Just like fingerprints, no two loading arm systems are exactly the same. Many different and unique factors must be considered when designing a loading arm system. These may include physical things like top- or bottom-loading configuration, number of loading positions, types of coupler connections, height, reach and overall facility footprint, and operational considerations like types of fluids being handled, flow rates required, number of trucks that can be serviced at a time and number of tank compartments on the vehicles.
With all of these varying characteristics that need to be analyzed, 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.
Knowing that the needs of its clients are truly unique, OPW Engineered Systems has developed the CustomLine approach to loading arm system design and construction. Built on the idea that “if you can dream it, we can make it,” CustomLine solutions are infinitely configurable to meet the needs of any application.
OPW engineers work with the client to design and build a CustomLine system that satisfies exact specifications for style, height, length, materials of construction, seals, paint and accessories like steam jacketing or pneumatics. There are no welding restrictions with system cost and delivery time based on the degree of customization that is required.
Additionally, with the operators of bulk-loading facilities needing to become more aware of, and responsive to, environmental protection in their procedures, a CustomLine system may be the perfect solution for installations that transfer hazardous materials to railcars or tank trucks. The CustomLine system’s ability to be manufactured with specific regard to the unique requirements of the application, components that are specially designed to prevent leaks at any cost can be built into the system.
Within the limits of design and functionality, no demand is too difficult to overcome for a CustomLine loading arm solution. All CustomLine units can be factory pre-assembled and tested before installation, and they are backed by OPW’s more than 125 years of industry-leading innovation and expertise.
For more information on CustomLine Loading Arm Systems from OPW Engineered Systems, please visit opw-es.com.