Those in the oil well drilling business use tally books continually every day. They
keep a close record of when they attach a new section of pipe, and how long it is, and what time it is. The books are just the right size to fit into a pocket, so the books are kept right where they are needed. So tally books are a necessity in the oil drilling business.
To protect the book from weather and abrasion, the cover is made of vinyl. That’s where the irony hits. Vinyl is a man-made fabric made from OIL!
It was developed only in 1920 as an inexpensive durable fabric that is easy to make. It is made out of oil and salt, and its real name in poly vinyl chloride.
Here are the details for you scientists:
They break down petroleum using high pressure and temperature. This is called cracking. The results are ethylene, butadiene, propylene, and a few other things. They combine salt (a source of chlorine) with the ethylene using “electrolytic disassociation”. They add a few other compounds and end up with poly vinyl chloride (vinyl).
As you know, vinyl is ubiquitous, and very inexpensive. However, it looks expensive, similar to leather.
Ask any Arborist. Ask any oilfield worker. They will tell you how vital a diameter tape measure is to their jobs.
An Arborist needs to quickly determine the diameter of a tree, because he probably has to do this to another thousand trees. He uses this measurement to determine the amount of wood contained in the tree, so it can be sold for the wood content. For convenience and speed, he measures the diameter at the height of his chest. Diameter breast high (DBH) is the term used for this height. A tree diameter tape has a hook at the beginning, so the user can attach it to the bark, walk around the tree, and have the tape meet the zero mark. He reads the number on the tape, which is the diameter in inches.
He just cleans off the pipeline and wraps the tape around it. The answer is shown on the tape where it lines up to the zero mark. It’s important to him because he needs to know how much oil or gas the pipe can carry. Also, if a fitting needs replaced or modified, he needs to order the right size. Diameter tapes are a vital part of the oil and gas business.
Pipe Tally Books are normally used by workers in oilfields. They keep track of the
exact time that a section of pipe is attached to the drilling rig. Also they record the length and diameter of the pipe. These drilling workers need a heavy duty book that can easily fit into their pocket. That’s a short history of tally books. But here are some things you might not have known about these special books:
Anyone who works outdoors and needs to keep records, can use a tally book. Other users are foresters, wind energy inspectors, handymen, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and waterworks people.
The pages are sewn in, for durability. A little ring binder wouldn’t be as durable.
A new option for the pages is the sewn water-resistant Stone Pad. If you try to tear a sheet, it just stretches a little. You can’t tear it.
The cover is made of high grade vinyl, which comes in colors to coordinate with your company logo. This gives the book a high resistance to rain and abrasion.
Got a favorite pen or pencil? Since these books are custom made, they can have a pen loop built into them.
Nobody buys Tally Books that already have a picture of an oil well. Why?
Everyone wants to give away tally books that have their own company logo.
Sometimes business owners want to put a picture of their own equipment on them.
Sometimes company owners want to have their own conversion charts printed on the back vinyl cover, or on the inside of the cover.
With today’s high tech printing methods, a full-color picture can be printed directly on the vinyl cover. There is no longer a need to print it on a piece of paper, and cover it with an extra layer of clear vinyl to protect the picture.
Multiple logos and pictures can be printed on the front and back cover.
If you want to impress your customers, and give them a useful gift with your corporate logo, give them Tally Books. These water resistant note-keepers are used every day, sometimes every hour, by workers in these fields:
Oil well drilling, offshore and on land
Windmill inspection and maintenance
Oil well inspection
Gas well drilling and inspection
Pipeline inspection and maintenance
Railroad inspection and maintenance
Field biology, zoology, and botany
Electrical power line installation, inspection, and maintenance
As a bonus idea, you can have your customer’s logo on the front, and your logo and contact information on the back.
Pi Day is March 14. This year you can help celebrate by answering the question at the bottom.
Pi is the constant ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, no matter what size the circle is. This is useful knowledge when you work with water pipes or oil or gas pipelines, and you need to replace part of it. You can measure the circumference and divide by pi. But there’s an easier way to do that.
Let a Lufkin Diameter tape measure do it for you. You just wrap it around the pipe, and read the diameter. Mathematicians call pi an irrational number, since it goes on for an infinite number of decimal places, but using a diameter tape is a very rational and easy way to find the diameter of a pipe. To see a little video on How to measure the diameter of a pipe, just click here.
Tally Books are used by workers and inspectors in the oil and gas industries. These books are made rugged for outdoor use. Here is how they are constructed:
For stiffness, we start with chipboard. This is the solid gray “cardboard” material that cereal boxes are made out of.
The 2 pieces of chipboard (front and back of the tally book) are covered with a colored vinyl for protection from the elements. Vinyl comes in a variety of colors. The inside layer is usually the same color as the outside layer.
To hold the paper pad (or stone pad), we add a front and back clear pocket. So the first and last page of the pad are slid into those two pockets. For durability, the first and last page are made of heavier paper. This pad is held in place just like the check register in your vinyl checkbook.
Not in this order, the imprinting is done on the outside cover and the inside pockets.
Printing is done in 3 different ways: Screen printing, Hotstamping, Full-color imprinting.
Sometimes we add a clear vinyl pen loop on the side. We can also add an insert. It has 3 clear vinyl pockets so that you can add papers and cards of your choosing.
Are needed by your employees if they need to make notes continually in the field. They are essential to the oil and gas industries. Oilfield and gas field workers and inspectors need to have durable pipe tally books to keep their records current and safe.
Give your employees a sense of pride. Seeing your company logo on the books tells them that they are team members.
Oil companies are always busy. The drillers need to keep track of the amount of pipe they are putting down the hole. The well operators need to keep track of yield, and what the gauges say. The supervisors need to keep track of employees, and their work hours.
These 2 Tally Books are vital to the oil industry. They are weather-proof, and can fit into your shirt pocket or pants pocket.
The flexible book 3308 is great for a back pocket. It bends when you do.