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Railcar Movers Keep Urea Processing Plants Pushing Forward

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Urea, sometimes called carbamide, is a solid organic crystalline compound that is colorless, odorless and highly water soluble.  It is formed naturally in mammals, and serves an important role in the liver as the main nitrogen-containing product that breaks down amino acids, proteins and ammonia into waste.  The kidneys scrub the urea from the blood and deposit it into the urinary tract, and it then makes up the chief solid material dissolved in urine.  Urea can also be synthesized inexpensively from abundantly available inorganic materials.  Because urea offers wide-ranging uses in many different industries, it is produced regularly and is available in large quantities for use throughout the world.

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Tags: bulk material handling equipment, railcar movers, fertilizer, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners

Wood Pellet Exports Supply Europe's Inexhaustible Need

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

The European Union plans to turn heavily towards using renewable energy in order to reduce emissions by 80 percent before 2050.  They are focused on reaching this goal, not just through the use of solar and wind but also wood pellets.  In numerous European countries, the use of wood pellets to produce electricity is becoming more commonplace.  Pellets are a by-product made from the sawdust, bark, chips and other pieces of scrap wood that are generated by the processing of trees into lumber.  The pieces are milled, dried and pressed into a pellet shape, and the lignin in the wood plasticizes to form a natural glue that allows a pellet to remain in one piece.

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Tags: power generation, wagon tipplers, biomass, wood chips, railcar dumpers

Grab Bucket Barge Unloaders for Efficient Inland Waterways

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Each year, nearly half a million barge loads of bulk material such as coal, grain, wood chips, crushed stone, sand and minerals travel to delivery points along our nation’s inland waterways.  River transportation is the safest and most efficient method for moving massive quantities of materials.  Ports and other terminals along the rivers utilize various types of unloading systems to quickly and economically offload the barge traffic that comes their way.  One such system for unloading barges is the grab bucket barge unloader.

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Tags: barge unloaders, bulk material handling equipment, coal handling, grab unloaders

Heyl & Patterson Proudly Celebrates Manufacturing Day

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Manufacturing Day is the first Friday in October, and is a national showcase for the importance of manufacturing in the U.S. economy, giving American manufacturers the opportunity to show their products to the world.  Americans continue to create new products and unlock new technologies that grow the economy, so Manufacturing Day celebrates those who proudly stand behind their goods and services, helping to revitalize American manufacturing.  This will inspire young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering, because today’s science, technology, engineering and math graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation.  In 2015, the event will be celebrated on Friday, October 2, and Heyl & Patterson is proud to recognize our place and our brethren in the manufacturing industry.

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Tags: Heyl & Patterson, company history

Railcar Movers -- A Key Step in Bulk Material Handling

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 08:42 AM

Repositioning railroad cars in a rail-switching operation has always been a formidable task.  Prior to the development of specialized railcar movers, full-size locomotives were often employed to move the cars across relatively short distances.  Locomotives are very expensive and overpowered for the situation.  They often require a special rail yard design to allow them to move cars around or out of the way of connecting rail carriers, while older locomotives used specifically for this purpose may not have readily available parts.

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Tags: trade shows & conferences, railcar movers, CUB railcar mover

Follow Heyl & Patterson on Social Media for Industry Info

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 09:41 AM

Social media enables users to interact with one another online to create, share and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities.  Some people credit the birth of social media as we know it to the networking website Six Degrees, which pioneered the idea of social circles in 1997, but gave way to Friendster, followed by MySpace and later Facebook.  It actually goes back much further.  The concept of an online social network evolved from a number of sources, including the CompuServe file-sharing service launched in 1969, the world's first email sent in 1971 and the dialup Bulletin Board System (BBS) and Usenet newsgroups of the late 1970s and early 1980s, before the World Wide Web took over in the early 1990s.  Arguably, prehistoric cave paintings could even be considered the very first form of social media.

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Tags: Heyl & Patterson, social media

Maintain and Upgrade Railcar Dumpers for a Lifetime of Unloading

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Maintenance involves any actions that are necessary to conserve the condition of a piece of equipment to achieve its maximum useful life, while compensating for normal wear and tear. Routine operations are performed to both keep the device in working order and prevent trouble from arising. Different machines often have their own best practices and maintenance schedules that are unique to their own operation. Similarly, upgrades are the replacements of mechanical or electrical systems with a newer or better version, in order to bring the entire system up to date and improve its overall functionality.

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Tags: maintenance, wagon tipplers, upgrades, railcar dumpers

Heyl & Patterson Compares Railcar Unloading Methods in World Coal

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Unloading railcars is usually accomplished in one of two ways:  a railcar dumper turns cars upside down in order to spill their contents, or bottom dump railcars drop their contents through chutes and gates. There are obvious differences between the two methods, but also some surprising similarities. Choosing between these systems calls for a number of factors to be considered, namely capital costs, maintenance, climate, versatility and economics.  Heyl & Patterson recently explored both sides of the matter in an article published in World Coal magazine's June 2015 issue, entitled "Which Unloading System?"

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Tags: bulk material handling equipment, coal handling, wagon tipplers, railcar dumpers

Unit Train Positioning Systems for Faster Unloading

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

The railcars in a unit train all carry the same commodity, originate from the same location and travel to the same destination. High-volume bulk materials such as coal, coke, iron ore and aggregates are typically transported this way, as well as bulk liquids like ethanol, crude oil and condensate.  All the railcars tend to be nearly identical, inside and out.  Unit trains save time and money for a railroad, and eliminates any delays and confusion associated with assembling and disassembling the trains at railyards at both ends of the operation.  This type of service enables railroads to more effectively compete with truck transportation and river barges.

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Tags: railcar movers, side arm chargers, train positioners

Pittsburgh-Area Politicians Visit Heyl & Patterson to Discuss Energy

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 09:56 AM


Heyl & Patterson played host to Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) and Carnegie, PA Mayor Jack Kobistek on Friday, May 8.  They sat down with company president John Edelman and vice presidents Linda Wienand and Len Walnoha to discuss community involvement and the state of the energy and manufacturing industries, following a tour of the company's offices.  As a business in the energy industry, Heyl & Patterson is seen as an important player in Pittsburgh and the local region.

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Tags: Heyl & Patterson, company history