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  • May 17, 2017

    The most recent estimates from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) put the global cost of corrosion into the trillions of dollars1. These costs include corrosion in the industrial industry where corrosion under insulation (CUI) has been plaguing the industry for decades. To help combat this, industry experts have come up with a number of different technologies and methods to help prevent corrosion.

  • May 17, 2017

    Sometimes water spreads evenly when it hits a surface; sometimes it beads into tiny droplets. While people have noticed these differences since ancient times, a better understanding of these properties, and new ways of controlling them, may bring important new applications.

  • May 17, 2017

    Many pipeline integrity issues are the result of external corrosion or stress corrosion cracking. Each of these failure modes relies on the interaction of exposed steel with a corrosive environment. Modern coating systems have been developed that reduce the potential for such failures. This paper will review coating selection and developments for pipeline protection. Recent failures of high integrity coatings will be discussed in terms of the risk to pipeline integrity. Read more about how you can select the right coating for your application. 

  • May 17, 2017

    The purpose of this article is to present the basic principle and the most common forms of corrosion. Some general methods of control, prevention, and mitigation for each type of corrosion will be discussed but will not be covered in-depth.

  • May 3, 2017

    The engineer designed the piping system with care: its insulation thickness was verified by the most reliable and commonly used software available, and the insulation was installed accurately and to specification by a talented, detail-oriented crew.  Then, during the initial startup, the surface temperature reached the anticipated temperature…and then kept on increasing until it was 20+ degrees above the design parameters. 

    Where did things go wrong?

  • May 3, 2017

    Exposed wires, fatigued workers, poorly maintained equipment. Manufacturing facilities are riddled with risks, both hidden and out in the open. If you don't know where to begin looking, such hazards can result in serious injury or death.

    Below are a few of the biggest safety concerns in any manufacturing setting. Read more about some of the top safety hazards in manufacturing facilities. 

  • May 3, 2017

    While news about manufacturing job losses continue to make headlines, about 11 million Americans currently work in industrial and manufacturing settings, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    So why do we hear so little about the many industrial and manufacturing facility dangers? Has safety been given the short shrift? There are proven tools and procedures that have been developed to address industrial safety. Of critical importance is the Industrial Facility Safety Audit. Read more about industrial facility safety audits. 

  • May 3, 2017

    Facilities that have comprehensive safety programs in place and that self-audit those programs regularly are typically well-prepared for a surprise Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection. Now, that doesn’t mean that OSHA won’t find something, but it’s far less likely that the inspectors will fill multiple notebooks during their visit.

  • April 19, 2017

    The industrial industry is facing a dilemma: we have a swath of experienced professionals retiring who are being replaced by talented, but inexperienced, newcomers. While the younger generation brings enthusiasm, technological aptitude, and a new perspective to the table, the simple fact is, their years of education lack the information that can only come from on-the-job experience.

  • April 19, 2017

    The manufacturing skills gap. It seems you can’t go a week without a politician, media outlet or industry leader wringing their hands over this issue, perhaps because it’s just so confounding. In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth and sector expansion.