Melanie Vanderlaan

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Sanitary Pumps: An Overview

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Sep 28, 2022 10:30:00 AM

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Robotic factory line for processing and bottling of soda and orange juice.


Priming the Pump


There's something oddly satisfying about the sound a soda makes when it's first opened. The hissing sound combined with the subsequent fizzing is distinctive, and the sweet flavor of the first sip is unlike anything else. In between the sounds and enjoying the deliciousness, have you ever wondered how the soda ends up in the bottle or can?

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Diesel, Natural Gas, or Dual: Fueling Options in Hydraulic Fracturing

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Sep 14, 2022 10:30:00 AM

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Aerial view of natural gas well being drilled in northwestern West Virginia in the Marcellus Shale formation.

What do cars, houses, deodorant, and MRI machines have in common? They all use oil or natural gas. While it’s commonly understood that we use gasoline made from oil to fuel vehicles, and natural gas provides heat for homes and businesses, the extent to which we depend on oil and gas in our everyday lives is often overlooked.

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From Grapes to Glass: The History and Process of Winemaking

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Aug 31, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Whether it's a wedding, New Year's Eve, engagement party, or just a Friday night, wine is a staple component of celebrations and meals around the world. But how exactly does your favorite Moscato or merlot go from grapes to glass? Sip back and relax as we uncork the history and process of making wine.

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Most Common Types of Rail Cars for Freight Shipping

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Aug 3, 2022 10:30:00 AM

While driving down the road it's easy to identify different types of vehicles. Cars, SUVs, and trucks are all easily distinguishable. You can even take it a step further and classify each vehicle based on make and model. But when it comes to rail cars for freight shipping, identifying the different types may not be as simple.

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Getting the Scoop on Dixon's DX60-Series Hygienic Tanker Valve

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Jul 20, 2022 10:30:00 AM

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Whether it’s chocolate on a cone, vanilla in a cup, or a large banana split, no summer or celebration is complete without this sweet treat.

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Protecting Plant Equipment with FRLs

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Jul 6, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Think about a time you interviewed for a job. You most likely researched the company before the interview, dressed to impress, and came armed with your résumé and questions to ask at the end. After all, proper preparation prevents poor performance. The same principle can be applied to air tools.

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Chemical Solvents in Ethanol and the Effect on Sight Glasses

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on May 25, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Acrylic sight glasses are commonly used in petroleum cargo tanks to make liquid level and flow visible to the tank operator. With the increased use of ethanol in fuel, the service life of these sight glasses has shortened. Many customers believe the root cause is compatibility with ethanol. The problem isn't ethanol, though. It's the solvents in ethanol.

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Sparking the Conversation About Ground Verification

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Apr 13, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Have you ever gotten out of the car and reached for the door only to be met with a shock? The small zap, caused by static electricity, is alarming, but in this scenario it’s harmless. However, when it comes to tank trucks hauling petroleum and other highly flammable products, a static shock can spark a dangerous situation.

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