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Bilge Sock 101 - What Is a Bilge Sock, How's It Used and The Critical Role It Plays in Protecting Our Waterways

Bilge Socks, A Boaters Best Friend
The suns shining, the waters warm and the weather’s perfect for another beautiful boating season! As you prepare your boat for the water and go through your USCG Float Plan don’t forget a critical piece of equipment to ensure the safe and clean operation of your watercraft – the use of a Bilge Sock.
What’s a Bilge Sock and How Do They Work?

A Bilge Sock is a critical piece of boating equipment used to absorb and prevent the discharge of potentially dangerous chemicals into the surrounding marine environment. As the name suggests, a Bilge Sock resembles, well, a sock!
Typically constructed of fabric mesh material, Bilge Socks are filled with one of many varieties of absorbent materials. Placed in the bilge compartment of a boat, the Bilge Sock floats on the surface of the bilge water absorbing gas, oil and other chemicals while preventing their discharge and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. A critical first defense against accidental di…
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PLIDCO Shear+Plug Metal-To-Metal Line Plugging Solution

Photo Credits: American Public Power Association Ultra-High-Temperature, High-Pressure Line Plugging Solution
When it's critical that you keep your plant running; when other line-plugging solutions have failed; when you need to install a valve where one doesn't exist - there's only one option to turn to. The PLIDCO Shear+Plug is the industry standard for ultra-high-temperature, high-pressure line plugging solutions.


What is a PLIDCO Shear+PlugThe PLIDCO Shear+Plug is a metal-to-metal plug-off device that allows for maintenance and repair of ultra-high-temperature, high-pressure pipelines. Designed to isolate a system for repairs, the PLIDCO Shear+Plug provides a safe plug-off technique that negates the need for system shut down providing your maintenance team a safe environment to repair a line or install a valve all while keeping your line operational.
How a Shear+Plug WorksThe PLIDCO Shear+Plug works by inserting a temporary (or permanent) "gate valve" in a line wh…

Don't Let February Freeze Shut You Down - Liquid Heat Liquid Deicer

Melt Ice, Snow with Liquid Heat Liquid Deicer
With winter comes cold weather, snow, sleet, and ice. Combat mother nature before she shuts you down with the industries premier liquid deicer, Liquid Heat by Zircon Industries.


How Liquid Heat works?Liquid Heat works by penetrating ice and frost on equipment during extreme weather conditions. The specialized formula melts ice build up before it happens, then works in the background to prevent further accumulation keeping your critical infrastructure online. 
Formulated to work in temperatures as low as -60F (-51C), Liquid Heat is tough on the ice and easy on the environment (EPA approved), your belts (Goodyear Approved) and your workforce (OSHA approved).
Where to apply Liquid Heat?Liquid Heat was designed to work on a wide range of commercial applications and equipment including:  Conveyor Belts (Goodyear approved)Rail Road TracksHeavy Lifting EquipmentTrain CarsPulleysTruck BedsSwitchesWhere can I buy Liquid Heat? Interested in trying out Liq…

The Hard Facts about Hardfacing

What is Hardfacing?
Hardfacing is a metalworking process of applying tougher metals, high-temperature alloys, ceramics and other overlays to base metals to enhance standard wear, corrosion, hardness and other physical and chemical characteristics of the base metal. When to Hardface?Hardfacing can be applied at during all life-cycles of a fabricated or machines part. Commonly, hardfacing is applied On new parts to increase wearOn older, worn-down surface back to toleranceOn functional equipment to extend the life of fabricated components as part of maintenance program
How is the Hardfacing applied?There are a variety of methods to apply hardfacing. No one method is superior to others, rather the method is recommended based on the intended purpose of the hardfacing. Some of the more common welding methods include: Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)Oxyfuel Welding (OFW)Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)Electrical Welding (ESW)Plasma Transferred Arc Welding (PTAW)Thermal Spr…

Inpro/Seal Launches NEW VB45-S™ Bearing Isolator

Inpro/Seal Launches NEW VB45-S™ Bearing IsolatorNEW VB45-S™ Smaller, IP66 Rated (Ingress)


Inpro/Seal, the leader in permanent bearing protection since 1977, recently launched their latest design the NEW VB45-S™, ushering in a new era and standard in Bearing Isolator technology. As the inventory of the original Bearing Isolator, Inpro/Seal continues to work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their Bearing Isolator technology.
The Inpro/Seal VB45-S™ is both smaller than its predecessor while providing better protection against contamination ingress (IP66 rated) by utilizing multiple innovative design features. The VB45-S™ patented XX Interface and oversized contamination chamber block contaminants from entering the bearing housing while the enlarged D-Groove protects against oil loss by capturing oil on the shaft and returning it to the bearing housing.
Ideal for application on pumps, motors, fans and other general industrial rotating equipment. Constructed of standard bearin…

The Biodegradable BioSok Bilge Sock - Not your Fathers Bilge Sock

The Biodegradable BioSok™ Bilge Sock - Not your Fathers Bilge SockPrevent Accidental Leaks of Oil and Gas from Boat Bilges with the Biodegradable BioSok™ Bilge Sock
Despite boaters’ best efforts, motor oils, gasoline, and diesel fuel can often be found leaking in the bilge of personal pleasure craft. The accidental release of these hydrocarbons into waterways and other marine environments when the bilge is pumped is not only against the law, it is extremely hazardous to marine plants and animals.  
To combat the spilled oil, boaters have been deploying common bilge socks filled with manufactured absorbent materials that absorb the oils from the bilge water. While these socks are adequate at removing the oils from the bilge water, they do not actively remediate the spill and require special disposal at the end of their useful life.
BioSok™ is not your common bilge sock. Developed with technology pioneered by NASA, BioSok™ works to both absorb and remediated the spilled oil in the bilge. …

Cleaner, More Efficient Gas Turbines Start with Citrikleen and Citrkleen HD

Cleaner, More Efficient Gas Turbines Start with Citrikleen and Citrkleen HD
As natural gas becomes a more cost-effective fuel to power America’s power needs, proper maintenance of gas turbines and their compressors is more critical than ever to ensure efficient, effective, profitable, and uninterrupted power production. The ProblemDuring the general operation of gas turbines, large quantities of air and other particulates pass through the compressors. While this air is filtered, small quantities of dust, aerosols, and water pass through the filters and end up as deposits on the blades. Over time, these deposits decrease the air flow of the compressor resulting in decreased performance and output of the gas turbines. The SolutionCitrikleen and Citrikleen HD are concentrated, biodegradable heavy-duty solvents trusted by heavy industry, aerospace, refineries/petrochemical plants and the military to degrease their hardest to clean equipment. Citrikleen and Citrikleen HD’s non-corrosive chem…