Posts Tagged ‘Instrument & Valve Services’

Listening for Leaky Valve Seats

Posted in Final Control Element, Technologies on Thursday, May 9th, 2013. No comments yet
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Control valves are the workhorses of process automation. They touch the process and execute the control strategy coming from the automation system. Any valve seat leakage can impact the level of control and lead to safety issues, unplanned downtime, quality issues, increased maintenance costs, and more. To avoid seat leakage, control valves typically have been […]

Detecting Valve Seat Leaks

Posted in Abnormal Situation Prevention, Final Control Element on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012. 5 comments so far
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The devices that touch your process such as control valves, measurement instrumentation, and analyzers have tremendous impact on the ability to control the process efficiently. Even the best control and advanced control strategies can’t do what they are designed to do if the input measurements are inaccurate or the control valves are not responding as […]

Minimizing Plant Turnaround Chaos

Posted in Asset Optimization, Plant Equipment, Process Optimization on Friday, October 24th, 2008. No comments yet
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The controlled chaos that surrounds a plant turnaround, or planned shutdown, has given more than a few engineers some gray hair. I highlighted a plant turnaround planning presentation at last year’s Emerson Exchange and I asked Emerson’s Chris Forland if I could get this year’s presentation. Chris, Scott Grunwald, and Miranda Pilrose presented, Parts, People […]

Taking a Systematic Approach in Managing Control Valves

Posted in Asset Optimization, Final Control Element, Plant Equipment, Pulp & Paper on Friday, May 23rd, 2008. No comments yet
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In several parts of the world including North America, Emerson Process Management sells some of its products and services through local business partners. I came across a great Pulp & Paper magazine article, Control Valve Management Can Pay Off Big, written by Jeff Klatt. Jeff is with one of these local business partners, R.E. Mason. […]

Preparing for Turnarounds from an Instrument, Valve, Electrical Reliability and Process Optimization Standpoint

Posted in Asset Optimization, Chemical, Emerson Exchange, Plant Equipment, Refining, Variability Management on Thursday, September 20th, 2007. No comments yet
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I’ve highlighted the topic of plant turnarounds (planned downtime for maintenance) a few times in the past. Back from the Emerson Exchange, here’s my take on the Smart Turnaround workshop. For continuous processes that run for years, this turnaround provides opportunity to update, fix, repair, and replace a host of plant assets including instruments, valves, […]