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PIRTEK Lake Wright Provides Service to a Top Customer
Norfolk, VA - PIRTEK Lake Wright has provided on-site hose repair service
in the Norfork, VA area since 2007. August 29, 2013 owner David Driskill
received a call from one of his top customers to service a container vessel
over the Labor Day weekend. The customer is the largest provider of
services to marine propulsion boilers in the United States, and when it
comes to hydraulic hoses, fittings and adaptors they contact PIRTEK Lake
Wright. The vessel that contacted PIRTEK Lake Wrights top customer for
service is part of the largest shipping company in the world.
Once the vessel docked to unload and load containers repairs needed to be
completed. The vessel was due to pull in to the APM Terminals in
Portsmouth, VA on Saturday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. and due to leave on
Sunday, September 1st at 5:00 a.m. for Rotterdam, Netherlands; thus
allowing only one day to order parts and ensure everything was ready for
the repairs Saturday night. This included Mobile Sales and Service
Technician (MSST) Craig Gelardi registering his Transportation Worker
Identification Credentials (TWIC) card with the APM Terminal and completing
the Virginia International Terminals safety course to get on the job site.
Once Saturday night arrived, Gelardi was standing by as the vessel docked
to start work immediately. He followed the safety and security regulations
while on board the container vessel.
Multiple leaks on the deck equipment needed repairs due to age and the
harsh environment. This included the system that deploys and retrieves the
ship's anchor and the fore and aft winches which hold the ship steady to
the pier by adjusting to the water movement. First, Gelardi replaced
several hoses on the deck winches with PFMU35 hose assemblies using
stainless steel German metrics. Next, he made more PFMU35 hose assemblies
using BSPP fittings in various lengths and sizes. Then, Gelardi replaced a
corroded valve assembly with new valves. Unexpectedly a cylinder had to be
replaced because of rusted adaptors; luckily, Gelardi stocks his van with
the metric adaptors. Gelardi measured, cut, cleaned and installed ten
PFMU35 hose assemblies with German metrics and BSPP fittings all in
stainless steel. The specific PFMU35 hose was used because it is American
Bureau of Shipping (ABS) certified which is required for all ships.
Gelardi worked 8 hours throughout the night and into the morning completing
the entire job by 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning. The captain of the vessel
personally thanked Gelardi for an excellent job.
PIRTEK Lake Wright is located at 5760 Northampton Boulevard, Suite 104,
Virginia Beach, VA which serves as home base for its mobile fleet and is a
convenient hose assembly source for walk-in customers. Like the mobile
service vans, the Center is stocked with a wide variety of hoses, fittings
and adapters for custom built hose assemblies.
Mobile service is available around the clock by calling (757) 460-4673.
The Hose Service Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
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PIRTEK Quick Disconnect Couplings
Designed to make long lasting connections
PIRTEK's range of quick disconnect couplings are designed to make life
easier for operators who need to connect and disconnect attachments to
equipment quickly and easily.
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offers a wide range of quick disconnects designed to handle high
pressure hydraulic applications as well as couplings which are suitable for
both air and water.
The recent growth in attachments for both hydraulic and pneumatic equipment
has created the need for different types of quick disconnect couplings.
This includes the PIRTEK flat face range specifically designed not to leak
when the coupling is connected or disconnected.
The flat faced couplings also help reduce contamination of hydraulic
systems. As quick disconnect couplings often work in aggressive
environments where dirt and dust can easily collect in the recesses or the
valve assembly the flat face design can be easily cleaned before use.
PIRTEK Quick Disconnect Couplings are available in a wide range of sizes
and thread forms. We also offer hard to find metric threads found on many
kinds of construction and mobile equipment as well as many applications in
manufacturing and production facilities.
To find out more about PIRTEK Quick Disconnect Couplings *Click Here
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