Modular Chemistry Labs Offer Onsite Assistance with Testing and Analyzation of Liquid Natural Gas

Posted on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

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Throughout the years, DropBox Inc. has been on a mission to create products that can satisfy companies' needs within numerous industries all over the world. Industries such as the military, refineries, and the liquid natural gas (LNG) industry. As we continue this mission, we’ve discovered that there is a need for modular chemical labs in the LNG industry that hasn’t been completely satisfied. By offering these modular chemical labs to this industry and others, we can provide companies with fully functioning chemistry labs onsite.

As the LNG industry continues to grow, the need for the analyzation and testing of natural gas grows as well. This requires services such as quality control testing, trace analysis, troubleshooting, unknowns identification, and contamination analysis to detect components like carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and methane. However, most companies within the LNG industry must send the natural gas off to be analyzed and tested because their drilling sites don’t have the facilities or space to do so.

To help with this issue, DropBox Inc. has created climate-controlled, modular chemical labs that come with a wide range of lab accessories including storage space, cabinetry, counters, fume hoods, sinks, vents, and even restrooms when requested. Whether they are hooked up to existing building connections or functioning independently, our modular chemical labs provide a turn-key solution to lab technicians by allowing strategic positioning to wherever they're needed. And by offering standard and customizable floor plans, DropBox Inc. is able to meet the demands of your current operation.

For more information on our modular labs and other DropBox Inc. products, CONTACT US HERE or call us now at 740.532.7822.

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DropBox Inc. Provides Modular Chemistry Labs for Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream Sectors of the LNG Industry

Posted on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 @ 13:08 PM

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As natural gas goes through the process of liquefaction, it must be sent through multiple sectors. These sectors are called Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream. Because DropBox Inc. is getting more involved with the LNG industry, we have built modular labs that are able to meet the needs of each of these sectors. But before we could provide modular labs to the companies within this industry, it was important for our company to understand what each sector was responsible for during the LNG process. Today's blog will be discussing what exactly happens in the Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream sectors. 

The Upstream sector of the LNG industry refers to the exploration and production of natural gas.

People that are employed by this section of the industry include geologists, geophysicists, service rig operators, engineering firms, scientists, and seismic/drilling contractors. Within this sector, these employees are looking for areas where minerals can be found and obtained. Once those minerals are located, the area is drilled into in order to bring any natural gas up to the surface. This sector also includes services such as rig operations, feasibility studies, machinery rental, and extraction of chemical supply.

The Midstream sector refers to the transportation and storage of natural gas.

Before the natural gas can be used to make many of the products that we purchase, it must be transported from the Upstream sector to the Downstream sector. This is where the Midstream sector comes into play. The Midstream sector of the LNG industry includes pipelines and everything else that's needed to move the natural gas long distances. This includes pumping stations, tank trucks, rail tank cars, and transcontinental tankers.

The Downstream sector involves the processing, selling, and distribution of natural gas based products. 

The Downstream sector is the final step in the production process. This sector is responsible for everything that happens to the natural gas post production. The employees that are in this sector are natural gas processors. Their responsibility is to take the finished products to consumers and market/distribute those products. Many of the products that come directly from downstream production include diesel, natural gas, gasoline, heating oil, lubricants, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and propane.

DropBox Inc. offers modular labs that provide LNG producers with the proper environments for each sector of the production process.

Transportable and site-ready for connection to power, water, and sewer, our customizable, modular labs are fully equipped to meet the specific needs of the producers of natural gas, LNGs, crude oil, refined products, and petrochemicals. The quick installation of these labs reduces weather delays, moisture getting into project materials resulting in mold contamination, and on-site traffic from workers, equipment, and suppliers. By providing cleanroom process areas and laboratory/R&D space, DropBox Inc. is able to give lab technicians the ability to perform their work duties and quality control protocols in a remote setting. This in includes the ability to have the lab be an open area or contain specific zones for use separation. 

As our President and CEO, Robert Slagel, always says, "If you can think it, we can put it in a box!"

For more information on DropBox Inc. and modular labs, CONTACT US HERE or call 740.532.7822.

 

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CBD Oil Extraction Techniques: What Happens In An Extraction Laboratory?

Posted on Tue, Aug 06, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

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DropBox is continuing its pursuit to become more involved in the cannabis industry. By offering our modular labs, we can provide companies within this industry a place where they can test cannabis and extract CBD onsite. But once these companies have a lab to work in, how exactly do they extract CBD oil from the cannabis plant? Today’s blog will discuss the two primary extraction techniques that lab technicians use for this purpose.

The first, and most common, method that will be discussed is the supercritical CO2 extraction method.

The reason that this method is used so often is because it’s the safest way to extract CBD for human consumption. It's also because its high efficiency results in less waste during the process. However, the equipment that’s used to perform this method is very expensive. The most basic setups can cost around $40,000 to $100,000.

In order to extract CBD using the supercritical CO2 method, the liquid carbon dioxide’s temperature and pressure must be increased past the point where the liquid becomes ‘supercritical’ by using a compressor and heater. Being 'supercritical' means that the CO2 obtains the properties of both a gas and a liquid. This allows the supercritical CO2 to extract the CBD without damaging it and making it dangerous to consume. Next, the cannabis must be placed in an extractor and the supercritical CO2 is passed through it. This allows the supercritical CO2 to pull out the trichomes and terpene oils from the plant. The solution gets passed through a separator and is broken down into individual parts. The trichomes and terpene oils are sent to be collected while the CO2 goes to a condenser and is turned back into a liquid. The liquid CO2 is then placed in a storage tank so that it can be used for the process again.

In order to isolate the CBD, the chemical mixture goes through the processes of chromatography, winterization, and short path distillation. These processes allow lab technicians to remove unwanted phytochemicals, plant matter, and other compounds in order to have CBD in its purest form.

The second extraction method that’s used by professionals is by using ethanol to obtain CBD from the cannabis plant.

The process of ethanol extraction that is primarily used involves heating the cannabis plant to achieve something called decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is when carbon atoms are removed from a carbon chain. Once this occurs, the plant material that remains is soaked in ethanol for a long period of time. After a certain amount of time has passed, the liquid is filtered out of the plant material and left out in the open for the ethanol to evaporate. This removes water and oil-soluble compounds, such as chlorophyll, that can cause a bitter taste.

The downside to this extraction method is that not all of the ethanol can be removed from the CBD oil without the use of another filter. This can lead to the CBD oil losing more of its purity and effectiveness. However, the upside to this method is that it allows for the formation of esters. Since esters are easily absorbed by our bodies, they allow CBD to be easily absorbed by our bodies as well.

DropBox’s Class 1, Division 1 modular lab units have cleanroom process areas and laboratory/R&D space that provide the proper environment for CBD extraction. 

Configured to meet the demands of your current operation, both standard models are customizable and configured to provide the ideal workflow. The extraction techniques that we discussed require large, heavy equipment. Our modular labs provide large, durable counters in order for lab technicians to work in a safe environment while avoiding damage to costly equipment. By using our product, companies are able to have an extraction lab that is easily transportable, quickly installed, ready to connect to power, water, and sewer, and finished in about half the time of traditional construction. DropBox Inc. allows lab technicians to perform their duties and quality control protocols in a remote setting!

For more information on DropBox Inc. and our modular labs, CONTACT US HERE or call us today at 740.532.7822.

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The Man Behind The Box: An Interview with DropBox Inc.'s President & CEO, Robert Slagel

Posted on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:08 AM

DropBox Inc, Robert Slagel, ReinventingTheBoxAlmost 20 years ago, Robert Slagel founded DropBox Inc. He is still the President and CEO today. As he and his career continue to move forward, Mr. Slagel has been seen as an inspiration by the people of the Tri State area of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Through his hard work and dedication, he is striving to bring people back to the Tri-State in order to not only sustain it, but to give it the opportunity to flourish into the place that it once was.

Mr. Slagel served on the Board of Directors for the Lawrence County Ohio Port Authority. This includes his work as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Port Authority in the city of Ironton, Ohio which he helped found. He also works closely with the Tri State Construction and Building Trades Council in the area of industrial economic development. Because of his involvement within the community, Mr. Slagel was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, and he was awarded the 20 Under 40 title in 2004 which cited 20 people in the Huntington Area that had achieved significant accomplishments prior to turning 40 years old.

But who is the President and CEO of DropBox? What makes him the man that he is today? We sat down with Mr. Slagel for an interview where we were given the chance to learn more about what makes him tick!


Describe what your journey was like to get you to where you are today. 

"When I first went into business for myself, I had to wear "every hat" in the organization. I was the delivery boy, janitor, accountant, bookkeeper, HR Director, and CEO. As the company has grown, it has been nice to hand off many of those responsibilities by hiring additional staff."

What are your current goals?

"I currently have two goals that I wish to accomplish, and those two goals are very much synergistic. The first one is to grow jobs in Appalachia. The second is to restore a level of hope to the people of Appalachia through direct or indirect job creation."

Who is your biggest role model?

"My father, John Slagel. He is one of the most conservative people that I know. During the recessions of the 1980s and beyond, my father was able to keep our small, portable toilet company, Johnny on the Spot, alive for many years just by being frugal. He is the main reason that my business exists today. He is my hero."

What are you three biggest accomplishments?

"My three biggest accomplishments are talking my wife into marrying me, having my children, and developing a relationship with God."

How do you approach change?

"The only thing in this life that is a 'constant' is the fact that nothing ever stays the same. In business, I welcome change. I love change. If you are changing, then that means you are growing. A business that is not growing is dying. The only way for a business to ensure that it will have a long life is for it to continue to grow. I think of the quote from the racecar movie, Talladega Nights: 'If you are not first, then you are last.' In business, 'If you are not growing, then you are dying.'"

Why was DropBox created?

"DropBox was created to invent unique, turnkey tools for industry, in part, to convert and repurpose shipping containers. In the world that I lived in, I saw a need for contractors and industrial plants to have a turnkey solution for addressing needs on their projects. Portable restrooms, portable access control for manpower, portable showers, etc. I was fortunate enough to be able to repurpose shipping containers into some of these types of facilities. As our tagline says, we are 'REINVENTING the Box.'"

Were there any challenges that you faced starting out, and how did you overcome them? 

"Yes, there were challenges. As a matter of fact, there are just as many challenges today as there were 20 years ago when I started. Probably even more challenges. As you grow, the challenges become a bit more sophisticated. If you are in business for yourself, you have to be prepared for any challenges by staying focused on achieving your goals."

Where do you see DropBox going in the next two years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?

"I never know where exactly the company is going to go. I'll just listen to the customers and let them help me 'steer the ship.' Good relationships with our customers and paying attention to them have been very valuable throughout the years in helping us grow and morph. We are currently looking at a larger presence in Europe where we have patents in most of the EU countries."

What have been the biggest changes that you have seen from the start of DropBox to now?

"The development of the Internet. Back in the day when I started DropBox, I could hardly find a shipping container by searching in my Netscape browser. Today, I google "shipping container" and literally get hundreds of sites and suppliers!"

What do you enjoy doing during your free time?

"I love traveling with my family. Lately, I've taken some out-of-town trips with my wife and girls. And I must say, that has been very enjoyable. No doubt getting our whole family together in one place for a week or two at a time is a real treat! But on a more regular basis, I like to work around my house, drive the tractor, and play with my Labradors, Russell and Daisy. I also raise honeybees and laying hens. My bees and chickens, unlike my labs, are not all named yet!"

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out in their careers? 

"Working for yourself is very rewarding, but you have to be ready to work and never stop working. After I left my steady, secure job at the Corps of Engineers to focus on starting my business, I ran into an old co-worker. He asked me how I liked working for myself, and I told him that I loved it. I only work half-days now, and it doesn't matter whether it's the first 12 hours or the second 12 hours!"

How do you wish to be remembered?

"As the guy who helped restore pride back into Appalachia and specifically the Tri State area of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia."


We would like to thank Robert Slagel for taking the time to answer our questions and allowing us to share his answers with our readers! For more information on DropBox Inc. and our products, CONTACT US HERE or call us now at 740.532.7822.

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