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Adding Experts in Valve Condition Monitoring

Posted in Final Control Element, Support Services on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020. No comments yet
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Data available in manufacturing and production facilities is growing faster than people can process. In a Process Industry Informer article, How Valve Condition Monitoring Reduces Plant Downtime, Emerson’s Fabrice Hoenig highlights this challenge: The vast amount of data that is generated about equipment condition and performance offers a great opportunity to engineers, but it can […]

Digital Valve Services for Improved Operational Performance

Posted in Final Control Element, Support Services on Friday, January 10th, 2020. No comments yet
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For process manufacturers & producers, the performance of final control elements including valves, actuators and regulators has a major impact on their efficiency, reliability and variability. Knowing how these final control elements are performing and when they need attention can improve overall operational performance. This short 3-minute video, Digital Valve Services, highlights a portfolio of […]

Understanding Functional Safety Concepts and Final Element Suitability

Posted in Final Control Element, Safety on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020. No comments yet
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The world of functional safety has its own tribal language and acronyms, e.g. safety instrumented systems (SISs), safety instrumented functions (SIFs), logic solvers, final elements (FEs), safety integrity level (SIL), probability of failure on demand (PFD), etc. In a Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Keep in the Safety Loop, Emerson’s Riyaz Ali does an excellent job of […]

Exercising Solenoid Valves in Safety Applications

Posted in Final Control Element, Fluid and Motion Control on Monday, January 6th, 2020. No comments yet
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Valves used in safety applications tend to stay in opened or closed positions for very long, time intervals. As Emerson’s Joe McHugh explained in a Plant Engineering article, Double up on solenoid safety: …all valves experience stiction if they remain inactive for too long. (Note: Stiction is the friction that tends to prevent stationary surfaces […]

A Strategic Partnership Driving Valve Operational Performance Improvement

Posted in Final Control Element, Support Services on Friday, December 13th, 2019. No comments yet
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Manufacturer and producer reliability teams focus much of their efforts around the large plant assets including pumps, compressors, and control systems to maintain efficient and reliable operations. Valves, actuators and regulators often don’t get this same attention. Yet, these final control elements can have a major impact on the performance of the process. I caught […]