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Celebrating No 28! ISO 9001-2015

This week we successfully completed our 28th consecutive audit for the ISO 9001-2015 Quality Standard.  Again, with no major or minor non-conformance’s.

This is a fantastic job by everyone in our great team and reflects the incredible effort that goes in on a daily basis to try and ensure the very best for our customers

Our great website www.ewfm.co.uk has full details of our products and will keep you up to date with news on how we are supporting our customers, our latest blogs and new services available.  You can also follow us through our social media channels including LinkedInFacebookTwitter & Instagram.

If you have a planned project or requirement that you would like to discuss further get in touch with our Sales Team wherever you are in the world and we will be delighted to help.

Introducing the Evotek Coupling

EWFM now have a new generation of coupling to compliment their already extensive range of products. The Dry Evotek Coupling, has been specifically designed for use within the chemical industry.

Ergonomically designed the external cam curve allows coupling against pressure. To open the valves the couplings need to rotate 120 degrees clockwise. The high engagement between the hose and the tank unit ensures a strong connection. To close the valves you turn the coupling counter clockwise and continuing to rotate will separate the coupling halves without significant effort.

When the coupling halves become disconnected the inner valves mechanically close automatically and securely.  This stops fluid flowing within the line and ensures a quick and dry connection / disconnection.  Once coupled, due to the ergonomic design, there is minimal pressure loss across the coupling halves.

 

The advantages with DEC, Dry Evotek Couplings

  • Low connecting forces even against pressure
  • Ergonomic handle (DN40 and bigger)
  • Good transmission ratio in the cam curve
  • Wide range of chemical resistance due to selection of high quality materials
  • Minimized spillage during decoupling

 

How the evotek works

The technical bits

Sizes: DN25, DN32, DN40, DN50 and DN80 Others on request

Materials:  Stainless Steel 1.4404 Handle PE (DN40 and bigger) Others on request

Connections: BSP female thread Flange EN1092 (DIN) integrated Others on request

Seals: O-Rings: FPM, NBR, EPDM, FFKM FDA on request Thread seal PTFE Others on request

Accessories: Dustcap Dustplug Special options on request

Approvals: Approved acc. to PED 2014/68/EU 4.3 Approved acc. to ATEX 2014/34/EU Category 3G

 

Get in touch with our Sales Team to discuss your next requirement or planned project wherever you are in the world and we will be delighted to help.

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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram.

FPS EXPO 2019

Organised by liquid fuels trade association The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers, The FPS Expo hosted its 39th show in Liverpool last week.

Bringing together more than 100 exhibitors and attracting a worldwide audience of thousands it is the leading event for the liquid fuels distribution industry in the UK and Ireland.

EWFM attended the Expo on Wednesday and it was great to meet some familiar faces. All the stands that were occupied looked great, and everyone made you feel welcome and valued when visiting their stand

The shows App was a great tool and helped with making new contacts whilst keeping everyone up to date with information about the event – everyone I spoke to only had good things to say about it.

It’s been a successful visit for us to an impressive city and host venue.  New contacts have been made, great meetings held with exciting opportunities to take forward.  I look forward to following up with everyone over the coming weeks

We have many years’ experience in supporting the industry with all of our products (from our Loading Arms to Couplings & Breakaways) perfect for it.  Get in touch with our Sales Team to discuss your next requirement or planned project wherever you are in the world and we will be delighted to help.

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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+ & Instagram.

We look forward to attending the Expo again next year

Model 2175 Swivel Joint seal change

How to change the seals on our standard model 2175 Swivel Joint

Changing the seals in a model 2175 swivel joint is not as hard to do as you may think and you don’t necessarily have to be an engineer to do it. It is a quick and cost effective exercise and prolongs the swivel life for a small outlay.

 

Start with disassembling the swivel joint

  1. Unscrew the ball plugs and the grease nipple of the female part
  2. Block the swivel joint so that the holes of the ball bearing raceways are turned down
  3. Start to turn the male part of the swivel to allow the ball bearings to escape. (It may be helpful to pass compressed air through the grease nipple hole or apply some kerosene to soften the residual grease)
  4. Once the balls are released, extract the male part of the swivel, taking care not to damage the sealing surface
  5. Remove the seal in the female part and the 2 x 0-rings on the male part of the swivel
  6. Clean the grease off both parts of the swivel
  7. Check for corrosion, if in doubt, ask the manufacturer

 

To reassemble, reverse the above procedure

  1. Block the female part of the swivel so that the holes of the ball bearing raceway are turned up
  2. Insert the primary seal into the female part, lubricate with a little grease
  3. Using a brush, grease the inside of the female part of the swivel
  4. Insert the 2 x 0-rings into the male part of the swivel, then using a brush, grease the outside
  5. Insert the male part of the swivel into the female
  6. One at a time, put the ball bearings in the first race while turning the male part, then screw the relative ball plug
  7. Repeat the same procedure for the second raceway, then screw the grease nipple

 

Important things to remember:

  • Make sure the numbers on both parts of the swivel match
  • Take care not to damage the sealing surface of the body flange
  • The swivel must be out of service with no product present

 

Maintenance Instructions

It is probably a good idea to check every six months that the swivel is not leaking and that its manoeuvrability is constant and uniform.

 

Bearing in mind the quick lead times of EWFM; why not order your swivel and seals now!

Eggs in basket

Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

The phrase is generations old and basically means do not put all your trust in one idea or plan for success. With Easter just round the corner, we have decided not to write about bunnies and chocolate, but a blog discussing trust.

All companies prosper based on the effectiveness of their customer and supplier relationships. If a customer is happy in their relationship with their supplier, the level of trust increases.  However, if this relationship is not well maintained and little time is spent on developing that relationship, the Customer can leave.

Here at EWFM, we work extremely hard in maintaining our Supplier and Customer relationships with regular visits and open lines of communication. As UK & European Distributors for many of our Suppliers, we promote their products on a weekly basis through our mailshots and via our website.  These close relationships ensure that we can offer cost effective pricing to our Customers, both returning and new.

As a Company trading now for almost 19 years in the UK and Worldwide, we do feel that we have earned a reputation as being trustworthy, and a Company who can be relied upon to deliver a range of products which are cost effective and reliable. We could go as far as stating that: “Yes, you could put all your eggs in one basket when dealing with EWFM”.  If you read our recent blog on St. Patrick’s Day (the transport journey of food and drink), you would have ascertained the added value we can offer when supplying product thereby reducing the need to order from numerous suppliers.

Hope and Trust go hand-in-hand so when we say “we hope you will look at our website www.ewfm.co.uk and trust you will find the swivel/coupling/filling equipment you are looking for”, we mean it.

Easter chicks

Stoc Expo 2019

Stoc Expo 2019

Last week EWFM attended the 15th Anniversary of Stoc Expo 2019 in Rotterdam, the leading event for the Bulk Liquid Storage Sector.

The Expo, promoting products that allow Tank Storage Facilities to run safely, efficiently, and with minimal impact on the environment, was well attended with some great exhibitions and inspiring talks

In the bustling atmosphere it was great to visit many of the stands and see some old familiar faces. Good meetings were held with new and existing customers discussing in particular our Couplings, Loading Arms and Floating Suction Units.  As well as these we have further products that also support the Industry

One meeting has extremely exciting possibilities so watch this space for potential new products coming to our product range.

It was a pleasure to make new relationships both with potential customers and also with potential suppliers; we look forward to attending next year’s show and seeing everyone again.

 

 

If you have a requirement or a planned project that you would like to discuss further then get in touch with our Sales Team wherever you are in the world and we will be delighted to help.

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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+ & Instagram.

St patricks 2019

St. Patricks 2019

St. Patricks 2019 has past, silly hats were worn, too much Guinness was consumed and the dancing was crazy. But what was is it all about?  The day commemorates St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity into Ireland.

So why are we at EWFM now writing a blog entitled St. Patricks day? Well unbeknown to you EWFM’s range of products assisted in delivering this memorable day to the masses. Let’s look at the transport journey of the food and drink you consumed, and how you, the consumer has benefited from the use of our products.

Food and drink is transported in road and rail tankers. This produce is moved around in bulk to ensure that people all over the world can enjoy St. Patricks day just as much as the Irish.  Once the food or drink arrives at the depot in the tanker, it needs to be emptied.  These tankers are filled and emptied primarily using Loading arms for which EWFM have supplied an extensive range worldwide.

Four Leaf CloverIt’s one thing saying you’ll empty the tanker with a loading arm, but have you thought of how these are connected? EWFM supply MannTek dry disconnect couplings and breakaways.  The couplings ensure a quick, safe and spill free connection/disconnection.  The breakaways on the other hand reduce risk in the event of a pull away incident.  They protect both the equipment and the operator.  Not only that we don’t want any beverages going to waste do we!

With the tankers now emptied, and the food or drink safely transferred to storage tanks, it’s time for the produce to be condensed into smaller containers such as IBC’s, Drums and casks ready for shipment to local branches/stores. If  you are reading this blog, you must have the luck of the Irish because you’ve now found out that EWFM supply equipment for this process too.  We supply food grade nozzles, drum filling heads and couplings.  These are all used worldwide for filling numerous containers with up to a 2” bore opening.

DID YOU KNOW GUINNESS ALREADY USE THE MANNTEK RANGE OF COUPLINGS FOR FILLING IN THEIR DEPOTS IN SCOTLAND?

So when St Patricks day comes around again, and you are enjoying a cold pint of Guinness or a nice warm Irish stew, think of the journey, how it’s been looked after and how far it’s come. You never know you might enjoy it just that little bit more.

 

St patricks hat

Subsea Expo

Subsea Expo 2019

At the start of February EWFM attended the Subsea Expo 2019 in Aberdeen. The Expo, the largest Subsea Expo in the world had over 6500 visitors from all corners of the world – a 30% increase from 2018.  Along with over 170 exhibitors this was a record breaking year and an exciting Expo.

The impact of the increase in the price of oil & of Government Initiatives leading to new investment in the Industry was clearly in evidence throughout the Expo and the great exhibitions, stands and seminars.  Subsea is once again a thriving industry with a wealth of expertise and great opportunities ahead. A long way from the downturn of 5- 10 years ago.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “From the conference programme to the exhibition floor, Subsea Expo 2019 clearly reflected the strength and ingenuity of our industry and the efforts that are being made to ensure the UK subsea sector maintains its world leading position for decades to come. 

Subsea Expo 2019Exciting new connections were made, good meetings were held and we are looking forward to attending the Expo again in 2020

At EWFM we have been supporting the Subsea Industry for over 20 years supplying our quality and long lasting products, these include

  • Swivel Joints
  • Marine Breakaway Couplings

All of our products are engineered to our customer’s requirements and we work with all of our customers as their partner to provide solutions and create long lasting relationships

Check out our last update on how we are helping our customers Stay Stress Free Subsea

If you have a requirement or a planned project that you would like to discuss further then get in touch with our Sales Team wherever you are in the world and we will be delighted to help

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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+ & Instagram.

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