• Safety and Asset Failure: The Case for Enhancing Reliability

    04/19/2021

    Any professional who has ever had the privilege of leading a team of employees would know that his or her responsibilities transcend budgetary concerns and that keeping employees safe is job number one. This is true regardless of whether the leader is a line supervisor with two direct reports or a senior manager responsible for hundreds of employees, and it becomes especially important when any of the employees perform their jobs under hazardous conditions.

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    Bellows Seal Valves: A Primer

    03/17/2021

    When it’s critically important to keep a gas or liquid inside a system, consider a bellows seal valve. Bellows seal valves incorporate a cylindrical metal tube that expands and contracts like an accordion to create a hermetically sealed closure in a valve stem. The bellows gets compressed when the valve is in the open position and expands when the valve is closed. Because the bellows expands and contracts as the valve is operated, and because it is welded to the stem and bonnet, there is no...

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  • Congratulations to our Competency-based CNC Apprenticeship Grads!

    02/25/2021

    We offer our most sincere congratulations to Dixon employees Josh Davis, David Kelley, Michael Mench, Jake Thorn, and Steve VanCulin on their recent graduation from our first Competency-based CNC Apprenticeship!"

    The Apprenticeship is a 2-year program registered with Maryland and the first of its kind in the state. Launched in March of 2018 the program includes 2,000 hours of task competency and 144 hours per year of classroom-related instruction.

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    The Future State of Energy Infrastructure

    02/24/2021

    Is history repeating itself? Just as the horse was slowly replaced by the automobile, is the gasoline automobile slowly being replaced by the electric vehicle? Whether the electric vehicle will ever directly replace the gasoline automobile or not is debatable, but along with renewable fuels, electric vehicles will undoubtedly dilute the demand for gasoline over time as fewer and fewer gasoline-fueled automobiles are on the road.

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    America's Terminal Market-A Brief History

    02/05/2021

    At the turn of the 20th century, there were just over 8,000 automobiles in the United States. By 1910 that number had grown to nearly 500,000. Today there are over 285 million motor vehicles on the road.

    The transition from the horse-drawn carriage to the automobile is an amazing story that didn’t just happen overnight. By many accounts, it took over fifty years for Americans to replace their trusted horses with the new and unfamiliar technology. Horses had been mankind’s dependable...

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    Clean-In-Place Systems: An Overview

    01/21/2021

    If your business can’t afford to compromise on cleanliness, you’ve likely heard about CIP, otherwise known as Clean-In-Place. Clean-In-Place is a specialized method of sanitizing a manufacturing system’s interior contact surfaces—its valves, pipes, fittings, and tanks—without disassembling equipment.

    CIP methods are employed in a variety of industries, from pharmaceuticals to food and beverage to paint and chemicals to personal care products—or in any production environment that...

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  • Chlor-alkali Industry Transportation Challenges

    01/12/2021

    The chlor-alkali industry is broken down into three distinct business types. Each has its own set of data, including incident reports and market tracking.

    1. Producers are facilities that produce, ship, sell, or use chlorine internally when creating other products.
    2. Sodium hypochlorite manufacturers produce sodium hypochlorite by using chlorine that was produced outside of the facility.
    3. Packagers receive chlorine in bulk. Their task is to package the product into...
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    Dairy Industry Trends to Watch

    11/12/2020

    Americans are consuming less and less dairy, swapping in sodas, juices, and milk substitutes for the traditional cream the milkman used to deliver every morning, and it’s having an effect on the dairy industry. Borden Dairy, a milk-producing giant filed for bankruptcy in January of 2020 and is...

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  • Terminal of the Future

    10/29/2020

    At the turn of the 20th century, there were just over 8,000 automobiles in the United States. By 1910 that number had grown to nearly 500,000. Today there are over 285 million motor vehicles on the road.

    The transition from the horse-drawn carriage to the automobile is an amazing story that didn’t just happen overnight. By many accounts, it took over fifty years for Americans to replace their trusted horses with the new and unfamiliar technology. Horses had been mankind’s dependable...

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