What is Fracking? An Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing

Posted by Robert Rapier on Feb 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM

To produce oil, a hole is drilled into the zone where the petroleum deposit is located. The hole is lined with sections of pipe—the casing—that are then cemented into place. The casing prevents sections of the drill hole from collapsing, and also presents a barrier against contamination of aquifers that may be above the petroleum deposit.

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How to Save Money by Making Steel Mill Furnace Hose Assemblies Last 

Posted by Mike Seeber on Feb 7, 2018 12:30:00 PM

The hottest area in a steel mill is inside and around the furnace. Whether the furnace is a basic oxygen furnace (BOF) or an electric arc furnace (EAF), its surrounding area is extremely hot. The temperature required to melt the raw materials of steel is in excess of 2,750 degrees F (1,510 degrees C).

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A Simple Solution for Changing Hydraulic Attachments

Posted by David Murphy on Jan 24, 2018 1:42:00 PM


As a territory sales manager, I routinely make calls to industrial rental houses and construction companies. Many of these companies use skid steers that require the use of multiple attachments in a day’s service.

When I speak with shop mechanics at these places, they all seem to encounter the same problem when changing attachments on their equipment. They all have stories to share with me about cracking a hydraulic line or beating the plug with a hammer or screwdriver to bleed off the pressure. And rental houses share their frustration on having to send out a technician to a home or job site to help the inexperienced operator connect a new attachment.

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Next Up for LNG: Trucks, Trains and More

Posted by Sean Andersen on Jan 10, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is becoming an increasingly attractive energy option. It is rapidly gaining popularity as an environmentally friendly fuel choice with its clean-burning qualitiesWhile much of the historical and current focus is on LNG fuel usage in the maritime industry, interest in LNG extends to other forms of transportation as well. 

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Reflections and Resolutions for a New Year

Posted by Scott Jones on Jan 5, 2018 10:30:00 AM

F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously said, “It’s never too late, or too early, to be whatever you want to be.  You can change or you can stay the same.  There are no rules.” 

It is this time of the year when we always search for inspiration, something that will allow us to follow through on the goals we have set and the resolutions we have made.  But before we wipe the slate clean and look ahead, this is also the time of year for self-reflection.  What worked well for me last year?  What can I learn from the mistakes that I made?  Who did I influence and who influenced me? 

Personally, we should always take time for self-reflection.  We can learn.  We can grow.  We can improve.

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LNG - Precision Manufacturing to Meet Safety Needs

Posted by Sean Andersen on Dec 27, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Over the past decade, several companies have established themselves as international experts in the design and functionality of the various components that make up LNG transport systems:

  • Dry cryogenic couplings: Dixon and MannTek
  • Cryogenic breakaway couplings (standard and cable type): Dixon and MannTek
  • Powered emergency release couplings (PERCs): Dixon and MannTek
  • LNG transfer hose (composite material): Gutteling
  • LNG transfer hose (stainless steel): Hose Master
  • LNG transfer hose assemblies: Dixon and MannTek
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Is Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Safe?

Posted by Sean Andersen on Dec 13, 2017 12:15:00 PM

To the casual observer, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is sometimes thought of as a dangerous substance and its transport fraught with danger. But that per­ception doesn’t match at all with the reality.

It is true that as a cryogenic material, LNG is a liquid and its vapors are flammable. As such, there are some potential safety risks associated with LNG. That being stated, LNG can be produced, transported and re-vaporized as safely – and in most cases more safely – than other liquid energy fuels. It has the best safety record of all common fuel types – particularly when compared to refineries and other petrochemical segments.

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NOx and SOx – What’s it all about?

Posted by Sean Andersen on Nov 29, 2017 2:45:00 PM

With more ships venturing to different parts of the world, the pollution caused by them is rising, leading to global con­cerns. While land-based emissions have been gradually lessening, air pollution from ships has continued to rise.

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Introduction to the Whitepaper Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): The Fuel of the Future for Shipping and Transport

Posted by Sean Andersen on Nov 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a cryogenic natural gas, cooled to its liquid state of minus 162 degrees Celsius (minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit). In converting natural gas to LNG, the volume is reduced by about 600 times, allowing it to be stored and transported effectively.

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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Transfer and Bunkering Methods

Posted by Sean Andersen on Nov 1, 2017 12:30:00 PM

The transfer and bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) involves ships, tanker trucks and onshore facilities.

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