Melanie Vanderlaan

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How to Change the Seals in a Dixon Split Flange Swivel Joint

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Jun 28, 2023 10:30:00 AM


Swivel joints are a critical component of Dixon loading arms and are used wherever a leak-proof swivel connection is needed in pipelines or in combination with hoses to eliminate hose twisting. They feature full 360° rotational movement and are available with a variety of end configurations, seal options, and ball-bearing materials. Read our blog post on swivel joint fundamentals to learn more.

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Guide to Safe Installation of Quick Couplings

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Jun 14, 2023 10:30:00 AM

The very properties that make compressed media useful in almost every area of modern life can also make it dangerous when mishandled. Dixon® quick disconnect couplings have been carefully engineered to meet specific industry requirements while maintaining appropriate safety margins. If quick disconnect couplings are not used in the correct applications or are incorrectly applied, accidents and downtime can result. It is up to the distributor to supply the right coupling for the application.

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12 Common Problems in Plants and Corrective Actions to Take

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on May 31, 2023 10:30:00 AM

Safety is no accident, but what does that really mean? It takes real work and planning to ensure hose and coupling safety. Accidents are caused by a variety of reasons, including insufficient training, lack of attention, cost, and reluctance to change. Yes, accidents happen, but the goal is to make them infrequent and minor.

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Blowout Preventers and Couplings

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on May 17, 2023 10:30:00 AM

Have you ever forgotten to secure the lid on top of a blender before making a smoothie or milkshake? Or maybe you're lucky enough to have only seen this mistake in a TV show or movie. While the situation is frustrating and time-consuming to clean up, a blender eruption is nowhere near as serious as a blowout on an oil or gas drilling rig. That's why drilling rigs need more than just a lid. They also require a blowout prevention system.

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Filters and The Purification Process

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on May 3, 2023 10:30:00 AM

If you are like 74% of Americans, coffee is an essential part of every day. But imagine pouring a cup of ambition only to be met with gritty coffee grounds floating in your cup. This undesirable situation is prevented with the use of one simple element: a coffee filter. A coffee filter helps purify the liquid to ensure the end product does not contain any unwanted particles. The same concept can be applied to the purification process in industrial and sanitary liquid filtration systems.

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Cam & Groove Comparison

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Apr 19, 2023 10:30:00 AM

In a previous blog post, we took a look into Dixon® cam & groove couplings. Now that we have an understanding of cam & groove functionality, materials, applications, configurations, and sizes, it is time to compare the different types of cam & groove couplings Dixon offers.

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Basics of Compression Fittings

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Apr 5, 2023 10:30:00 AM

In previous Dixon® blog posts, we have discussed pipe flanges, swivel joints, dry disconnects, cam & groove couplings, and more. Now it is time to look at a different type of connection: compression fittings.

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Guide to Stainless Steel Families and Grades

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Mar 22, 2023 10:57:00 AM

What’s the first treat that comes to mind when you hear the word dessert? From cake and cookies to brownies and ice cream, the options for sweet indulgences are endless. Although desserts share some characteristics, they are also very different and can be further broken down into more subcategories. For example, if cookies were the dessert of choice, the next thing to consider is the type of cookie. Chocolate chip? Peanut butter? Sugar? You get the point. 

But what do cookies have to do with stainless steel? Great question. Just like dessert can be categorized into groups and then divided by the type, the same can be done with stainless steel. It’s called families and grades.

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Understanding Hose Assembly Dynamics

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Mar 8, 2023 7:37:00 AM

Admit it, at some point in your life you have used a garden hose to spray someone. This means you know that using your finger to cover part of the hose end makes the water spray farther and faster. But what makes this phenomenon occur? It has to do with pressure and force, two important aspects of hose assembly dynamics.

While we obviously don’t recommend spraying someone with a hose in industrial applications, and you shouldn’t let your hand interfere with the media being transferred, understanding the dynamics of a hose assembly is essential for any application.

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Utility Hoses in Refineries

Posted by Melanie Vanderlaan on Feb 22, 2023 9:46:00 AM

We know what products are made from a barrel of crude oil and the general overview of crude oil, refined, but the different fluid transfer components required in oil refineries are often overlooked.

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