpoint at Offshore  Eu-  decrease from the most recent five-year
         to monitor sea conditions and working   rope Stand 3B199, noting the hashtags   average of 93 million  net tons.  The
         loads or to conduct tests on lifting equip-  #OE17 and #loadcell to network before,   report also notes that U. S. raw steel
         ment as part of a LOLER inspection.”  during and after the event.     production  was  86.5 million  net  tons
           Offshore Europe will offer more than   Products are available to buy or rent.   in  2016, a 0.5 percent decrease from
         65 technical papers—Royal Dutch Shell         2015. The construction and automotive
         CEO Ben van Beurden is among leading                                  industries continued to be the leading
         speakers—and 11 keynote panel ses-  May steel shipments up 3.1        end-use markets for shipments of U.S.
         sions, combined with business break-  percent from April              steel products.
         fasts and topical lunches. Mullard said   The American  Iron and Steel In-  The AISI report is the most compre-
         the quality of content will draw a rele-  stitute (AISI) reported that for the   hensive reference of its kind, provid-
         vant, engaged audience, willing to learn   month of May 2017,  U.S. steel mills   ing statistical data  for the U.S. steel

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