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The Genesis of Pipefitting

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^ Complex Industrial Piping Network

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Pipe networks are the arteries and veins of machines and equipment systems, supplying vital fluids such as water, oils, fuels, coolants, vapor, steam, gas, solids, slurries and the like.

Steamfitters, pipefitters, and plumbers set up this invisible circulation grid that stocks and replenishes the muscles of machines and mechanisms via steel, copper, aluminum, glass, and plastic pipes. Read More

Marine Welding is a Tough Job

How Marine Welding Differs from Industrial Welding?

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^ Marine Welding is a Tough Job

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Welding is the ultimate permanent fastener, connecting materials at the molecular level and endowing joints with tensile strength, toughness, hardness, and ductility similar to that of the bonded materials.

Van der Willingen formulated waterproof electrodes in 1946 and harnessed the long-known potential of electric arcs to weld under water. British Admiralty first executed marine welding for ships.

Industrial welding engages diverse processes. Marine welders prefer arc welding because the flux or inert gases used in the process protect the molten weld pool. Steel remains the most welded material, above or below water.   Read More

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Is Welding a Dying Trade?

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^ Training under Experienced Welders is Invaluable for Rookie Welders
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Although President Obama later apologized to an art history professor, he was only echoing the truth when he said folks can make a lot more by learning a trade than with an art history degree.

Blame it on negative perceptions since the 1970s. Blame it on the get-rich-quick mentality. Young Americans don’t look at welding with promising eyes.

Manufacturing built the U.S. economy between 1900 and 1950. Outsourcing, automation, and cheap imports shrunk the manufacturing sector in the 1970s. Welders were suddenly unwanted. Read More

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Braving Rogue Waves with the Power of Knowledge

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^Seconds Before a Ship Hits a Large Wave

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From Myth to Reality

Once sidelined to the stuff of fairy tales that sailors passed around for amusement during long voyages, the rogue wave revealed itself to the world on January 1, 1995. The year certainly began with a fresh bang for oceanography.

An 84-foot tall wave crashed into the Draupner Platform in the North Sea at 3:20 PM. Heavy weather was already shooting 39-foot waves on the platform and authorities had ordered the crew to stay indoors at 3 PM for safety reasons. Precisely why none witnessed the wave in real time.

Personnel who first noted the reading on the laser-based, wave-height detector dismissed it as erroneous. But when other, independent instruments on the platform confirmed the monstrous height, the world woke up to a new reality – rogue waves were real, very real. Read More

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Rogue Waves: A Bolt from Blue Waters

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^ A 1940 Photo of a Ship Facing a Possible Rogue Wave in the Bay of Biscay
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The Illuminating Draupner Wave

Christmas, they say, is the season of hope. And that the New Year brings with it tons of exciting prospects. The first day of 1995 certainly was for the world of oceanography. And, it shook the very foundations of our beliefs on ocean waves.

Prodded by ominous winds, an angry sea was hurling menacing, 39-foot waves on Statoil’s Draupner Platform in the North Sea. The crew was not bothered, designed as the platform was for such weather. At 3 PM, onboard authorities ordered the crew indoors. Read More

Kemplon Joins 2016 WBENC – National Conference & Business Fair

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 Kemplon Engineering is excited to announce that they will take part at the 2016 WBENC – National Conference & Business Fair!

Creating Magic TogetherWomen’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference & Business Fair is known as the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the United States. This year’s theme is “Creating Magic Together.Read More

CargoProa, TankerProa, & the Fundamentals of Sailboat Maneuvering

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Unparalleled Harnessing of Wind Power

In what could culminate into a fantastic invention, the Fair Winds Trading Company is building the PraoCargo, a modern version of the proa, an ancient, multi-hilled cargo ship of the South Pacific.

A proa is a sailboat with two parallel hulls usually of unequal lengths. Also known as perahu, prau, and prahu, it sails with one hull to the windward side and the other to the leeward. It therefore needs to shunt to reverse direction when tacking (as we shall see later).

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How Submarine Drones are Changing the Naval Modus Operandi

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^ William Beebe (left) & Otis Barton near the Bathysphere

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Submarine Drones: A Rising Star

Just over a year ago, in April 2015 to be precise, the U.S. Navy created a position titled First Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems. By October 2015, they appointed Brigadier General Frank Kelley to the post.

Lest you wonder what the fuss is all about, the appointment is representative of a paradigm shift in the approach of the U.S. Navy. Or the approach of any other top class naval force and shipping company in the world. Shipping is migrating towards greater use of submarine drones. Read More