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Back to the Future!

 We’re doing a little looking back alongside our planning for the new year. Many projects and events that were introduced in 2022 will be expanded as we get ready for what we expect to be a successful 2023.

Our Annual Pelican Golf Tournament, while historically a fun way to express our gratitude for customer loyalty, is also becoming an opportunity to give back to the community. In addition to hopping back into the spring for the event, last year we chose to add The Houston Heart Walk sponsored by The American Heart Association as the charitable beneficiary We raised over $11k which was donated at the closing dinner of the golf tournament. We hope to exceed this donation in 2023 as well as participate with a full corporate team in the Houston Heart Walk itself.

At the 2022 NTTC Tank Truck Week, we used our beautiful new lighted display and created a more customer-centric layout including a lounge area. Look up at the next show and see if you can spot our beautiful Pelican flying high over the exhibits. We hope you will stop by and visit for a while!

In October 2022, Pelican Houston accepted delivery of its largest CNC machine, a PUMA MX 2500 ST. The delivery and installation of the huge machine in the production area took hours. This new CNC Horizontal Lathe is equipped with live tooling and increases the size of items we can manufacture. Along with multitasking capabilities, the specifications include 9 Axes and a 1" chuck size coupled with Cooljet High-Pressure Coolant Systems. Going into 2023, this new machine will increase our manufacturing capabilities and allow us more flexibility to provide for our customers’ needs and specifications.

Pelican Netherlands introduced a brand-new Portal for Parts where extensive data for our Tank Container parts in the EMEA market. Parts images and exploded drawings, dimensions, and even industrial applications are available for customers and internal personnel. When looking at a part in the portal, associated parts are populated along with any related repair or service options. We plan to begin laying the foundations for the same parts portal in our North American markets this year. Though the process will take over 12 to 24 months, we are excited to track our progress and will keep our customers updated.

2022 also was the year we started our Pelican Worldwide online blog. We hope you have been informed by our content and we will continue adding valuable information over the coming year. Look for more entries in our How-To series as well as find more Pelican and industry news in this convenient blog format. Cheers to 2023!

Pelican Houston at Tank Truck Week 2022

Pelican Houston was proud to be a Gold Level Sponsor of NTTC Tank Truck Week 2022 and host an exhibit space at the largest tank truck event in North America. This year the event was conveniently held in our hometown of Houston, TX at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

As stated on the NTTC website, the Tank Truck Week seminars focused on safety, maintenance, tank sanitation, and technology, as well as educational sessions from Tank Truck University and the Cargo Tank Test & Inspection workshop hosted by educators from the Department of Transportation. The expansive exhibit hall boasted over 250,000 sq ft of exhibitors showcasing trailer and safety equipment, a wide variety of tank trailers, and relevant solutions for tank truck industries. Attendees benefitted from the many sessions, events, and activities hosted by both NTTC and tank industry suppliers.

The 20x20 sq ft Pelican Worldwide exhibit space was perfectly situated in a busy area of the exhibit hall and showcased our capabilities and products for the tank truck industry. The Houston sales and marketing team enjoyed the personal connections with customers and prospects as well as the opportunity to better understand their challenges. Additionally, because the event was held in Houston this year, we were able to host customer tours of our Houston warehouse and manufacturing facility.

If you missed the event this year, or even if you were there and want to relive the fun, please enjoy the NTTC recap video. We’ve already started planning our exhibit space for October 8-10, 2023, in Indianapolis, Indiana. We hope to see you there!

How to Properly Install a Manlid Seal

The following video demonstrates how to properly install a manlid seal. Before proceeding, verify the replacement seal or gasket is the appropriate size and material for your application. When possible, remove the manlid from the neck ring and place it on a sturdy work surface for the safest and easiest installation. Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment including ANSI-rated safety glasses and follow the safety guidelines and best practices required by your depot or workplace. The tank trailer or tank container may have contained hazardous materials causing the manlid to require special handling. Used gaskets or seals should be properly disposed of.

Video Recap:
List of materials to install a manlid include,
• a rubber mallet,
• the manlid,
• a replacement seal.

Steps to install a manlid seal:
1. Center the seal on the manlid
2. Push the seal in at four points separated by 90°
3. Tap the seal/gasket in place using a mallet
4. Properly dispose of used seal/gasket

How to install a manlid seal explained | Center the replacement seal onto the manlid and press it in at four points located at right angles (the top, bottom, and on the right and left sides). On a clock, this is at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. Gently push or pull the seal as needed. You may need to apply some pressure to get the seal or gasket started at each of these positions. Using the mallet, work all the way around the manlid and tap down the seal until it is firmly seated.

A helpful tip when installing a manlid seal: If any part of the seal does not easily sit into the manlid groove, you can use a small piece of plastic or a section of spare rubber along with the mallet to tap down any kinks or raised areas.
To finish strong, properly dispose of used seals and return all tools to their assigned locations. This is also a good time to verify your seal or gasket inventory is at optimum levels and place any backfill orders.

Pelican Is Part of Our Community

Pelican Houston hosted our Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament on the beautiful Island Course at The Clubs of Kingwood on May 5, 2022. This fun event shows our customers how much we appreciate their business and value our relationships. As in our past tournaments, extra activities were available at many of the tee boxes such as team photos, the longest drive contest, closest to the pin contest, and a spinning wheel game that tested each participant’s luck - or lack thereof. The tournament was great fun and new for this year, attendees made a significant contribution to heart health education and heart disease prevention by donating to the American Heart Association.

This year, the tournament featured a charitable aspect benefitting The American Heart Association (AHA). Participants could purchase hole sponsorships and give donations in various ways which were met with in-kind contributions by Pelican to the Houston Heart Walk benefitting the American Heart Association. Donations and sponsorships up to $5k were matched by Pelican dollar-for-dollar. At the close of the tournament, a total donation of over $11k was presented to local representatives of The American Heart Association, Karla Hoskin Vice President of the Heart Challenge, and Morgan Faiella Corporate Development Director. The AHA provides education and community support to fight heart disease and stroke, saving and improving lives.

Among our many sponsors who staffed tents on the golf course, the American Heart Association had a CPR Education Booth complete with live demonstration and instruction in hands-only CPR. The Houston Heart Challenge has a goal of training 1,000,000 people in hands-only CPR by 2024 and we are thrilled to be a part of meeting that goal. If you are interested in learning more about Hands-Only CPR, there are courses, downloads, and other resources hosted online by AHA.

The catalyst for including a fundraiser with the golf tournament is Tate Chapman, son of Pelican Houston President Tommy Chapman, who was born with a heart defect and had open-heart surgery at only seven days old. Following additional surgeries early in his life, Tate is now a healthy teen living a full academic and social life including participation in team sports. Tate makes time to give back to the AHA by serving as a Heart Ambassador to help educate the community on the life-saving research The American Heart Association provides. We are so glad Tate attended the tournament to present the donation check to the American Heart Association!

See for yourself in this short video how our Pelican staff and customers enjoyed a truly fun day and helped make a significant contribution to heart health education and heart disease prevention. Everyone here at Pelican is grateful for the fantastic turnout and total donation to the American Heart Association and through them our community at large. #Partofit #Partofourcommunity

How to order Hose Assemblies

We don’t know who originally created the following helpful way to remember all the vital information necessary to order a hose assembly right the first time - and every time - but we appreciate their idea and share it here because it works.
The information provided to the hose supplier must include specific data to build, test, and deliver a suitable and safe hose assembly.
STAMPED is the industry-standard acrostic, or mnemonic device, used for remembering all necessary parameters for a complete and appropriate hose assembly for any application. Each letter of the word “STAMPED” is a reminder to include the detail that starts with each letter of the word:

Using this method ensures you don’t start the order and then realize important data is missing, or worse, think these parameters aren’t necessary and any hose assembly will work. Place your hose orders using your unique STAMPED details or call the Customer Service Team and they can help guide you through the STAMPED process. 
If you can remember STAMPED, then you are on your way to determining and communicating the details needed to build and deliver the right hose assembly for the job at hand.


Pelican Remote Control Cable

The new Pelican Remote Control Cable is more secure during transport and more flexible during installation and operation due to a recent redesign by the Pelican engineering team. The new design Remote Control Cable can be installed vertically or horizontally on the tank frame using L-Brackets via welding or with M10 bolts and remotely operates the 1-inch, 1.5-inch, or 2-inch valve installed at the top of the container inside the spill box.
Because of its unique two-way design, the handle can either push or pull to open the valve. In the default position, pushing the handle will open the valve, and pulling the handle will close the valve. Customized installation can reverse these open and close positions as needed by seating the handle in the upward position before completing the installation on the tank. If the handle is reversed at installation, corresponding OPEN and CLOSED indicator plates are included with the assembly to make operation clear and avoid confusion.
Calibrated adjustments can be made at the bracket to fine-tune the cable tension needed to open or close the valve. The two bolts on the bracket can be set in the position best suited for each tank or for different operating conditions.
To operate the handle, a technician must first pull out the plunger to release the handle. This plunger outperforms the competition with a durable design and long-lasting materials. It serves as a default safety device that prevents the handle from being accidentally opened or closed.
This remote-control cable is easier to install and able to be calibrated at either the valve end or at the remote handle end, or both, for complete accuracy. Our engineers also used a new type of cable in the updated remote control cable assembly. The new cable is stronger and more durable for longer life and dependable operation in more harsh environments.
North American customers can contact a Pelican customer service representative for technical details and place an order by phone or on our web-based estore search for Part Number ABV-994040-6M Remote Control Open Type. Global customers can access the Pelican Portal through the global website for detailed information including installation instructions and replacement part ordering information for Part Number 994040-6.

Pelican Achieves Competent Manufacturer Certification

Pelican Houston and Pelican Wuxi achieved ISO9001:2015 accreditation many years ago. European Customers of Pelican BV, especially chemical plants, and large tank operators, expect Pelican BV to also be certified. Though Pelican BV is not a manufacturing site, certification is still a key point as it indicates a company is approved for ADR/RID (European road and rail regulations) including the ISO9001 designation.

For this reason, Pelican BV recently acquired the status of ‘Competent Manufacturer’ which encompasses all-important certifications under one label. This indicates Pelican BV is fully in compliance with ISO9001 as well as ADR RID because our manufacturing companies have passed ISO9001:2015 certification and our parts are ADR/RID certified.

Pelican BV can create and renew ADR/RID certificates without the need to acquire a separate ISO9001:2015 certificate. This Competent Manufacturer certificate can be shown to customers of Pelican BV as proof we comply with ISO9001 and ADR/RID as many large European operators and chemical plants may only do business with suppliers who comply with certification requirements. This certification means that we have full ISO certificates with our manufacturing companies in place and Pelican Worldwide B.V. can apply these certificates in full compliance.

Lloyds of London issued the Competent Manufacturer certification valid to 2024.

How to Choose a Valve Repair Partner

Valves for the liquid tank transportation industry serve multiple, essential roles as the main product portal for tank containers and tank trailers. The valves are often used as the main loading portal, the safety device preventing accidental discharge, and as the offloading mechanism. These valves are one of the most important and valuable tank components. As such, it is vital that these components function properly during all stages for maximum safety and profitability.

Extending the life of your internal and quick clean valves provides significant benefits. Valve repair can both save money and safeguard the environment. Properly operating valves prevent downtime and discourage accidental discharge of hazardous materials, keeping valuable liquid cargo on the move and properly contained. When it’s time for repair or maintenance consider the below guidelines.

Necessary maintenance and repair to liquid tank industry valves can be an opportunity for improvement of your tank quality and functionality. When considering a valve repair partner, there are two non-negotiable requirements: 1) experience with valve rebuild and repair and 2) compatible, quality replacement parts.

Valve Repair should include:

  1. Qualified repair technicians
  2. Reputable shop performing in-house repairs, not subbed to 3rd party
  3. Plan outlining the components to be repaired or replaced
  4. Timeline for a completion date
  5. Upfront cost estimate for repairs 
  6. Prepaid freight costs
  7. Post-repair Testing
  8. Warranty on replacement components or repair work

As a part of every valve repair process, a qualified technician should create a plan outlining necessary component repair or replacement and post-repair testing requirements before work begins. Coordinate with your valve repair team to manage expectations and execute your valve repairs on time and within the agreed budget. Preferably, all repair services and testing should be handled in-house for quicker initial response time and faster turnaround. Services that include prepaid freight, as well as flat-rate pricing prevent surprise charges that quickly add to your initial estimate for repair. Ask if the repair facility can provide new build valves if your valve turns out to be irreparably damaged.

Tank maintenance and valve repair should be a stress-free experience that results in increased fleet confidence and an improved bottom line. The right partner for valve repair is important to keep your fleet on the road and your business moving in a positive direction.

If you are considering a valve repair partner, Pelican Worldwide is ready to work with you.