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Emco Wheaton launches new break-away coupling

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Emco Wheaton has released a statement claiming that it has launched its new TODO emergency break-away coupling for bottom-loading applications. The coupling, it claims, will help to eliminate damages and the risk of spillage, whilst also ensuring that operators are protected from drive-away incidents.

The TODO 4 in. aluminium break-away coupling is specially adapted for bottom loading arm applications with the addition of a TTMA flange. It is capable of being both applied on new loading arms, and retrofitted to bottom hose loading arms that currently incorporate this type of flange into their design and construction. It consists of two identical halves, which are connected by a series of 3 mm break-pins. If an excessive load is placed on the loading arm, then the pins will break and the break-away will subsequently separate, thus closing the internal valves instantly. Then, the break-away is able to be reset onsite using an Emco Wheaton aftermarket kit, thus reducing downtime. The break-away can be configured to separate at a defined load.

If a drive-away incident should occur, the break-away will disconnect, thus decreasing the risk of loss of product. In addition to this, the API coupler and the loading arm would be protected, because the break-away would take the force of the incident.

Holly Damude, Emco Wheaton North American Product Manager for TODO, said: “The consequences of drive-away incidents are very serious without break-away protection. Our new TODO TTMA Break-away coupler removes the human error element when transferring dangerous fluids.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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