It was a disaster that was going to happen and the only thing still in doubt was just how bad it would end up being. Early on the morning of Nov. 26, 2007, a freight train was heading west on the Kansas City Southern Railroad near the small town of Choudrant, LA, a stone's throw from Ruston in the north-central portion of the state. Sometime around 4 a.m., the train derailed with 10 rail cars leaving the track. Of the cars that derailed, five contained hazardous materials and two of those overturned and slid down an embankment, coming to rest scant feet from U.S. Highway 80, the road that parallels the tracks. These two tank cars were ultimately damaged beyond repair and taken out of service due to the severe damage.
Lebanon, OH, February 28, 2013
— OPW Engineered Systems, a leading manufacturer of systems for the safe and efficient loading and unloading of hazardous materials and a division of OPW Fluid Transfer Group, is pleased to announce that the 1004D3
models of its API Bottom-Loading Couplers are now available with a special &"lo-temp” sealing material that has been designed to retain its sealing capabilities at extreme temperatures (Seal Material rated as low as -55°F/-48°C). The seal material is also compatible with all gasoline, diesel and ethanol formulations and blends.
Lebanon, OH, December 6, 2012 — OPW Engineered Systems, a leading manufacturer of systems for the safe and efficient loading and unloading of hazardous materials and a division of OPW Fluid Transfer Group, is pleased to announce that it has recently purchased and installed a new state-of-the-art robotic welder at its manufacturing facility located in Lebanon, OH. Installed to help supplement its industry leading manufacturing capabilities, its new robotic welder will help OPW Engineered Systems continue to set the standard in developing the highest quality swivel joints for the safe and efficient transfer of all types of critical hazardous materials.
Industries rely on hazardous materials to manufacture goods or supply services that all of us use in our everyday lives. Many of these hazardous materials, such as the gasoline that powers our vehicles, are also in constant motion, moving from the oilfield to the refinery to the bulk plant to the service station to the end-user’s automobile.
The Shale Oil and Gas industry is one of the fastest growing in North America, highlighted by the vast reserves in the Bakken shale in North Dakota, Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania, Eagle Ford play in Texas and the Green River formation in Colorado. These rich deposits have already created thousands of jobs and will help the United States work toward gaining energy independence.
In 2012, OPW Engineered Systems has been making a concerted effort to improve the delivery lead times—which are defined as the number of days that pass between the order date and the shipping date—for its products. Since making that commitment, OPW-ES is pleased to announce that significant gains have been made in improving lead-time efficiency.
The OPW LR-M32F A-Frame Bottom Loading Arm was designed for the bottom loading of hazardous fluids in the Canadian market and is the arm of choice for replacing existing equipment or expanding current operations.
Hiltap Fittings has announced that its HGJ Series of Joint Utility Unions is now available in a 1-inch size. HGJ Series Utility Unions can be used as a coupling for most steam, water and standard utility applications. By utilizing a commercially available O-ring seal, HGJ utility unions are interchangeable with most conventional ground joint unions.