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Solon Manufacturing Company: Fusion Project Custom Instrumentation

Solon SwitchSolon Manufacturing Company’s custom differential vacuum switch is playing an integral part in the demonstration of nuclear fusion. Recently, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have replicated the process of how the sun creates energy. This possibility of man-controlled nuclear fusion could change the future of how we power the world.

In 2007, Solon began working with engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Ignition Facility (or NIF), to define, design, prototype and validate the vacuum switches used to confirm that the proper atmosphere was in place inside the test chamber. “The NIF requirements were very particular and they needed a partner that was willing to work through all of the details of their project. The material specifications were revised several times during the project to ensure that the switch sensing elements could not influence their process,” said Solon’s President, Tim Dunn.

The Solon switches, 100 in all, were mounted onto panels that are located on the exterior of the fusion test chamber. “Solon developed internal test equipment and procedures specific to this project to ensure that all of the devices performed well when they were received at Lawrence Livermore,” explains Dunn. A recent follow up with NIF confirms the switches are still operating at optimal performance, protecting the atmosphere of the test chamber.

“Many people at Solon had a direct impact on our project with LLNL and NIF. Very often our products are buried inside large facilities and don’t see the light of day, but their function is crucial to many industrial processes and R&D projects,” said Dunn.

For more information, visit www.solonmfg.com

Emerson Releases New Railcar Emergency Shutoff Valve

Emerson Fisher Type N863 Snappy Joe Emergency Shutoff Railcar ValveEmerson Process Management has released the new Fisher Type N863 Snappy Joe Emergency Shutoff Railcar Valve with up to twice the flow rate of the previous N562, offering a significant reduction in propane railcar loading/unloading time.

The Fisher railcar valve was originally developed more than 30 years ago and is the first and only Emergency Shutoff Valve (ESV) specifically designed for railcars in the propane industry. It can be used with most compressed gases such as propane, anhydrous ammonia, natural gas liquids, aerosols, etc.

The new N863 design greatly increases flow capacity, up to 413 GPM versus 200 GPM for the N562, depending on system piping and flow capabilities. The N863 valve seals are available in Nitrile, Neoprene, Kalrez™ (FFKM), Teflon™ (PTFE), Viton™ (FKM) and EPDM to provide broad application versatility. UL Listing for the N863 is expected in 2014.

For more information, visit www.fisherregulators.com

Emerson Introduces Backpressure Regulators/Relief Valves in Lightweight, Corrosion-Resistant Titanium

Emerson Fisher 98 Series Backpressure Regulators Relief ValvesEmerson Process Management has introduced a new lightweight, corrosion-resistant version of its Fisher® 98 Series Backpressure Regulators/Relief Valves. With a body made from high strength titanium, product weight is significantly reduced and maintenance requirements are minimized – helping to increase overall platform safety. The new regulators/valves are designed to meet the need for reliable, high quality devices that are resistant to the highly corrosive conditions and aggressive chemicals typically used in offshore applications. Emerson’s Fisher 98 Series regulators/valves are used for backpressure or relief applications in liquid, gas, air, and steam service.  

For more information, visit www.emersonprocess.com  

Kingston Valves Announces New Safety Relief Valve

Kingston model 710Storm Manufacturing Group, maker of Kingston Valves, announces the release of their new safety valve series: the Kingston Model 710. The Model 710 is the first Kingston remote-discharge design certified for ASME Section VIII Air/Gas/Steam applications and is Kingston’s entry into the mid-sized valve market.

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Clean Service Relief Valves from Rupture Pin Technology

Clean ValveThe clean service pressure relief valve from Rupture Pin Technology (RPT) uses a precise pin as the sensor and actuator. The valve features a choice of 304 or 316 stainless construction, elastomer seals and a PFA piston.

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