Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On-site Fueling and Other Cost-Effective Options for Trucking Services

Trucking companies that see an uptick in business during the summer can breathe a sigh of relief. According to a report from Time Magazine, gas prices throughout the United States have stabilized, and a price drop shouldn’t be too far off. This speculation is based off market trends in June, a month when oil companies complete seasonal maintenance over the last five years. Although gas prices may see a drop soon, trucking companies shouldn’t depend solely on the price drop to help them save money this summer. After all, maximizing profits should be a task that is done year-round. Fortunately, there are many ways to help reduce costs, yet maintain the productivity level of your fleet.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Minimizing Downtime during Refinery Turnaround

When plants undergo a turnaround for maintenance, a lot is at stake for the business. The longer it takes to complete, the bigger the risk is of losing profit in the process. This is why refinery managers need to focus on taking precautions and employing effective strategies to minimize downtime. For a successful refinery turnaround, these tips will come in handy:

  1. Plan to Acquire Necessary Services

Knowing what you need beforehand can save your business a lot of grief. Your turnaround plan should include acquiring necessary services from trusted companies that can provide you with emergency services like refueling. This way, your needs will still be met even during unplanned shutdowns.

  1. Invest in Quality Communication Systems, Software and Hardware

Communication during the turnaround is vital to its success. Therefore, gas and oil companies must be equipped with state-of-the-art communication systems for easier relaying of information between key personnel. Software and hardware need to be up to the latest standards as well for best results.

  1. Accurate Analysis of Data

Companies should always record the state of their equipment in order to find out what type of maintenance should be done during turnaround. Afterwards, the data from before and after the maintenance should be carefully analyzed to devise better maintenance strategies for the future.

Time is the biggest concern in turnarounds, and the best way to minimize the risks is to ensure the efficiency of your systems and your employees. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Top Questions to Ask for Onsite Fuel Service

Whenever you’re looking for a supplier or contractor, you have to closely assess the value of the services you will be receiving from that provider. You also have to gauge if the service provider can actually meet the needs of your company.

When it comes to onsite fuel service, there are some basic questions you have to ask before signing up for a company’s services. Here are some of those critical issues to sort out:

How do you assure fuel quality and safety?

Naturally, you want your equipment to be fueled with quality gasoline, diesel, and other petrol, so you need to make sure that what you receive is pure and not contaminated. Of course, you also want to avoid costly liabilities like injuries or fuel losses. Make sure the provider employs only licensed and certified HazMat drivers, uses rigorous quality checks, and employs standard safety precautions and anti-theft measures.

Can you provide documents, reports, or data to track fuel service usage?

The data supplied by your provider can be helpful if you want to track your fuel expenditures and manage your overheads. Make sure that they use precise data collection and reporting methods.

Can you perform fueling anytime and anywhere?

The services should fit into your operations schedule and be available during emergencies, so make sure your chosen supplier has 24/7 services. Of course, don’t forget to check if the company can supply the needs of your fleet or equipment—construction machines or generators, perhaps—using the appropriate gears and fuels.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Why We Here at Apache Provide Synthetic Motor Oil from Royal Purple

As an automotive dealer supplies provider, we strive to provide dealers with the best products to distribute to their respective customers while also giving them a wide array of options. This is the reason why we partner up with multiple manufacturers to include their products into our inventory of supplies. Apache Oil Company is authorized to resell Royal Purple synthetic oil to Houston and other service areas we cover. What are the qualities of this particular manufacturer’s products that make us proud to be a partner? Let’s talk about Synerlec®.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Our Quality Refinery Turnaround Services Are Trusted across Industries

Refinery turnaround jobs are some of the activities where the services of our company play a major role. Here at Apache Oil Company, we are glad to be among the most trusted in the industrial scene when it comes to on-site fuel service. Chemical plants and oil refineries are among the industries that approach our company when they are conducting turnarounds. In addition, we are also called to handle road construction projects. Part of our clients’ trust is from our observance of designing a customized program for a project, recognizing that each has its own unique circumstances, characteristics, and needs. With this degree of customization, we ensure that our programs fit the specifics of any given project to maximize its successful execution.

Doing a Deep Draw with little Hassle

If you’ve been working the rounds of the industrial plant circuit for a long time, you may be familiar with the process of deep drawing, which is shaping a precut metal sheet with a specially-made die. The sheet is then reworked into tapered, straight, or curved sides. However, given the sheer force used in hammering the sheet with the die, which requires a hefty amount of sudden movement that may stress the die machine itself, this will entail securing a supply of industrial lubricants to ensure the machine keeps on going. 

There are normally three industrial lubricant types for a deep drawing operation. 

Deep Drawing Oil – The lubricant is applied to the metal sheet to act as buffer between it and the dye. The objective is to preserve the metal’s material composition and save it from potential precursors of rust. 

Oil-Solid – There are deep drawing lubricants that carry a mixture of solid content and oil. They are meant to be used when there’s much machining to be carried out on the drawn sheet metal itself. Applying them can help ease the friction and heat that comes with frequent machining work. 

Emulsions – Emulsions are special lubricants that carry a modest amount of solid content, but smaller oily material against water-based substances. They are sparingly used in deep drawing due to the water content.