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GETTING READY FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS

Fri, Apr 11th 2014, 11:46 by Wayne Petersen

Haltermann Solutions celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. This is a remarkable accomplishment for any company as statistics show that less than 25% of businesses survive 20 years. I am proud of all the individuals at Haltermann that contributed to this accomplishment. Their dedication to developing and manufacturing exceptional quality, specialty fuels while focusing on serving the customer has been a model that has endured the test of time. We can’t look back and rest on our laurels however. The specialty fuel needs of our customers is constantly changing and becoming ever more challenging. We know that we must continually invest in all aspects of our business to make sure we are prepared for the NEXT 50 years. There are many examples, but I’ll just highlight one of these areas.

Haltermann Solutions expands its Laboratory Testing Capabilities

Haltermann Solutions recently completed accreditation to the ISO 17025-2005 Standard. The accreditation, awarded by the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), was received for several analytical procedures performed at the Houston Lab, as well as its two satellite production facilities (located in Nixon, TX and Hamtramck, MI). While accreditation to the ISO 17025 Standard is voluntary, we recognize the value of the accreditation for various reasons. First and foremost, our customers’ asked for it. The increasing complexities involved with the development and production of Test and Reference fuels is becoming ever more demanding. We chose to meet these complexities and challenges head-on in an effort to address our customers’ needs and to remain the leader in the Test and Reference fuel industry in North America. Demonstrated proficiencies as a result of the evaluation performed by A2LA include:

Technical competency when producing test data
Technical competency when performing calibrations
Precise and accurate data are applied during developmental efforts
Precise and accurate data are reported on finished product certification – (CofA’s).

Accreditation has been granted to Haltermann Solutions by A2LA for the following:

Test: Test Method: 
Distillation of Petroleum Products ASTM D86
Cetane Index ASTM D976
Hydrocarbon Types by FIA ASTM D1319
Heat of Combustion calculated ASTM D3338
Hydrogen Content calculated ASTM D3343
Density by Digital Density Meter * ASTM D4052*
Cetane Index by Four Variable calculation ASTM D4737
Driveability Index calculated ASTM D4814
Vapor Pressure Mini Method* ASTM D5191*
Total Sulfur by UV Fluorescence ASTM D5453
Sulfur by Energy Dispersive X-ray ASTM D4294
Cold Filter Plug Point ASTM D6371
Test: Test Method:
Pour Point ASTM D97
Pour Point ASTM D6749
Cloud Point ASTM D2500
Cloud Point ASTM D7683
Freeze Point ASTM D2386
Flash Point ASTM D93
Viscosity ASTM D445
Ash Content ASTM D482
Acid Number ASTM D664
Copper Corrosion ASTM D130
Water Reacting Rate ASTM D1094
Total Aromatics in Gasoline by GC ASTM D5580
Total Aromatics in Gasoline by GC/MS ASTM D5769
Benzene and Toluene in Gasoline by GC ASTM D3606
Oxygenates in Gasoline by GC ASTM D4815
n-Heptane and Isooctane by GC ASTM D2268
Particulate Matter ASTM D5452

*Denotes tests and methods run in the Haltermann Solutions Houston laboratory AND production facilities located in Nixon, TX and Hamtramck, MI.

This effort represents a good start, but Haltermann Solutions is not standing still. Recent developments have paved the way for us to expand our list of accredited offerings. Haltermann Solutions’ recently completed capital project, a new physical properties Lab in Houston, TX, will facilitate this expansion and solidify Haltermann Solutions as the leader in the Test and Reference Fuel industry for the next 50 years.

As our accredited list of analytical tests expands, we will continue to evaluate our technical capabilities, allowing us to enhance and increase those capabilities to meet our Customers’ needs. What will the next 50 years look like? Time will tell, but rest assured that we are committed and looking forward to meeting the increasing complexities and challenges that lie ahead.

Haltermann Solutions.

Fueling the FUTURE one solution at a time … now for OVER 50 years!

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ULA’s Atlas V launches successfully fueled by Haltermann Solutions

Thu, Apr 10th 2014, 15:03 by Wayne Petersen

United Launch Alliances’s Atlas V rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral today fueled by propellant made by Haltermann Solutions! The payload for this launch was a National Reconnaissance Office satellite.

To view a replay of the launch go to: http://www.space.com/25457-spy-satellite-launched-atop-atlas-v-rocket-highlight-video.html

Congrats to ULA on another successful launch of their Atlas V!