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What’s in a Name?

At the end of this year, Stress Engineering Services will have officially crossed another milestone in the history of our company – 45 years in business!  To commemorate this occasion, we will be publishing a series of articles and Facebook posts over the next 9 weeks that...

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Sep 2017

The New and Improved API 579 Standard *

Well, it’s been a while.  The last version of API 579 was issued in 2007, so upgrades have been 9 years in the making.  There are many small corrections and tweaks and a few big changes as well.  I’ll walk through the most important of these. Reorganization The most...

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Aug 2017

In the Path of Totality: How Stress Engineering Services Found Its Sweet Spot

On the morning of August 21, 2017, as predicted by astronomers decades in advance, a total solar eclipse will traverse America from coast to coast. The moon’s shadow will first touch land in Oregon and then sweep across the country to South Carolina. It’s been 99 years since a...

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Aug 2017

Addressing the Threat of Coal Silo Failures in Power Plants

Are you aware that there have been two catastrophic coal silo failures in US power plants within the last 12 months?  On July 24, 2016, a 42 year old coal silo failed at a plant in Indiana, dumping 500 tons of coal to the ground. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. Then, on...

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Aug 2017

Home is where the Happy Meal is: Navigating Life and Business in Singapore

About 37 years ago, my father transferred our family halfway around the world from Texas to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to work as a manager for Texas Instruments. I was a school-aged boy at the time, and I remember having many incredible adventures. The Snake Temple in Penang, the...

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Jul 2017