NEWS: Maintenance Dortmund EXPO
Equalizer International mobile demonstration unit with an FA9TE hydraulic flange alignment tool
Maintenance Dortmund is the leading special event for industrial maintenance in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area and this year it takes place on the 24th and 25th February.
Our approved distributor, WS-Tools, will be there with Equalizer International mobile demonstration and training unit. To find out more and to see the next generation of some of our existing flange maintenance tools, visit WS-Tools on stand A05.
Maintenance Dortmund 2016 is not only a great catalyst for innovation and trends, but also offers the perfect platform for intensive information exchange.
We look forward to seeing you there.
NEWS:Global business success secures fourth award for the Equalizer Group
Group Chairman Ian McCormick collects the award
Scottish-headquartered Equalizer International, part of the Equalizer Group, a world-leading designer and developer of flange maintenance tools for the energy sector, has been presented with an award honouring its Achievement in International Business.
The award, from Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, is the fourth award to be won by the Group in 2015. It follows on from three awards won earlier in the year in the UK and Europe which acknowledge the company’s innovative approach to both the design and development of flange maintenance tools and the development of a new flange integrity system.
The latest award recognises the company’s success in increasing its global presence after opening its first overseas base in Houston two years ago. It now sells its products to more than 50 countries through a network of distributors in six continents. In January 2015, Equalizer International launched two new divisions – Equalizer Americas and Equalizer Asia – under the banner of the Equalizer Group.
Equalizer International will be exhibiting at this year’s Shutdowns & Turnarounds 2015 conference and exhibition at the Beurs-World Trade Center in Rotterdam on February 24th and 25th.
Come visit us on Stand 10 to learn more about our extensive and world-leading range of flange management tools and to see our training and demonstration rig in action. We will be represented at the event by Michael Machnik, our Sales Manager Europe and Rebekka Hubing, Technical Liaison Manager who will be happy to talk you through our tools and answer any questions.
We would also be interested in hearing from companies who would be interested in working with us as part of our global distribution network. We are currently looking for a new distributor to cover the Benelux countries. If you believe that our flange tools fit within your portfolio and you would be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit us on the stand or email
Equalizer International will also be exhibiting at a number of industry events across Europe in the following months:
- March 4-5: Southern North Sea (SNS) 2015, Norwich, England
- March 15: NOF National Conference, Gateshead, England
- March 18-19: TUROGE, Ankara Turkey (in association with SURKON)
- April 22-23: EXPO-GAS, Kielce, Poland (in association with Despol)
- May 4-7: OTC, Houston, USA
- September 11-15: Offshore Europe, Aberdeen, Scotland.
NEWS: Equalizer International provides continental touch with product training
Left to right: Mr Martin Tesar (POKORNY), Mr Zdenek Kalvaster (POKORNY), Mr Tomas Petricek (IKEMA),Michael Machnik (Equalizer), Mr Miroslav Kois (IKEMA), Thomas Rhodes (Equalizer), John Morgan (Equalizer)
September and October saw Equalizer International provide a continental touch to product training for our distributors visiting from the Czech Republic (POKORNY, spol. s r.o.), Slovakia (IKEMA, spol. s r.o.) and Italy (PROTEC srl).
Delivering practical demonstrations and hands-on training to the dedicated personnel in our global distribution network is just one of the reasons Equalizer International stands out from our competitors as the recognised expert in flange maintenance tools, world-wide. By providing this knowledge it gives our international team the necessary information to understand and respond to problems encountered by the industry and help determine the best EqualizerTM tool for the job.
Giorgio DE Vecchi (back) and Giuseppe Guerrisi (front) of PROTEC srl
Our ‘Train the Trainer’ course, led by Operations and Training Director, Bob Stephen, covers the set-up and application of our hydraulic and mechanical flange alignment and flange spreading tools along with the safe use of alignment and spreading tool combinations on pipework.
There is also an element of tool assembly with our spreading and aligning tools which is covered by Bob and Duncan Dore, our Senior Design Engineer who explains the concept behind the SWi spreading wedge and the assembly process of the tool. Technical Support Manager, Thomas Rhodes, adds his insight into the operation of the EqualizerTM range by presenting a series of case-studies showing the non-standard application of our tools.
NEWS: Equalizer Innovation Team joins Glasgow design hub
Design Hub (photo source: Design Hub)
Equalizer International Limited is spreading its design wings to the Scottish central belt as we join with long-time associates 4c Design at Glasgow based design hub. Senior Design Engineer, Duncan Dore is relocating to Glasgow to oversee day-to-day operations of the specialised team that will be focused on new tool design, research & development and product testing.
The move to Glasgow demonstrates our continued commitment to developing innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the oil and gas, petrochemicals, nuclear, water, mining and renewable energy sectors. Traditionally there is a great pool of talented design engineers based in the west coast of Scotland and the R&D facilities combined with the innovative culture that 4c Design has created is an ideal place to base our design operations. With our move to Glasgow, we are also looking to take on a new member to the team. To read all the job specifics please check out our advent on the 4c Design career’s page.
Duncan Dore, Senior Design Engineer (photo Source: Equalizer International Limited)
Equalizer International is recognised as the global expert in producing innovative solutions to industry with our range of specialist flange maintenance tools from flange spreaders, to flange alignment and flange pulling tools both in mechanical and hydraulic form.
The design hub is a shared space of creative companies and individuals from product design, marine architecture and prop building to a great sounding whistle who share the space because it allows everyone to share experience and knowledge and keeps costs down. Along with an incredible workshop, the design hub also has an electric charging point that’s capable of charging two vehicles at a time, which is a boost for eco-friendly awareness.
NEWS: Vzdrževanje (Maintenance) Conference 2014, Otočec, Slovenia
Our distributors for Croatia and Slovenia, Ulbrich Hidroavtomatika d.o.o., will be exhibiting a selection of the EqualizerTM range of tools at the Vzdrževanje (Maintenance) Conference, which takes place in Otočec on 16th and 17th October.
This year’s exhibition is centred on the slogan "Maintenance is an investment!" Organisers of the event have advised that there should be some excellent papers on this subject and the speakers at the roundtable will provide experience and guidance on how to achieve a business understanding on why maintenance is a necessary investment.
The 24th annual conference and fair on maintenance, has been established to showcase new ideas and solutions to maintenance challenges, for both domestic and foreign markets. We’d be delighted to see you at the Ulbrich Hidroavtomatika d.o.o stand where you can view our flange spreaders, flange alignment and flange pulling tools.
NEWS: Flange spreading tool innovators, Equalizer International announces new MD appointment
Equalizer Managing Director, John Morgan (Photo source: Granite PR)
Equalizer International Limited, flange tool maintenance expert, has appointed John Morgan as its new Managing Director. John, who has been Equalizer’s Director of Engineering for the past five years, succeeds Ian McCormick Chairman and MD for the company for its 20-year history. Ian relinquishes his role as MD but will remain as Chairman focussing on strategic and international expansion. The announcement appeared in the Press & Journal Business Coverage on Monday 29th and was also in the daily Energy Voice update (if you’d like to read the article in full please click on the link)
John has led the Equalizer’s research and development department since he joined as Engineering Manager in 2006 which has strengthened the company’s global reputation for developing innovative and high quality flange maintenance tools for the oil and gas, renewable energy, utilities and mining industry sectors. John takes up the mantle as Equalizer is preparing to embark on an ambitious growth programme and fulfilling the potential that he saw eight years earlier; further details will be announced as progress continues.
Article in P&J (29-09-2014) Source: Granite PR
In addition to heading up the R&D department which has a first class design team both at the company’s Aberdeen HQ and a new facility in Glasgow, John will also lead Equalizer’s operational activities which will continue to be key in its increased global activity supplying specialist flange spreading, flange aligning and flange pulling tools in over 40 countries worldwide through its comprehensive network of international distributors.
Earlier this year Equalizer celebrated its 20th Anniversary in business by holding an award ceremony commemorating one of its founders, Graham Stephen, brother of Bob, the company’s Operations and Training Director and in 2013 the company opened an office in Houston, Texas which looks after its activities in the western hemisphere. The company continues to go from strength to strength not only through design, manufacture and supply of tools but through hands-on product training delivered to distributors and end-users alike.
NEWS: Equalizer International provides product training to distributors and end-user customer
Quali-Torc (France), above left to right: Elodie Carlo, Gregory Vanmarcke, Steve Retailleau and Bob Stephen (Equalizer)
July brought another busy month for EqualizerTM product training at our company HQ in Aberdeen, Scotland. Representatives from Quali-Torc, our French distributor, Reptech Colombia, SAS, in Colombia, Amanti Tecnologias, Spain and Flousa SA, Argentina visited us throughout the month and received training on our full range of flange maintenance tools. In addition, end-users of our products, Doosan Babcock, sent some more personnel to receive bespoke training at our custom-built demo suite.
Above left to right: Jorge Salgado (Reptech, Colombia), Nicholás Daviron, (Amanti, Spain), Leonardo Girini (Flousa, Argentina), Flavio Rojas (Reptech, Colombia), Mario D'Arrigo (Amanti, Spain)
Bob Stephen, Equalizer International’s Operations and Training Director, runs the ‘Train the Trainer’ course which covers the set-up and application of the hydraulic and mechanical flange alignment and flange spreading tools and the safe use of alignment and spreading wedge tool combinations on pipework.
Quali-Torc (France), above left to right: Adrien Ménard, Duncan Dore (Equalizer) and Eric Level
The course also provides an introduction to the HP series of sealed unit hydraulic hand pumps for use with our hydraulic tools along with an element of tool assembly with our spreading and aligning tools. Tool assembly is covered by Bob and Duncan Dore, our Senior Design Engineer who explains the concept behind the SWi spreading wedge and the assembly process of the tool.
Doosan Babcock (UK), above left to right: Roddy Wheeler, John Ferguson, Steve Gerrity (Equalizer), David Ling and Andy Gouldthorp
The training, consisting of classroom based commercial / technical presentations and practical demonstrations / hands-on training, is provided to our distributors in order for them not only to be able to experience using the full range of tools safely but also to be able to respond to a wide range of customer enquiries and challenges faced by the industry. We also offer this training to end-users to ensure the optimal use of our tools
NEWS: Flange maintenance tools expert, Equalizer International, provides product training for UK end-user customer, Doosan Babcock
Our old friends and regular end-users of our tools, Doosan Babcock, once again put some of their staff through our ‘Train the Trainer’ course at our Aberdeen HQ in fourth week of July. This particular course has been specially developed for Doosan from a range of training components available which ensures the optimal use of our tools at the company’s various sites throughout the UK. Doosan uses EqualizerTM flange maintenance tools for shutdowns and turnarounds, maintenance and projects within the oil, gas & petrochemical, thermal and nuclear industries in which the company operates.
In addition to this being the second time the organisation has sent a group consisting of mechanical fitters, pipefitters and riggers to our purpose-built training suite, Doosan has also made use of our custom-built trailer which travels around the UK with Steve Gerrity, our Sales Engineer (UK, Norway & Sweden) to provide hands on product demonstrations to companies upon request.
The trailer contains a mobile training rig to demonstrate the full range of EqualizerTM tools and has visited Doosan’s Grangemouth refinery, nuclear power plants at Torness, Hunterston and Heysham 1 and 2 along with several other sites, being well received each time. During their visit to our Aberdeen facility, Steve showed the course delegates the benefits of the trailer and rig in giving end-users the opportunity to see the products in a ‘real life’ scenario.
Both the fixed demo suite and the mobile training rig allow end-users the experience first-hand how quick, simple and easy to use the tools are to apply and use on a series of custom-built flanges.
(L to R) Steve Gerrity, Andy Gouldthorp, John Ferguson, David Ling, Roddy Wheeler & Bob Stephen
Bob Stephen, Equalizer International’s Operations and Training Director, runs the ‘Train the Trainer’ course which consists of classroom based technical presentations along with practical demonstrations / hands-on training of our hydraulic and mechanical flange alignment and flange spreading tools. This not only provides customers with valuable knowledge, information and experience to safely use the full range of EqualizerTM products but also strengthens our reputation as the expert in tools for flange maintenance within the oil & gas, chemical, power generation, nuclear, utilities, mining and energy sectors both in the UK and world-wide.
NEWS: Special visit from Specialised Force and Kennards Hire to global experts in flange maintenance solutions, Equalizer International
Above left to right: Ian McCormick, Peter Luczail, John Morgan, Mike Grima, Andrew Lambert, Bob Stephen
We were delighted when Mike Grima of Specialised Force, our authorised Australian stockist and distributor, paid us a special visit at our Aberdeen HQ in Scotland this month (July). Mike was holidaying in Ireland with his wife, Jean, when they popped across with another couple of visitors, Andrew Lambert and Peter Luczail of Kennards Hire, one of Australia's largest and most respected hire companies.
While Jean took in the sights of Royal Deeside Mike, Andrew and Peter had a tour around our purpose built workshop and training facilities and spent time with our three directors Ian, Bob and John, learning more about the full EqualizerTM rangeof mechanical and hydraulic tools.
Mike is well-versed in our products but, being the professional he is, he still took part as Operations and Training Director, Bob Stephen, provided a hands-on demonstration of the flange spreader, flange alignment and flange pulling tools in our demo and training suite. Using the tools on our custom built flange pipework gave our visitors valuable experience on operating the tools safely along with providing a greater understanding of how the different types of tools work separately and in various combinations with each other.
On a final note – thanks for the pizza, Mike! It was much appreciated by everyone.
NEWS: Equalizer International launches Wind Turbine Tower Alignment Tool
Equalizer International, global expert in flange maintenance tools, is delighted to announce the launch of the latest innovative product, the TFA15TI Wind turbine Tower Alignment tool. This is an Integral Hydraulic alignment tool which has been developed to aid the alignment of large flanges on the inside of wind turbine towers. In the tradition of all EqualizerTM products, it will make the assembly and installation of wind turbine tower sections simpler, safer and more efficient.
Equalizer was approached by the company’s Danish distributor, Hytor, who had been asked by major European wind turbine manufacturing company, Siemens, if there was a product on the market that could be used to align the flanges in wind turbine towers. As there wasn’t, Hytor, aware of Equalizer’s skill and experience, asked if a new product could be produced. The result was the TFA15TI – a product going from concept to delivery in less than 10 weeks.
Wind turbine towers are made up of pipe sections with internal bolted flange connections and sometimes during fabrication these sections can become ovalised. This can result in misalignment of the bolt holes, so assembly becomes slow, difficult and dangerous. This new TFA15TI addresses this misalignment issue and is a further example of the innovative approach Equalizer addresses industry challenges.
NEWS: Why SWi?
Equalizer International’s SWi range has set the new standard for powerfully, efﬁ ciently, effectively and safely spreading ﬂ ange joints.
The new range of tools has been created with the same customer focussed philosophy as employed with all Equalizer International products.
The SWi Practical Difference
Lighter tools – the SWi tools are on average lighter than the SW spreaders, and are therefore easier to carry on-site and to use.
Better handle grips – the SWi now comes with a reinforced composite handle making it easier to grip, hold and use.
Fully rotational handle – the handle now swivels 360-degrees around the wedge head, so that the SWi tools can be used in a wide range of awkward scenarios.
The SWi Functional Difference
Unrivalled power - the tools now offer up to 25T of spreading force, which provides additional conﬁ dence when spreading, either on large or medium sized ﬂ anges (for the SWi20/25TE or SWi20/25TI) or smaller ones (SWi12/14TM).
Narrower jaws - the SWi tools are 8% narrower than the SW range to help them ﬁ t more easily between ﬂ ange bolts.
Wider spreading - using the supplied Stepped Block accessories mean the SWi range offer up to 30% more ﬂ ange spreading distance than a standard SW tool.
Safety blocks - designed to suit the step sizes of the SWi tools, the supplied safety blocks even accommodate the wider spreading offered when the stepped blocks are ﬁ tted.
Easier maintenance – end-users will appreciate the ease with which the tools can be maintained. The supplied hex-key and a two step-process is all that’s required to disassemble and reassemble the tools.
The SWi Safety Difference
Safer working – the 360-degree swivel lanyard on all SWi tools enables users to attach the spreader to some adjacent pipework, mitigating potential dropped object injury.
No pinch points – the SWi range of tools has been engineered to overcome ﬁ nger pinch-points.
Six reasons why Equalizer products are superior to cheaper imitations:
Engineering Principles - Our tools are professionally designed and built under the strictest controls, ensuring the quality and reliability that can only come from a comprehensive design process.
Manufacturing Processes - Equalizer tools comprise forged components as their key structural elements, for uncompromised tool strength and user safety.
Materials & Traceability - Equalizer’s Quality Management System has been approved by Lloyd’s Register Quality
Assurance as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 thereby offering product quality, reliability and safety.
Safety & Compliance - Our tools have been designed and manufactured to comply with the various European and Global directives and carry the corresponding CE marks.
Support, Training & Spare Parts - Buying a genuine Equalizer Tool provides access to our renowned support and training but also provides peace-of-mind that comes from our replacement parts service and 3-Year Warranty.
Intellectual Property - Equalizer International prides itself on its R&D and we actively protect our 60 active patents, trade-marks and design registrations.
NEWS: Equalizer International meets its Match-CEE
Equalizer International Operations and Training Director Bob Stephen (left) and Chairman Ian McCormick (seated) welcome Michael Machnik (centre) to Equalizer’s Scottish HQ in Aberdeen.
Michael, whose company Match-CEE markets and distributes the EqualizerTM product range to major industries throughout Austria and the Central and Eastern European countries, spent time with Bob in the purpose-built training/demonstration suite receiving hands-on product training on how easy the flange alignment, flange spreading and flange pulling tools are to apply and use on the custom-built flanges. He also learned about the new EqualizerTM Flange Integrity System and the potential benefits it will have when used on flange joints with heavily corroded or degraded bolts.