Industry Trends & Engineered Solutions Library

Employee Health & Safety: Office Ergonomics at HandyTube

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons. Office workers are often exposed to MSD risks in the workplace performing common activities such as bending, reaching overhead and lifting heavy items.  Even more frequently workers are performing daily tasks in awkward body positons and repetitively perform the same tasks day after day.  These seemingly common activities compound the potential of work related injuries.

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2016: A Banner Year for Health, Safety, and Environment at HandyTube

Workplace safety is HandyTube’s #1 focus and that’s why we are so excited to share our HSE improvements for 2016!  We are committed to protecting the health and safety of those who play a part in our operations, live within the communities we operate and use our products.  We operate and conduct our business with respect and care for both our community and the environment and systematically manage environmental, health and safety risks.  We make it our business to reduce injuries and occupational illnesses, promote safe work practices and appropriately respond to any incidents that could harm our environment.

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Oil & Gas Upstream Subsea Tubing Applications and Capabilities

 

The coiled tubing (CT) industry is a major part of oil & gas upstream subsea applications.  Coiled tubing is used widely in extreme conditions in offshore environments. The North Sea is a  good example of extreme offshore applications. Extreme conditions require a special grade of seamless stainless steel tubing known as 6 Mo (UNS S31254).  Common applications include interventions in wells or for production tubing  to extend the life of “depleted wells”.  Interventions are operations performed in oil wells during production or at the end  of a well’s useful life.  The process of intervention changes the condition of the well or its structure, and can be used for well diagnosis or to assist controlling production.

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The Unified Numbering System, Why Designate a Materials Composition?

The Unified Numbering System (UNS) for Metals and Alloys is an alloy identification system which was jointly developed by the ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to provide a means of correlating many internationally used metal and alloy numbering systems administered by various societies, trade associations and manufacturers.  The system provides the uniformity necessary for efficient indexing, record keeping and cross-referencing.

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HandyTube Receives NORSOK Qualificaton from MRC Energy Piping

 

HandyTube has been successfully qualified by MRC Energy Piping for its 6Mo (UNS S31254) seamless coil and straight length tubing up to 3.8 mm wall thickness according to NORSOK M650 Edition 4 for MDS R18.  NORSOK qualification is a very important milestone in HandyTube’s commitment to being a valued supplier and a key resource to the oil and gas industry, providing custom solutions for critical applications.

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HandyTube Supplier Awards Banquet 2016

 

On March 22nd HandyTube was pleased to host the winners of the 2016 Suppliers of the Year awards.  Keith DuPont, President and CEO of the Handy and Harman Tubing Group, began with a welcome to this year’s most valued suppliers.    HandyTube Quality Engineer, Brett Davis, provided an update of the first three years of the Supplier Awards and detailed its effectiveness.  Supplier grading scores have improved year over year, showing a significant improvement of vendor participation and effectiveness.   Mr. Davis is a co-developer of the supplier grading system.   HandyTube Procurement Manager, William Strohmenger, presented the awards in the following categories to these outstanding suppliers:

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Medium Pressure Tube Fittings used in stainless steel tubing; 3 types

There are three primary styles of medium pressure tube fittings.  They are differentiated by their end connections, each having its own advantages and disadvantages in specific applications. 

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Precision Tube ID Surface Condition & Cleanliness: High-Purity Results

Developers of chromatography, analytical laboratory equipment and medical instrumentation need to ensure they select the correct tubing for their application. The demands of laboratory and production applications require high quality tubing to maintain the critical purity of chemical processes and testing. Tubing that does not meet the stringent specifications of the application typically experience quality problems caused by contaminates. This results in frequent, labor intensive and costly replacement of components because of corrosion of the inside of the stainless steel tubing.

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Fabrication of Stainless Steel Medical Tubing, Components & Devices

Fabricated medical precision tubing is used in a variety of devices for minimally invasive medical applications, including surgical tools and instruments, sub-assemblies and components. This precision 316 tubing is primarily used for endoscopic, arthroscopic, cardiac and orthopedic procedures. Small diameter stainless steel tubes may be welded or seamless depending on customer specifications. Manufacturers must be ISO 13485 certified, and specialize in the production of precision fabricated tubular and metal components for these medical device applications.  There are many different types of fabrications, that are each dependent on the specific application and specification.  Final fabricated product usually incorporates the use of precision mechanical machining and non-contact laser equipment.

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New Technology Increases Safety of Hydrogen Filling Stations in Warehouse Operations

Hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered material handling equipment is becoming increasingly popular in warehouse operations.  Warehouse managers are benefiting from increased productivity when their fleets make the switch from battery-powered to fuel-cell-powered material handling equipment. 

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