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Honeywell and Flowserve Collaborate on IIoT Solutions


Honeywell and Flowserve will collaborate to provide Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for industrial customers. The collaboration will be part of the Honeywell INspire program, Honeywell's joint customer development program for its IIoT ecosystem.

Honeywell and Flowserve have a long history of colla...


Train Named Executive President of Emerson Automation Solutions


Emerson recently named new senior leadership appointments to its Office of the Chief Executive who now report directly to chairman and CEO David N. Farr, and help develop and guide the company’s global strategies.

Michael H. Train’s new title is executive president of Emerson Automation Sol...


Offshore Production Nearly 30% of Global Crude Oil Output


Global offshore oil production (including lease condensate and hydrocarbon gas liquids) in 2015 was at the highest level since 2010, and accounted for nearly 30% of total global oil production. Offshore oil production increased in both 2014 and 2015, reversing consecutive annual declines from 2010 t...


New 2017 Construction Starts Increasing 5% to $713 Billion


The 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2017 will advance 5% to $713 billion, following gains of 11% in 2015 and an estimated 1% in 2016.

Manufacturing plant construction will increase 6%, beginning to recover after steep declines in 2015 and 2016 that refle...


U.S. Durable Goods Orders Fell 0.1% in September


New orders for manufactured durable goods in September decreased $0.3 billion or 0.1% to $227.3 billion, the Department of Commerce announced. This decrease , down following two consecutive monthly increases, followed a 0.3% August increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.2%. Excludi...


U.S. Economy Grew 2.9% in the Third Quarter


Real GDP in the U.S. increased at an annual rate of 2.9% in the third quarter of 2016, according to the advance estimate released today by the Department of Commerce. This is the highest figure in two years and slightly better than economists had predicted. In the second quarter, real GDP increased ...


Emerson’s Fisher VBL Booster

emerson fisher vbl pneumatic volume boosterEmerson Process Management’s new Fisher® VBL booster incorporates a fixed deadband, internal soft seats and an integral bypass restriction that combine to eliminate the positioner problems typically caused by boosters without these design features.


The new booster’s enhanced performance capability proves highly important in applications where a valve positioner alone cannot provide the stroking speed needed to meet rapidly changing process conditions and demands.

The new booster design features internal soft seats that yield tight shutoff to reduce unnecessary air consumption and eliminate saturation of positioner relays.

Adding to the VBL’s superior performance is its bypass restriction that enables fast actuator response. The restriction also allows tuning valve response to follow slow signal changes or provide on/off control. This fine-tuning capability does not impact booster deadband.

Compact and lightweight in design, the VBL booster features an aluminum body with ¼ NPT input and ½ NPT connections. Internal diaphragms, upper and lower valves, and O-rings are of HNBR. Maximum input signal pressure is 10.3 bar (150 psig) with an input to output ratio being fixed at 1:1.

For more information, visit www.emersonprocess.com

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