Fireworks

What’s in your Firework?

The 5th of November, or fireworks night as it is commonly known in the UK, is a celebration of the anniversary of the failed gunpowder plot in 1605. The plan was to kill King James 1st for his refusal to grant Catholics more freedom. Guy Fawkes was found guarding the gunpowder placed underneath the Houses of Parliament after a letter was sent to King James 1st alerting him to the plot. Today, Fireworks night is celebrated in the United Kingdom with firework displays, bonfires with effigies of Guy Fawkes and BBQ’s.

 

Firework Night

According to figures from 2017, the British public spent over £497 million on fireworks in 2017. These days, you can purchase all sorts of different fireworks. From just your usual firecrackers, to Catherine wheels, to ones that even spell out words when they explode.

But what goes into making a firework? The main ingredients that are used to make fireworks are: 75% potassium nitrate mixed with 15% charcoal and then 10% sulphur. However, to get the different colours such as blue, other chemical materials are added.

 

Did you know…

EWFM has been handling projects where sulphur has been involved. Alright, maybe not for the purpose of making fireworks go bang, but for products in the chemical industry such as fertilisers. Please note that for these projects we have been providing our customers with Chemical Loading Arms. EWFM has a range of 9 loading arms suited for chemical substances which are all manufactured according to ATEX/PED standards. In our range, we have top or bottom Loading Arms, with fixed or variable reaches for a longer range. They are usually constructed of stainless steel, but more exotic materials are available on request. We manufacture the arms in all the standard sizes but are happy to take on a customised challenge when required.

All our Chemical Loading Arms come with numerous add-ons.  As you can imagine, when filling products such as sulphur, which is literally used to fuel a firework, safety is paramount as it is extremely flammable. Our Loading Arms come with overfill sensors, vapour recovery, pneumatics, heat tracing and more, all to ensure a safe operation for the end user. We can’t afford to have fireworks at work!

The EWFM team hopes that everyone celebrating fireworks night has a wonderful evening and that you all stay safe!

If a Chemical Loading Arm, or any of our Loading Arms, is something that interests you, contact one of our sales team who will be happy to assist you with questions or queries.

 

Contact information:

As always, get in touch with our Sales Team to discuss your next requirement wherever you are in the world and we will be delighted to help.

Tel          : +44 (0) 1763 248650

Email     : [email protected]

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108 Years of Stainless Steel

It’s Friday the 13th, some would say unlucky for some.  However, Friday the 13th this year marks a special occasion for EWFM and the steel industry.  On this day 108 years ago in 1913 a Mr Harry Brearley invented Stainless Steel.

 
The emergence of Stainless Steel:

At this time Brearley was actually investigating new varieties of steel to reduce erosion in gun barrels.  He discovered that adding the judicious admixture of 12% chromium to molten Iron produces a metal that did not rust.  At this period of time he named it ‘Rustless Steel” which in today’s world was renamed to Stainless Steel.

Brearley would not have realised the extent of his discovery.  In 2020 just under 50.9 million metric tons were produced worldwide. To give this some perspective, this is the same weight as 509,000 Boeing 757 passenger Airplanes.  Stainless Steel is now used everywhere from architecture, to cookware, from cars to medical applications, the majority of us can’t last a day without running into Stainless Steel.

So why do EWFM find Stainless Steel so special?  Due to its anti rusting properties EWFM offer Stainless Steel construction In nearly all of their products. That’s right, we offer all of the following products in Stainless Steel:

 
So why are the anti rusting properties useful to EWFM?

EWFM supply products all over the globe for many applications.  Including companies that are involved with salty atmosphere offshore, salt is a catalyst for rust, therefore Stainless Steel is ideal for slowing this down.  There are also many medias within the oil and chemical world that contain properties that increase the speed of corrosion.

What Brearley wouldn’t of known is that certain grades of Stainless Steel can also be made ‘food grade’.  Some grades can be electro polished, which eliminates any uneven surfaces that could result in bacterial growth.  It can then be easily cleaned and sanitised.  EWFM therefore have supplied many products for the Whisky, Beer, Food and Drink industries.

I therefore believe today we should all give out a thought to Mr Harry Brearley, what an amazing discovery he made.

For more information on the products above, please visit the products section on our website.

As always, get in touch with our Sales Team to discuss your next requirement wherever you are in the world and we will be delighted to help.

Tel          : +44 (0) 1763 248650

Email     : [email protected]

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FAQ Loading ARms

Frequently Asked Questions About our Loading Arms

The next blog in the chapter of our Frequently Asked Questions is all about our great range of Loading Arms

What can you use your Loading Arms for?
Typically, our Loading Arms are used for loading and unloading road and rail tankers as well as IBC’s.
With over 20,000 arms manufactured since 1965 these arms are used in a wide variety of applications including use at Airports, Storage Terminals, Food Manufacturing, Distilleries and Chemical Industry sites all across the globe.

We have supported a wide range of medias including;

  • Jet A1
  • Olive Oil
  • Hydrochloric and Phosphoric Acid
  • And Bitumen, to name a few.

What size Loading Arms do you offer?

We can offer our Top and Bottom Loading and Unloading Arms in sizes from 1” – 6”

What Materials do we offer?
As standard our Loading Arms are available in Carbon and Stainless Steel and Aluminium. We are also able to supply in Hastelloy for the really aggressive medias. Do not be afraid to challenge us with whatever media you are handling.

What configurations do you offer?
Our arms can be designed to suit your requirements. If you provide us with a plan of your site, we will work with you to create your perfect solution.
Available with Fixed & Variable reach, full drawings for approval are always supplied prior to manufacture to ensure complete accuracy.

What accessories / options are available?
We have a wide range of accessories and options that can be supplied with your Loading or Unloading Arm to ensure you have the perfect solution to your requirements. These include;

We always work together with you to ensure your satisfaction throughout the process, so get in touch with us today and start to build your long-term relationship with us, so we can help your business grow and operate safely.

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Airfields

EWFM supporting Airfields & the Aviation Industry

Despite Covid 19 still impacting globally, easing of lockdown restrictions have seen various member states in Europe open their arms in welcoming holidaymakers to their shores. Flights to popular holiday destinations are now running on a daily basis from Britain, and tourism is back on the economic agenda.  Although the way we as passengers use airplanes will now change and adapt to take the virus in to account, have you ever taken a moment to think about the logistics of getting that plane in the air?  On a basic level, the aircraft requires fuel….

At EWFM we have been supporting Airfields and the Aviation Industry for many years and have a range of products that go into supporting their day to day functions, including: –

Floating Suction Units

Used in fuel storage tanks, our floating suction units make aircraft fuel safer by allowing you to draw fuel roughly 500mm below the fluids surface and above the tank base to stop detritus and water contaminants.

We have many years’ experience in supplying these to Airfields all over the world and can support vertical or horizontal and above or below ground tanks with fixed or floating roofs.  Available in single and double arm designs, we can offer these units in our standard range up to 12” and our engineered range up to 32” in a various material.

Floating Suction Unit Model 2249 Double Range Floating Suction Unit Model 2302

Loading Arms

Our great range of Loading Arms are designed for loading or unloading road or rail tankers.  Our wide range and engineered solutions mean we will have a loading arm that will be perfect for you.

We can offer both top and bottom arms from 1” – 8” in a variety of designs

6 Inch Model 621-BC Fixed Reach Top Loading Arm

This 6” Top Loading Arm was supplied to the El Dorado Airport in Bogota, Columbia for filling fire appliances with fire suppression liquids.

We also have our range of Mann Tek Aviation Coupling, Nozzles and Hose that are all specifically designed for the aviation refuelling industry

Our aim is always to work together in partnership with you to ensure your satisfaction throughout the process. Get in touch with Guy and Mike today and start to build your long-term relationship with us, so we can help your business grow and operate safely.

Tel : +44 (0) 1763 248650
Email : [email protected]

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Loading Arms of the highest quality

Can you answer any of the following questions?

  • Do you load or unload road & rail tankers or trucks?
  • Do you fill or empty storage tanks and IBC’s?
  • Have you recently reviewed or are you planning to review your existing setup?
  • Are you looking to introduce loading arms to your site for the very first time?

If so, at EWFM our extensive range of Engineered Top & Bottom Loading & Unloading Arms is the perfect answer for you.  Available In sizes up to 8” we work together with you in partnership to create the ideal solution for your requirements.
With over 20 years’ experience of supplying Loading Arms we currently have systems in operation in numerous locations across the globe which are suitable for use in various industries including,

  • Fuel Terminals.
  • Airports.
  • Chemical Plants.
  • Food Manufacturing Sites.
  • Distilleries.
  • Military Sites.

Some great examples of these are,

Airports

This 6” Top Loading Arm was supplied to the El Dorado Airport in Bogota, Columbia for filling fire appliances with water.

LA9

Military Sites

These 4” Top Loading Arms were supplied to a United Nations base in Turkey for filling Rail Cars with Jet Fuel for Military Aircraft.

LA10

It is not uncommon for our Loading Arms to be in operation for 20 years after installation so talk with Mike and Guy and see how our engineered solutions can support you and your business as we all get use to the new way of working.
We always work with you to ensure your satisfaction throughout, and aim to build long-term relationship with you, so we can help your business grow and operate safely.
Tel: +44 (0) 1763 248650
Email: [email protected]
You can keep up to date with our latest news and updates through our social media channels including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Long Term Customer Relationships

Long Term Customer Relationships

At EWFM we believe the key to achieving long term customer relationships is down to 2 main things:

  • Quality of our service
  • Quality of our products

We pride ourselves on both of these and they have been clearly on display with one of our major customers here in the UK.  From originally supplying to only 1 site, we are now supporting various sites across the UK with Loading Arms and Couplings.

The last 2-3 years have seen us visit their sites on numerous occasions allowing us to gain a deep understanding of what is important to them and, in November last year, we visited with key members of our Manufacturing Plant to discuss further options with them.

Recently we delivered 3 Top Loading Arms to replace their existing arms which had got old and had started to leak, causing mess and problems on site.

 

2 x 3” Model 621 Top Loading ArmsLong Term Customer Relationships 1

Being used with Gasoil these arms are equipped with the following:

  • Four Swivel Joints for vertical and horizontal movement
  • A spring balance cylinder for easy operation and balance throughout the arm when in operation.
  • A ball valve to manually open and close the fluid channel.
  • A Vacuum breaker to allow quick drainage after closing the valve.

General information on this model

  • Commonly in 3″ and 4″ Sizes
  • Most popular Top loading Arm
  • Available in Carbon and Stainless Steel

 

1 x 4” Model 2374 Top Loading ArmLong Term Customer Relationships 2

Being used for asphalt this arm is equipped with the following,

  • Four Swivel Joints for vertical and horizontal movement
  • A spring balance cylinder for easy operation and balance throughout the arm when in operation.
  • A ball valve to manually open and close the fluid channel.
  • A Vacuum breaker to allow quick drainage after closing the valve.
  • A mechanical locking device to keep the arm in a secured position when filling.
  • High Level sensor for Automatic shut off once the  tanker is full.
  • Electrically heating up to the ball valve.

General information on this model

  • Commonly in 3″ and 4″ Sizes
  • Most popular Chemical Top loading Arm
  • Can also be heated by hot oil and steam

 

Discussions are currently taking place to supply further Loading Arms to them this year.

We work together with you to ensure your satisfaction throughout the process,  so get in touch with us today and start to build your long-term relationship with us, so we can help your business grow and operate safely.

Tel : +44 (0) 1763 248650

Email : [email protected]

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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 – [email protected]

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 [email protected] or +44 (0) 1763 248650 and they will be happy to discuss and work with you

Bottom Loading Arms

Bottom Loading Arms – For Road and Rail Tankers

EWFM supply a range of Bottom Loading Arms for the safe transfer of liquid and gases to tank trucks and rail cars.  Bottom loading arms are specifically designed for filling from bottom, rear, or side connections.

 

Our Bottom loading arms come in various models and configurations.  The most common, the model 740/750, consists of a fixed reach boom with a flexible hose working as the drop pipe (this can be rigid on request).  More often than not our bottom loading arms are equipped with an API or Dry disconnect coupling for quick and easy connection to the tanker.  All our loading arms consist of swivel joints and balancing spring cylinders that allow the arms to manoeuvre smoothly, assisting the operator.  Long reach and variable reach configurations are available on request where the distance to the tanker may be greater than standard.

 

Most importantly all our arms are made to order.  Drawings for approval are made prior to manufacture to ensure the customer is getting the right arm for the job.

 

Advantages
  • Safety – access platforms not required
  • Speed – as several compartments can be filled simultaneously

 

Mounting/Fixing

Loading arms can be mounted on a stand post or via a plate to an existing wall.  If you have a fixing already in place please send us drawings and we will quote for suitable arms.

 

Special Applications

EWFM can supply bottom loading arms for the following applications:

  • Hydrocarbon
  • Chemical
  • LPG
  • Hot Products – heated/jacketed
  • Food

 

Accessories

There are also a numerous accessories which can be fitted to the bottom loading arm to make it more effective and ergonomic:

  • API Coupler Locking Device
  • API Coupler Proximity Switch
  • Colour Coded Hose and Pipe Covers
  • Hose Assemblies
  • Loading Arm Support Units
  • Pneumatic Control System
  • Sight Glass
  • Loading Arm Signal Switches

 

For more information or to send us an enquiry please contact us by:

Loading arms

Loading Arms

At EWFM we supply an extensive range of loading arms for filling road or rail tankers.  Our loading arms can be adapted to suit your media; our applications include hydrocarbon, chemical, food and hot products.  They can be supplied for either top filling or bottom filling depending on the requirement.  All are arms are equipped with high quality Swivel Joints that ensures easy and smooth manoeuvrability for the operator.

 

Top Loading Arms

Top loading arms are genuinely used when filling through the Man hole on the top of a road or rail tanker.  At EWFM we supply many configurations; it may be a fixed reach arm designed to fill up one compartment from a single point or a long range variable reach arm that is designed to fill multiple compartments from a single point.

Our Top loading arms can be manufactured in:

  • Aluminium
  • Carbon Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Alternative materials on request

In sizes of:

  • 1”
  • 2”
  • 3”
  • 4”
  • 5”
  • 6”
  • 8”

Our top loading arms can also be supplied with numerous optional extras, some of these include:

 

Bottom Loading Arms

Bottom loading arms are generally fitted with an API or dry break coupler that connects to the mating adaptor on the road or rail tanker.  Like our top loading arms, bottom loading arms also come in a wide range of configurations.  Very often they are supplied staggered (like in the picture above).  This allows the arms to overlap and fill multiple compartments at the same time.  These arms are very often distinguished with colour coded hose covers.

Our Bottom loading arms can also be manufactured in:

  • Aluminium
  • Carbon Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Alternative materials on request

In sizes of:

  • 1”
  • 2”
  • 3”
  • 4”
  • 5”
  • 6”
  • 8”

Our bottom loading arms can also be supplied with numerous optional extras, these include:

 

Specials

Other than our standard range we also offer arms for those difficult fluids and gases to handle.  Hot products such as bitumen need to be heated in order to keep the media in its liquid state.  We therefore offer arms that can be electrically heated or heat jacketed with hot oil.  We can supply arms with insulation if this is required.

Furthermore we also offer special loading stations and arms designed for LPG.  These include an arm for loading and an arm for vapour recovery.  They are often ordered with a Stand post when the customer hasn’t already got a structure to support them.

We also have a large range of Access systems including folding stairs and gantry stands.  These are used for your operators safety when top filling your road or rail tanker.

For more information or an enquiry please don’t hesitate to contact Guy or Mike via:

 

Please check out our loading and unloading arms page for more information