Safe and Unsafe Quick Disconnect Coupling Practices

Posted by Brian Swayze on Apr 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM

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.

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Solutions to Prevent Inadvertent Chemical Mixing Incidents

Posted by Sean Andersen on Apr 4, 2018 10:15:00 AM

 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: 

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The Importance of Pressure Tested Assembly Ratings

Posted by Phil Kimble on Mar 21, 2018 1:55:00 PM

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.

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Maintain Your Hydraulic System Quickly: The O-Ring Solution

Posted by Chris Jarman on Mar 7, 2018 10:45:00 AM

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.

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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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