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  • Why Custom Loading Arm Systems Can Be The Best Solution

    Jul 21, 2020
    With all of the varying characteristics that need to be analyzed for loading arm systems, it can be hard to find a “one size fits all” solution that the bulk-terminal operator will be comfortable installing and using. It is at this point that the flexibility that is offered by customization enters the picture.

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  • The OPW Difference Case Study: Engineering In A Work-From-Home World

    Jul 16, 2020
    The members of the engineering team at OPW Engineered Systems like nothing more than packing up their measuring and surveying tools and heading out to a bulk-plant or terminal site where they can begin the process of designing and creating yet another best-in-class solution for a difficult fluid-handling challenge. Since March, “work-from-home” has become the new normal – at least for the near future.

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  • The OPW Difference Case Study: High-Volume Petroleum Terminal

    Jun 15, 2020
    A real-world example of OPW Engineered Systems’ unique ability to confront a complex challenge and respond with the optimum solution played out recently at a high-volume bottom-loading petroleum terminal in Kentucky. Originally built in the 1940s, the terminal’s truck-loading lanes had undergone a number of “on the fly” upgrades, expansions and reconfigurations over the years that had ultimately resulted in an unorganized and inefficient loading operation.

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  • The Truth about Cam-and-Groove Connections

    Mar 26, 2020
    Compromised connections can lead to product leaks which are often the most obvious problems perceived. These are not only dangerous for site personnel but can lead – in the worst-case scenario – to the accumulation of prohibitive cleanup and remediation costs.

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  • How the Application Affects Loading Arm Selection

    Mar 16, 2020
    No two fingerprints are alike, at least not in every detail. That same thing can be said for chemical loading and unloading applications. For this reason, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to outfitting loading bays for chemical plants, refineries and terminals.

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  • Combat Chemical Product Release Challenges with Dry Disconnects

    Mar 02, 2020
    Dangerous chemicals not only have the ability to potentially harm the health of humans and the environment if mishandled, but they are also very expensive to produce. Therefore, achieving safe operation, product containment and cost-effectiveness is of utmost importance.

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  • How Swivel Joints Contribute to Equipment Life and Flexibility

    Dec 13, 2019
    Without swivel joints, a number of industries might grind to a halt. For the chemical, petroleum, petrochemical, refining, mining, distilling, brewing, ink and paint markets, swivels are a vital piece in the success of process machinery. Plants are able to transfer fluids and dry bulk materials more securely and efficiently because of the versatility of these components.

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  • Three Critical Considerations for Swivel Joint Selection

    Dec 04, 2019
    Swivel joints provide a smooth connection to protect against machinery breakdown. This lengthens machine element lifetime and reduces maintenance and downtime, a worthwhile investment in the long-term success of a plant. While adding these joints to loading, unloading and processing assemblies is easy to see as a net positive, the selection process can be complex.

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  • OPW Connections Transfer Bulk Chemicals with Precision

    Nov 21, 2019
    EMCO Chemical’s facility houses more than one million gallons of liquid storage, and the company specializes in repackaging and blending bulk chemicals into usable materials for industrial and consumer products. Because of its high operating volume, safety and leak prevention are top priorities. To keep operators safe and chemicals contained, EMCO employs two types of connection systems from OPW Engineered Systems.

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  • Expertly Designed Insulation for Every Loading Arm

    Nov 18, 2019
    Whether moving foodstuffs or fuel, gradual freezing and solidifying of product is liable to slow down operations when external temperatures dip. Insulation is the best defense against loading arm clogs while active and during downtime, but choosing the right heating package requires a few considerations.

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  • How to Successfully Operate a Drylok Coupler and Adaptor

    Nov 05, 2019
    To make the most out of the Drylok coupler and adaptor system for use with various fluids such as ethylene oxide, sulfuric acid and other hazardous materials, it is important to understand the proper operating and handling procedures.

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  • Terminal Tips: Preparing Your Operation for the Coming Winter

    Oct 09, 2019
    If you operate a terminal in a cooler climate, you can relate to the popular phrase "Winter is Coming." When winter does come, it will present challenges that will test your operation and equipment.

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  • Eliminating the Phenol Fear Factor

    Aug 29, 2019
    As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of phenolic resins, alkylphenolic resins and alkylated phenols, SI Group has facilities on six continents and works with clients across more than 90 countries. For its railcar unloading operation in Freeport, TX, the company was looking to minimize the risk of product releases through connections to protect its terminal technicians.

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  • Striking A Balance For Fuel Loading Operations

    Aug 23, 2019
    Satisfying the needs of clients is a tenet of all businesses, and in the fuel-supply industry, meeting very specific parameters is part of the game. NuStar was faced with a limited number of solutions, but the OPW Engineered Systems 890 Series “Hi-Load” Counterbalance for loading arms was a snug fit.

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  • OPW Engineered Systems Shows Attendees the Way to Peak Terminal Efficiency at ILTA 2019

    Jun 14, 2019
    The largest show of its kind, ILTA is a collection of innovative technology engineered to keep aboveground storage tanks and liquid terminal operations running smoothly. From June 3-5, OPW Engineered Systems provided a look into its advanced offering for fluid transfer, including a new loading arm program and coupler that is the best in bottom loading.

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  • OPW Engineered Systems to Launch Improved Equipment Delivery Options at ILTA

    May 28, 2019
    OPW Engineered Systems will officially launch the improved delivery times and flexible options of its StandardLine, ProLine and CustomLine Loading Arm Solutions in Booth 741 at this year's International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) Trade Show, which takes place June 3-5 in Houston, TX.

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  • The Six Stages of Coupler Evolution

    May 06, 2019
    Having grown from the basic threaded connection to next-generation dry disconnects, chemical processors now have a wide range of choices for their fluid handling applications.

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  • Terminal Tips: Optimizing Loading Arm Operation

    Apr 30, 2019
    Many different styles of loading arms are deployed around the world. On a new installation, the main goal is to optimize the layout in order to make the operation as seamless as possible. On existing installations, you may have to work with a design that is less than ideal, but there are still steps you can take to optimize your situation.

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  • Terminal Tips: API Coupler Operation & Maintenance

    Mar 06, 2019
    Today’s couplers are designed to stand up to heavy usage, but there are questions you should ask to make sure your couplers, and your operation, continue running smoothly.

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  • New OPW Engineered Systems Website Designed for Elegant User Experience

    Feb 04, 2019
    OPW Engineered Systems is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. Easy to navigate, mobile responsive and elegantly designed, the new website embodies OPW Engineered Systems’ commitment to engineering what’s next across the globe with fluid-handling solutions.

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