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EU-funded project uses robots, not humans, to inspect petrochemical containers

September 4th 2013

The European Commission, together with a consortium of ten European companies led by Shell, launches today the PETROBOT project, which will develop robots which can replace humans in inspections of pressure vessels and storage tanks widely used in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. Read More.

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A.Hak Industrial Services takes over Linde Nitrogen Services from Linde Gas Benelux B.V.

August 1st 2013

Per 1 augustus jl. heeft Linde Gas Benelux B.V. te Schiedam haar activiteit Linde Nitrogen Services (LNS) verkocht aan A.Hak Industrial Services BV te Tricht. Ook 14 personeelsleden van LNS gaan over naar A.Hak. Read More.

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Tank cleaning innovation: remote controlled jet

April 17th 2014

A.Hak innovative spray gun unit with non-entry system does away with the need for the risky manual cleaning of product storage tanks.
View fact sheet

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Successful non-men entry tank cleaning job with the new ARCC-system

October 28th 2014

Tank Storage Services successfully completed a Benzene tank cleaning job with our new ATEX Remote Controlled Cleaning-System (ARCC). The non-men entry system minimizes safety hazards, can be used in explosive atmosphere and the HD camera makes very precise cleaning possible.
The subject tank concerned a floating roof tank used for the storage of Benzene. With the use of the ARCC system and our patented A.Hak Safeguard ® the tank was delivered to the client with Benzene levels at 0.0 PPM and LEL values of 0,0%.

For more information on this project or our Tank Storage Services, please contact your local office or our sales manager Tank Storage Services, Andy van Delden, mobile +31 622 595 291 or e-mail andy.vdelden@a-hak-is.com.

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A.Hak Industrial Services will organize a 2-day masterclass about inspection and intelligent pigging

February 5th 2015

The masterclass will be held on 29 and 30 April in Tricht, the Netherlands. Ten recognized experts will teach you all the ins and outs about their own specialisation. After this masterclass you will be fully aware of all you need to know about the pigging of pipelines. We will teach you how intelligent pigs work and how you should interpret the data received by using these pigs. Also you will learn which method is the best for your specific pipeline. Last but not least you will get the opportunity to test the intelligent pigging at our own testloop facility. More information can be found on the following website: http://www.iir.nl/industry/event/inspectie-intelligent-pigging/

In cooperation with IIR we provide a combi-deal for people who want to visit the “Buisleidingen Platform 2015” in Ridderkerk and also want to follow the masterclass from A.Hak Industrial Services. Read more about this forum and the combi-deal on the following website: http://www.iir.nl/industry/event/buisleidingen-platform/

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InTank lawsuit settled

February 6th 2015

A.Hak Industrial Services BV, A.Hak Industrial Services US, LLC, A.Hak InTank Services, LLC, and TechCorr USA, LLC have amicably resolved their lawsuit regarding, among other things, the use of the InTank trademarks and the rights to the underlying technology for robotic on-stream tank bottom inspection systems and services.

Click on the link to read the full press report

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A.Hak Industrial Services approved by Saudi Aramco

April 14th 2015

A.Hak Industrial Services is very proud that Saudi Aramco has officially approved our Online Tank Inspection services. The service is now officially registered in the Saudi Aramco system and is available for all Aramco plants.

In 2014, the Tank Division of A.Hak Industrial Services Middle East LLC conducted a trial at one of the sites of Aramco in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the online inspection of fire water tanks. These tanks cannot be taken offline for inspection and that is why they asked A.Hak to use their proprietary tank inspection robots to perform this inspection while the tank is in operation. After the inspection Saudi Aramco performed an evaluation of this project, which led to the official approval of our services.

A.Hak Industrial Services will shortly start trials to get approval from Saudi Aramco for its proprietary inspection technologies. Not only for fire water tanks but also for tanks with hydrocarbons (white products) and crude tanks.

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A.Hak Industrial Services is a proud member of the PETROBOT Project

May 19th 2015

A.Hak Industrial Services is very proud to be a member of the PETROBOT Project. This consortium consists of 10 members and we are working together to develop a series of robotic inspection solutions. These robots will be used by asset inspectors to conduct remote inspection of pressure vessels and above ground storage tanks, which are widely used in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry.

The objectives of the PETROBOT project are:

  • to minimize the exposure of personnel to potentially hazardous conditions
  • to reduce downtime
  • to save resources by utilizing robotic technology
Watch the PETROBOT Project over here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmkVpxJX3KA

The PETROBOT Project is supported by an EU grant from the FP7 Robotics program and is a three year project. More information can be found on the following link: http://petrobotproject.eu/

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A.Hak Industrial Services' analyses services for optimal cleaning advice

February 16th 2016

A.Hak Industrial Services is proud to now offer fast and independent analysis services to support chemical cleaning projects. Our own analysis center is located in Rhoon, The Netherlands. Our staff has extensive knowledge and experience with chemical processes and they have the most advanced equipment at their disposal.

Our analysis service focusses on finding the best cleaning solutions and giving high quality substantiated cleaning advice to our clients. We strive to develop the best cleaning products and procedures with the least impact for our client and the environment.

We are also able to do the analyses during the execution of a project. By taking measurements in different stages of the process, we can show the progress that has already been made. This way we can exactly determine the required cleaning time and present our client immediate confirmation that the requested results are met. Our analysis center can discharge the need for your own analysis procedures and, depending on the kind of measurement, we are able to present the results within an hour.

Types of research of our Analysis Center:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Determining the different components of the contamination
  • Testing of corrosion resistance of the installation with the suggested cleaning solution
  • Determining the expected amount and compilation of waste disposal after the cleaning
If you would like to use our analysis services or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our sales team on:

T: 0031 (0)528 – 225300

E: sales-hgv@a-hak-is.com

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New 3” ultrasound Piglet® available

April 19th 2016

A.Hak Industrial Services has recently launched its new 3” pipeline and furnace inspection systems, available for projects worldwide. This most recent development is part of a new range of faster tools with XYZ mapping possibilities.

The first pilot projects are already executed successfully. ‘Which was fully as expected since our flexible design of our tools guarantees a smooth bi-directional inspection in every pipeline configuration’, states Mr. Edwin Rosier, Sales Manager Inspection Services.

The new range of fast Ultrasound Inspection tools is an addition to the well proven High Resolution Piglet® tools which have already been renown for years now and are available for diameter ranges between 4” and 46”.

All A.Hak Industrial Services’ tools are free swimming inspection pigs which can be used for all kinds of piggable and ‘non-piggable’ pipelines such as lines with mitered or back-to-back bends with radii (less than) 1.5D. Edwin Rosier adds: ‘Even unbarred tees are not a problem for our intelligent tools’.

Due to the real time monitoring of the inspection data and the possibility of A.Hak Industrial Services executing its own cleaning works, a successful data collection is mostly guaranteed. ‘On request we can report pipeline inspections with ultra high resolution and even report within 24 hours for furnace applications’.

For further information please contact our head office in The Netherlands: inspection@a-hak-is.com

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Pipeline Pigging Course

May 20th 2016

A.Hak Industrial Services organizes a Pipeline Pigging Course for pipeline operators and other interested parties on September 8th 2016. The main goal of the course is to learn on how to pig a pipeline safely and in a controlled manner. Principles on how to check the “piggability” of a pipeline shall be taught. Furthermore you will learn on how to clean a pipeline properly and get them prepared for maintenance or inspection.

Topics of the course:
· Pipelines (piggable & non-piggable)
· Cleaning / Gauging / Pig-tracking
· ILI technologies
· Do’s and Don’ts for pigging

Practical exercises:
· Launching and receiving pigs
· Pig tracking
· Running ILI tools

At our unique facility with test loop in Tricht, The Netherlands, a wide range of pigging facilities are available for practical exercises such as: 3”, 4”, 6” and 12” test loops which are equipped with different bend radii, Tee-pieces, valves, pipe schedule changes and artificial defects.

A. Hak Industrial Services has over 30 years of excessive experience on pigging pipelines and furnaces and is specialized in non-piggable pipelines. The training will be given by experienced people who have worked in the field worldwide for many years.

Practical information
Date: September 8, 2016
Time: 9:00 – 17:00
Location: A.Hak Industrial Services, Steenoven 2-6, Tricht, The Netherlands
Fee: € 495,- pp* (excl. VAT)

* More than 8 attendees gives a 10% reduction.

Included are:

  • Lunch and beverages
  • Course material
  • Use of pigging facilities (test loop, pigs, pumps, et cetera)
  • Proof of attendance for ILI tool operators
If you have any questions, please contact our head office: inspection@a-hak-is.com

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Masterclass Pigging for students Avans+

May 31st 2016

Recently A.Hak Industrial Services hosted for the fourth time the Masterclass Pigging for the students of the Master of Pipeline Technology degree at the Avans+ college. On top of the theoretical knowledge, students could gain practical experience with pigging at our test loop in Tricht, The Netherlands.

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Winner ADNOC’s 19th annual HSE Awards

July 30th 2016

A.Hak Industrial Services is very proud to be a winner at the ADNOC’s 19th annual HSE Awards. The awards were hosted to honor employees from across the ADNOC Group Companies, partners and contractors who have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated innovative thinking in safeguarding the employees and operations. Together with our partner ADMA-OPCO we were the winner of the award in the Group Company & Contractor Partnership Category for the project “Inspect the Uninspectable” also known as “Pig the Unpiggable”. Needless to say, we are extremely happy 

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NEW ONLINE TANK INSPECTION SYSTEMS

March 13th 2017

At the StocExpo Rotterdam from 28 – 30th March A.Hak Industrial Services B.V. will be introducing his new Online Tank Inspection Systems (OTIS) for Petro chemical plants, airports, water and nuclear industries.

Due to local regulation issues, tanks usually need to be taken out of service for a fixed time period for inspection, without knowing in advance if this is actually necessary. The new Online Tank Inspection Systems can provide inspections according to API-653 standards, which allows you to avoid having to take the tank off-line. Together with an ATEX-153 ‘safe-working’ declaration by DEKRA and an exclusive developed safety system the robots are one of the most advanced and safe on-line inspection systems on the market.

Great accuracy
A.Hak Industrial Services’ patented acoustic navigation system – equipped with navigation pingers in combination with other supplementary systems on the robot and navigation transducers on the tank shell – is used to pinpoint the robot’s location. Using onboard UT transducers, developed with years of knowledge and expertise from our pipeline inspection services, the robot follows a predetermined digital inspection grid and can collect millions ultrasonic scans of the tank bottom in order to perform computerized data analysis. The robot is equipped with an onboard sonar system to detect objects in the tanks. When operating in clear fluids, we can equip the robot with HD cameras for visual inspection and navigation. The navigation allows us to reproduce our inspection grid in the future to determine corrosion rates with great accuracy. Our robots can maneuver in tanks containing sludge of up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) in depth.

Safe and cost-effective
Inspections involving a human presence increase safety and environmental risks, and traditional tank bottom inspection technologies require tanks to be offline during inspection. They must be drained, cleaned, degassed and ventilated – all of which incur significant costs for tank owners. By using our robots, the tank bottom inspection takes significantly less time, plus it is safer and more cost-effective. A.Hak Industrial Services’ storage tank inspections will ensure the safety, reliability and integrity of your storage tank, while providing more efficient operations.

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HYDROSTATIC TESTING PROJECTS

May 1st 2017

A.Hak Industrial Services division Pipeline Services is executing several projects in the Netherlands for the construction company, MVOI B.V. The first project, at Akzo Nobel in Hengelo, we are performing hydrostatic tests on a DN700 salt water and water pipeline. The pipelines are divided in 2 different sections, the lines will be filled and tested according to the requested specifications. The second project at Eneco Heemskerk consists out of the Hydrostatic testing and pigging of a DN600 district heating pipeline, constructed by MVOI B.V. During the filling the pipeline will be calibrated with a Bi-Directional pig, equipped with an aluminum gauge plate. After the successful hydrostatic testing of the pipelines, the commissioning activities can commence.

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TANK CLEANING AT REPSOL TARRAGONA, SPAIN

May 19th 2017

In Tarragona a team from A.Hak Pipeline Services is working hard to clean 2 benzene tanks at the Repsol plant using the ARCC system. Our goal is to clean the tanks and lower the LEL level by using our Non-men Entry tank cleaning system in combination with A.Hak SafeGuard. Due to the ARCC system we as A.Hak are capable to clean without entering the tank. When the service is completed successfully the tanks will be ready to entered for maintenance and inspection. ARCC (short for ATEX Remote Controlled Cleaning) is a self-contained system in which the pump, generator and an operating and control room are all fitted into a single container. A.Hak Safeguard is added in 2 batches, with use of a vacuum truck the sludge will be removed from the buffer tank. Finally a water wash will be applied, the gas phase of the tank will be ventilated (degassing) and the manual final cleaning can commence. At this moment the first tank has been cleaned successfully and the team is currently busy rigging up the equipment to start on the second tank. Read More.

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ONLINE TANK INSPECTION SYSTEMS ON INNOVATION DAY

May 22nd 2017

Our Online Tank Inspection Systems (OTIS) has been shown to visitors during an Innovation Day at one of the largest chemical companies in the world. Due to local regulation issues, tanks usually need to be taken out of service for a fixed time period for inspection, without knowing in advance if this is actually necessary. The Online Tank Inspection Systems can provide inspections according to API-653 standards, which allows you to avoid having to take the tank off-line and can be used for Petro chemical plants, airports, water and nuclear industries. Together with an ATEX-153 ‘safe-working’ declaration by DEKRA and an exclusive developed safety system the robots are one of the most advanced and safe on-line inspection systems on the market. Read More.

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LONG TERM CONTRACT

May 31st 2017

A.Hak Industrial Services has achieved a 5 years contract with Shell Brunei for cleaning and inspection of Onshore/Offshore pipelines. Optional scope will also include hydro testing, dewatering, drying and Nitrogen services to support the inspection activities. For the past three years A.Hak Industrial South East Asia is working for Shell Brunei. Part of the contract involves also an opening of a local branch in Brunei to support the local activities.

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BASF ROBOTIC DEMO DAYS

May 31st 2017

At the BASF Antwerpen robotic demo days we are presenting our Online Tank Inspection Systems.

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JOB OPENINGS

May 31st 2017

A.Hak Industrial Services has several job openings in Middle East:

Inspection Engineer (trainee) (Middle East)
Workshop Supervisor (Middle East)

Finance & HR Supervisor (Middle East - KSA)

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New governance structure, new CEO

June 20th 2017

On June 20, 2017 A.Hak has introduced a two-tier governance model, consisting of an Executive Board and a Supervisory Board. Iain Light has been appointed CEO of the company. Marco and Mariska van Geenhuizen, members of the current management, will take a seat in the Supervisory Board, together with Régis Rivière. A.Hak remains a family-owned company with the Van Geenhuizen family as its shareholders. In recent years, A.Hak has faced challenging market conditions, especially in the oil and gas industry, along with many other companies in our industry. This led to a negative result in 2015. In 2016 A.Hak initiated a process of organizational development. In 2016 and 2017, the company has been able to produce improving results, partly because of these efforts. "With the change in governance structure we feel we can accelerate this improvement", say Marco and Mariska van Geenhuizen. "Since the beginning of 2017, we have been working with Iain Light on a long term strategy for A.Hak. We are fully confident that he will take the next step in the professional development of the organization, together with his Executive Board, our staff and the management of the A.Hak business units.”

New Executive Board
Iain Light has worked in the testing, inspection, and certification business for all his professional life. Drawing from this experience, he is very well introduced in A.Hak’s main markets. Until the end of 2015, Light worked in the Netherlands as CEO of Applus RTD, a service provider in the field of non-destructive testing, inspection and certification, serving mainly the pipeline industry. Light comes from the UK.CFO Remco Smit and CHRO Rob Bombeeck will be the other members of A.Hak’s Executive Board.

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A.HAK INDUSTRIAL SERVICES SIGNS ITS LARGEST CONTRACT TO DATE

August 3rd 2017

A.Hak Industrial Services Middle East has secured the largest contract in the history of the company. Joining forces with Al Tamimi, the five year contract includes the inspection of the majority of the un-scrapable pipelines of Saudi Aramco in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This award is one of the largest of its kind globally and confirms A.Hak’s position as a leader in delivering pipeline integrity services.

Roland Hendriks, General Manager of A. Hak Industrial Services Middle East, said: “A. Hak Industrial Services has a strong local presence in the Middle East and an impressive track record in cleaning and inspection of un-scrapable pipelines, which was key to our success in securing this contract. Our personnel and equipment resources are at the leading edge of inspection services, and our turnkey approach ensures the efficient and safe completion of every project.” Read More.

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VACUUM DRYING OF CITY HEATING PIPELINES

August 16th 2017

In June of 2017 the vacuum drying method was applied at HVC Alkmaar on DN300 and DN250 city heating pipelines, our in-house build mobile vacuum unit specially designed for drying activities (see picture) has been deployed. The project was a cooperation between A.Hak Infranet B.V. and A.Hak Industrial Services B.V. – Pipeline Services. This is a straightforward technique of making advantage of the effects when lowering the pressure in a system, this results in decreasing the boiling point. With this method, very low dewpoints can be achieved. This is a particularly effective solution for complex systems, for systems where a proper flow cannot be achieved, non-piggable systems, and for systems with localized, large quantities of water. Read More.

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A.HAK MAGAZINE #16 SUMMER 2017

August 16th 2017

Read the A.Hak Magazine #16 Summer 2017, a publication for employees, customers and partners of A.Hak.

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PRE-COMMISSIONING 48” PIPELINE FRANCE

September 20th 2017

In July 2017 A.Hak Pipeline Services started with the pre-commissioning of a new 48” 43,3 km pipeline in the east of France. The project is a joint venture between Spiecapag and A.Hak International and consists of the construction of a new gas pipeline between Voisines and Veronnes. A.Hak Pipeline Services will be performing the cleaning, gauging, filling, hydrotesting, drying and caliper pigging activities for this pipeline. The first run with gauge plates has been performed for section 1 and this week also a caliper run will be executed. The first section is currently inspected on dents and ovalities with a multi channel caliper tool, supplied by PIT – Goossens Engineering

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NEW ISO CERTIFICATES FOR A.HAK INDUSTRIAL SERVICES

November 1st 2017

A.Hak Industrial Services is the first A.Hak company certified according to the new ISO norms 9001:2015 and 14001 and re-certified for OHSAS and VCA-P. QHSE manager of A.Hak Industrial Services Yolanda Sciamanda: "We are proud to have received the new standards for all European branches and offices in Abu Dhabi and Malaysia. Early next year, the United States (Houston) will be in the certification program." The new standards were handed over by Arjan Veldkamp in the name of DNV GL to the managing director of A.Hak Industrial Services Rienk de Vries. Read More.

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CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

October 18th 2017

For the outstanding performance and successful completion of the Intelligent Pigging of a 8” production flowline at Bunduq the colleagues of A.Hak Industrial Services Middle East L.L.C received a certificate of appreciation.

Contact

A.Hak Industrial Services
Steenoven 2-6
4196 HG Tricht
P.O. Box 151
4190 CD Geldermalsen
The Netherlands
info@a-hak-is.com

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