Emco Wheaton launches new TODO break-away coupling

July 19, 2016

With operator safety paramount during loading and unloading of road tankers, Emco Wheaton’s new TODO Emergency Break-Away Coupling for Bottom Loading Applications will eliminate damages and risk of spillage while ensuring operators are protected against drive-away incidents.

The tried and tested TODO 4” Aluminium Break-Away has been specifically adapted for bottom loading arm applications with the addition of a TTMA flange. Not only can the device be installed on new loading arms, it also means the break-away can be retrofitted to bottom hose loading arms that currently incorporate this type of flange in their construction.

Emco Wheaton North American product manager for TODO Holly Damude said: “The consequences of drive-away incidents are very serious without break-away protection. Our new TODO TTMA Break-away coupler removes the human error element when transferring dangerous fluids.”

The addition of the flange and use of the break-away coupling gives operators peace of mind knowing that should a drive-away incident occur, the break-away will disconnect and minimize risk of product loss. Equally important, the break-away would take the force of the incident thereby protecting the API coupler and loading arm. By keeping the design concept simple, the break-away coupler can be re-set on site after an event with an easy to install kit so any downtime is reduced.

The 4” Aluminium TODO TTMA Break-away consists of two identical halves joined together by a series of 3.0mm break-pins, allowing the break-away to be configured to separate at a defined load.  Should an excessive load be placed on the loading arm, the pins break and the break-away separates, automatically closing the internal valves. The break-away can then be reset onsite using an Emco Wheaton aftermarket kit.

This new variant of the break-away coupler is designed to operate reliably in hazardous conditions, ensuring that liquid is delivered without spillage or contamination, at all times protecting the driver and the environment.