by: Peter Sutherland
> Armor All’s Essential Blends oil-infused air fresheners
CINCINNATI, OH – June 11, 2018 – DeanHouston, Inc., a leading full-service, business-to-business, integrated marketing communications firm, will celebrate its 30th anniversary as an agency this year.
Since launching in the summer of 1988, DeanHouston has undergone a significant transformation mirroring that of the rapidly evolving business landscapes in which it operates. With co-founders Dale Dean, Greg Houston and Pam Houston at the helm – and also as the only staff members – their small technical products-focused boutique agency quickly developed into a fully integrated organization that today employs more than 70 talented marketing professionals operating from the company’s offices located in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Chicago and Shanghai.
The company boasts a full range of integrated marketing services, beginning with strategic marketing followed by traditional and digital marketing strategies, brand development, graphic design, web design and development, media and publicity, video production, and 3D animation. DeanHouston is also at the forefront of virtual and augmented reality, which is rapidly being embraced in the technical products service industries.
TORONTO, Ont. - We have turned the corner on harsh winter weather, and spring is here.
Spring is a time of renewal and refreshment as nature comes back to life, giving friends and family the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. As we trade icicles for flowers and snow angels for pool loungers, the warmer weather brings sights and smells that brighten up our day. Smells of lavender, vanilla, citrus and eucalyptus are just a few of the familiar and inviting scents gifted to us by spring.
Even though scents of nature fill the springtime air, some people may have too much on their to-do lists to truly relax and enjoy the outdoors. Armor All is now bringing the natural scents of spring directly into your car. The new Essential Blends air fresheners are infused with essential oil blends of lemon bergamot, eucalyptus mint, pink grapefruit, citrus pomegranate and vanilla lavender, giving you the scents of spring wherever you go.
"The inspiration behind Essential Blends came from looking at the average person's daily to-do list and thinking of how we could make those little in-between moments relaxing," says Megan Currie, Spectrum Brands director of marketing for Armor All. "A lot of people are in their cars for a good portion of their day, whether they are commuting to work or doing errands. We wanted to transform that daily routine into a comforting experience."
Essential oils are known for their refreshing and restorative properties. Helping to relieve headaches, relax the mind or even energize the body, the benefits from essential oils are endless.
Tanknology largest company in the world devoted to compliance solutions for petroleum systems. If you operate an underground or an aboveground petroleum fueling system, you are no doubt governed by multiple environmental regulations. In our blog, we discuss topics of interest to our industry community; whether it be a regulatory development, our take on breaking industry news, news from our company, or anything else we believe may be of interest the tank compliance community. We hope you will join us in the conversation.
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The most up-to-date leak detection systems combine very sensitive sensors with intelligent programming and instant communication. They can detect a leak within seconds and communicate that information to network managers anywhere in the world.
As a rule these systems are an excellent way to eliminate releases of product into the surrounding ground protecting you from environmental damage and often expensive litigation if your neighbour’s property is impacted. We perform annual inspections on thousands of automatic tank gauge ( ATG ) systems and regardless of how good the equipment is there are still periodic leaks that go undetected. Here are a couple of tips that you may find useful to get the maximum benefit from your system so that you don’t become one of these costly exceptions to the rule.
Check Up Your Sensors Periodically
The liquid detection sensors attached to your console will be able to monitor any collection point for fuel such as an STP sump or under dispenser containment pan. The sensors are designed to go into alarm whenever liquid is present. The most common problem leading to undetected leaks is sensors that have been moved from their original position or sensors that do not alarm when they are supposed to.
In one recent case we were conducting an onsite investigation of an inventory shortage. The site had a fully functional ATG monitoring it with no alarms to indicate the leak. During the site visit we discovered that all of the sensors were positioned incorrectly and did not go into alarm even though there was a significant line leak with product in the sumps. These sensors the best defence against a leak and need to activate as soon as product is present in any containment sump.
You should periodically check to visually verify that the sensors are properly placed. If there is water in your sumps that is causing an alarm it will be necessary to pump the water out, find out how it got into the sump and fix the problem. The sensors are the most important part of an ATG when it comes to protecting you from an undetected leak. They are required to be tested annually by a qualified contractor. However, there is no reason that you cannot implement your own more frequent inspections. The sooner you detect a problem the better your protection against a costly release into the surrounding environment.
You can easily check the following yourself:
Becoming Familiar with the Programming of Your ATG
Although the programming of an ATG seems very complicated at first glance, they are meant to be quite easy to use allowing you to do simple tests and checks. As with most technically complicated things that we run across in day to day life, most of the answers are available on Youtube. There are several very good online videos that will assist you to navigate your way through the programming. Once you become familiar the ATG console you can do several things to test your equipment periodically. Some of the features that are important for you to check are listed below;
ATG systems have developed to the point where they are extremely effective but there is always a way to fool a computer so it is wise to stay on top of these simple preventative maintenance steps to protect your business from an unexpected and costly problem.
Peter Sutherland is vice president, Testing and Calibration, Englobe Corp. He has worked for and managed Tanknology Canada for over 25 years. In the early 1990’s he started the USTMAN Statistical Inventory Reconciliation business in Canada. Over his career he has been responsible for the introduction of several new technologies such as closed loop meter proving and ultrasonic robotic inspection technology for large bulk storage tanks.