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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Sand vs. Investment Casting

Posted by Agency 102 on Aug 17, 2022 10:30:00 AM

The origins of metal casting date back at least 5,000 years. However, the process has evolved considerably over the years with the discovery of different metals and the advancement of technology. At Dixon®, we use two main casting methods to create metal parts; sand casting and investment casting. Though both processes include pouring molten metal into a mold to create metal parts, there are significant differences between them. Keep reading to learn about these casting processes and their differences.

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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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What Products Are Made From a Barrel of Crude Oil?

Posted by Dalton Turner on Jun 22, 2022 10:30:00 AM

While most consumers are familiar with the gasoline and diesel that power their vehicles, do they know where the fuel originates? Oddly enough the same gasoline and diesel that is in your vehicle comes from the same barrel of crude oil that produces other products like asphalt, jet fuel, motor oil, and tires. It is truly amazing how many different products are produced from the world’s most valuable fossil fuel!

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Swivel Joint Fundamentals

Posted by Agency 102 on Jun 8, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Dixon entered the industrial swivel market in 1985 when it acquired Le-Hi Andrews. Over the years, working with our engineers, foundry, and extensive CNC machine shop, we have refined and expanded our swivel product line to better meet the needs of our customers.

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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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Dry Disconnect Comparison - Bayloc®, Bayonet, and Dixon MannTek

Posted by Agency 102 on May 11, 2022 10:30:00 AM

Dry disconnect couplings are designed for the quick and spill-free connection and disconnection of hoses and pipelines when transferring expensive hazardous product that is costly to clean up, reprocess, or dispose of. Dry disconnects are used by producers of ink, adhesives, fatty acids, pharmaceuticals, liquid soaps, petroleum, chemicals, agriculture, and a wide variety of caustic substances and specialty acids.

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Why Do Oil Prices Rise and Fall?

Posted by Dalton Turner on Apr 27, 2022 10:30:00 AM

In the last two years, we have seen crude oil prices fluctuate from trading at historic lows of $13.78 price per barrel in April 2020 to a new eight-year high of $111.53 in March 2022. Quite the increase wouldn’t you say? A +709% increase to be exact. Oil prices have been notoriously volatile throughout our country’s rich history. Why? Because of the long list of everchanging factors that contribute to the fluctuations of this raw material’s price.

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