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Wireless Solutions Keep Close Watch on Valves

14 wnt wireless introThe number of valves and valve types that go into modern process plants today to precisely control operations is huge. Because of the critical role they can play, the increasing numbers mean a corresponding increased need to monitor how well these valves operate. Yet in too many cases, this does not occur. The lack of information coming from a large proportion of today’s valves can lead to poor performance and inefficient operation. One of the tools at our disposal to achieve effective valve monitoring is ­wireless technology.

Nuggets of Knowledge: Industry Veterans Share What They’ve Learned

No matter what industry or line of business people are in, or how long they have been on the job, they never stop learning. Those lessons come both from new education and the school of hard knocks. In the valve industry, young professionals have the benefit of being able to learn from many veterans. The industry has a long history and is well-established. At the same time, its veterans are looking down the road and realizing young blood is needed to continue to make the valve and actuator industry a strong one.

Reducing Compression Packing Friction in Valves

Compression packing is found in applications ranging from transmission of natural gas and water to caustics and high-temperature steam. When used properly, it is a cost-effective, high-performance means of sealing. Unfortunately, compression packing creates friction, which can cause major issues in certain applications. Knowing how to reduce that friction can be critical in minimizing those issues.

Actuator Commissioning Made Simpler

13 fall commission1There is something about opening a box labeled “some assembly required” that causes one of two reactions—the joy of the challenge or dread. In actuator commissioning, the dread comes from not being an actuator expert, in which case installing and commissioning that actuator may appear at first glance to be difficult.


Relief System Management Software: Helping Companies Achieve PSM Compliance

13 fall PSM bhopalOn Nov. 15, 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made into law the standard for process safety management (PSM) of highly hazardous chemicals (29 CFR 1910.119), as well as section 304 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) amendments. The PSM standard and CAA changes were enacted in direct response to the Union Carbide India Ltd., Bhopal, India disaster that occurred on Dec. 2, 1984 and resulted in the deaths of 3,787 individuals. For the many valve and actuator users that operate processes involving ­hazardous materials, the changes mean analysis of PSM and creation of programs that should ensure a similar tragedy does not occur. Because pressure relief can be a last line of defense, PSM must address pressure relief systems.

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