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OTC Opens Today in Houston

The Offshore Technology Conference opens today in Houston at NRG Park, where hundreds of exhibitors will display new technologies and products for the marine and offshore sectors. The show runs through Thursday.

For the first time in two years, OTC takes place at its traditional time in the first week of May. The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic led to the show’s cancellation in 2020. In 2021, the show planned on running during its usual time in May, only to postpone until August after a surge in COVID cases earlier in the year.

This year’s OTC is again taking place in May, only nine months after the show last August. That could be one reason why exhibitors are expected to number in the hundreds instead of the thousands, as usual. In fact, less than 50 fluid power companies are exhibiting this year.

New at OTC this year is the OTC Energy Transition Pavilion, a meeting place where attendees showcase advances in alternative energy sources as well as solutions to decarbonize, drive sustainability, and improve energy efficiency.

The industry faces mounting investor pressure to deliver sustainable operations and reduce carbon emissions, and it has been estimated that achieving net zero will require an investment of $5 trillion. At OTC, companies highlight equipment, digital solutions, and process improvements that move the needle on progress toward a lower-carbon industry. They share expertise in improving efficiencies in drilling; production and operations; health, safety, and environment practices; and innovative uses of data and systems.

For more information, visit https://2022.otcnet.org/welcome.


Smalley highlights retaining rings

At Smalley’s OTC booth, the company highlights its newest standard series of tapered section retaining rings, also called circlips.

Smalley has been designing and supplying retaining rings for 100 years. Smalley recently partnered with Beneri, an Italian circlip manufacturer founded in 1958.

Tapered section retaining rings are retaining rings with a tapered radial wall. Designed for high-thrust loads and heavy-duty applications, tapered section retaining rings are used in thousands of applications across every industry. They are an economical, efficient, and secure method to streamline an assembly.

Smalley carries internal and external tapered section retaining rings are in sizes from 0.25 to 3 inches (3 to 75 mm).

For more information, visit www.smalley.com/.




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