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The History of SEI’s BATT

July 30, 2018

Transporting large quantities of fuel to remote sites is a challenge faced across the globe. Notably so in areas of Canada, where the terrain doesn’t allow for ground transport of fuels. And the same is true throughout the world.

 

Bulk transport of fuel had, until recently, been transported by flying oil drums to the location. Oil drums present a slew of negative effects for the environment, logistics, and economics. They have a high chance of spills and leaking. They can often be abandoned after use to avoid the cumbersome and costly destruction. They can often cause damage to the inside of crafts if they are not secured properly during flight. Once the fuel reaches its destination, the empty drums need to be flown back out of the site, effectively doubling the cost of fuel delivery.

 

Known for their ability to solve problems, long-time customers of SEI Industries asked the team to engineer something that could solve this one. SEI, however, turned it down. Nothing like this had been done before. It seemed an incredible engineering feat. When the question was raised again, SEI refused a second time.

 

On the third request, presented by a South American law enforcement agency, SEI’s team got to work. They had to overcome significant engineering hurdles. However, in 2010, they began work on the Bulk Aviation Transport Tank, or BATT. Certain things were clear from early requests: single-walled ground tanks, without baffles, sloshed their contents around in flight. Tanks that were ill-fitted to the craft also moved around enough to cause significant friction that often resulted in damage to the shell and even leakage. By the end of the year, they had created a double-walled collapsible fuel transport tank, made from proprietary fabric, with baffles to minimize liquid dynamics. The outer wall is made of abrasion-resistant material and comes equipped with restraining straps to help the Tank withstand strong G-forces. The inner wall is made of fuel-specific materials, optimized dependent on the type of fuel to be carried.

Initially, BATTs were produced in two variants: one for fixed wing aircraft, and one for helicopters. Eventually there would be 20 different size variants, designed specifically for the aircraft it is being used in. This ensures a precise fit and maximizes the load-carrying capacity of the craft.

Once the tank is emptied, it can be collapsed and stored, freeing up most of the craft; this is in stark contrast to an aircraft full of empty oil drums.

 

In 2010, the first order supplied new BATTs to the Colombian Military, where they support remote bases that are used to combat narcotics trafficking.

In 2011, the Tank was approved by Transport Canada. SEI were the very first organization to receive a Transportation of Dangerous Goods Equivalency Certificate (SA 10638). This allowed operators to use a BATT without having to apply and be approved for special permits.

 

Subsequently, the BATT won four industry awards: the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)’s Awards for innovative new technology both regionally and nationally in 2011, and an international outstanding achievement award in Industrial Fabrics Association International’s Technical category and an honors program award in IFAI’s industrial applications category in 2012.

 

Today, the BATT is used by carriers across five continents: North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. SEI’s teams are always trying to improve, and many new modifications are in the works.

NEW PRODUCT: High-flow spill filtration in a compact lightweight package!

March 16, 2017

SEI Industries chose the recent PDAC 2017 tradeshow to unveil its latest spill prevention product, the Spill Monkey. Offering a number of advantages over existing models, the Spill Money acts as a hydrocarbon capture device to prevent contaminates from a spill reaching the surrounding environment.

“With its patented filter media and unique design, Spill Monkey is a robust reliable guard for berms and a great barrier against oil and hydrocarbon contamination,” says Paul Reichard, SEI’s Remote Site/Environmental division manager.

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New sales manager announced for Latin America

October 11, 2016

SEI Industries is delighted to welcome César Guerra to its global sales team, replacing Eduardo Suzin. César brings more than 20 years of successful sales experience and account management using a personable and consultative approach to meeting customer needs.

“I look forward to forging meaningful working relationships with clients at all levels,” says Guerra, who will manage Latin America sales for both Remote Site and Aerial product lines (including Bambi, Dragon and Premo products).

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First-ever certified fuel storage bladders available

May 3, 2016

Certified Bladder Tanks

SEI Industries is the first company in the world to manufacture collapsible fuel tanks (bladders) that are certified to a national standard by an independent accredited third-party. This certification provides assurance to users that their temporary fuel storage tanks have been constructed to meet strict standards for material properties which, in turn, provides better environmental protection, longer service life and a reduced carbon footprint.

SEI’s King series of tanks – the Arctic King, Desert King and Jungle King – are now all certified by Intertek, to meet the CAN/CSA-B837-14 standard.

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SEI first manufacturer to offer certified CAN/ULC-S668 secondary containment berms.

March 4, 2016

Certified secondary containment berms

SEI Industries’ Arctic-Shield berm liners are now Intertek-certified to meet the requirements of CAN/ULC-S668-12, making SEI the first company to manufacture a berm that meets this new standard.

What is CAN/ULC-S668-12?

CAN/ULC-S668-12 is the standard for liners used for secondary containment of above ground flammable and combustible liquid tanks. The standard sets forth minimum requirements for the material properties and performance of liners used for secondary containment under and around the area of tanks that are installed above ground for the storage of flammable and combustible liquids.

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Drought conditions favor the use of a helicopter dip tank like the Heliwell

June 2, 2015

Heliwell helicopter dip tank

California’s wildfire crews face a unique situation – the need to conserve precious water while ensuring that an adequate supply is available for emergency response. With ocean saltwater not usable (due to corrosion of equipment), the crews must be able to access freshwater sources like rivers, reservoirs, lakes and even swimming pools. But, with low levels, access to these traditional sources can be difficult or even impossible.

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Metal drums a poor choice for helicopter slinging

April 1, 2015

Double Drum collapsible fuel drum for helicopter slinging

For decades now, metal drums have been the most common method of transporting diesel and jet fuel by helicopter to remote sites such as the top of a mountain or deep into a wilderness area.

Unfortunately, drums are a poor choice considering they were never intended for this use and carry a number of inherent risks including injury to workers who have to handle the heavy drums on a daily basis and leaks that result from minor punctures. While these leaks may not be significant, when multiplied by the sheer number of drums in use, a substantial amount of fuel is being released into the surrounding environment every day from small leaks. On the positive side, none of this needs to occur any longer.

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HPARS Now Available for Civilian Use

January 7, 2015

High Pressure Aviation Refueling System HPARS

Originally designed for use by military forces, SEI Industries’ High-Pressure Aviation Refueling System (HPARS) is now available for commercial use. The first company to purchase an HPARS has decided to use it in a mining application on Baffin Island in Canada’s far north.

Best defined as a durable, portable method of fueling and de-fueling jet fuel to and from aircraft and fuel tanker trucks, the HPARS uses a self-priming centrifugal pump driven by an electric motor with filtration provided by a horizontal filter separator (per API 1581 5th).

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USMC evaluation confirms the superiority of Jungle King fuel bladders.

October 25, 2014

Superiority of Jungle King fuel storage bladders confirmed

SEI recently visited the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bogue Field to inspect its 20,000 USG Jungle King collapsible fuel bladder that has been in service for 18 months. The tank had been supplied to the USMC for evaluation purposes.

“We inspected our Jungle King tank and there were absolutely no concerns,” says Paul Reichard, division manager for SEI Industries Ltd. “The tank looks great and has out performed every other tank in the facility. They love it.”

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World’s first standard for collapsible fuel tanks released

October 1, 2014

Arctic King tank sits inside protective berm

In July 2014, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) released the first edition of the CAN/CSA B-837 collapsible fabric storage tanks (bladders) regulation. This new standard represents the world’s first standard for collapsible bladder fuel storage tanks or pillow tanks.

For years, regulators, operators and manufacturers in Canada had no credible reference document that detailed the minimum requirements for the use of these storage bladders. This new standard provides industry with a reliable source of information to ensure that the use of collapsible fuel bladder tanks meets the challenges of Canada’s harsh arctic conditions which is where they are typically deployed.

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