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Fieldbus Foundation Demonstrates SIF Technology at Shell Global Solutions

The Fieldbus Foundation has conducted a successful end user demonstration of its Foundation for safety instrumented functions (SIF) technology. Held at the Shell Global Solutions technology centre in Amsterdam, the SIF demo attracted process automation end users and equipment suppliers from around the world.

Companies participating in the SIF demonstration working group included Dresser-Masonelian, Emerson Process Management, Metso Automation and TopWorx.

Source: SA Instrumentation & Control

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Solon Answers Belleville Springs Questions at MFDA Show

What is a Belleville spring? 

How can you keep a bolted joint tight?

What are the causes of bolt preload loss? 

Where are Belleville springs used?

If you can not answer these questions, you should attend our presentation at the MFDA show on September 15, 2008 at The Fiesta in Wood Ridge, NJ. We are giving two presentations throughout the show, but the content is the same for both times. Bring your Belleville spring questions to the show!  

Solon Belleville Springs, Solon Disc Springs and Solon Flange Washers are used in a variety of applications where high spring loads are required in a small space. 

They can help problematic applications such as bolted joints, electrical bus bar, heat exchangers, gasketed flange joints, and valve stem packing.

If you can't attend the show and are interested in learning more about Belleville springs, visit our website at www.solonmfg.com for product information and technical documents or contact Fran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source: Solon

Velan Announces an Expansion of its Montreal Facilities

Velan Inc. announced an important expansion of its three Montreal plants in Saint-Laurent, which will include additional plant facilities, machinery, and equipment to increase capacity, improve productivity and enhance the Company's R&D capabilities. The total cost of this project will be approximately $25 million over the next three years.

Source: Velan

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EPA Violations Pose No Public Threat

Failure to monitor valves at a Velma natural gas plant has led to enforcement action driven by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

Tulsa-based Atlas Pipeline Mid-Continent LLC owns and operates Velma Gas Plant, which since November 2007 has been in non-compliance with air quality standards, according to Environmental Protection Agency reports.

Source: The Duncan Banner

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Closed Valve Likely Caused Fatal Houston Blast, Feds Say

A closed valve that allowed pressure to build probably caused the explosion that killed an employee and injured six others at a southeast Houston chemical plant, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board reported.

The board is continuing its investigation into the June 11 blast and likely will focus on the company's practices for managing, inspecting, and maintaining relief systems; training operators and accounting for workers during emergencies, said CSB Chairman John Bresland.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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