In a recent breakthrough in spill response, the team at HalenHardy has discovered a fibre compound that enables the user to store between 400 and 1000% more response materials in the same space as traditional spill products. This process, called 'SmooshTM Packaging', has tested way above traditional products in speed, compactness and containment ability. The material is called Spilltration®, which absorbs oil/fuel while filtering clean water.
"Mobile oil and fuel spills seem to happen when you least expect...a leaky diesel tank, ruptured hydraulic hose or electric transformer-oil blowout. The top priority is to contain the spill quickly to keep it from spreading," notes Donny Beaver, HalenHardy CEO.
"Unfortunately, most spill response materials are bulky and take up too much space. And, the first person on the scene rarely has enough supplies to hold the spill in check. So, the spill spreads until help arrives," explains Beaver. To solve the problem, product developers at HalenHardy took a novel approach.
"We've always known that bulky spill control products took up too much space to be stored in vehicles and equipment. We decided to search for materials that were able to be compressed by at least 75% and sealed into much smaller packages," said Beaver. "The sorbent also had to rebound to its original size once unpacked."
For example, the patent-pending SpillBoaTM sorbent barrier is a 5 in. by 25 ft 'flat boom' that coils up into a compact 16 in. dia., and the roll weighs just 4 lbs. Its flat profile allows more surface contact, which helps each SpillBoa barrier absorb oils/fuels 300 to 500% faster than traditional 'overstuffed' booms and socks. Plus, the innovative design holds back many more gallons of spilled material until cleanup crews arrive. SpillBoa barrier also floats on water and holds back oil spills.
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