Global Valve and Controls
29May/12Off

Valves- Flanges

When you see the word Flange- what do you think of? There are many different types of flanges.  Some of the major flange types are: Welding Neck Flange, Slip on, Lap Joint, and Blind.

The two most popular are Socket weld and Threaded Flanges, which are the ones that Global Valve and Controls provides on their valves.

A flange is a method of connecting pipes, Valves, pumps and other equipment to form a piping system. It also provides easy access for cleaning, inspection or modification. Flanges are usually welded or screwed. Flanged joints are made by bolting together two flanges with a gasket between them to provide a seal.”

http://www.wermac.org/flanges/flanges_general_part1.html

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25May/12Off

New Vs. Old

Larger companies tend to use what they have already- instead of just buying new materials. In this case, they should have spent the extra $2.00!!

“A wholly owned subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $6.1 million in fines and plead guilty to a criminal charge in response to a 15,000-gallon diesel fuel spill at an Everett oil terminal - a mess that federal authorities said was caused, in part, by the company's failure to replace a $2 metal coupling.”

Trunnion Mounted Ball Valves

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21May/12Off

Drilling off the California Coast

“The federal government is taking steps that may open California's fabled coast to oil drilling in as few as three years, an action that could place dozens of platforms off the Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt coasts, and raises the specter of spills, air pollution and increased ship traffic into San Francisco Bay.”

The impacts of the drilling will cause increased vessel traffic, more oil spills, as well as put the whales, dolphins, Sea turtles, Seabirds and other animals at risk.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/28/MN4G14QMVE.DTL#ixzz1vVfoPavv

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18May/12Off

Safety in the Warehouse

Although working in a warehouse may be an exciting experience to some- there are many injuries and even deaths that occur, and one must be careful while working in that field. Improper use of forklifts, material handling, and inappropriate use of personal protective equipment are some of the factors that explain why accidents happen in the warehouse.

Here are some tips on how to maintain safety in your warehouse:

OSHA offered these safety measures for warehouse workers’ general safety:.

 

  • The warehouse must be well ventilated.
  • All floors, aisles and surfaces must be free of clutter, hoses, spills, electrical cords and other materials or factors that could cause slips, trips or falls.
  • Workers who have to perform physical work must have enough periodic rest breaks to avoid fatigue.
  • All newly-hired employees must receive both general ergonomics training and task-specific training.
  • Every employee must be trained on how to avoid heat stress in hot and humid environments.

You can find more information on this website:

http://www.safetyservicescompany.com/blog/warehouse-safety-general-guidelines-and-osha-citations

 

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14May/12Off

Life on a Rig

Ever wonder what life would be like if you lived on a Rig?  When you first step on a rig, you will be handed your work boots, goggles, and working clothes. You will then be given a tour of the facility.

Depending on where you are located- some rooms have Television sets, and/or wireless internet that you can access. Some even have saunas, pools and gyms!

Offshore rigs operate 24 hours a day, so one week you might work the day shift and the next you might work the night. The schedule rotates to make it fair for everyone.

http://www.rigworker.com/lifestyle.shtml

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9May/12Off

Price of Oil goes down

You may have heard of small talk from other people, or just that you got gas for your car this week, the price of oil dropped! We may jump with joy here in America- But as the price of oil goes down here in the state, the price of oil increases in other countries.

“New York Mercantile Exchange settled at $97.01, down 93 cents, or 0.9% for the day, after rebounding from a session low of $95.52. Prices are down 8.6% over the last five days trading days. June Brent futures settled down 43 cents, or 0.38%, to $1112.73 on the Intercontinental Exchange.”

 “The U.S. currency and oil prices tend to move inversely, as a stronger dollar makes crude more expensive for buyers in other currencies.”

http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=117696&hmpn=1

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