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Helping Hands for Your Valves

Posted in Services, Consulting & Training, Valves, Actuators & Regulators on Friday, February 14th, 2020. No comments yet
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Imagine you have been tweaking and tuning one of your control loops and have the perfect PID [proportional-integral-derivative] settings. Everything is working great for several months until it isn’t. Chances are that it’s the part of that loop doing all the manual work to keep the process running smoothly—the control valve. A poorly performing control […]

Compressor Anti-Surge Control Value Improvement Practice

Posted in Chemical, Control & Safety Systems, Valves, Actuators & Regulators on Thursday, February 6th, 2020. No comments yet
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Author: Pete Sharpe An ethylene plant has a number of very large, very critical compressors which will cause the entire plant to shutdown if they ever trip. The cracked gas compressor increases the entire cold-side feed from around 3 psig to ~475 psig, typically through 5 stages. The two refrigeration compressors are the next biggest […]

Fail-Safe Electric Actuators for Quarter-Turn Valves

Posted in Valves, Actuators & Regulators on Friday, January 31st, 2020. No comments yet
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For many applications, such as emergency shutdowns (ESD), on-off quarter valves with electric actuators are the best fit. In the event of loss of power, some type of fail-safe mechanism may be required to bring the valve into an open or closed position as required by the process. These applications are typically found in the […]

Self-Contained Hydraulic Emergency Shutdown System

Posted in Safety, Valves, Actuators & Regulators on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020. No comments yet
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A safety instrumented function (SIF) in a safety instrumented system (SIS) contains a sensor, logic solver and final element. All must function properly in the event of a safety demand to take the process into a safe state in coordination with other SIFs. The final element consists of several parts including the isolation valve, actuator, […]

Adding Experts in Valve Condition Monitoring

Posted in Services, Consulting & Training, Valves, Actuators & Regulators 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 […]