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Independent Secondary Shut-Off Control System
Offers Peace of Mind to Petroleum Industry

Revolutionary Spill Prevention and Leak Detection System Brings Safety and Environmental Consciousness to Hazardous Fuel Handling & Petrochemical Transfer Facilities

 
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BluePoint Communications
Ramin Ekhtiar
Tel: 408-296-6647
Fax: 509-753-7808
ramin@bluepointworld.com

Concord, CA – July 3, 2003 – SpillGuard Technologies, a leading provider of innovative single source end-to-end solutions for the fuel movement and petrochemical industry, announced today the unveiling of its flagship spill prevention management system The GuardDog. The GuardDog is a unique new offering that serves to protect filling facilities from loss due to accidental spills, theft and potential leaks.  Already in use at major facilities, the proven technology of the GuardDog comes just in time for companies preparing to comply with the latest revision of the new American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Standard 1004 calling for an Independent Secondary Shutoff Control System.

The GuardDog’s innovative, patent pending design detects a catastrophic failure of the primary control valve within 750msec.  The primary control valve is used for delivering fuels and petrochemical products into truck and rail tanker vessels.  When a valve failure is detected, The GuardDog leaps into action shutting down delivery pumps and closing tank base valves, leaving the loading operation in a safe secure condition.  The GuardDog’s smart logic locks out further delivery and immediately notifies operation personnel via local and remote alarms of the problem. It allows personnel to investigate, record and correct the problem before manually resetting the GuardDog, arming it again to prevent the next potential spill.

Users of the GuardDog are singing its praises saying, “It works exactly the way they promised. It prevents the spills.  When The GuardDog detects a valve failure, it immediately shuts down the loading operation, and notifies our personnel. It allows us the time to safely investigate the cause of the failure and determine the proper course of action, and it was easy to integrate into our existing infrastructure.”

The GuardDog is built for harsh environments and conforms to National Electric Code Explosion-proof NEMA 4 enclosure standards for Hazardous Classifications, Class 1 Division 1 Groups B, C, D Environments, ATEX and CENELEC: EExd IIB, and CSA Standard C22.2 No.30 and the UL Standard 886.

“ It has become increasingly important not only environmentally, but fiscally to properly manage and account for every drop of fuel and petrochemical product.  We are delighted to be able to bring to market this innovative technology that not only enables a safe work environment for fuel loading crews, but also allows the precise delivery of product to its final destination without loss,” said Lee Sherwood, CTO of SpillGuard Technologies. “The GuardDog is the first product of its kind to meet the new “Secondary Shutoff Control System” language of the latest revision of the American Petroleum Institutes (API) Standard 1004. We used our 30 plus years of experience in the petroleum industry to develop a product that reduces or eliminates costs associated with EPA fines, environmental remediation and product losses, due to spills. We believe those dollars saved can readily be brought to bottom line profitability.”

About The GuardDog
The GuardDog is the first independent secondary shutoff control system. It is quickly becoming the industry's defacto standard for spill prevention. Developed from the ground up to protect lives, the environment, and security. The GuardDog's patent pending design continuously monitors from 1 to 8 loading or transfer streams per unit.  Built with the future in mind, its innovative design ensures American Petroleum Institute's (API) RP1004 compliance, reduces installation costs, streamlines operations, reduces or eliminates the risks of spills, detects leaks and even detects attempted product theft.

Under normal conditions The GuardDog is silent until it detects a catastrophic valve failure.  Springing to action, the GuardDog automatically shuts down pumps; closes storage tank base valves and locks out the loading operation while alerting management personnel of the problem and providing an opportunity for investigation. The GuardDog empowers management with complete control -- not allowing loading to continue or resume until management determines it is safe to load again by initiating a keyed system reset switch.

Impressively flexible, the GuardDog is easily integrated into the Terminal Management System at tank truck, rail car, commercial and military aviation refueling and marine ship and barge loading operation facilities. A Typical configuration requires only one "GuardDog" unit per load lane. The unit works in concert with SGT Inc's Pump & Valve Controller and other existing safety components and emergency shutdown circuits to provide a fail-safe mechanism for stopping flow when a valve failure is detected.  Call 1-925-363-1585 for more information.

 
About SpillGuard Technologies, Inc.
SpillGuard Technologies, Inc., the leader in spill prevention technologies, is dedicated to providing spill prevention solutions to the petrochemical industry. The company develops unique solutions that overcome human error and equipment failures. Designed to protect lives, the environment and assets, SGT Inc's core product the GuardDogT is quickly becoming the defacto standard in spill prevention technology.  The GuardDog was built from the ground up to meet future industry specifications like the American Petroleum Institute's (API) RP1004, Section 5, titled Independent Secondary Shutoff Control Systems (SSC) associated with the bottom loading of tanker vehicles.

A privately held company, SGT Inc is driven by a seasoned management team with an impressive track record of accomplishments

 
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