Another BOC Decoking Valve Heads Into Service
BOC added another Decoking Valve to our impressive installation base, when we recently shipped a 6 x 6 x 3 Decoker to a customer in Argentina. The project was headed up by a great group of BOC employees, including Ed Wrask who led the sales efforts, Jeff DeCort, Sam Trimm, and John Burr were the engineering and design experts, while Ethan Bostwick, Andy Sox, Gary Cox, and Zack Himes teamed up on the manufacturing, assembly and logistics efforts. Many more hands were involved with getting this valve from concept to operation, and we thank them all!
The BOC Decoking Valve continues to be the industry leader in performance and reliability. To learn more about our Decoking Valves, please visit our DV Series webpage.
BOC Celebrates 25th Anniversary
In front of a gathering of more than 125 people, consisting of current & past employees, customers, suppliers, and friends, BOC Owner & President Todd Olson offered remarks about being in business for 25 years and making it to this milestone. "It hasn't always been easy. It has taken a lot of passion, persistence, and patience, but we have built a strong company that produces high quality, dependable components for the steel and gas & oil industries." In his 15 minute speech, Todd took time to recognize every single BOC employee, noting how long they've been with the company and what their duties are. "The people are what makes BOC great. The ingenuity and work ethic of our team is second to none."
After a catered lunch, BOC was presented with four different proclamations, one each from Congressman Bill Johnson, State Rep. Tim Ginter, the office of Senator Rob Portman, and Salem Mayor, John Berlin. Mayor Berlin's proclamation included the announcement that September 21, 2018 was officially known as "BOC Water Hydraulics Day" in the City of Salem.
We want to thank everyone that attended, as well as everyone that sent regards and well wishes. It was a great day celebrating the past 25 years, and an exciting boost for the next 25.
To see photos from the day, please visit: PHOTOS
Petron Corporation Visits BOC for Decoking Valve Testing
BOC has had the great pleasure of hosting representatives from the Philippines based Petron Corporation at our facility in Salem, Ohio. Mr. Domer Rubiano and Mr. Ronnie Guarin traveled to BOC to witness factory testing of the two decoking valves they ordered for their oil refining facility in the Philippines.
Mr. Rubiano and Mr. Guarin spent three days with us going over all aspects of both decoking valves, including in-depth training, product animations, and rigorous high pressure testing.
The two valves will be shipping at the end of July and will be installed in the coming months. We really enjoyed our time with Mr. Rubiano and Mr. Guarin and look forward to continuing our partnership with them and the rest of the Petron Corporation team.
To learn more about BOC’s Decoking Valves, please visit here: BOC Decoking Valves
It is hard to believe, but we are rapidly approaching “Year 7” of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ use of the shallow draft dredge, the MURDEN. The innovative dredge was built in Morgan City, Louisiana, and is maintained and operated by the USACE Wilmington, NC District.
The main purpose of the MURDEN is to provide dredging along the Atlantic coast to provide safe and reliable maritime navigation for the U.S. Coast Guard and the many other vessels that travel the east coastline.
What makes the MURDEN so unique was the trailblazing choice to use water hydraulics as its means to open and close the hopper. The MURDEN is a split-hull hopper, meaning the boat literally splits in two when it comes time to dump what it has dredged. Historically, dredge hoppers have been powered by oil hydraulic systems, but the MURDEN’s designers wanted to go with an environmentally safe choice after an oil hydraulic leak into the water, damaging the ecosystem.
BOC Water Hydraulics was more than willing to help the builders with this vision. We designed and produced 16” cylinders with an 86” stroke to power the hopper. While it was a risk, as the first time it had ever been done, the risk has paid off considerably for the USACE. In its 7 years of use, the USACE has spent less than $1,000 maintaining the water hydraulic system and entirely eliminated any environmental concerns associated with operating an oil hydraulic system.
While there was some initial apprehension from some at the USACE, nearly everyone is now on board with water hydraulics a useful method of hopper operation. As MURDEN’s Chief Engineer, David Cribbs, stated, “The system I doubted the most (water hydraulics) is ironically my most reliable.”
For anyone working in the maritime industry, looking for an environmentally safe, and reliable system, please contact BOC today! We are more than willing to look at any application with you, to see how we can help you succeed!