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Machining Polyurethanes

To most people, “machining” means transforming raw metal into a specific shape and size. However, wood, ceramic and plastic can all be machined as well. Our clients in oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and food processing have all discovered cast polyurethane parts can also be machined into excellent products with a wide range of uses. Since urethane compounds exhibit a variety of physical characteristics, they can be…

UreGuard Protection Keeps Wire Rope Tow Lines Strong

Commercial towing vessels depend on tow lines, also known as hawsers. They also depend on Mark Tool to keep those lines protected from chafing and from the harmful effects of seawater. Whether used for offshore oil and gas operations, dead-ship towing or salvage, the towing hawser is the key element in the tug-tow connection. Hawsers…

SplashTRON Pipe Coatings Makes Deep-Sea J-Tube Pulls Possible

Successful J-tube pulls at the world’s deepest conventional platforms require complete confidence in the equipment being used. Your team needs the assurance that pipes and flowlines are electrically insulated and corrosion-proof. That’s why Mark Tool’s SplashTRON-coated pipelines are guaranteed to withstand the process of raising pipeline to the deck of a fixed offshore platform’s jacket…

Elastomeric Polymers: Not as Boring as They Sound!

Polymers are everywhere. In the natural world, starch, cellulose and rubber have polymeric properties. Man-made polymers include spandex, polyester and nylon, as well as plastic. Made up of hundreds of thousands (or millions) of monomer molecules, polymers are sometimes called "macromolecules,” and can be classified according to their composition and properties: Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) will…

Polyurethane Hourglass Rollers Keep Industry Rolling

The oil and gas industry loves polyurethane. The versatile polymer resists water, pressure,heat and corrosion, all the while maintaining toughness and elasticity. A lot of polyurethane is put to use under the ocean’s waves, where it makes up the pressure-resistant insulation on deep-sea diving bells and subsea buoys.You can find it in the thermal insulation…

Unhappy Holidays: Why Pipelines (Unlike Presents) Need To Stay Wrapped

It may be too soon to start talking about Christmas, but holidays are a year-round annoyance for the oil and gas industry. We’re not talking about the festive season spent with family and friends, of course, but about the defects known as "holidays”that can appear as the result of damage or human error in the…

Bio-Shield: Permanent Preventative for Offshore Platform Biofouling, Corrosion

In many areas of the world, marine life such as barnacles, mussels and algae don't accumulate much more than a few inches. The waters off the coast of California, however, are a different story. There (and anyplace where waters are relatively cold and hold more nutrients), biofouling can build up to as much as three-feet…

Pipes and Tubing for Oil and Gas: What’s the Difference?

A metal tube and metal pipe seem like they might refer to the same thing to some folks, but in the oil and gas industry, we know better. In a nutshell, tubing is usually more of a structural element than pipe, which is, more often, used to transport liquids. With tubing, wall thickness (measured by…

FBE Pipeline Coatings: Better with SplashTRON

With drilling operations digging deeper wells in 2017, high-temperature, high-pressure environments call for materials suitable for the job. This includes pipeline coatings that perform well in these difficult settings. In the 1960s, steel pipes coated "in the field” with asphalt and coal tar-based wraps gave way to FBE (fusion-bonded epoxy) systems. FBE continues to be…

Bio-Shield Anti-Foulant Coating Stops Marine Biofouling

Hundreds of years ago, marine life (including algae, barnacles, and mussels) created headaches for shipbuilders, sailors and anyone else who worked at sea. Some things never change. In 2017, these pesky ocean-bound critters are the bane of offshore oil and gas operators and drilling platform operations. In fact, governments and industry spend more than $5.7…

Marine Structures: Offshore Corrosion Protection 101

It takes huge investments of capital and effort to keep offshore oil and gas fields running. Much of this investment goes to protecting the infrastructure that makes production possible. Indeed, offshore oil and gas producers in the Gulf and around the world need corrosion protection for their marine structures. Corrosion is a serious issue for…

Industrial Rollers: The Basics

Industrial custom molded rubber and polyurethane rollers from Mark Tool Co., Inc. have a wide variety of applications in the production of paper, steel, food, textiles, wood, and plastic. These rollers protect, squeeze, feed, insulate and move products, and there’s a different size required for every job. Depending on the task at hand, the right roller for…

What Urethane Protection Delivers

For offshore applications and industrial use that calls for superior corrosion protection, long life, and resistance to impacts and abrasions, urethane (and polyurethane) coatings have a lot to offer.     These include:   Elastomeric memory: This means urethane products return to their original shape when stretched. Even at high durometers (hardness), urethane can be…

Mark Tool’s Signature Cast Urethane & Polyurethane Products

Your business doesn’t need parts that can be easily damaged. Parts that can crack, break, tear, swell, abrade, and deteriorate slow down operations and cost you money. Mark Tool Co., Inc. has manufactured countless parts and products used in industries worldwide. We can formulate a polymer for any application. We use polyurethane and urethane because…

Need Help Deciding Between Rubber or Urethane?

  One of the things that sets Mark Tool Co., Inc apart is we do both cast urethane and rubber components. Most competitors do one or the other. What does this mean for you? "Some other companies might only offer polyurethane, so they are going to push that product over rubber,” says Mark Tool Co., Inc.…

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