Conscious Uncoupling

Conscious Uncoupling

Bucking the trend of lovey dovey schmaltz on this, the most ‘loved up’ day of the year, we would like to discuss the benefits of conscious uncoupling. No, we are not encouraging you to break someone’s heart, but to make the decision to use a product guaranteeing the highest level of safety and the quickest way of disconnecting/uncoupling from your hoses and pipelines (loading and unloading equipment).

Our extensive range of Couplers offer solutions to a variety of industries ranging from oil and gas to food and drink:-Conscious Uncoupling Rose

  • Dry Disconnect Couplers – The self sealing design of the Dry disconnect couplings guarantees both the highest level of safety and also the quickest way of connecting and disconnecting.  Perfect for bulk fluid transfer from tankers, IBC’s, hose, loading arms etc. In accordance to STANAG 3756.
  • Gas Couplers – Suitable for handling a range of LPG applications – Propane and Butane but also for other applications with similar requirements.
  • Cryogenic Couplers – Suitable for temperatures down to -200 Deg C.  Designed to be used with LNG and nitrogen products.
  • Aviation Couplers – Designed for the aviation and military in accordance to ISO 45.  Generally supplied in Stainless Steel and Aluminium construction.
  • Engineered Couplings – Tailor made to your requirement, often used in hazardous and hygienic areas.  Exotic materials available including Hastelloy, black PTFE and PEEK.
  • API Couplers (liquid & vapour) – Used with both road and rail tankers, manufactured in accordance to API RP1004.
  • Breakaway Couplings – Designed to prevent pull away accidents, protecting loading/unloading equipment and preventing unwanted product release.

So what would we suggest you do today? After the flowers have been given and received, the restaurant booking confirmed, the box of chocolates opened, you could sit down with your maintenance team, and evaluate your current set-up.  Ask yourselves, do we have the safest most efficient and cost effective systems in place?  If the answer to any of the questions is a no or a maybe, why not contact Guy or Mike on 01763 248650 for some advice on the various options available.

Hot loading arms example

Wrap up and try to keep warm

The snow is starting to settle and temperatures are plummeting, it’s time to wrap up and try to keep warm. This is the case for many people but did you know many fluids must also follow this guidance.  EWFM provide loading arms for filling road or rail tankers with hot products. These are perfect solutions when filling endothermic fluids.

Some examples of these medias are:

  • Bitumen
  • Chocolate
  • Molasses
  • Sulphur
  • Asphalt

 

So what can we do and how can we help?

EWFM provide two main types of loading arms for hot products. These are as follows:

Jacketed

Jacketed loading arms are best described as an ‘arm in a sleeve’. Effectively you have a standard loading arm in the centre which will carry your media.  You then have another arm surrounding this which is fed with hot oil or gas.  In turn the hot media keeps your real product warm at the correct temperature.  We can provide jacketed loading arms in sizes up to a 4” product line.  Below you can see examples for the configuration we have available.

Jacketed examples

Electric

Electrically traced loading arms are our most popular. They are simply ‘plug and play’.  The arm is traced with electric coils that generate heat to the desired temperature.  Electric tracing is ideal where there is no possibility of a hot gas or oil line.   They also tend to be light and more ergonomic to use.  Unlike the jacketed loading arms these can be manufactured with up to a 6” product line.  Below you can see some examples of the configurations we have available.

Electric examples

Options

Like all our loading arms, and not limited to our hot product range, the arms can be supplied with the following extras:

  • Vapour recovery system (cone /cover and flexible line with flanged end)Standpost example
  • Level sensor (pneumatic or electronic) installed on cone/cover or positional spider
  • Pneumatic control for vertical movement
  • Pneumatic loading valve
  • Pneumatic vacuum breaker
  • Insulation up to the final swivel
  • Device for locking the arm in the park position
  • NDT test (X-Ray-LP-MT)
  • Stand post
  • Safety breakaway
  • Check valve
  • TTMA sight glass

 

To keep up to date with news on how we are supporting our customers, our latest blogs and new services available, keep checking in on our website throughout the year and follow us on social media including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & Instagram.

If you would like to discuss your requirement further or if you have a unusual application, please do not hesitate to contact our Sales Team and they’ll be sure to help:

By Telephone – +44(0) 1763 248650
By Email – sales@ewfm.co.uk

STAY STRESS FREE SUBSEA

For the last decade EW Fuel Management has been supplying Subsea Swivels worldwide. The picture below shows an 18” subsea swivel deployed in the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil, to be used 3,000m below sea level with an operating pressure of 5,000 psi.

Our swivels are used to relieve stress and torque from pipework during the laying operations in subsea conditions. As subsea equipment is lowered to the sea floor, swivels reduce bending, help to prevent damage, and reduce installation time.

With the Subsea Expo coming up in Aberdeen shortly, together with fact that we have also sold subsea swivels to companies Norway and Africa, the following comments are particularly relevant:-

  • According to Wood MacKenzie, North Sea exploration is back in 2019. They are forecasting over 40 exploration wells to be drilled in Norway (up from 26 last year) with the UK sector seeing 10-15 wells this year as opposed to 8 in 2018.
  • ENI announced a new oil discovery in the Afoxe-1 NFW well, Angola, which is estimated to contain between 170 1 200 million barrels of light oil

If you are thinking of going to Subsea Expo (5-7 February) and would like to meet up with us to discuss your swivel dilemma, please give us a call on +44 1763 243650 to arrange either a meeting or a quick coffee. We know every project is unique and we will bring our engineering and technical expertise to your project.

Subsea Expo 2019

To summarise

  • Sizes available up to 72” (subject to depth)
  • Can be supplied to flanges
  • Able to sustain pressures up to 1379 bar G (20,000 psi)
  • Designed to ISO 13628 (API 17D) and ISO 10423 (API 6A)
  • Inspection by DNV or ABS with other standards as required
  • For use on PLET and PLEM
  • Made in the UK

Full In-house Test Facilities

With an in-house hyperbaric chamber we can test swivels with external pressures up to 500 bar.

You may also need the EWFM Marine Products

 

To keep up to date with news on how we are supporting our customers, our latest blogs and new services available, keep checking in on our website throughout the year and follow us on social media including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & Instagram.

If you would like to discuss your requirement further or if you have a unusual application, please do not hesitate to contact our Sales Team and they’ll be sure to help:

By Telephone – +44(0) 1763 248650
By Email – sales@ewfm.co.uk

Happy New Year 2019

As we enter 2019 it gives us time to reflect on the past 12 months. We faced the ‘beast from the east’ at the start of the year not once but twice. To boost the U.S steel industry, President Trump introduced legislation effecting exports/imports into the USA, and added to this, there has been the on going uncertainties around Brexit which show no signs of ending and impacts daily on the value of the pound.

Despite on-going challenges in our industries, we can proudly state we have increased our annual sales turnover by 30%.

On a positive note, 2018 saw an average rise in the price of crude oil, the U.K experienced the joint hottest summer on record, witnessed England nearly winning the World Cup, and two royal weddings!

 

How have we achieved this?

  • Growing relationships with our existing customer base and successfully strengthening our position in key markets and locations throughout the world. This has also generated introductions for new business
  • Successfully transitioning to ISO 9001 2015 – completing our 27th consecutive audit
  • The website continues to grow and be an integral part of our business. Attracting more and more visitors each month, it is updated regularly with new images of our products. This has helped lead to a 20% increase in customer enquiries during 2018.

 

Highlights of the year

  • Increased business for our Refuelling Nozzles

Moving into 2019 our plans and goals for the business continue to be the same.

With exciting new opportunities on the horizon including new products and expansions into new business areas 2019 looks set to be another exciting year at EWFM.

To keep up to date with news on how we are supporting our customers, our latest blogs and new services available, keep checking in on our website throughout the year and follow us on social media including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & Instagram.

To all our existing and potential new customers we wish you a happy, successful and prosperous 2019 and we look forward to working with you.

Cryogenic Example

EWFM Supporting LNG Market

Liquefaction is the cooling of gases to its liquid state – this is done using cryogenics at very low temperatures normally anything below −150 °C (−238 °F).

The most important commercial application of cryogenic gas liquefaction techniques is the storage and transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In its liquid form, LNG occupies about 600 times less space than as a gas allowing cost effective storage and transportation over long distances.

The 2018 World LNG report shows LNG steadily establishing itself as the fuel of choice in markets across the world reaching a global trade of 293.1 Million Tonnes in 2017. A 12% increase from 2016, a 3rd consecutive record breaking year and its highest annual growth since 2010.

 

How can we help

We offer a variety of products that are suitable for cryogenic applications down to -230°C   (-382°F) for use with gases and liquefied gases such as LNG, but also Liquid-Oxygen, Ethylene, Propylene, Ethane etc.  Our main products are Couplings, Breakaways & Swivel Joints with further products available upon request.

 

Couplings

Perfect for Container Discharge, Fuel Bunkering, Loading / Unloading of Trucks, Rail & Ship Tankers, Vapour Recovery Lines and fuelling of Ferries & Ships, our dry disconnect and safety breakaway couplers are proven to do the job.

 

Dry Cryogenic Coupling

Our Dry Cryogenic Couplings are a breakthrough within the LNG industry. With one single action, a straight forward push and a turning motion, to connect the couplings for a full flow motion. A quick and easy “turn and pull”- action will disconnect and close the valve with no spillage. These are used to prevent any excess spillage and protect people and environment from dangerous liquids and vapours.

    • Available in 1” to 6”
    • Minimum working temperature -200°C
    • MWP 25 Bar 1 to 4” Couplings
    • MWP 16 Bar 6” Coupling
  • Female NPT thread, EN1092 (DIN) and ANSI flanges, others on request.

 

Emergency Release Coupler

Our range of Emergency Release Couplers, available in sizes from 6” to 16” can be used with gases and liquefied gases both onshore and offshore:

  • Easy to reconnect without spare parts
  • (No break studs)
  • Non-destructive separation design
  • Absolute zero leak tightness during operation
  • and after separation (live & laboratory tested)
  • Proven under severe service conditions
  • Fully functional even under massive ice build up

 

Breakaways

Our Breakaway Coupling has internal valves that will immediately close the flow in both halves of the coupling and therefore prevent accidents and unwanted spillage of product.  It can be installed at fixed points like manifolds, pipelines and depots or on to a hose:

  • Available in 1” to 6”
  • Stainless Steel construction
  • PTFE Seals
  • MWP 25 Bar 1” to 4” Couplings
  • MWP 16 Bar 6” Coupling
  • Minimum working temperature -200°C
  • Female NPT thread, EN1092 (DIN) and ANSI flanges, others on request
  • Used for container discharge
  • Fuel Bunkering
  • Loading / Unloading of tank trucks, rail tankers, bunkering and tank vessels
  • Vapour recovery lines

 

Swivel Joints

Using Nitrogen Purge around the ball bearings (to ensure they do not freeze) our standard cryogenic swivel joints are:

  • Available in sizes 1” to 8” however we can go to 48”
  • upon request
  • Made from Stainless Steel 316L to provide enhanced
  • flexibility
  • Used on hoses by reducing its torque
  • Available in a variety of configurations, as outlined below, we can
  • cater for most requirements

Get in touch with Mike and Guy in our Sales Team today to let us know your requirements on +44 (0) 1763 248650 or sales@ewfm.co.uk and see how we can help you / your business moving forward.

API Couplers and API Couplers

API Couplers

API Couplers used for bottom loading and un-loading of petroleum tankers have been industry standard for connecting and dis-engaging from tanker filling adaptors since the mid 1970’s.

EWFM can offer two options of API Couplers, both of which are designed and manufactured to fully meet API RP1004 specification:-

Manufactured from Aluminium, the 4” female API Liquid Coupler and Vapour Coupler are used for installation on bottom loading arms or flexible hose for white hydrocarbon products and ensure a safe and quick connection to the male API Adaptor on the tanker. Manufactured to API RP1004 this coupling can be used with any male adaptor manufactured to the same Industry standard.

 

Why Choose these API Couplers?

Both designs of couplers are fitted with T.T.M.A. flanges and a check valve which ensures a complete seal, when the coupler is connected with the Male API Adaptor on the tank. This valve is manually operated by a lever (2 in the case of the vapour recovery coupler) and negates the problems encountered with semi-automatic couplers where the mechanism can jam and become difficult to release.

Both designs of API couplers are of a robust construction, a durable design and are easy to maintain. Manufactured in Aluminium they have an anodised surface finish, and Viton Seals.  Although both designs are supplied with TTMA inlet connections as standard, there are other options available for the API Vapour Coupler.  It may also be worth noting that the API Vapour Coupler comes complete with brass locking cams and that a bio fuel model and other variations are available for the API Liquid Coupler.

The Viton seals can also be replaced by Viton LT Seals, for use with low temperatures down to -40Degrees or Kalrez PFX8010 Seals for aggressive fluids.

 

Accessories

  • Locking Device – to be fixed on the structure
  • Locking Device – complete with standpost
  • Proximity Switch

 

If you would like to discuss your requirement further or if you have a unusual application, please do not hesitate to contact our Sales Team and they’ll be sure to help:

By Telephone – +44(0) 1763 248650
By Email – sales@ewfm.co.uk
Large Bore Swivel 1

Standard Large Bore Swivels

High quality with quick lead times at an affordable price!

EWFM now supply an extensive range of standard large bore Swivels. They are perfect for applications where the Swivel effectively isn’t subject to excessive loads, pressures or temperatures. Some perfect examples of these include Marine Loading Arms, Floating Suction Units and Hose Reels.

Machined out of solid bar the Swivel design means there is no welding process. They are generally supplied with ANSI or PN flanges with PTFE-Compound seals.  These Swivels therefore have a low cost as, not only is money saved on welding, but with two rows of ball bearing the compact design saves on material too.

Here is a list of the basic information you need to know:

  • Sizes 12” – 48”
  • Stainless, Carbon and Duplex Steel (More exotic materials available on request)
  • PN or ANSI flanged
  • Easy seal change

 

That’s not all…

These Swivels can also be supplied with elbows and in different configurations. Let us know your requirement and we’ll be sure to help.

For Floating Suction Units our most common design is style 40 (See examples below).

Some typical applications in use so far…

Marine Loading Arms – Most marine loading arms consist of around 8 Swivel Joints. Our Swivel design is ideal for this application giving the arm a smooth operation to allow it to safely bunker the ship.  To date we have supplied Swivels up to 20” for this process.

Floating Suction UnitsFloating Suction Units are designed to draw the purist fuel from just below the surface. A Swivel Joint is therefore required to allow the arm to float up and down within the tank. This is the most popular use of our large bore Swivel Joints as its simple yet effective design is all that is required.


If you would like to discuss your requirement further or if you have a unusual application for which standard large bore swivels wont be suitable, please do not hesitate to contact our Sales Team and they’ll be sure to help:

By Telephone – +44(0) 1763 248650
By Email – sales@ewfm.co.uk
ISO 9001-2015 Logo

EWFM successfully transition to ISO 9001-2015

We are proud to confirm that we have successfully completed our 27th consecutive ISO audit and have now transitioned to the ISO 9001-2015 quality standard.

A great achievement, which recognises the hard work and effort all members of staff put in to ensure our customers get the very best service.

Whatever your requirement, our proven track record for providing quality engineered solutions will give you the confidence to develop a working relationship with EWFM.  Guy and Mike are available to speak with you at a time that is convenient for you, so please do get in touch, either directly on our office no +44 1763 248650, through the contact us section on our website or via email sales@ewfm.co.uk.

Alternatively check out our great website at www.ewfm.co.uk for full details of the products we offer

20” Marine Swivel for Southeast Asia

Recently despatched to Singapore for a UK based customer, this 20” Style 20 Carbon Steel Marine Swivel Joint with ANSI 300 RF Flanges is to be installed onto a large scale fluid transfer system.

Supporting the offshore oil & gas and marine industries, these engineered products can be used on fixed platforms, jack-up rigs, drill ships and semi-submersibles. Typically flexible pipe is used to transfer the crude oil, or other media, and can be used in conjunction with hose reel systems, chutes or cantilever A-frame systems.  These systems include deployment and recovery of the flexible hose and also provide a means of storage.

Often used in harsh, even Arctic environments, the materials used in the swivel, drybreak and hose will be manufactured to reflect this.

 

This Swivel Application

Rated for a maximum working pressure of 20 Bar

PTFE main Seals and ASME 30016 RF Flanges

Crude Oil – 10m/s through a 20” pipe

This Marine Swivel Joint, as with the many supplied to the aforementioned customer, can be safely used for efficient loading or offloading, in various offshore and onshore applications. The swivel can be customised, manufactured and engineered to suit your specification and particular application.

 

Engineered Swivel Joints

Engineered Swivel JointsEWFM engineered Swivel Joints are a range designed for a wide variety of conditions and applications and, depending on which industry you are in, you may have the following requirements:-

Bearing in mind the size of this swivel and its application, we can supply all the relevant certification that may be required, such as:

  • Norsok
  • 3.2 Material Certification
  • DNV
  • ABS

Subsea Swivel JointsOther additional requirements may include; welding, say of flanges, Painting, NDE, or Factory Approval Tests.

 

Materials of Construction

Typically provided in Aluminium, Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, Duplex, on request we can also supply in more exotic materials, including Monel, Hastelloy and Inonel.

 

Sizes

In a range of configurations we can provide our swivels from ½” to 72”

 

Seal Materials

Normally our seals are PTFE, Viton, Nitrile, and Kalrez but if these are not suitable we can generally provide a seal better suited to your media.

 

End Connection

A variety of end connections are available including:

  • Threaded
  • Flanged
  • Weld
  • Hammer Lug Unions – and many more on request

Should you have a requirement for a Swivel to be used in a particular situation, or are interested in hearing more of what we have to offer, then either check out our full range of products at www.ewfm.co.uk, challenge Mike or Guy at sales@ewfm.co.uk or call +44(0)1763 248650 and they will be happy to discuss and work with you.

EWFM supply a timely solution for bottom loading road tankers

4 inch Bottom Loafing ArmIn the 2nd half of 2017 we were invited by an existing customer In the UK to help them with supplying a new solution for bottom loading road tankers.

After discussing various options with the customer, who were originally looking for a ”counter balance” arm, we recommended a spring balance cylinder arm as they tend to provide a smoother operating experience.

Working together throughout the process with regular phone conversations and emails Mike was able to ensure the most cost effective, yet high quality solution, was quoted for.

Our model 750 bottom loading arm with a 4” API RP1004 Dry Break coupler and stand post was agreed upon and, once drawing approval was confirmed, the new Arm was delivered to site before their deadline

The Loader comes with model 2174 & model 2175 carbon steel swivel joints to enable smooth vertical and horizontal rotation. The flexible hose and Aluminium manoeuvring handle installed on the final elbow allows ease of use for the operator

A follow up visit was completed by Mike & Guy to see the Loading Arm in situ, further developing our relationship and to discuss further our full range of Loading Arms

Picture to the right shows the loading arm on site

The site are extremely happy with the performance of the loading arm and have since approached us for a replica arm at their sister site

“We found EWFM very helpful and knowledgeable in providing for our needs with excellent communication. We work in a dynamic industry where speed of processing is paramount and EWFM can provide this. I look forward to working together in the future”

 

In a separate job they were also man-handling 4” carbon steel dry break couplings to load rail cars. These were a “tad” heavy. We proposed our MannTek dry disconnect couplings as a replacement. After a successful trial to ensure they worked we are now in discussions for further replacements.

4 inch Hose Unit

Should you have a similar requirement for Top or bottom Loading and Unloading arms for Bottom Loading Road Tankers or are interested in hearing more of what we have to offer then either check out our full range of products at www.ewfm.co.uk , or alternatively contact Mike and Guy now at sales@ewfm.co.uk or +44 (0) 1763 248650 and they will be happy to discuss and work with you