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  • OPW University is Designed to Provide Product and Regulatory Education

    By OPW | Dec 03, 2021
    When you’re operating in industries that are governed by an evolving roster of regulations and certifications, education is paramount to help ensure success. To that end, OPW has created OPW University, which has been designed to help its customers stay informed on the latest products and systems, along with the federal, state and local regulations that govern their purchases, installations and operations.

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  • Fibrelite Manhole Covers Are a True Watertight Forecourt Solution

    By OPW | Nov 19, 2021
    Making manhole covers lighter and easier to handle has been the driving force for Fibrelite ever since Mike Jennings and Trevor Pardoe saw forecourt operators struggling to install and remove heavy and ergonomically unfriendly metal access covers over UST sumps. Today, all Fibrelite manhole products are designed to reduce lifting hazards and risks on the forecourt, helping to prevent trapped fingers and back injuries.

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  • Cube: The New Shape and Reality of Soft-Touch Vehicle Washing

    By OPW | Oct 15, 2021
    The Cube™ Car Wash System, a three-brush soft-touch in-bay automatic rollover system, provides a gentler, quieter wash to put customers at ease. The ultimate result is that vehicle wash owners can choose an innovative, reliable, high-quality way to deliver an improved vehicle wash experience to their customers.

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  • OPW Retail Fueling’s 14 Series Nozzles Deliver a Cleaner Fueling Experience

    By OPW | Oct 05, 2021
    To combat the less-than-desirable issues that some fueling nozzles can create, OPW Retail Fueling has succeeded in creating a cleaner, greener fueling experience through the development of its 14 Series family of dripless nozzles.

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  • As Railcar Shipments Increase, So Does Midland’s Commitment To Safety

    By OPW | Sep 27, 2021
    As the number of annual railcar shipments the United States continues to increase, optimizing safety during those shipments also gains in importance. Recognizing this, OPW’s Midland Manufacturing continues to develop innovative components focused on the uneventful arrival of commodities.

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  • The Evolution of Fuel-Handling Safety

    By OPW | Jul 14, 2021
    It's a natural reaction for humans when they've completed a task or project to allow themselves a few moments to sit back, take a deep breath, reflect on their efforts and even apply a self-congratulatory pat on the back for a job well done.

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  • Top Transfer Ball Valve Completes Midland General Purpose Car Package

    By OPW | May 25, 2021
    Midland is dedicated to developing standard-setting valve and level-measurement device technology, and the new Top Transfer Ball Valve is the next part of this commitment.

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  • Soft Touch Wash Systems Combine the Best of Friction and Touchless Technology

    By OPW | Mar 24, 2021
    Car wash operators no longer have to choose between the two prevalent wash technologies. Belanger has developed a new system that delivers the best of friction and touchless wash systems – a soft touch in-bay automatic wash system.

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  • Identifying and Fixing Fueling System Vulnerabilities

    By OPW | Feb 16, 2021
    At a retail fueling site, the weakest point is oftentimes the infrastructure connections that link together the site’s fuel storage and dispensing systems. Whether the piping, tank sumps, dispensers, hoses, valves, multiports, spill containers, couplings and test boots are snapped, screwed or welded together, connection points are generally the first places where leak points potentially develop.

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  • Reducing Railcar Risks: Why Two Valves Are Better Than One

    By OPW | Feb 16, 2021
    When paired together, the A-719-ML/A-190 Dual Valve System helps to provide protection against the release of railcar contents in the event of a roll-over accident. Should a railcar roll-over accident occur, the angle valve is designed to shear off, and the check valve becomes the primary seal, halting product flow.

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  • How Tank Truck Tech is Advancing Fuel Delivery

    By OPW | Feb 11, 2021
    Knowing the stress that fuel transport fleets and their drivers can be put under to meet strict delivery schedules, while also ensuring that the right fuel and amount goes into the right tank 100% of the time, Civacon has developed the new CivaCommand Smart Tank System.

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  • Overcoming the Challenges in Today’s Fuel Supply Chain

    By OPW | Dec 10, 2020
    The domestic fuel supply chain in the U.S. has never been more robust, but the growth in fuel volumes and formulations have created challenges related to supply. OPW Engineered Systems and Civacon have recognized and responded to these challenges through the creation of equipment and systems that can help keep the country’s fuel supply chain operating effectively.

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  • Building the Best Access Systems for Underground Applications

    By OPW | Oct 23, 2020
    Optimizing the performance, protection and safety of fueling, electrical and sewage access systems that are buried underground requires a balancing act. They must stand up to the daily wear and tear of foot and vehicle traffic, heat and rain in the summer and cold, snow, salt and snowplows in the winter, shifting ground and seismic events, with water intrusion a threat at all times. At the same time, they must allow easy access so that they can be reliably serviced, maintained, monitored and repaired.

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  • Controlling Water and Chemical Usage for A Cleaner Vehicle Wash

    By OPW | Sep 10, 2020
    It may be patently obvious, but it’s worth bearing in mind – water is the lifeblood of the vehicle-wash industry. Without its ready availability, professional washes would cease to function. That’s why savvy wash operators know that they must treat their most precious resource with as much tender loving care as a conscientious car owner lavishes on a vehicle.

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  • Strengthening the “Weak Links” in Rail Transport Through Urban Areas

    By OPW | Sep 02, 2020
    It’s an unavoidable fact of railroad life that at some point, most unit trains – which can be 100 cars or longer – will pass through a heavily populated urban area while laden with dangerous or hazardous materials. While accidents that result in catastrophic leaks or spills of hazardous materials are extremely rare – and becoming even rarer, according to industry analysts – a rollover incident that occurs in an urban, population-dense area has the potential to adversely affect a large number of people.

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  • The State of the Tunnel-Wash Segment: Good and Getting Better

    By OPW | Sep 02, 2020
    Tunnel washes continue to forge ahead and have made a comfortable home for themselves in the vehicle-wash universe. Since 1969, Belanger, Inc., has been a leader in developing innovative tunnel-wash designs that are able to deliver a better wash experience for the customer and the highest level of reliability, durability and serviceability for the operator.

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  • The Many Ways OPW Prevents Fuel Leaks, Vapor Emissions and Water Intrusion

    By OPW | Aug 25, 2020
    At first glance, fueling systems at retail fueling sites appear to be nothing more than rough-and-tumble setups – a big hole is dug in which a long tube is buried before a heavy-duty pump pushes the fuel through the dispenser nozzle and into a customer’s vehicle. In reality, they are delicate ecosystems in which a number of finely tuned parts need to function in harmony to consistently produce the desired result.

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  • Paving the Way for Smoother, Safer Tank-Truck Commodity Handling

    By OPW | Aug 13, 2020
    There are several critical points in the fuel-delivery process at a retail or commercial fueling site: ensuring the correct type or grade of fuel is unloaded into the correct tank, ensuring the entire payload is unloaded, ensuring correct volumes are delivered and avoiding product overfills are among the most common. While errors can be rare, they are also entirely unacceptable.

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  • Mitigating the Risk of Product Release at Storage Terminals

    By OPW | Aug 13, 2020
    In the fluid storage terminal industry, hundreds of product-transfer activities that take place on any given day carry with them the built-in risk of a product release occurring. Product releases, especially if the fluid product is deemed dangerous or hazardous, cannot be tolerated in any form or volume because they can cause injury to those administering the transfer process, along with damage to our environment.

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  • Defining What’s Next: Enhancing Business Performance

    By OPW | May 08, 2020
    The third pillar that supports OPW’s “Defining What’s Next” philosophy is Enhancing Business Performance. In a way, achieving success in living up to this pillar requires melding together the demands of Protecting People and Protecting the Environment.

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Safe and Efficient Fueling Transportation

OPW creates components and systems for use on tank trucks, tankers and rail tank cars to provide for the safe and efficient loading, transport, transfer, handling and unloading of petroleum-based fuels, chemicals and dry bulk cargo hazardous bulk products around the world.

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Revolutionizing Fueling Operations Worldwide

OPW offers solutions for conventional, vapor recovery, DEF, Ethanol, Biodiesel, CNG, LPG and Hydrogen fueling, as well as a complete portfolio of solutions for above ground storage tanks.

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