More often than not; the creation of innovative technologies does not come from ‘flashes of insight’. Innovation is a process that occurs when talented people with the right blend of skills define challenges, generate solutions, and then plan and execute together to produce something new. New product development at Banlaw focuses around refuelling solutions, fluid transfer and fluid evacuation, pressureless refuelling, and fuel management. To keep moving forward, we commit to and invest in a roadmap for each of these product families. Perfect may not exist, but by working the plan, we keep punching away at technical barriers, delivering incremental improvements and brand-new capabilities.
Due to a series of recent fires on mine sites, we’ve decided to focus this article specifically on the fire risk associated with using fuels and oils in an industrial setting. Banlaw team members spend well over 100,000 hours a year designing, building and maintaining dry break fuel systems, processes, and infrastructure. Our service teams spend the majority of their hours on site, auditing fleets and facilities, training operators, delivering preventative maintenance, or analysing the data that’s been captured on mine sites to find improvements. We’ve seen pretty much every conceivable way that a fire can be caused in a fuel facility or on mobile plant. Below is what we’ve learned about avoiding fires over the last 37 years.
Here at Banlaw we believe in creating the fastest, cleanest and safest diesel refuelling nozzles and equipment. We’ve been at it for 40 years, and our high speed refuelling hardware range now includes nozzles, receivers, vents, diesel loading arms, holsters, swivels, break-away valves and more. Each component has been engineered with an optimised fluid path, along with contamination-prevention features.
The Amrun Project is to produce some 22.8mtpa of Bauxite for the local production of Aluminium, as well as direct export to markets north of Australia. US$1.9b is being spent to expand production from one of the world’s premier Bauxite deposits, which has the potential for expansion to around 50mtpa. Banlaw’s involvement is the design, engineering, and supply of two fuel facilities.
Are your generators, vehicles, plant equipment or stationary tanks overfilling? There are numerous ways to manage the risk of tank overfill, and in this blog article, we’ll lay out some of the most common, along with the pros and cons of each. Your first question is probably ‘Why should I care?’, and you’d be asking the right question. It all comes down to risk; what is going to happen in each specific situation if an overfill occurs? Does your current risk management program consider the variables of each application, specifically those variables which may determine a hazard? The ALARP principal is often used in the regulation or safety-critical systems, and requires that residual risk is reduced “as low as reasonably practicable”. If you overfill a small storage tank used for water, it may be that plants will get watered, and ‘people could get wet’. With liquid hydrocarbons, it’s often more of an issue. Soil and water become contaminated, tanks are ruptured, critical machines burn down, explosions occur; people can die.
Here at Banlaw, we’re all about helping companies improve their productivity by reducing fluid loss, reducing fluid contamination, and delivering more efficient and safer resource management processes. With Banlaw products sold in 33 countries, we need a system for supporting customers that includes local knowledge, local language, and is flexible to a range of Maintenance Management Systems. It is critical to us that users of Banlaw hardware have access to the right product, knowledge, and skills to keep their equipment up and running.
Banlaw service teams have recently been recognised by a large global mining client for reducing the risk associated with the manual handling of fluid calibration equipment. Flow calibration is a critical activity for companies that need an accurate fuel management system to account for fuel usage in their operation. Calibration Meters are known to be bulky, awkward, and heavy. Moving Calibration Meters from job to job and correctly positioning them on site carries a significant risk of staff injury. As part of Banlaw’s continuous improvement approach to onsite Hydrocarbon processes; this situation was recognised as an opportunity to improve. Banlaw teams analysed the risk profile, then designed and fabricated a new Calibration Rig solution.
Safety is first among Banlaw’s core values. Ahead of everything else, we aim to send our guys and girls home safe when the work is done. During these five years Banlaw teams have delivered fuel and resource management projects in 33 countries, and manufactured hundreds of thousands of products. Thank you to our staff, and our valued customers and distributors for creating an environment where we can all expect to go home safe at the end of the day.
The following is an excerpt from the Austmine webinar ‘Predictive Maintenance and Life of Asset’, which was aired to Australian Mining, Equipment, Technology, and Services organisations (METS) in August 2016. The presenter; João Silveirinha, is Banlaw’s Group Engineering & Development Manager. João’s background is innovation in engineering across a range of industries; more recently Energy, Oil & Gas, and Mining. On a day to day basis João is involved in planning around Functional Safety, Machine Safety and Explosive Atmospheres. His team leverage many of the key International Standards that form the guidelines for safe and innovative practices across numerous heavy industries. João is originally from Portugal, and is now based out of Newcastle in Australia.
Modern engines and plant equipment are designed to offer increased efficiency, reduced emissions and longer service intervals. As a result, they are also more sensitive to fuel and oil contaminants. In particular, higher operating pressures within fuel systems to achieve a more complete combustion process leads to closer tolerances between moving parts, causing even smaller particles to have an effect on the clearances between these components. Modern ULSDs and biodiesels also pose an increased risk of microbial contamination, which left undetected, can seriously degrade the quality of the fuel and introduce other problems including reduced fuel filter life and accelerated corrosion of tanks, pipes and other metal system components.
Modern engines and plant equipment are designed to offer increased efficiency, reduced emissions and longer service intervals. As a result, they are also more sensitive to fuel and oil contaminants. In particular, higher fuel pressures within engines to achieve a more complete combustion lead to closer tolerances, causing even smaller particles to have an effect on the life and performance of fuel system components. Modern ULSDs and biodiesels also pose an increased risk of water (moisture) retention and microbial contamination, which left undetected and untreated, can seriously degrade the quality of the fuel, and introduce other problems including reduced fuel filter life and accelerated corrosion of tanks, pipes and other metal components.
Banlaw will be unveiling innovative new offerings in the lead up to MINExpo 2016, with world-first technologies in several hydrocarbon categories on display. Achieve greater visibility and control, and even faster, safer, cleaner refuelling and fluid transfer. To get your hands on these game-changing products first, come to the Banlaw stand at MINExpo where we’ll be offering live product demonstrations and training.