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Free-Falling with Style

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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“I Can’t Fix Stupid”—Zero Injury is an Impossible Goal

workplace safety, zero injury

It’s inevitable that somewhere, sometime, a worker at your company will do something stupid, resulting in an injury. You’re kidding yourself if you believe that isn’t the way it plays out.  It’s a numbers game of probability—the more time that passes and worker hours are logged without an injury the closer you get to experiencing an injury.  Therefore does a ...

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Build a better MFC and the world will beat a path to your door

paraffin removal, flo-rite

“Drill for oil? You mean into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” This was the reaction of prospective recruits by famed oil driller, Edwin Drake, the man now credited with launching the modern oil industry in 1859. Many people were first skeptical of Drake’s idea to drill for oil to lubricate machinery instead of collecting it from ...

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The Oil & Gas Awards Wants to Celebrate — Texas Style

oil and gas awards

After multiple years of battering from regulation and nose-diving commodity prices, The Oil & Gas Awards believes everyone with their head above water deserves an Award. That said, many companies have survived by adapting to harsh market conditions through streamlining business and embracing innovation. The Texas Oil & Gas Awards will be celebrating those companies that think outside the box, bringing ...

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Sick of apartment living? Consider this…

apartment, UMH manufactured home

Comparing the costs of renting an apartment vs. owning a home is a very real issue for all ages today. It is hard to look at the costs of renting an apartment only to realize that the only immediate benefit is having a place to live, and there doesn’t seem to be any real long-term benefit. How is it possible ...

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Torque wrench safety

safety

“Tight is tight,” my old shop teacher would say.  “If you overtighten you’ll strip the threads and it’s damaged and can’t be repaired.”   Most of us that have used a wrench have stripped or overtightened something and when that happens, there’s no going back.  The same thing can happen when applying safety—too much, too often, and too strong can cause ...

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How one man’s vision will benefit the future of North Dakota

Frank Koch, North Dakota Gateway to Science

Do you often wonder how GPS works? What does it really look like in space?  Can thunder hurt me? How does hydraulic fracturing work? What’s the difference between spring wheat and winter wheat? Why do I have blue eyes? Children and adults alike encounter things every day that fill us with questions about how the world works. Bismarck State College ...

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Efficiency and innovation will keep the Bakken afloat

Bakken production, J. Christopher Giancarlo

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. cited North Dakota’s innovation and efficiencies in production as the reason the state will stay afloat amidst oil market uncertainty, WDAY reported yesterday. “Every organization that I’ve been involved in when they’re under stress, you have two option; you can either fold and go home or you can innovate and advance. The great news here is North Dakota’s ...

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Survival in today’s oil and gas climate means changing with the times and being an innovator

diesel generator, Light Tower Rentals, natural gas

It’s tough being in the oil and gas industry right now. But the companies who have survived, and in many cases flourished during this most recent downturn, have relied on simple, straightforward and time-tested approaches to their business to weather the storm.  They have also been innovators in their field, offering distinctive new environmentally friendly products with a smaller carbon ...

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