OPW Introduces the ElectroTite Tank Sump – No Drill DRY Sump Technology

OPW ElectroTite - Is your site underwater? OPW is proud to introduce their newest Watertight Wonder, the ElectroTite Tank Sump

Developed in the collaborative engineering labs of FlexWorks and Fibrelite, OPW’s latest tank sump innovation is the most watertight system on the planet and features no drill dry sump technology. The ElectroTite ships factory-installed with conduit ports and an electrical wiring box, which eliminates tank sump leak points at site installation.

By becoming conduit-entry-fitting-free, the market’s most watertight tank sump is now the most innovative. Extremely versatile, the ElectroTite is available in a wide variety of models to accommodate virtually any tank sump application.

A few of the many innovative features and benefits include:

  • Sealed conduit threads on outside of sump – enter above water table.
  • UL-Listed, explosion-proof junction box allows space to reroute. communication wires and loop additional sensors without entering sump. Junction box is also used for wiring seal off.
  • The “Kwik Wire” junction box is partitioned and allows for high voltage and sensor wires in same box.
  • Reduces the number of entry and leak points into sump.

In the meantime, check out the ElectroTite resources below:

 

ElectroTite Data Sheet

 

The sump will be on display at the PEI-NACS show in Las Vegas, October 7-10. Stop by the OPW booth (7021) at the show and see the sump in person and talk with the OPW team about this exciting new innovation!

Please feel free to contact us as well with any questions about the ElectroTite tank sump or any other OPW product at 1.800.451.4021.

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3 Things Every Retailer Needs to Know about the 2018 EPA Regulations

Our friends at OPW would just like to kindly remind everyone that the EPA’s new Environmental Testing Regulations go into full effect on October 13, 2018, and OPW has a full line of products that are compatible with the 4 major regulatory requirements for new and existing Underground Storage Tank (UST) systems.

Watch the video below and learn more at opwglobal.com/epa-regulations!

 

Check out our blog post from August 2018, Are You Ready?? The Cost of Non-Compliance: You Can’t Afford It, containing OPW’s infographic that covers the history of UST Regulations.

You can find many of OPW’s great products in our web store and if you don’t find what you are looking for there or have any questions, feel free to contact us at 1.800.238.1225. 

Click on the logos below to explore OPW products online:

Fiberlite

 

 

 

 

OPW Retail Fueling Components

 

 

 

OPW Fuel Management Systems
 

 

 

 

 

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From Tuthill Transfer Systems: Hurricane Florence Notification

Tuthill / Fill-Rite LogosThe following message has been reproduced from an email notification received from Tuthill at 10AM on 9/13/2018

“As residents and businesses throughout the Southeast prepare for the onslaught of Hurricane Florence, Tuthill Transfer Systems is focusing its attention on these customers. We have increased our manufacturing output and over the next 5 to 10 days we will prioritize service to those customers who are directly impacted by this storm. With this focus, we will be increasing our lead time on other order 2 to 4 days.
Our customer service team will work with channel partners on identifying and prioritizing existing and new orders to most efficiently serve this region. While we understand that this may inconvenience customers outside of the storm’s path, we believe without question that this is the most appropriate and necessary way to manage our service and dedication to customers.  
We appreciate your support and please join us in keeping the Southeast in our thoughts in coming days.”
– Tuthill Transfer Systems –

 

We also invite you to review our 2 hurricane preparation blog posts from earlier this year with tips on how to prepare your location to minimize storm damage such as shrink wrapping your pumps and dispensers so any pump top signage, hoses and nozzles remain securely in place with minimal (hopefully, NO)  water ingress to your equipment :

The John W. Kennedy Company prays for everyone’s safety and well being in the region as the storm passes through!

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A Friendly Reminder For Our Friends in California: Proposition 65 Warning

California and Prop65

Proposition 65, formally titled The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act was passed overwhelming by Californians in 1986 to allow them to make informed choices about their exposure to listed chemicals that may cause cancer and birth defects.

So with that said, several manufacturers have already started placing warnings on those products that contain any of the chemicals listed while others are placing the warning on every product regardless of its chemical composition (a very CYA move and why not in this day and age of constant litigation!).

This process of placing a notice at the product level started after the launch of our eCommerce site when we already had thousands of products listed.  You can see a product detail page from our web store below that shows where you may find the Prop65 Warning:

JWK Prop65 Product Level WarningSo we could get this notice listed quickly on all products, we have a mechanism in our system to provide a link to the CA Prop65 Warning website under the Resources tab towards the bottom of all product detail pages on the johnwkennedyco.com website. We will continue to add the actual warning to product detail pages when that information is made apparent by the manufacturers as to which exact products they sell that fall under Prop65.

Please feel free to visit the CA Prop65 Warning website to learn more about the law and more importantly, which chemicals are listed that could affect you and your family!

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Are You Ready?? The Cost of Non-Compliance: You Can’t Afford It

Are You Ready??

October 13 is a significant date for retail-fueling operators across the U.S. That’s when latest EPA regulations go into full effect regarding the testing and maintenance of UST equipment and systems. And if you’re not compliant, the penalties can be fierce.  Click on the above image to view the “Are You Ready?” video.  You will have to provide your name to view the video.

Check out OPW’s exclusive infographic for reality check on the “Cost of Non-Compliance” below.

Please feel free to contact us at 1.800.451.4021 with any questions about the October 13, 2018 EPA regulations, whether you are in compliance and how OPW products and the John W. Kennedy Company can ensure that you are!

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Graco Safety Alert – Vented Air Ball Valve 110225

GracoSAFETY ALERT

Between January 1, 2017 and January 10, 2018, Graco 110225 ball valves were not manufactured correctly  by Graco’s supplier! 

The incorrect valves do not have a vent hole, and as a result will not vent pressure when turned to the closed position. Air pressure can then become trapped downstream of the valve potentially causing serious injury due to unexpected movement of equipment. 

Here is a a list of affected products:

Part Number Description Part Number Description
110225 VALVE, VENTED, TWO-WAY, ½ 246669 SYSTEM, WASTE OIL PUMP TRENCH
 244680  SYSTEM, BULK ANTIFREEZE/WWS  244648  SYSTEM, BULK GREASE 
 244847  SYSTEM, BULK OIL  246672  SYSTEM, WWS PUMP
 244628  SYSTEM, BULK OIL  244679 SYSTEM, BULK ANTI-FREEZE/WWS  
 244846  SYSTEM, BULK OIL  246657  SYSTEM, AIR DROP
 246659  SYSTEM, AIR DROP & TIRE CHANGER  244646  SYSTEM, BULK GREASE 
 244641  SYSTEM, BULK GREASE    

Your safety is Graco’s and our highest priority. All incorrect valves in inventory and in use must be removed, quarantined and replaced.

 

Graco 110225 Ball Valve AlertThe correct valve has a vent hole and is marked with a directional arrow and the number 250.
The incorrect valve does not have a vent hole and the markings are different.

If you have identified that you purchased any of the affected valves and/or equipment packages between 1/1/2017 to 1/10/2018, here are the required actions to follow:

  1. Inspect the valves and packages for the incorrect valve
  2. You must REMOVE or QUARANTINE the incorrect valve
  3. If you can not remove the valve from use immediately, it is extremely critical that you find a method to relieve trapped air pressure before cleaning, inspecting or servicing the equipment
  4. Contact  us at 1.800.451-4021 to replace the incorrect valves
    1. A warranty claim will be created
    2. the incorrect valves must be returned to Graco to receive credit for the incorrect valves
    3. UPDATE as of 2/8/2018 – Graco WILL reimburse for labor on a case by case basis!

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any further questions or require assistance, please call us at 1.800.451.4021.

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Gilbarco / Veeder-Root Pathway to Certification

Gilbarco Veeder-Root Pathway to CertificationGilbarco Veeder-RootGilbarco / Veeder-Root Pathway to Certification Sequence

Kennedy’s own Christopher Bedard, GVR Certified Technical Trainer / Assistant Service Manager has put together a document that outlines the required sequence of events that must be followed for anyone seeking to become a Gilbarco / Veeder-Root certified technician.  Click here to read the full document that outlines course by course what is required and how to go about meeting each requirement.

The GVR Pathway document can can also be found on the JWK Tech Training Home Page along with:

If you have any questions about the Gilbarco/Veeder-Root Pathway document or technical training offered at by the John W. Kennedy Company at the Mark A. Ring Memorial Training Facility, please contact Christopher Bedard at 1.855.978.6737 or fill out the form found on our Contact-Us web page.

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Ransom Ware Threatens Marketers

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Ransom Ware Threatens Marketers

Mark Radosevich wrote an article on January 17, 2018 that appears on the  Convenience Store Decisions website covering the growing concerns of cybercrimes within the petroleum marketer’s community.

Read the full article here on Convenience Store Decisions.

As the opening tagline states, “Cybercrime knows no bounds, and not paying attention to your computer security can trip up a company plenty.”

The article discusses what prime targets petroleum marketers are becoming for cybercrime and ransomware due to the high volume of customers and cash petroleum wholesalers and oil marketers deal with.  These attacks are further being fueled due to non-traditional banking intermediaries such as Bitcoin being involved to aid the nefarious schemers activities that makes finding such culprits far more difficult to impossible!

And while private individuals should be very concerned about identity theft and security, any and all businesses need to be far more concerned these days because they are dealing with the financial and personal data of thousands to millions of individuals along with that of their own business. And last I looked, technology is becoming more prevalent in everyone’s day to day life as time marches forward…unless you want to live in the wilds away from society that is.

It is always the best course of action to deal with highly qualified experts dedicated to cyber security to minimize the impact and fallout so you do not become the next victim.

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!

 

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Passport PX52 (PX51) Hardware: Support ending for upcoming release in March 2018

Gilbarco Veeder-Root

End-Of-Life Announcement:
Passport PX52 (PX51) Hardware

Gilbarco Veeder-Root is committed to maintaining service and support for all their solutions for the full extent of their hardware lifecycles. This support continues until they can no longer provide spare parts, or when significant technological advances dictate otherwise.PX52 End Of Support

The Passport PX52 (PX51) hardware set was released in 2005 and has served thousands of  Gilbarco Veeder-Root customers with fourteen major Passport releases and millions of hours of store operation. The PX60 Passport All-In-One hardware was introduced as the next evolution in April 2014 and sold across all petroleum/convenience networks and markets over the past three years.

Support for the PX52 (PX51) hardware set will be discontinued starting with Version 11.02 (Release 4) and all subsequent releases. This release is currently scheduled for production release starting March 2018.

PX52 End Of Life AnnouncementTo further help with key dates that pertain to the PX52 (PX51) hardware End-Of-Life support, please view the End-Of-Life Announcement: Passport PX52 (PX51) Hardware Gilbarco Veeder-Root has published.  The announcement includes a chart of milestones along with links to embed the key dates into your calendar as reminders.

PX60-Tradeup discounts are still available if you wish to upgrade from your existing PX52. Call us at 1.800.451.4021 to upgrade your system today!

 
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MassDEP Stage I Enforcement Discretion Directive: OPW 723V PV Vent Approval

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The following is reproduced from an OPW newsletter.

 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is proposing to amend 310 CMR 7.24(3) Distribution of Motor Vehicle Fuel, to update the tables of Stage I systems certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) since January 2, 2015, the date the current Stage I regulation was last revised.

The existing regulations at 310 CMR 7.24(3) is part of the Massachusetts Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP) and the regulatory amendments will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval into the SIP.  A public hearing will be held to receive comments on the proposed amendments on:

August 1, 2017
10am – 12pm
Conference Room A
MassDEP Boston Office
1 Winter Street, Boston 02108

Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the hearing. MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2017.  Written comments must be submitted by email to: DEP.Talks@state.ma.us or by mail to: Tom DeNormandie, MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.  A copy of the proposed amendments and technical support document is available on MassDEP’s website at mass.gov/dep/public/publiche.htm.

Stage I Vapor Recovery Enforcement Discretion Directive
for Owners/Operators of Motor Vehicle Fuel Dispensing Facilities Subject to
310 CMR 7.24(3)

OPW 723VAttached is an Enforcement Discretion Directive, effective immediately, allowing the installation of Stage I enhanced vapor recovery (EVR) systems and components that are contained in California Air Resources Board (CARB) Orders issued since January 2, 2015 prior to the effective date of revisions to 310 CMR 7.24(3).

 If you have any questions concerning the proposed amendments to 310 CMR 7.24(3), or the conditions of the above directive, please call the MassDEP Stage I hotline at 617-556-1035, ext. 1, or Jeff Gifford at 617-556-1144; jeffrey.gifford@state.ma.us.

 

To learn more about the 723V pressure vacuum vent, Download the 723V Data Sheet/Flyer.  Or call us at 1-800-451-4021.

 

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