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Developing ASTM F3312 - F3312M – 18 and Its Impact on Industry

Posted by Joe Sugarman on Oct 30, 2019 4:50:00 PM

Formed in 1978 the ASTM’s Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology still plays a pivotal role in developing new standards for the entire maritime industry and currently has jurisdiction over 100 standards. ASTM International works to improve the lives of millions so when it became clear that there were insufficient standards and inconsistencies in the construction of LNG bunkering hose systems it was inevitable that the marine industry would turn to them for guidance.

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Why Standards for LNG Bunkering Hose Transfer Assemblies Are Necessary

Posted by Joe Sugarman on Oct 16, 2019 5:00:00 PM

It might be at the time new technologies emerge in areas where there are incomplete knowledge and understanding. It could be when persistent problems reveal deficiencies in current system designs and field operating practices. Or, it might arise when a lack of comprehensive and universal standards is causing work inefficiencies – so much so that companies are needing to “reinvent the wheel” with each new customer application.

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Clogged Intake Manifold on Your Hydraulic Fracturing Pumps - Solved

Posted by Joe Sugarman on Sep 18, 2019 2:15:00 PM

By employing Dixon’s intake manifolds, a Well Services company overcame catastrophic failures to its hydraulic fracturing fluid-ends, preventing costly operational downtime and repairs.

The situation:

Hydraulic fracturing operations are intense and time critical. The need for continuous and uninterrupted flow from the myriad high-pressure pump units within the “hot zone” near the well head allows little room for equipment failures.

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Q&A with VP of Sales & Marketing Scott Jones

Posted by Joe Sugarman on Sep 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

As vice president of sales and marketing at Dixon, Scott Jones is tasked with promoting the company’s products to a global marketplace. One of Dixon’s most significant advantages over the competition, he says, is the company’s longtime emphasis on educating its distributor customers on how to properly assemble, use and re-sell its products. “We really look at training as being one of the key differentiators that we can provide to our distributors,” says Jones, who has worked at Dixon for more than 30 years. “It’s a priority for me.”

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Basics of Hydraulic Flow

Posted by Joe Sugarman on Aug 21, 2019 4:55:00 PM

Hydraulic flow can be defined as the volume of fluid that flows through a surface area during a specific period of time. Sounds straightforward, right? Well, it turns out there’s more to it than meets the eye. In this post, we will explain the basics and offer several solutions to overcome the challenges you may have faced in your applications. 

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Five Specialty Contractors You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted by Joe Sugarman on Aug 7, 2019 4:30:00 PM

What makes a specialty contractor special? As opposed to a general contractor, a specialty contractor is someone who concentrates on one particular area of construction, such as plasterwork, site preparation, plumbing, or electrical work. Specialty contractors are often hired by general contractors and project managers for a certain level of expertise on the worksite. Many specialty contractors have received extensive training in their field of practice and must be licensed in the state in which they work. You are likely familiar with a variety of specialty contractors, but here are five that may be new to you:

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Five Construction Industry Trends to Watch

Posted by Joe Sugarman on Jul 24, 2019 8:30:00 AM

The construction industry is constantly evolving. New technologies, consumer demand, availability and cost of raw materials, and the economy at large all play a role in influencing the field from one year to the next. So, what’s in store for the months ahead? We asked Dixon Regional Sales Manager Chris Jarman to pick a few trends he sees currently shaping the industry.

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On-the-Job Training: Dixon's Competency-based Apprentice Program

Posted by Joe Sugarman on May 29, 2019 4:38:33 PM


Above: Apprentices, steering committee members and the on-the-job trainers for Dixon’s competency-based, Maryland state recognized program.

It’s a common story these days that many manufacturers find it difficult to recruit talent with the technical skills necessary for today’s modern plant. Dixon is working toward a solution. By implementing its own CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinist apprenticeship program, the company is now able to grow a highly trained workforce from within.

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How to Choose the Correct Seal for Refined Fuel Transportation

Posted by Joe Sugarman on Apr 3, 2019 4:55:05 PM

In the refined fuel transportation industries, when it comes to choosing the right gasket or O-ring for the job, it’s important to remember: not all seals are created equal.  If these key components aren’t up to the job, leaks and other problems can occur. The problem is, seals come in a variety of materials and grades—something many people don’t realize.

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Q&A with Energy Market Specialist Tony Haston

Posted by Joe Sugarman on Mar 6, 2019 5:02:00 PM

Tony Haston has been with Dixon for 26 years. Beginning his career with the company as a territory sales manager, he currently works out of Houston as an energy market specialist. Dixon’s market specialists provide technical and industry expertise in focus areas such as energy, fire, and food and beverage / pharmaceutical.

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