Quick disconnect couplings can fail without warning! Prior to the operation of quick coupling products, be sure to inspect and replace worn out fittings and safety devices. If a leak is detected during operation, release the pressure from the circuit before investigating the cause of the fluid leak. Do not use your fingers or skin to check for leaks, high pressure leaks of fluids can easily penetrate the skin and can cause serious injury or death.
The US Chemical Safety Board released a case study which examines a mixture of incompatible materials at the MGPI Processing Plant. The mixture resulted in a chemical release that traveled into the community containing chlorine and other compounds.
An excerpt from the CSB findings:
We often under appreciate the slow and steady pace required to properly surface a road when surrounded by orange barrels and honking horns. When dealing with thick substances, such as tar, spraying it can be a long, tedious task. There are certainly ways of speeding up the process, however, all come at a cost.
In today’s world, it seems everything needs to be done quickly. Internet speeds are faster than ever, so we can stream videos from YouTube and music from Pandora. Grocery stores are offering curbside pickup, so we can get our food faster. Amazon now has a store, Amazon Go, where customers can grab what they want and leave, without waiting in line. Time is a valuable commodity and there is a finite number of hours, minutes and seconds in a day.
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.
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).
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.
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 qualities. While 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.
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.
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