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Compression, Extrusion, and Injection Molding Explained

In the industrial field, rubber is used to create coatings for tools as well as for other parts. Rubber has endless benefits, such as its durability and strength. It can form a composite component by bonding to nearly any material and can be morphed into complicated structures. Here at Mark Tool, we create custom molded…

The Importance of Corrosion Prevention

When an offshore structure fails, there are typically several reasons why. Corrosion is usually the main offender causing these platforms to fail--costing an estimated $1.372 billion per year.   The deeper an offshore exploration goes, the greater the risk of corrosion. Because of this, it is essential that your equipment is protected. Otherwise, you may…

Using Rubber to Make Pipelines Safer

External corrosion to natural gas pipelines can be extremely dangerous. If not discovered in a timely manner, it can rupture and cause a fire. Thankfully, this can be prevented with the use of high quality products, like SplashTRON, and proper pipeline maintenance. SplashTRON is a rubber-based coating that can case and line structures and equipment…

3 Ways to Use SplashTRON for Pipeline Coating

SplashTRON is an extremely versatile product that can be used for various applications on offshore platforms as well as pipeline coatings. It can be used for J-tubes, spools, Vortex Induced Vibration (VIV) Strakes, bends, pipe field joint coating, biofouling, or as a splash zone coating for risers. Below are three ways SplashTRON can be used…

Common Uses for Custom Molded Rubber

Custom molded rubber products are one of the most diverse products on the market. They can be used in a multitude of industries, from trucking and railroads, to jetliners, farm equipment, oil and gas, and countless others. These products are used in our everyday lives, and can be found in canning factories, garden hoses, hospitals,…

What does the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry look like in 2019?

The oil and gas industry faced many ups and downs in 2018. Brent crude oil prices started out at approximately $66 per barrel, spiked to $86, then finished the year at roughly $54 per barrel. WTI crude oil exhibited a similar pattern, starting 2018 at around $60 per barrel, increasing, then finishing at a yearly…

More Common Uses of Urethane Products

Urethane products come in many different shapes and sizes. If you work in the industry, you likely already know the many different uses of them, but there are many people who do not work in the industry that have no idea how often they might use these products. Urethane products have uses that vary from…

Custom Molded Rubber Products By Mark Tool

Products made with custom molded rubber are all used in more ways than we could count. These products are used in industries such as the automotive industry, oil and gas, trucking, hospitals, and more. The food industry, manufacturing industry, and so many more also use plastic molded rubber parts. They play an important roll in…

Polyurethane in Hydraulic Fracturing: How Polymers Drive the Oil & Gas Boom

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has given natural gas and oil production a new lease on life. Fracking is done by pumping a slurry of sand, water and chemicals into oil-containing geological formations to produce “fractures” and release gas and oil.  Drilling and servicing companies strive to achieve greater efficiencies, performance improvements and reduced downtime in the…

Polyurethane Drives Directional Drilling 

Whether it’s water, oil or natural gas, drilling straight down into the earth has traditionally been the best way to go about extracting resources. However, the direction of a wellbore can be changed in a number of ways, and so-called “directional drilling” is today a common alternative to vertical wells. Drillers often prefer directional drilling in shale reservoirs because it is sometimes the best way to access the most…

Protecting the Future of Offshore Wind Energy

If you have ever visited the mid-west or western parts of the United States, chances are you've seen those giant wind farms that span hundreds and even thousands of acres across prairie and desert lands. In recent years, the same technology used to drive those powerful turbines onshore has been employed offshore to harvest enough wind energy to generate…

Mark Tool and Elite Elastomers Announce Joint Venture

Mark Tool and Elite Elastomers entered into a joint venture focused on the research, development, and end-use application for complete elastomeric subsea high temperature thermal insulation systems which can be installed via three methods to include S-Lay, J-Lay, and Reel-Lay. The newly formed company has been named MTE Engineered Materials. The chosen name represents the combined…

How Corrosion Technicians and Forensic Materials Engineers Ensure Pipeline Integrity

Anybody who has worked in oil and gas knows one universal truth: all steel pipelines corrode. We know what causes pipe corrosion and what to do to minimize it. Properly managing pipeline integrity means waging an ongoing battle against general and localized corrosion, biofouling, pitting and preferential weld corrosion. Losing the fight means risking catastrophic failure.…

Polyurethane Pipe Spacers

Polyurethane is the ultimate workhorse. Whether used as a spray, foam, a flexible, spongey elastomer or a solid that is as hard and tough (almost) as any diamond, polyurethane’s versatility means it can be molded into components of any size, shape and hardness. The oil and gas industry demands a lot from its tools,including customization…

Polyurethane in Horizontal Directional Drilling

Polyurethane components play a prominent role in horizontal drilling operations, both at the surface and in promoting the material stability of downhole operations. You don’t hear as much about horizontal drilling as you do about hydraulic fracturing (also called “fracing” in the industry and “fracking” outside the industry). Let’s take a look at why this directional boring technique is playing such a huge role in the…

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