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  • Vegas Bound for the NACS Show 2012

    By OPW | Sep 18, 2012
    The PEI Convention at the NACS Show (NACS Show), which is taking place from October 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors providing the most comprehensive representation of products and services for the convenience industry.

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  • Why is a Manhole Round?

    By OPW | Aug 29, 2012
    If you Google the top ten toughest job interview questions, the question that most frequently appears is, "Why are manhole covers round?" And while the answer to this question has stumped job applicants for years, it certainly would make them take pause the next time they pulled their vehicle into a service station and heard that familiar "clank" while driving over one.

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  • The Continued Rise Of DEF

    By OPW | Aug 08, 2012
    As of July 2012, there were over 600 bulk dispensers located across North America that supply Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to the trucking industry. In fact, TA Travel Centers of America just announced that it now has over 101 locations equipped with DEF pumps at over 400 fuel lanes; and Love's Travel Stops announced that it now has 782 fuel lanes at 148 locations.

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  • Making Fuel and Concrete Mix

    By OPW | Jul 25, 2012
    No matter how many plants a ready-mix company owns, each one has several types of vehicles constantly moving in, and out, and throughout the yard. Whether it's a tractor-trailer bringing dry bulk cement into the plant, front-end loaders transferring ingredients onto the conveyor belt, ready-mix concrete trucks delivering the finished products to a site, or pickups running errands from site to site – each ready-mix company spends a significant amount of money on fuel.

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  • The Magnetic Breakaway Conundrum

    By OPW | Jul 11, 2012
    The safety breakaways that connect the fueling dispenser to the hose at thousands of fueling sites around the globe must perform one simple task: whenever excessive force is applied, such as during a drive-away incident, the breakaway should halt the flow of fuel, while preventing personal injury or harm to the environment.

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  • The Advantages of KYNAR® (PVDF) in Fuel Piping

    By OPW | Jun 29, 2012
    KYNAR® (PVDF) is an engineering thermoplastic widely used in the most aggressive of fluid handling applications. Its fluoropolymer chemical structure makes it incredibly inert, dense, and permeation resistant. So the question is, "What’s KYNAR (PVDF) have to do with me and my fueling site operation?" The answer is that for over a decade KYNAR (PVDF) has been the material of choice in the manufacture of underground fuel piping systems.

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  • Enhancing Operations With Innovative Wireless Solutions

    By OPW | Jun 13, 2012
    Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Tampa International Airport offer a combined total of 500 daily flights that serve more than 38 million flyers throughout the year. A great number of those travelers either arrive at or depart from those airports in vehicles procured from the rental-car companies – 12 at Ft. Lauderdale and eight at Tampa, each with fleets numbering in the hundreds of vehicles – that are located in the airport’s terminals.

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  • The Battle Against Fluctuating Fuel Costs

    By OPW | May 29, 2012
    Needless to say, gas prices are extremely volatile; and while prices are currently on the decline, compared to this time last year, prices have risen nearly 20%. Even industry experts are having difficulty trying to predict gas price fluctuations. And because of these fluctuations, the average driver will pay over $35 extra each month to fuel his or her vehicle.

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  • OPW Launches New Mobile Website

    By OPW | May 11, 2012
    With the popularity of smart phones and tablets increasing daily, OPW is excited to announce the availability and launch of the new OPW Mobile Website. iPhone and Android phones and devices will be automatically redirected to the mobile site when visiting www.opwglobal.com.

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  • A Tricky Seaplane Fuel-Delivery Setup

    By OPW | Apr 27, 2012
    Way back in 2004, discussions began for a new permanent seaplane terminal as part of a project to expand the size of a convention center to 1.2 million square feet in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. A new seaplane facility was needed because the existing one was old and antiquated, and was having an increasingly difficult time meeting the existing standards for operation. Fast-forward eight years and the dream of that new seaplane terminal has become a reality.

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  • Keeping March Madness Fans Up-To-Date

    By OPW | Mar 14, 2012
    As every college basketball fan knows, the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship kicked off a few days ago and March Madness is officially underway. This year's tournament is projected to be one of the best in many years, and not just because of the talent on the court.

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  • Turning Vapour Into Profits

    By OPW | Mar 02, 2012
    It has been a long accepted fact of life for station operators around the world that some amount of saleable gasoline will be lost either during the fueling process in the form of vapour escaping into the atmosphere, or during the delivery process when recoverable vapours are returned to the tank of the oil company's delivery trucks.

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  • Attending the 2012 WPMA Expo?

    By OPW | Feb 14, 2012
    Every year about this time, thousands of convenience store owners and key decision makers descend upon Las Vegas for the WPMA National Convention & Convenience Store Expo.

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  • Living the College Life

    By OPW | Jan 26, 2012
    Whether your commercial fueling operation is large or small, many operations have vehicles coming and going all the time. With so much activity, it often becomes difficult for fueling operators to properly track inventory, allocate expenses, monitor deliveries and prevent theft.

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  • Nozzle Technology Keeps The Fuel Flowing In Cold Weather

    By OPW | Jan 11, 2012
    As we continue to move deeper into the winter season, we know that extreme cold and brutal weather is sure to follow. In dealing with this weather, people have to make concessions to the climate and adapt to the conditions in order to survive. Fueling site operators are no exception. Vehicle breakdowns or the inability to access fuel can quickly turn into a disaster.

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  • Avoiding Fires at the Gas Pump this Winter

    By OPW | Dec 21, 2011
    As the temperatures begin to drop heading into the winter months, petroleum retailers should be aware of an increase in the potential dangers of static electricity-caused fires at the gas pump.

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  • Is Your Fuel Site Protected? Fuel Control Systems are an Effective Solution…Part 2

    By OPW | Nov 29, 2011
    Part one of this series discussed some of that problems that can occur when dealing with an unprotected fueling site and how fuel management systems can be used as an effective solution to maintain, control, monitor and track fuel inventories, purchases and transactions for fleets and unattended fueling sites. The three types of fuel management systems were previously discussed. Now let’s take a closer look at single and multi-site card lock systems.

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  • Is Your Fuel Site Protected? Fuel Control Systems are an Effective Solution…Part 1

    By OPW | Nov 16, 2011
    From the smallest fleets to the largest petroleum marketing operations in the world, every fueling operation is in need of an effective solution that will provide complete security, accountability and control. Theft, misallocation of fuel, inaccurate record keeping and the inability to control fuel restrictions are all results that can occur when a site is left unattended.

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  • OPW Experiences Success at the NACS Show 2011…See For Yourself!

    By OPW | Oct 21, 2011
    While featuring many of its industry leading fueling equipment products and services for the petroleum industry, OPW was able to create one of its largest show presences in recent memory at this year's NACS Show.

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  • Attending The NACS Show 2011?

    By OPW | Sep 22, 2011
    It’s that time of year again…time to begin gearing up for the PEI Convention at the NACS Show (NACS Show). Taking place October 1-4 in Chicago, this year’s NACS Show will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors providing the most comprehensive representation of products and services for the convenience industry.

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