Curtiss-Wright Books Record Orders For DeltaGuard(R) Systems
Revolutionary Coke Drum Unheading Technology Provides Increased Safety and Throughput for Oil Refining
ROSELAND, N.J., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW; CW.B) has received record orders
for its patented DeltaGuard® technology. The DeltaGuard is a revolutionary, fully-automated, inherently safe coke drum
unheading system which, in addition to dramatically improving safety, provides significant economic advantages to refiners.
Orders include more than 50 complete systems to 10 different domestic and international refining companies worldwide,
representing approximately 17% of the total coke drums in the United States, and approximately 8% of the total coke drums
worldwide. This product, which was developed by the Company's DeltaValve® division, a unit of the Flow Control segment
of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, has become the global standard in the industry.
For oil refinery operators, coke drum unheading has been an inherently dangerous process for decades. The U.S.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published an informational bulletin titled "Hazards of Delayed
Coker Unit (DCU) Operations" in which it recommends "automating both top and bottom head removal operations to keep
workers away from these unprotected areas."
A primary method of refining crude oil into gasoline, jet and diesel fuel requires a process known as delayed coking. Delayed
coking is a thermal cracking process achieved through heating crude oil to an extremely high temperature and pumping it into
large pressurized drums. This process breaks the heavy crude oil into lighter, more valuable fluids which are vaporized and
removed, while the solid, unconverted, coal-like byproduct called "coke" remains in the drum. Due to the extreme temperatures
required in the process and volume of the coke, unheading, or opening the drum to remove the coke, has the potential to be
one of the most dangerous r