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Components May/June 2016 BULKDISTRIBUTOR 13 New loading arm from Fort Vale Wilden pumps in aluminium F ort Vale launched its new Safeload Loading Arm System at this year’s StocExpo exhibition in Antwerp. The latest addition to its range of products for the petroleum transfer industry, the Safeload is the culmination of months of research & development and analysis of customer feedback. The company believes that it is bringing something fresh and unique to the global oil terminal market. The key component is the balance mechanism which combines familiar industry-standard features with several elements that deliver increased durability and safety. Unlike most assemblies on the market, Fort Vale says, the Safeload balance mechanism is manufactured in stainless steel as opposed to traditional cast steel with a coated finish. “This ensures excellent corrosion resistance and inherent strength and durability,” the company says. The base swivel assembly incorporates a 3-seal and dual needle/dual ball race bearing combination for maximum axial and radial strength and performance. The specialist PTFE primary seal is rated to 400 Bar G, so is less prone to splitting in highpressure operating conditions. The material is highly resistant to deterioration caused by product contact and affords the operator low-friction ease of movement. Secondary and tertiary seals protect the swivel mechanism from dirt ingress, ensuring a long-lasting and hard-working installation. The base swivel also features a ‘swivel- stop’ device to prevent radial over-rotation and collision with adjacent loading arms. The stop bar is rubber-coated to ensure that there is no risk of spark generation. Balance adjustment is controlled by gas struts which are considered a safer and more reliable option than compressed springs. A limiter-bolt is incorporated as a failsafe to protect the loading arm and coupler from damage in the unlikely event of gas strut depressurisation. 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