Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Being Prepared

The September/October 2016 edition of Octane magazine presents some actionable information that fueling station operators should be putting to use. Husky Corporation was asked to provide some input for the article, which concentrated on preventative maintenance and safety at fueling islands, or the area referred to as the Forecourt in Canada. The entire article can be found at page 54 in this online edition of the magazine.


One of the most fundamental ways to make sure the Forecourt is running at peak performance is for operators to commit to a testing, maintenance and inspection regimen for all hanging hardware. Husky Corporation includes a check list of important daily, monthly and annual items in the installation instructions for the company’s general fueling products. The company produces a full line of fuel nozzles, swivels, break-aways, fuel hoses and accessories

For conventional fuel nozzles for example, operators should be checking daily for leaks/stains, loose spouts, damage, bent levers and broken clips or trigger springs. All drive-aways, maintenance and inspection activities should be logged using the serial number of the individual products involved. Any test or equipment failure requires immediate equipment replacement or removal from service. Longer range nozzle testing should include the following:

·          Monthly

o   Check the nozzle automatic shut-off between 5-10 gpm /18.9-37 Lpm

o   Check the “remove after” date

·         Annually

o   Check for electrical conductivity

o   Lubricate the valve stem
“These are things operators can do to make sure the Forecourt is safe. It is a way to do preventive maintenance so they don’t have a failure that shuts the fueling point down,” said Joe Laschke, Husky Corporation Technical Service Representative.

Dispenser hose condition is a prime area demanding operator Forecourt attention. It also happens to be one of the primary issues cited for violations during inspections by safety regulators. Husky Corporation recommends that fuel pump whip hose and dispensing hose assembly be checked weekly for leaks, kinks, blisters, bulges, flattened areas, soft spots and any cuts or gouges deep enough to expose wire reinforcement beneath the cover.  Operators should also check for obvious signs of stress or abuse.
“If operators are not inspecting for bulges in a curb hose, and they just run the hose until failure, someone is probably going to get wet,” Laschke said. “Routine inspections will keep the fueling point up and running. Plus, it will keep customers safe.”

To ensure continuous safe operation of all dispensing equipment on the Forecourt, the Petroleum Equipment Institute issued PEI/RP500-11, Recommended Practices for Inspection and Maintenance of Motor Fuel Dispensing Equipment.
Operators with Forecourt locations that are exposed to extreme temperature conditions should consider fuel nozzles manufactured for cold weather. Husky Corporation has a variety of cold weather nozzles designed to operate in temperatures down to -40° F/C. As a point of reference, standard nozzles are designed to operate in temperatures down to -15° F (-26° C).

“Cold weather nozzles have poppet seals that are more pliable in cold temperatures. It seals off the flow of fuel at extreme temperatures better than a standard seal,” Laschke said. “A standard seal will get hard because of the cold. And when the nozzle shuts off it may not seat as well, so there can be some dripping from the nozzle.”
The full “Recommended Installation, Maintenance and Inspection Instructions” for conventional nozzles referenced here can be found at http://www.husky.com/wp-content/uploads/product-pdf/009024.pdf

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Innovation, Business Growth and Teamwork Celebrated at Event

We thought we'd share a video of remarks that Husky Corporation President Grenville Sutcliffe delivered during an event in early August at the company's headquarters and manufacturing operations, along with a news release about the event. As Mr. Sutcliffe said to the gathering of employees and guests, "When we get a chance to tell the Husky story, we want to take it."

Husky Corporation, with a nearly 70-year track record of growth, innovation and teamwork that has resulted in industry-leading capabilities from its Missouri-based manufacturing facilities, welcomed Missouri Senator Roy Blunt for what was billed as a ‘Meet and Greet’ event focused on job creation.

Husky Corporation President Grenville Sutcliffe, whose parents founded the petroleum dispensing equipment manufacturing company in 1947, told a crowd of 150 employees, area dignitaries and guests that he is always pleased to tell the Husky story to those interested in hearing about its track record of success.

“We believe very strongly in U.S. based manufacturing. Our quality is second to none. Just ask China – where we send a lot of our products,” Sutcliffe said. “None of this company’s success would be possible without a strong and dedicated team. It is wonderful to see everyone on the Husky team working and progressing in the same direction. That’s what we have here at Husky. A great team.”

Sutcliffe led Sen. Blunt and U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (Missouri’s Third Congressional District) on a tour of Husky Corporation production facilities. The company manufactures general fueling products, oil and lube products, aviation fueling products and fluid line components for the automotive aftermarket. Through strategic alliances and partnerships Husky Corporation also offers DEF dispensing and storage systems, logistics optimization systems and liquid loading arms. Sen. Blunt then offered some comments on job creation and regulation to those in attendance. 

“Right now 20 percent of what you do is exported. Mr. Sutcliffe wants to get that number to 50 percent. As he points out, if you have a product that competes all over the world, that drives the economy too,” Blunt said.

“Thanks to the innovation of our engineers – our product line continues to grow. That’s because we put customers first. We try to solve their problems. I wish I could say the same about all the regulations we have to deal with, that frankly get in the way of innovation,” Sutcliffe said.

Sutcliffe noted, since Sen. Blunt was in a political campaign at the time of his visit, that Husky would gladly extend the same opportunity to visit the company to those on the other side of the political aisle.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Faulty Fuel Hose and Nozzle Failures Rank High on List of Inspection Violations

Husky® Corporation Offers Guidance to Avoid Citations, Fines and Downtime

Two of the top violations found during safety inspections of motor fuel dispensing systems involve components that are in the hands of refueling customers every day.  Dispenser Hose Condition and Nozzle Failure/Expiration ranked in the top five violations in 2013, according to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection. While the findings are specific to one state, the information serves as an excellent reminder for fuel dispensing businesses across the country to be vigilant about safety and the condition of their equipment.

Program Administrator John Albert wrote about ten common violations in the Winter 2014 issue of Pipeline, the Missouri Petroleum Marketers Association quarterly magazine.  Husky® Corporation offers the following guidance on hoses and nozzles.

Dispenser Hose Condition

Dispenser hoses were found to be a “repetitive violation” in Missouri. The condition is likely the case across the country. Exposure to extreme weather, both hot and cold, will cause hoses to deteriorate over time. When the outer protective layer cracks or becomes brittle, dispenser hoses are more likely to fail under pressure. 

To ensure continuous safe operation, the Petroleum Equipment Institute issued PEI/RP500, Recommended Practices for Inspection and Maintenance of Motor Fuel Dispensing Equipment, which includes daily equipment checks for dispensing hoses. Here is a summary of the daily checklist:

• Hose in good condition: No cuts, cracks, bulges, blisters, flat spots, kinks or worn spots
• Whip hose in good condition: No cuts, cracks, or blisters. Fittings at end of whip hose clean and dry
• If a defect is observed, the dispenser should be placed Out of Service

Mr. Albert noted in his article that “hoses showing any sign of deterioration have less than six months service life remaining.” The life expectancy of a dispensing hose depends on several factors, including frequency of use and exposure to the elements. Husky provides the following guidance for fueling hose:

• High volume locations: Hose replacement recommended every two years or less
• Average volume locations: Hose replacement recommended every five years
• Low volume locations: Hose replacement recommended every five to eight years

Nozzle Failure/Expiration

Inspectors commonly test fuel nozzles to ensure they interlock properly when the dispenser is pressurized. At self-service locations the nozzle must not open without pressurizing the hose. And the automatic shut-off feature must pass inspection by shutting off when fuel reaches the nozzle tip.
Daily nozzle inspections are also recommended under PEI/RP500-05 and will alert operators to issues well before inspectors arrive at your location.

• Nozzle spout tight, round, no cracks, no excessive wear
• Automatic shut-off hole open and in good condition
• Nozzle hold-open latch straight, moves freely, return spring operates smoothly
• Nozzle body and scuff guard clean, in good condition, warnings easily read. Valve stem clean and dry
• Nozzle hose connection clean and dry
• Swivel fitting clean, dry, and moves easily (if present)
• Any defects should be noted on the daily checklist form, with the nozzle, dispenser, or product placed Out of Service

Inspectors will issue a notice of violation when a nozzle fails to perform. For nozzles found in operation past the manufacturers’ expiration date, Missouri operators will be made aware by notation on the inspection form.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Benecor DEF Mini-Bulk Systems Perfectly Designed for Fuel Islands

Trucking and diesel industry outlets are taking note of a new DEF product line aimed to make bulk dispensing a reality on a larger scale. It's from Benecor, a leading manufacturer of complete Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) systems and a Husky Corporation strategic alliance partner. Bulk Transporter, Discover DEF and Fleet Owner recently carried a news release on the new product line.
Benecor’s Mini-Bulk Standard Duty Series is available in three different sizes of DEF storage and dispensing capability. All are designed for use on standard fueling islands, with turnkey installation that allows fleet and retail customers to start pumping DEF quickly

“This is an exciting new product line that offers a truly unique solution,” said Husky Corporation Executive Vice President Brad Baker. “Benecor designed the Mini-Bulk Standard Duty Series based on feedback about what DEF customers need in terms of size, shape, footprint and cost.”

There are three sizes Mini-Bulk sizes: 750-gallon, 1,000-gallon or 1,500-gallon. And the 1,500-gallon version is the largest on-island DEF option on the market.
Standard-Duty Storage: Warm or cold weather storage applications
Standard-Duty Systems: Storage and dispensing for warm weather applications
Standard-Duty Plus Systems: Storage and dispensing in warm or cold weather

Because DEF freezes at 12˚F (-11˚C), the Standard-Duty Plus systems provide a unique optional package that will withstand even the harshest cold weather conditions.

“These products come at the right size and price-point to allow a large number of fleet, government, retail and unattended fueling site customers to capture the advantages of bulk DEF,” said Benecor President Brendan Foster. “With the number of vehicles that are required to use DEF constantly increasing, the Mini-Bulk series will make DEF bulk systems economically viable for increasing numbers of customers.”  

Benecor Mini-Bulk Standard Duty products are rugged fiberglass-based units that have been fully-tested to ensure years of trouble-free use. Benecor is the only manufacturer to use fiberglass construction, a material that is not affected by the corrosive nature of DEF. Benecor systems meet ISO 22241-3 & 4 standards for dispensing and storing DEF.

“We often say ‘When was the last time you saw a Corvette rust?’ when discussing the unique design benefits of Benecor DEF products,” Foster said. “There has been great feedback from producers and distributors about the Mini-Bulks series of products.” 

Urea-based DEF is sprayed into engine exhaust to breakdown nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from diesel engines equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems. A recent Integer Research study found that a shift in the supply of DEF from jugs to bulk systems is driven by the rise in SCR-equipped engines in passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks, buses, off-road diesel engines (like agriculture and heavy construction equipment) and non-road diesel engines. The study estimated DEF demand would hit one billion gallons by 2019.

Customers will also find the added convenience of a streamlined ordering process that generates quotes for Benecor Mini-Bulk systems in real time.

“Ultimately our customers will experience not only better equipment but enhanced customer service as well,” Baker said.

Contact Husky Corporation for pricing information about the Benecor Mini-Bulk Standard Duty Series at 800-325-3558 or sales@husky.com.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Watch How the New Easy-to-Squeeze Fuel Lever Really Works

The innovative EZ Lever, the new easy-to-squeeze fuel nozzle lever from Husky Corporation, requires about half the force to begin dispensing fuel compared to a standard fuel nozzle lever. This short demonstration video shows how it operates and some of the design features that went into EZ Lever,

EZ Lever features a unique two-piece design to open the poppet, or main fuel nozzle valve, with approximately five pounds of force. Standard single-piece levers require 10 pounds of force or more to begin dispensing fuel. As a result, EZ Lever adheres to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. The design also permits exceptional fingertip control that allows purchases to be rounded off to the exact desired amount.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Recognition for Two Decades of Continuous Quality Improvement

The desire to improve business processes and product quality has become a driving force for companies that strive to be the best in their industry sectors. Husky Corporation was recognized recently for sustaining its management systems certification under ISO: 9001 standards for 20 years by DQS, Inc. a third-party firm that audits and certifies companies seeking continuous improvement.

DQS noted that improvement requires persistence and dedication in the face of the inevitable changes that take place both inside and outside organizations.

"By maintaining organizational focus on continual improvement in their business processes and management systems companies such as...Husky Corporation...have demonstrated a clear vision, leadership commitment and exceeded stakeholder expectations," Ganesh Rao, DQS President and CEO wrote in a newsletter announcing the recognition. "Every business metric in these organizations reflect their business excellence, and they are each recognized as leaders in their industry sectors."

A link to the full DQS newsletter is provided here. https://dqsus.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/DQS-Q2-2016-Impact-1.pdf 
Husky was asked to submit an article about its journey toward 20 years of ISO: 9001 certification, which we share in the space below.
Husky Corporation: A Quality-Driven Legacy
Companies that stand the test of time frequently point to quality as a characteristic of their success. Husky Corporation, which since 1947 has set the standard for developing general fueling and related products in the transportation sector, places quality as one of its key pillars.
Husky Corporation manufactures fuel nozzles, Safe-T-Breaks®, swivels and accessories from production facilities in Pacific, Missouri. Customers all over the globe expect these products to work flawlessly each time they fuel their vehicles. That is a primary driver behind the company’s pursuit of certified quality management systems more than 20 years ago.
“ISO was getting national and international attention at the time. Plus, Husky was dealing with several large customers including BP, Shell, Exxon / Mobil, which we believed were going to require quality certification by their vendors,” said Husky Corporation Vice President Brad Baker. “Coincidentally we needed to upgrade our processes. ISO provided a structure to formalize our processes.”
Continuous Improvement in Action
The quality policies, document control systems and methods to monitor key metrics that resulted from the initiative helped Husky develop processes for continuous improvement which continue to help drive the company from $7.5 million sales in the mid-1990s to approximately $35 million in 2015.
“ISO:9001 provides a foundation, baseline and a goal. If utilized correctly, you can have an established core for continuous improvement,” said Husky Quality Assurance Manager Steve Baynham. “In itself, ISO won’t allow continuous improvement. But it establishes a core, with key metrics in place, as a benchmark for improvement.”
The fact that auditors review processes frequently provides both third party validation and sharing of best practices. 
“There are many continuous improvement activities, investments in new equipment, new technologies, and new software to better analyze the data that’s collected,” said Blake Sommer of DQS, Inc., a third-party registrar that audits company’s like Husky to the international standards. “I’ve seen a lot of that happening, which is exactly what should happen.”
The next steps will encompass Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (PFMEA) improvements around the entire company – order entry, purchasing, manufacturing, shipping and customer contact. The upside proactively detects issues before they occur.
“Husky is focusing on the cutting edge. Six sigma methodology and PFMEA are tool sets we are putting in place to keep the company on the cutting edge,” Baynham said. “We don’t want to inspect parts after the fact, which has zero value. We want to make sure the process is monitored to ensure it is sound and will deliver consistently high quality parts at the end. That is where there is value.”
Working the Plan and Planning the Work
Company leaders believe in ‘working the plan and planning the work’ as a strategic growth formula. Husky Corporation recently acquired fluid line kit supplier S.U.R.&R., which was made possible in part due to Husky’s focus on maximizing value from is its production processes.
“Another strong thing here is communication between management and the personnel. They hold monthly meetings with all personnel to keep them abreast as to new business, performance and efficiency,” Sommer said. “There are daily toolbox meetings to discuss issues. The employees are kept informed and they like that.”
In recent years Husky has also acquired BJE lube and oil products along with Hewitt aviation fueling products. Both utilize the company’s internal systems and production facilities. Husky also has strategic partnerships or alliances with Benecor DEF dispensing and storage products, Enevo logistics optimization systems, and RS liquid loading arms.
“A lot of companies just want to get a certification for its own sake,” Baynham said. “Husky is doing it because we truly see the cost benefit and the value created olf having quality processes in place that are utilized for continuous improvement.”

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How the Roman Seliger Hose Loading Arm Works

This field demonstration shows how Roman Seliger Hose Loading Arms make transferring bulk chemicals safe and easy. Husky Corporation is the authorized U.S. representative for RS Hose Loading Arms.

Chemical companies need a better way to deal with bulk liquids that require special handling. 

Hawkins Incorporated in Minnesota uses the Roman Seliger SGA Hose Loading Arm to load and unload hazardous chemicals…safely…simply…quickly.

Bill Lesser, Global RS Manager, Husky Corporation said “The hose is supported entirely by the hose loading arm along all the links. And that allows them to move the whole arm out over the rail car and then place the moveable section over the top of the rail care and pull it down into position and connect it into the rail car.”

"This whole operation can be done with the easy movement of the whole arm. No weight or anything is forced on the operator. So he has very little chance of injury or problems when he is doing the application," Lesser said.

SGA hose loading arms are custom-engineered for each application…in lengths up to 20 feet. The loading arm installs easily and supports 1 to 4 inch hoses.
“They can either be straight arms with no adjustment. Or we could have vertical adjustment, which is 2 to 4 feet, up or down. Each arm has multiple sections. These sections are all designed to move in the same bend radius as the hose that is specified for the application. Each section has restrictors so you can’t over-bend the hose or kink the hose,” Lesser said. “One of the objectives of this loading arm is to make is so that once the hose is installed you can forget about it. You don’t have to worry about replacing hose every few months due to wear and tear."

Contact Husky Corproation…the authorized U.S. representative for Roman Seliger SGA Hose Loading Arms by calling 800-325-3558 or at http://www.husky.com/romanseliger/