Here are three simple actions you can take to help prevent your own “personal obsolescence.” Warning: Personal obsolescence in a leader / manager can manifest itself in organizational underperformance, less than optimal personal compensation, and even unemployment. EMBRACE YOUR INDUSTRY & MARKET: More than 2,500 years ago the great Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (544 BC to 496 BC) wisely observed: “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” To modify this ancient axiom a little, “You need not fear a hundred salary reviews, decisions, or market / industry changes, if you know the industry and the market.” Having worked a dozen years for a large conglomerate before founding my own companies, I witnessed a common mistake by new division executives who often believed they didn’t need to put in the considerable extra time required to learn the industry, market,
Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card and help protect welders from serious injuries or worse by sharing your experience with a "near miss" and / or accident that either could have been prevented or was prevented by a SuperFlash or IBEDA Flashback Arrestor. Four (4) $250 Amazon gift cards will be awarded to anyone who shares a near miss, or where a flashback arrestor prevented a "near miss" and / or accident that we could use in trade publications. The goal is protect welders from serious injury or worse. Submitting your experience is a "win-win" for you and millions of welders who are protected by SuperFlash IBEDA gas safety products. Or those who should be.. Please email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win!
Bonjour everyone! Pass the Dijon mustard! Congratulations to Airgas founder Peter McCausland for the recent sale of Airgas to the French company Air Liquide for $10.3 billion. Has there ever been a larger sale in the history of the welding industry? I doubt it. In my view, this created an enormous amount of value for Airgas shareholders, employees, vendors, customers, and our country by implementing a very significant strategy known as “overcoming business fragmentation”. I first read about this strategy at the Harvard Business School in a famous book titled Competitive Strategy by Professor Michael E. Porter. As I see it, is a great example of brilliantly implementing this very effective strategy in the real world. In Competitive Strategy, Porter describes four critical business advantages that I think are illustrated by this purchase. • EXPERIENCE CURVE: Experience is everything. But it can take awhile to acquire. When two companies combine, you can accelerate down
Is Technology Helping You Lose Your Job? By Dave Marquard, CEO and owner of SuperFlash® Technology, most of us will admit is rapidly increasing the speed of change because it makes decision making information and data available faster and more complete than ever before. Examples abound, such as digital reporting of phone activity, web browsing, input and output metrics, ERP / CRM software, lean manufacturing such as TPS, DBS, etc. Recently, I visited one of our regular suppliers and was surprised to discover a new interim manager at the front desk. The previous manager lasted about nine months, and the manager he replaced had a seven year run before being terminated. Your first thought might be “that is a tough place to manage or be managed” and I think you might be wrong on both counts. Both managers were surprised when their regional vice president showed up unannounced mid-week and unceremoniously terminated them. Termination, if you have never experienced
SuperFlash / IBEDA Inline Fuel Gas and Oxygen Filters By Dave Marquard July 30, 2015 Westlake, OH – SuperFlash Compressed Gas Equipment, manufacturer of compressed gas safety and control devices, announces the introduction of their new GF-25 Inline Gas and Oxygen Filters designed for use in pipelines. The new GF-25 Inline Gas and Oxygen Filters are designed for use in pipelines. Very user friendly and can be used with a variety of gases, including oxygen and many other technical gases. Fuel Gas Model, 1" NPT F x 1" NPT F - Part #: 0701-3393 Oxygen Model, 1" NPT F x 1" NPT F - Part #: 0701-3394 Replacement Filter Element - Part #: 0701-3399 See below for additional information: Gas & Oxygen Filter: GF-25 Model For installation in pipelines: for installation in horizontal and vertical gas pipelines. can be installed in existing gas pipelines and is immediately ready to operate. easy to assemble. available for many technical gases allowing for a wide
SuperFlash has a new product line for thermal process systems and heating processes with fuel gas and air mixtures. The new product line consists of check valves (GRV Series) in accordance with EN730-2 – so-called safety devices without integrated flame arrestor as well as models with check valves and an integrated flame arrestor (GRS Series). The new products are characterized by minimal cracking pressures between 4 and 6 mbar as well as extremely low pressure losses. These products can be used in thermal process plant applications with a natural gas supply as well as heating processes for welding, cutting, and related processes that are operated with mixtures of fuel gas and air. In this area the safety devices are used to safeguard plants, pipeline systems and tapping points and prevent gas return (check valves, model: GRV) or gas return and flashback (flashback resistant gas non-return valve, model: GRS). The safety devices satisfy the requirements specified in all relevant
In addition to our standard high flow stainless steel flashback arrestor (model DG91NSS), we now offer three additional versions to cover a much larger range of flow rates and situations. Choose from our model DGN for standard flow applications all the way up to our models ESF and Demax designed for high flow manifold applications. Now no matter what application you have, we can provide a flashback arrestor made from stainless steel and suitable for use with higher purity gases, and in more demanding environments. Stainless steel flashback arrestors are designed for oxygen, hydrogen and other flammable gases where all stainless steel type 316 with Viton or other elastomers are desirable. These arrestors are standard with NPT connections; however they can be specially adapted and tested in our lab with a wide variety of connections, including Swagelok tube fittings.
Different sizes of torches and tips require different flow rates to operate properly. It is very important to understand the required gas flow for your process to ensure safe operation. High flow capacity flashback arrestors allow sufficient gas flow for larger heating and cutting tips. Additionally they have significantly longer service life because of their high flow capacity. A flashback arrestor can restrict gas flow if it is too small for the application, causing backfires, short tip life, poor quality work, and even equipment damage. Tip sizes and consumption rates vary for equipment from different manufactures. A good rule of thumb is to use a high flow arrestor for tip sizes larger than #4. However It is always better to size an arrestor based on the actual gas consumption. Flashback arrestor flow charts and technical service are available to help make the correct decision based on the equipment you are using. High flow flashback arrestors have a larger flame barrier
SuperFlash / IBEDA two-gas adjustable gas mixer By Dave Marquard July 30, 2015 Westlake, OH – SuperFlash Compressed Gas Equipment, manufacturer of compressed gas safety and control devices, offers a two-gas adjustable gas mixer that allows blending your own shielding gases at almost any ratio and is simple to operate! Save Money and Get Better Shielding Gas! Often times, when buying pre-mixed gases, the mix purchased from the gas company is close but not exactly the formula needed for the application. Other times, pre-mixed gases aren’t used quickly enough and the gases will stratify (become un-mixed) in the cylinder. The best solution to this problem is to allow users to fully customize and mix the gases at the time of application. The SuperFlash Compressed Gas Equipment two-gas adjustable mixer allows blending your own shielding gases at almost any ratio needed to fit your process, requires no additional electricity, and is very simple to operate. Weighing in at only
Our friends at IBEDA, Germany created videos about the importance of using flashback arrestors while welding, cutting or in allied processes. Using safety devices, like those manufactured by IBEDA, on a global scale has led to a continually decreasing number of accidents in this industry. IBEDA did a great job of translating this report from German to English, and they created a short video on how flashback arrestors are tested at their facility. See their video below on how flashback arrestors are tested. See their PVGD demonstration below.
For several years now SuperFlash has been awarding vendors for their superior performance in customer service, timely delivery and quality products. On Feb 1st, 2015, GAWDA wrote about our "performance-based awards" in the Member News section of Welding and Gases Today. Thank you GAWDA! To read more about the SuperFlash awards, and the GAWDA article click here.
IBEDA Germany has New Helium-Vacuum Leak Testing Equipment that has increased production capacity by 50%, thus allowing for further investment in automated manufacturing of gas non-return valves (check valves), gas safety devices and quick action couplings. With the new Helium-Vacuum leak testing equipment, production of IBEDA finished product has increased by 50%. This will enable increased fulfillment for the rising demands of high quality safety devices and quick couplers, while keeping reliable delivery and ensuring availability of 100% tested high quality products. Every IBEDA arrestor is submitted to a flashback test. With the new test equipment, each unit is additionally tested for slow reverse flow of gas (≤ 50cm³/h), for external gas tightness (≤ 8cm³/h), for a proper reset function (for products with pressure sensitive cut-off valve) and for leaks once this valve is released (≤
Superflash Compressed Gas Equipment, IBEDA Inc. hosted our Chief Engineer Michael Runkel, from IBEDA Germany at the 2014 Fabtech AWS Show in Atlanta on November 11-13, 2014. We were so glad Michael was able to join us this year, since we officially introduced our chemical line with our Leak Detection Solution at the Fabtech show. We are confident this is going to be a great product line for our customers. Our booth had a lot of traffic this year and Michael participated in product demonstrations, technical, and new product discussions at our booth. He was a key part of the Superflash / IBEDA team and was very helpful to customers, especially from the Eastern Hemisphere or when they had questions about flame spraying. Michael contributed greatly to our booth at Fabtech and we are excited to see him again soon.
On November 14, 2014 Superflash Compressed Gas Equipment & O. E. Meyer Company conducted a Safety with Compressed Gases seminar for a 160 participants, at the Lake County Safety Council. Participants were involved in several gas safety demonstrations and discussions, such as properly handling, using, storing, and moving gas cylinders and cryogenic vessels. The seminar also covered an overview of the safety standards from the Compressed Gas Association, Safety Bulletins, and Position Statements along with other OSHA, DOT, and industry practices. Presenters and participants at the seminar included Dave Marquard and Jason Flanigan from Superflash, and Paul Revolinsky, Branch Manager for O.E. Meyer, Garfield Hts & Lorain.
SuperFlash offers flashback arrestors with CGA "A" size connections (3/8"-24UNF) for use with HVAC torches and regulators, jewelry, aircraft torches and regulators, or any application using equipment with CGA "A" size connections. These flashback arrestors still offer all the benefits of our standard flashback arrestors, just with a size convenient for your smaller torches and regulators. All SuperFlash flashback arrestors are 100% tested in our facilities for flashback protection, reverse flow protection and against leaks.
SuperFlash Compressed Gas Equipment has extended its product offering with more flashback arrestors made with Stainless Steel! In addition to our standard high flow stainless steel flashback arrestor (model DG91NSS), we now offer three additional versions to cover a much larger range of flow rates and situations. Now no matter what application you have, we can provide a flashback arrestor made from stainless steel and suitable for use with higher purity gases, and in more demanding environments. Great for lab use! Won't corrode! Stainless steel flashback arrestors are designed for oxygen, hydrogen and other flammable gases where all stainless steel type 316 with Viton or other elastomer are desirable. These arrestors are standard with 1/4" NPT connections. However, they are typically adapted and tested in our lab with a wide variety of connections, including Swagelok tube fittings. Safety Elements and Features: Gas non-return valve NV Flame arrestor FA Thermal cut-off
The SIMAX and DEMAX series of flashback arrestors provides a full range of dry (no water or fluid to check or replenish) flashback, gas reverse flow and hose burn back protection in a compact, economical package. They are approved safety devices under ANSI Z49.1:2012 safety guidelines and help meet OSHA, NFPA and other strict industry safety standards. They are ideal for high volume gas flow applications in pipelines and manifolds. The best protection for your high-flow processes, without the high costs or checking liquid levels. Thermal shut off protection against burn backs and multiple flashbacks. More compact than liquid arrestors. Many different connections and flow rate options.
SuperFlash line drops can be installed when performing line maintenance, so you can continue to operate off a reserve gas supply while working on your manifold. Line drops are available to meet your needs and can be customized for special requirements. All SuperFlash line drops come complete with an in-line shut-off valve, drip leg and outlet cap and chain. We carry line drops for many gas services, including Acetylene, Argon, CO2, Compressed Air, Helium, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Nitrous Oxide, Oxygen, Propane, LPG, and Fuel Gas. Give us a call for more information on line drops and accessories, 1-888-327-7306.
Don't forget - Fabtech AWS, 2014 Where? Georgia World Congress Center 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30313 When? November 11-13th, 2014 Our Booth? #C1223 See our famous flashback arrestor demo LIVE at our booth!
Using a flashback arrestor is the best way to stop flashbacks from occurring. They have the essential element that stops flashbacks — a flame barrier. A flame barrier stops the rapid flame propagation through hoses, regulators and torches. Without this protection, check valves cannot stop a flashback. Want to see how flashback arrestors work? Check out our demo below!