Thursday, December 17, 2015

Husky Low Permeation Fuel Hose Earns California ARB Certification

The California Air Resources Board (ARB), the agency responsible for air quality and climate protection in the state, has certified that Husky Corporation’s EagleFlex Low Perm Conventional Hose Assembly meets the state’s strict low permeation standards for gasoline fueling hose.



California and Ohio require gasoline dispensing facilities to use hoses designated as low permeation to reduce the amount of fuel that diffuses through the hose wall.


Executive Order Certifies EagleFlex Low Perm Hose

An executive order issued September 27, 2015 by the ARB indicated Husky EagleFlex low perm hose conforms to requirements for a permeation rate no higher than 10 grams per square meter per day. That is also the standard for low permeation for fuel loss through the flexible hose, at the fittings and at the connection between the hose assembly and the dispensing equipment spelled out in UL 330.

EagleFlex Low Perm hose is made of black Chlorinated Polyethylene (CPE), reinforced by multiple textile braids with dual static wire helix, and features permanent external crimp zinc-plated steel couplings and/or swivels. It is designed for a variety of applications where hardwall fuel hose is needed.


The California ARB has estimated low permeation hose would save approximately 1.7 gallons of gasoline per hose each year and reduce statewide emissions by one ton per day of reactive organic gases. Ohio estimates low permeation hose will reduce VOC emissions by approximately 10.8 pounds per hose per year in the state.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Production Best Practices for On-Time Delivery

The result of an exceptional production system is a high percentage of customer orders that are delivered On-Time. To hit the benchmark, all processes in the system must be aligned across the supply chain.
Husky Corporation put in such a system within the last decade. The result is that 99.5 percent of all customer orders are created and shipped within four days of receiving the order. This short video shows how the Husky production system to create fuel dispensing nozzles, swivels and related accessories made the transition that created a host of benefits for the company and its customers.
 
In 2004, Husky Corporation decided to eliminate finished goods inventory and moved to a production system where fueling products are only created when orders come in through Husky’s customer service department. Orders are routed to the appropriate production cell, where each product is assembled and tested in one-piece flow which proves to be more efficient than traditional assembly lines. Operators are trained at multiple cells to allow great flexibility and keep the staff’s skills fresh.
Customer benefits from the Husky production system go beyond reliable on-time delivery of the highest quality fueling products. By being able to reduce their own inventory, customers also find their own systems are more profitable. 
To know more about Husky Corporation, visit http://www.husky.com/

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Best Practices for Rotary Wing Aircraft Refueling - Nozzles Designed for the Task

A useful publication for aviators is the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Safety Best Practices Manual. It is a document worthy of being checked and reviewed from time to time, even by the most experienced people in the business, to review best practices for safe aircraft operation.

Chapter Four deals specifically with Standard Operating Procedures for Rotary Wing aircraft, covering topics including flight crew check in, flight planning, weather limitations, even refueling procedures.

 
 
The Osprey Aviation Nozzle is designed with all the features required for safe fueling of helicopters.  Hewitt, a division of Husky Corporation, engineered the Osprey to meet the needs of helicopters and small aircraft over-the-wing fueling. This nozzle features automatic shut-off capability to facilitate filling fuel tanks while preventing spills and/or over filling.


Osprey serves aviation applications that do not require high-volume nozzles. It offers a light-weight design that includes these features: 

·         Automatic shut-off
·         Easy-to-service 100 mesh stainless steel fuel filter assembly
o   Required for aviation fueling applications
·         Dust cap to place over spout when the nozzle is not in use
·         Ground Cable with clip
o   Grounding plug also available as an accessory for helicopter fueling
·         Aluminum body
·         One piece contoured steel lever
·         Red fuel grip guard to identify for use with AvGas or Black Fuel Grip for Jet Fuel
·         Waffle guard to protect against damage to wing or helicopter surfaces.
·         Aluminum inline and multiplane swivels available as accessories
 
The Osprey S nozzle also prevents fuel  from being drained out of the hose.  The nozzle shuts off
when the pump shuts off, when the tank is full or when the lever is opened before the pump turns
on.
 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Market Opportunities for DEF Storage and Dispensing


The market for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) continues to expand rapidly. The growth is driven by the ever increasing number of engines that require DEF in order to operate. And because nearly all new diesel engines need to use DEF, fleet operators of all sizes and shapes are looking for their best options for storing and dispensing it.  

Clean Diesel Engines Use DEF

DEF is injected into the exhaust of diesel engines from a separate on-board container to reduce NOx emissions in a process referred to as selective catalytic reduction (SCR). In addition to all on-highway vehicles, these applications are among those that require SCR-equipped diesel engines according to federal emissions standards in the United States:

·         Off highway mining and construction equipment

·         Agricultural and farming equipment

·         Stationary generators

·         Rail and Marine engines
Storing DEF for dispensing requires special care. DEF is a solution made of high purity urea and deionized water. It is non-toxic and safe to handle. But DEF can corrode some metals and needs to be stored in a manner to keep temperatures between 12°F and 86°F.


Special Promotion

Benecor is a DEF dispensing and storage expert that has been part of the industry since the beginning. Husky Corporation has an arrangement to bring Benecor products and expertise to customers who are looking for answers that can solve any DEF issue on their plate.

Husky is offering a special promotion through the end of 2015 on Benecor DEF products and systems. This special pricing can help customers get positioned for the future.


Call Husky at 800-325-3558 to take advantage of this opportunity. The promotion is in place through December 31, 2015.

 

 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Clean Diesel – What You Need to Know

You have likely encountered the term “Clean Diesel” in recent years. It’s a term that sounds relatively new but which in reality is based on technology in place for decades. The concept at the heart of "Clean Diesel" is Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) which has long been used to reduce stationary source emissions. The U.S. EPA updated diesel engine standards back in 2010 and SCR became the technology used to meet these new standards.

The Diesel Technology Forum has a great deal of information about SCR and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which the SCR technology sprays into the exhaust stream of a diesel engine to turn nitrogen oxide pollutants into nitrogen, water, and a bit of CO2. If your business includes diesel engines of any shape or size, you should check it out.
 
Special Promotion

Benecor is a DEF dispensing and storage expert that has been part of the industry since the beginning. Husky Corporation has an arrangement to bring Benecor products and expertise to customers who are looking for answers that can solve any DEF issue on their plate.

Husky is offering a special promotion through the end of 2015 on Benecor DEF products and systems. This special pricing can help customers get positioned for the future. 

Purchase Amount
Discount
$5,000-$9,999
$500 discount
$10,000 - $19,999
$1,000 discount
  $20,000 - $29,999
$1,500 discount
$30,000+
$2,000 discount

Call Husky at 800-325-3558 to take advantage of this opportunity. The promotion is in place through December 31, 2015.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Enevo: Tips for Constantly Improving Your Operations


Bottlenecks. Those are the clogs, the hang-ups or the choke-points which are problems for any business. Companies in the growing liquid recycling industry, which vary tremendously by size, scope and sector, are no different. In order to improve operations all companies must properly deal with their bottlenecks. Identifying the bottleneck itself is a critical first step because it is costing the operation money. Once identified a communication system is essential for delivering important information that can improve both work flow and profitability.

Bottlenecks, as defined by Eliyahu M. Goldratt in the classic business novel “The Goal”, are resources that have a total capacity equal to or less than the demand placed on them.  Based on this idea the flow of operations in any system is dictated by the bottleneck resources in that system. Manage your bottleneck resources well and profitability increases. But failing to manage bottleneck resources is costly. One conclusion from Goldratt’s rationale is that a slowdown of one hour at a bottleneck is really the same as the cost of operating the entire system for one hour.

Monitoring Systems: Critical to Managing Operations

Let’s look at an example involving a lube and oil company which as part of its operations stores used motor oil in tanks until it can be moved to a recycling center. Let’s further suppose that the business is running a special offer for oil changes that resulted in a huge increase in demand from customers.

The promotion was successful – for a while. The resulting steady stream of oil changes also quickly filled the recycling tanks to capacity. But no one at the business noticed because the person assigned to visually check whether the tanks were full was busy with oil changes. Unfortunately the tank overflowed and spilling used oil onto the ground. The operation ground to a halt until a hazardous waste clean-up could be completed.

The consequences of failing to have an adequate system in place to constantly monitor the volume in the holding tanks were significant for this business. There were unhappy customers and lost revenue from oil changes that did not occur. There were idle resources behind the bottleneck until the recycling tanks were serviced. There was additional expense for lawyers and fines to deal with the spill.

                The example illustrates why all businesses need methods to make sure the resources in their systems run in sync with one another. That means getting the best information possible about what is going on at the bottlenecks. In this case liquid level monitoring systems that utilize technology to provide critical information about on-going operations would have the effect of increasing the system’s overall capacity while avoiding unnecessary expenses and lost revenue.

Enevo: Using Technology to Optimize Liquid Level Monitoring
 

                Enevo is a liquid level monitoring service that utilizes self-contained ultrasonic monitors and 2G/3G cellular communication to relay real-time information for tanks up to 157 inches deep. The system dashboard not only displays current fill levels but generates estimates on when tanks will be full or empty based on historical data. Alerts are generated and prioritized for urgent action, even for sudden increases or decreases in liquid level capacity. Enevo is a solution for businesses with multiple locations that seek to optimize their collection and distribution by replacing static “milk run” routing with data-driven route plans. This system minimizes total cost over time, builds accurate forecasts for future planning and dynamically re-calculates when changes take place.

                A process of ongoing improvement requires identifying system constraints and dealing with them as effectively as possible. Until the weakest link is found and fixed, no real improvement can take place within the system. Implement communication tools to manage your bottlenecks, improve your flow of operations to meet demand and raise the profitability of your business.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Low Permation Fuel Hose: Another Tool to Control Air Pollution

One source of pollution that may not come readily to mind is fuel hose at gasoline dispensing facilities. Believe it or not, gasoline can get through the walls of the hose and into the atmosphere. That is a called permeation, which in this case is the diffusion of gasoline through the solid wall of the hose.

Ohio and California Have Low Permeation Fuel Hose Requirements


And believe it or not, the permeation rates in fuel hoses vary a great deal. A hose rated at SAE 30R6 can permeate at a rate up to 600 grams per square meter per day (at 23 degrees centigrade). But a hose that is classified as "low permeation" according to UL standard 330 permeates at NO MORE than 10 grams per square meter per day (and that's when tested at 38 degrees centigrade).

There are currently two states in the U.S. that have placed a focus on low permeation fuel hose. The State of Ohio requires gasoline dispensing facilities to install low permeation hose, where regulators estimate the move will reduce VOC emissions by 10.8 pounds per hose per year. The other is California, where the Air Resources Board (ARB) is the agency responsible for air quality and climate protection. The ARB estimates statewide emissions in California would go down by one tone each day and save approximately 1.7 gallons of gasoline per hose per day by requiring low permeation gasoline dispensing hose.

Executive Order Certifies EagleFlex Low Perm Hose


The ARB recently certified that Husky Corporation’s EagleFlex Low Perm Conventional Hose Assembly meets the state’s strict low permeation standards for gasoline fueling hose. An executive order issued September 27, 2015 indicated Husky EagleFlex low perm hose conforms to requirements for a permeation rate no higher than 10 grams per square meter per day for fuel loss through the flexible hose, at the fittings and at the connection between the hose assembly and the dispensing equipment.

http://www.arb.ca.gov/vapor/eo_nvr1b_092715.pdf 

EagleFlex Low Perm hose is made of black Chlorinated Polyethylene (CPE), reinforced by multiple textile braids with dual static wire helix, and features permanent external crimp zinc-plated steel couplings and/or swivels. It is designed for a variety of applications where hardwall fuel hose is needed. 

 
Check out the link above to learn more about what goes into Husky EagleFlex Low Perm hose or call Husky Corporation directly at 1-800-325-3558 or e-mail sales@husky.com.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fueling the Fight Against Breast Cancer

There are tons of ways to be part of the campaign against breast cancer this October. But here’s one that’s really easy. The retailers at Minnoco, Minnesota Independent Oil Company, are donating two-cents for every gallon of Unleaded Plus/E15 gasoline purchased at their locations around Minneapolis and St. Paul to an organization that helps cancer patients through their difficult time.  Where E15 isn’t available, the offer applies to purchases of Mid-grade gasoline.

And it’s easy to identify which Minnoco gas pumps to use so you can take part in this fundraiser. They have nozzle hand guards and splash guards --- PINK ones! –  supplied by Husky Corporation.  Track the progress of this fundraising initiative at http://minnoco.com/

 
The promotion serves a dual purpose. Proceeds from the donation will go to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation, which helps meet the most urgent emergency needs of financially challenged breast cancer patients in the Twin Cities local area.

It also provides an incentive to try gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. While most gasoline is blended with at least 10 percent ethanol, the EPA has approved E15 for use in vehicles made during or after 2001. Minnoco offers Unleaded Plus/E15 at 17 locations right now with more coming on line in 2016.
The Minnoco campaign to fuel the fight against breast cancer will be underway through the end of October!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Staying Connected: PEI Convention at the NACS Show

There are a number of great opportunities to keep abreast of important developments in the industry. Husky Corporation has a full calendar of trade shows and events that we are delighted to attend each year. But when it comes to fuel marketing and liquid handing technologies, the annual Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) convention at the NACS Show is an event industry leaders consider a "can't miss" event.

PEI at the NACS Show this year is October 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. A large contingent from Husky Corporation will be on hand at Booth 6202 to meet current customers while welcoming new companies we can help with our industry-leading fuel dispensing products.


It is also a chance to introduce our latest innovations and partnerships as we strive to solve a variety of problems facing our customers. Here are just a few of those.

Benecor: DEF Dispensing and Storage Solutions

The Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) market is expected to triple in the next few years. Is your company ready to handle it? Are you prepared to take advantage of this enormous market opportunity? Husky has created a strategic alliance with Benecor, the leading expert on DEF dispensing and storage solutions to make sure you are ready to go. Nearly every diesel engine will soon need to use DEF as U.S. government mandates on pollution control take full effect. Talk to Husky and Benecor to fully understand the implications of DEF and to ensure your company is properly positioned.

Enevo: Remote Monitoring Systems

State-of-the-art technology is available that delivers information about liquid levels in storage tanks anywhere there is a cellular network available. Husky is partnering with Enevo to put this scalable liquid-level monitoring system to work for distributors and others who manage multiple tanks at multiple locations. Enevo technology allows dispatchers to work much smarter and more efficiently by setting up deliveries when service is actually needed, rather than according to a static schedule. Talk to us about how this technology will be available to you without upfront expenses.

Roman Seliger: Liquid Loading Arms

If you are looking for an efficient way to move and transport bulk liquid chemicals, check out the innovative Roman Seliger (RS) Loading Arm. Husky is the authorized U.S. representative for these custom-made products which are ideal for transferring liquid and gas products to and from airplanes, rail tankers, tanker trucks and bulk storage enclosures. RS is located in Hamburg, Germany with a laser-focus on quality and safety. Just like Husky!

New Products from BJE and Hewitt

You will also be able to see the latest tank monitoring alarm offerings from BJE which include CTS (real-time liquid level measurement for on-site storage tanks),  FNTM (the first drum gauge that tracks liquid level internals in 55gallon steel drums), and Metric Black Knight (the value-priced tank gauge for metric system measurement of stored water and other fluids).


And our Hewitt division is winning accolades in the aviation industry for two fuel nozzles. The Osprey is specifically designed for small business aircraft and helicopters. Eagle is an over-the-wing nozzle offered for medium-sized aircraft.

All of these products and much more will be on display at PEI at the NACS show. We hope you take the opportunity to stop by and check them all out. Viva Las Vegas!











Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards are On the Way


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have extended the comment period until October 1, 2015 for those who want to weigh in on proposed new rules affecting Heavy-Duty diesel engines and vehicles. The proposed joint national program known as “Phase 2” rulemaking would establish the next step to combat greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency standards.

The details of the proposal can be found at the EPA web site. There are no shortages of viewpoints about these proposals. However one potential impact could be on the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) market in the years to come. 
  


Phase 2 and DEF 

DEF has been used in the U.S. at increasing rates since the EPA instituted mandates in the past decade to reduce NOx emissions from diesel engines. DEF is sprayed into the exhaust stream of diesel vehicles to break down NOx emissions into nitrogen and water. Now it appears DEF could be used at a higher dosage levels to help meet new Phase 2 requirements.

 

Benecor, the leader in DEF dispensing and storage solutions which are available through a strategic alliance with Husky Corporation, has combed the proposed Phase 2 rules for insight on the market potential. Currently DEF is consumed in diesel engines at a rate of about 3.5 gallons for each 100 gallons of fuel; or a dosing rate of approximately 3.5 percent.  But the average DEF dosing rate could be more than six percent in 2020 as a result of the Phase 2 emission targets now being considered.

Opportunities to Meet Growing DEF Demand
The EPA contends the Phase 2 proposals would “further reduce fuel consumption and carbon pollution through performance-based standards based on robust technical data and extensive stakeholder outreach. This new phase of the national program would benefit businesses and consumers, saving the industry billions of dollars’ worth of fuel, reducing the costs for transporting goods, while reducing GHG emissions by 1 billion metric tons.”

The industry will be following the rule making very closely. But it seems clear that DEF, which played a significant role in earlier EPA diesel emissions targets, will be a big part of future. For assistance in making sure you are ready to serve the needs of diesel customers who will need increasing quantities of DEF, contact Husky Corporation to discuss Benecor’s complete DEF dispensing and storage solutions at 800-325-3558.