Dixon Valve & Coupling is expanding and announces a $20 million expansion plan to construct a 150,000 square foot warehouse in Chestertown, Maryland.
Dixon was presented with the facts to the left and asked to recommend a solution.
The refinery was using a
competitor’s dry disconnect coupler
and having issues with the valve
opening when not in service and
causing spillage. Spillage of heavy crude
is a huge concern for the customer, but
a greater concern was the potential of
bodily harm to employees.
Aft er evaluating the coupler
currently in service, it was determined
that the heavy crude was not allowing
the valve to lock in the shut position.
When the workers disconnected the
hose and moved it out of service, on
occasion the locking arm would open.
Dixon was asked to come on site with
the industrial distributor to assess the
application and propose a solution.
In a meeting with 20 representatives
from the refi nery, including the safety,
environmental, operations and
purchasing managers, Dixon displayed
its dry disconnect. Th e meeting was
very benefi cial because all departments
from the refi nery were represented
and everyone’s questions and concerns
They were delighted to hear the
flow rate would increase from 600 to
1000 GPM with the Dixon dry
disconnect. Another key benefi t
of the dry disconnect is its locking
mechanism. Th e Dixon dry
disconnect design has a twist to lock
the connection which provides a
100 percent assurance that there
will not be any valves popping open
when not connected.
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