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Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most pervasive on-the-job injuries across the U.S., and the compressed gas industry is no exception. Stemming from prolonged, repetitive movement, carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive condition that worsens over time and can require surgical treatment, which can take two to three months to fully recover from.
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Did you know that over 99% of cryogenic relief valve failures are due to a build-up of particulates, dirt and debris? And that tank slag, Teflon tape, and dirt are the most common culprits? When these contaminants build up in valves, they prevent the valves from re-seating properly. At best, a blocked valve results in minor leakage requiring valve replacement. At worst, a fully blocked relief valve leads to overpressurization causing dangerous and life-threatening system failure.
If you’ve ever been in close proximity to a cryogenic cylinder when the safety relief valve pops open, you know it’s jarringly loud, almost like a shotgun blast. From a safety standpoint, the noise is high enough in decibels (over 100dB) to cause hearing damage if a worker is close enough to the valve. And from a plain nuisance perspective, it’s extremely startling and disruptive.
Whether you’re putting in a new compressed gas or air installation, or upgrading an existing one, composite piping is the most economical when it comes to both time and money. It’s also the best option for your system’s longevity. Why? First, let’s look at what can go wrong with metal piping.
The beverage carbonation industry continues to grow steadily, as more and more flavored seltzers and craft beers hit the market in response to rising demand from consumers. With that growth in demand, it’s crucial that producers properly maintain and upgrade equipment for the ultimate in efficiency, uptime and safety. Failing or over-leveraged equipment can result in costly downtime and even deadly accidents.