In a 2011 Study from the American Institute of Stress, 80% of workers reported feeling stressed on the job and about half of workers felt they needed help learning stress management. In a similar survey in 2000, 65% of workers reported stress-related health issues. We all get stressed from time to time, and clearly work tends to contribute to that. If not addressed, the stress you experience can take a serious toll on your mental and even physical well-being. So before you ghost your job, sell all of your worldly belongings and run away to backpack Europe indefinitely… try some less extreme ways to alleviate stress from the daily grind.
For some of us in the office, music can be extremely cathartic. A personal recommendation? Anything from the 70’s. De-stress with some disco, listen to some funk to snap yourself out of a funk! The one thing that has never let me down: the ABBA power-hour. Though you may need headphones for this one because I’ve been told not everyone wants a full hour (or two) of Dancing Queen. (I was surprised, too.)
If that’s not your thing, try some of these other ways to unwind right in your office:
Deep Breaths. Mindful breathing is one of the best ways to reduce stress. By taking your focus off stressors and concentrating on how you’re breathing and how it affects your body, you can help to reduce tension in your body and relieve stress. Personally, if I can calm my breathing the rest of my body follows suit.
Try some of these techniques:
Walk it out! Get up from your desk and take a quick 5 minute walk. Chat with your coworkers, or dip outside really quick to soak up some much needed Vitamin D (Zyrtec in hand, because it is springtime after all) Getting away from a screen and getting some fresh air will do wonders, even if it’s only for a little while.
Stretch the stress away! Try this easy 3-minute yoga session from the National Health Service UK to check-in with your body and relieve some of that tension. Your lower back will thank you!
Splash some water on your face! No, it’s not just something you see in movies! Hydrotherapy is the application of water to the body surface to help it heal and feel better. How does it work? According to Dr. Peter Bongiorno, “The wet and cold causes our surface vessels to vasoconstrict (tighten up) making blood move from the surface of your body to the core, as a means to conserve heat. Not only does it conserve heat, it also reflexively bathes the brain and vital organs in fresh blood. This movement will bring nutrition, oxygen and also help gently detoxify the area.” Just make sure to dry off before heading back to your electronics!
Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, try some of these techniques to help provide some quick relief. Stress can be a part of life for everyone, but by taking time for your physical and mental health it can certainly be manageable. Find what works best for you!
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Happy National Sorry Charlie Day!
To put it simply, April 6th is a day for those of us who have experienced some form of rejection in their lives (aka, all of us) and despite the struggles we all have overcome and persevered!
The phrase “Sorry, Charlie” has been a staple in the American lexicon since 1962, and actually originates from the debut of the StarKist tuna company mascot, Charlie the Tuna. Since 1961, Charlie has tried to be chosen by the StarKist fisherman, as he believes he is a perfectly hip fish with great taste. With each try Charlie is met with the now iconic “Sorry, Charlie” because they’re “not looking for tuna with good taste but rather for tuna that tasted good.” Apparently Fashion is the least of the fishermen’s concerns….
Today celebrates the cool attitude and undaunted resolve of America’s favorite and incredibly relatable tuna fish. When you think back on times in which you felt rejected or times that were particularly difficult, instead of focusing on the negatives take a note from Charlie the Tuna. Take that experience and use it as an opportunity to grow and learn from! Don’t let failures or rejections bring you down, instead keep smiling like Charlie and try to shake up your perspective! Remember that we would not truly be able to appreciate the good times without that bad times to compare them with!
In an interview with Huffington Post in 2017, Charlie encourages everyone celebrating his holiday to follow his lead, saying, “I hope to inspire everyone to raise a fin to overcoming hurdles!”.
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We are going to take a little trip back in time today due to some information just now being released.
Let’s get out of our comfort zone and talk about the US Economy for a moment. Now that we have some data, the United States GDP annual growth rate has been confirmed at 2.9%. With that being said, the momentum of that growth slowed at the end of 2018, and has yet to pick up again due to the polar vortex, a general downward trend in consumer sentiment and other factors. As far as labor is concerned, the unemployment rate fell to 3.8% compared to 4.0% previously. Inflation is ever present, however didn’t hit as hard this last year. In January, total yearly inflation sat at 1.6% y-o-y showing a clear downward trend over the last few months. (compared to 2.2% y-o-y in November)
At the end of 2018 United States crude oil output averaged 11.85mb/d, 1.80 mb/d increase y-o-y. Texas production in December rose by 35 tb/d m-o-m to average 4.88 mb/d with the majority of that coming from the Permian Basin. While New Mexico only averaged 0.82 mb/d, they had the highest y-o-y growth rate from a percentage standpoint, Nearly 46%. North Dakota rose 18 tb/d m-o-m and averaged 1.37 mb/d, with the majority coming from the Bakken shale play.
The Gulf Coast (PADD 3) produced more than 64% of the united states crude oil production, with Texas accounting for 40% of total us crude oil output alone. The Permian Basin accounted for almost 59% of the US crude oil growth in 2018.
Globally speaking, the heavy hitters for growth in 2018 were (in no particular order) Canada, US, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Qatar with Mexico, Norway and Vietnam showing the biggest declines in growth.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Some new data suggests that the 2019 Global oil output has increased to 1.50 mb/d y-o-y, while Global oil supply has lowered by 0.16 mb/d to an average of 99.15 mb/d in February compared to January. This reduction in supply (gasoline is the main culprit) has led to some bullish sentiment in the market. BRENT crude is a point of attraction for many investors who appear to be strengthening their bullish positions. Whether or not this is a short or long-term strategy is yet to be known for certain, but we can say that the rising price of oil is currently being supported by the expectations of a shrinking global supply in the coming months.
Further support could extend from the global rise in demand, speculated to rise 1.24 mb/d, leading us to an average global oil demand of 99.96 mb/d.
As of March 28th 2019, the current price of BRENT crude is $68.00, and WTI crude is hovering under $60 at $59.51. Ultimately only time will tell where we end up at the end of 2019, but all things considered so far so good!
Stay tuned for our April update!
With YOUR help again we hope to donate $1,000 (If not more 😃 ) this month to an organization called Elijah Rising.
Based in Houston, Elijah Rising aims to end to bring an end to human trafficking through raising awareness, prayer, intervention, and restoration. They not only reach out and provide resources to victims of trafficking, but also help to provide housing, care, and counseling for survivors. In 2017, it was reported that in Texas alone, there were over 300,000 victims of human trafficking, with Houston being one of the most active areas. We ask you to challenge us once again as we donate to this more than deserving cause.
Last month, Texas Flange asked you to challenge us by giving you the reigns and letting you decide how much we would donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. At the end of the week we donated $507 via Comments counted over Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram.
PLEASE READ BELOW!!! WE DON’T WANT TO MISS ANY OF YOUR COMMENTS!!
The rules this month are as follows:
-we will add up and every comment between $1 and $5
-for every “like” this post receives we will add $1
-every time this post is shared we will add $2
- PLEASE ASK YOUR FOLLOWERS TO COMMENT ON THE ORIGINAL POST. DEPENDING ON YOUR FACEBOOK PRIVACY SETTINGS, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR POST AND WOULD MISS ANY COMMENTS/LIKES/SHARES THERE.
-April 22nd through April 26th 2019. We will comment on Friday to end the donation period and begin tallying the results!
Remember, we aren’t asking for your money, just asking you to call the shots on how much of ours we donate! Together we can help an amazing organization!
Everyone knows at least one person who has had medical difficulties in their life. Here at Texas Flange we've decided to pay it forward and help in a way that hits close to home for us. However, we need YOUR help to do so! No, no, not your money... All we ask is that you comment any number between $1 and $10 and then like/share our social post! Easy enough!
Tuesday April 2nd we will add all the comments up from our social media platforms and donate that amount to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. No catch, no strings attached, only giving back!
We will Update this blog once the Donation period has ended with all the totals and a picture of our donation!
Grand total: $507
Several governing specifications exist for a wide variety of industrial steel flanges, and each have their own suitability for our customers’ applications. Here at Texas Flange, our most popular product lines include ASME/ANSI flanges, API flanges, AWWA flanges, and DIN flanges. Lets dive a bit deeper below.
ANSI/ASME flanges – B16.5 and B16.47
The current ANSI/ASME flange specifications of B16.5 and B16.47 trace their roots to the old B16.1 specification from decades past, which consisted primarily of cast iron. This specification in turn was developed from the original AESC/ASA committee B16 in the 1920s. These modern specifications are the result of countless hours of engineering and design to form a standard which could be utilized worldwide. Our most commonly requested flange specification, ANSI/ASME flanges continue to be the most widely used type of steel flange across various industries. The pressure vessel and fabrication sectors use these in abundance in their pressurized applications to retain and transport air, water, and a variety of other chemicals. Often found in refineries, ANSI/ASME flanges are a critical component in their infrastructure, and are primarily used to connect piping, valves, and other fittings which compose the bulk of a piping assembly. The 150# class of steel flanges is the most popular for low pressure and vacuum applications, as the design has proven to be effective in applications which require an occasional fluctuation in the temperature and pressure of the environment.
API flanges – 6B and 6BX
A standard developed for the American Petroleum Institute, the API 6A specification shares many characteristics with ANSI/ASME flanges. They are dimensionally similar, however their minimal design requirements for operating pressure begin in the 2000# class, which is derived from the ASME/ANSI 600# class. Certain jobs require the use of pressure classes as high as the 6BX 25000#, though this is much less common than the typical 6B range of 5000# and below. All API flanges require ring type joint facings with the proper gaskets for optimal integrity of their application. This higher-pressure base requirement is due to their overwhelmingly popular use in petrochemical / oilfield applications of a volatile nature. Upstream assemblies with API flanges consist of wellheads, drilling equipment, and much more. The downstream sectors of refinery and processing also require these flanges for the development of crude oil into products for the everyday consumer.
AWWA flanges – C207
A specification designed for generally lower pressure applications (300 psi or less), American Water Works Association flanges are the exact opposite of the API flanges and can be found in a variety of assemblies in which temperature is ambient and media is not corrosive. In most cases, this is simply for the transportation of well water and waste water. AWWA C207 steel flanges are usually of a mild carbon steel or stainless variant and are most often either of the ring slip on or blind disc style. Due to their intended design, they do not have ring joint or raised faces, and are typically sealed with rubber gaskets. Due to their cost and weight compared to other flange types, they are also becoming more popular with project work for structural steel types which require mating or filling a gap between existing flanges.
Across the pond, you will find the Deutsches Institute fur Normung (DIN) flange specification, consisting of a variety of European styles which have been unified into one code for the purpose of commonality. Although much less common than ANSI/ASME steel flanges in the United States, many of our international customers request flanges to these specifications for a variety of applications such as imported steel vessels, cargo ships, and other infrastructure which may consist of metric pipes/valves and European designed equipment. The subset flanges under the DIN standard consist of the same style of flanges in the United States, including the most commonly used slip on flanges, weld neck, flanges, and blind flanges. Adapter flanges can be custom made to end user requirements for the mating of American flanges to international ones, however we find it is a much more common and easy solution to provide DIN flanges to mate to existing equipment.