Valve User Issue 28 Articles

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Shale Shilly Shally: Welcome to the latest issue of BVAA’s Valve User magazine!

I was deeply impressed by an eloquent and well informed radio interviewee the other day talking on the subject of shale gas. An eminent UK academic, he led a University consortium ...

AGM Fever

The 2013 BVAA AGM was held at Rockliffe Hall Hotel in Darlington. We are pleased to report that according to member’s feedback, BVAA staged an event fit for the luxury surroundings...

BVAA Mad Hatters

Last issue’s winner Congratulations to Martin Sandles of ARC Energy who correctly identified that Jimmy was on Lake Titcaca. Better still, Martin spotted that Jimmy was on one ...

Chris Warnett Retires

In December 2013 Rotork gave a farewell party for Chris Warnett, international sales director for the Process Controls Division. Starting with Rotork in the UK as a design engineer...

Valve World 2014: The 9th Biennial Valve World Conference and Exhibition will be held this December, in Dusseldorf,Germany,2-4 December 2014

At Valve World 2012 BVAA organised a very successful British Pavilion and Group Stand. At the time of Valve User Magazine going to press, negotiations with the event organisers are...

Fundamental Change Urgently Needed to Address UK Exploration Crisis Says Oil & Gas UK Chief

Commenting on Wood Mackenzie’s annual review of UK upstream oil and gas, which followed on the heels of data released by the Department of Energy (DECC) on drilling activity in the...

SMC - Forbes innovators top 100 company joins BVAA

SMC Pneumatics, the Milton Keynes based global manufacturer of fluid control instrumentation and pneumatics has announced it has joined the British Valve and Actuator Association. ...

New Member Profile: ESI Process UK: More than Equipment suppliers…..Solution providers. Engineering expertise means ESI add value to valve distribution services

ESI Process UK, valve distributor and engineering solutions provider, based in Wales & Middlesbrough, has joined the British Valve and Actuator Association. Part of the ESI Technol...

Challenging Offshore North Sea Project will use Special Anti-Corrosion Instrumentation Made in Devon: Project could bring in over £10m of business for Barnstaple’s Parker Hannifin

An offshore oil and gas project that will site new offshore platforms in challenging conditions in the North Sea has selected highreliability valves and tube connection fittings fr...

New Member Profile: Associated Spring

Associated Spring is one of the leading Manufacturers and Distributors of Springs and Fasteners in the western hemisphere. The Worcestershire based company holds in stock a compreh...

New Member Profile: ThermaFlue Systems: A new range of products which provide solutions to common flow control problems

Doncaster based ThermaFlue Systems Ltd has announced that it has joined the British Valve and Actuator Association. ThermaFlue Systems manufactures a range of patented heat protect...

Saco Powers into South Africa with ‘Revolutionary’ Actuator

SMART ACTUATOR manufacturer SACO is now powering into markets across the globe with the unveiling of a world-beating energy efficient actuator The UK-based company already has a...

BiS Valves Report on Successful 2013

2013 has proven to be an exciting and challenging year for BiS, following unprecedented growth in 2012 which resulted in a 40% increase in turnover To meet a stated aim of incre...

CTL Launch Hydrostatic Pressure Testing Facility

CTL, the leading CNC machining procurement and assembly specialist, has recently commissioned a new Hydro Test Chamber at its facility in Stockport. CTL are trusted by clients from...

Hot Spot ISO 15848-1 and ISO 15848-2 DIS Enquiry

The two following draft standards were updated according to the discussions during the last meeting of ISO/TC 153/SC 1/WG 10 in September 2013: ISO 15848-1 “Industrial valves - ...

SmartKey+ Securely Manages Safety Interlock Keys in Real Time

SmartKey+ is an extension of Smith Flow Control’s Key Management Systems. Key cabinets provide a safe and visual way of storing interlock system ‘initiating’ keys. SmartKey+ has be...

Hardide aims high for prestigious Nadcap approval

Hardide Coatings’ plan to secure the aerospace industry’s prestigious Nadcap approval is taking off. The provider of advanced surface coating technology aims to reach new frontiers...

Spirax Sarco controls improve production efficiency

Effective condensate removal has reduced tablet drying times on steam-heated ovens at Piramal Healthcare’s pharmaceutical production site in Morpeth, Northumberland. Automatic pump...

Quickits propel inspection capabilities to next level: Quickits’ latest investment sees the procurement of the Faro Prime CMM (Co-ordinate Measuring Machine)

With increased demand from customers for detailed inspection reporting the latest £40,000 investment allows Quickits to provide electronic inspection reporting including 3D modelli...

Case Study: Providing Project Managed Services

Rotork is well known for supplying flow control equipment for new and upgraded industrial plants and processes on a global scale. In these contracts, often involving tens or hundre...

Unique Solution to Problem of ‘Spray-Out’ Leakages: ThermaFlue Spraysafe® Shield stops spray out and provides visual indication of a leak.

ThermaFlue Systems Ltd, the Doncaster based manufacturer of bespoke high temperature covers, has designed a uniquely effective solution to the problem of ‘spray-out’ leakages in hi...

Hot Spot Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

CEIR and BVAA have given diligent and careful consideration to the interpretation of the requirements of the Machinery directive relative to its application to industrial valves, v...

Flowserve Announces New Valtek GS and Logix 420 Control Valve System: Achieving exceptional balance between high performance and value while delivering high flow rates

Flowserve Corporation, a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, today announced the introduction of two new products, the Val...

Compact actuators for LNG cryogenic valves

The use of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as a cheaper and less polluting alternative to diesel for generators providing the power to remote sites is becoming increasingly widespread....

Score Europe Awarded Large Employer of the Year by Skills Development Scotland

Each year the SDS (Skills Development Scotland) Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Awards are held to recognise the achievements and commitment of individuals and employers involved in...

Raising Joint Integrity Awareness

Engineers from across the UK came together in the North East to discuss new technology and legislation regarding Joint Integrity at an information and training session led by the A...

Hot Spot 2014 CEN/TC69 systematic review

The systematic review of the following standards of CEN/TC 69 is opened: EN 593:2009+A1:2011 “Industrial valves - Metallic butterfly valves” EN 1349:2009 “Industrial process ...

New appointments at YPS Valves

YPS Valves Ltd, whose headquarters are in Leeds, West Yorkshire, has appointed Nick Day to its inhouse technical design department. Nick, a qualified mechanical design engineer,...

Pneumatrol determined to grow internationally

As a key part of its business development strategy, Pneumatrol Limited, a North West based specialist manufacturer of pneumatic control products for use within both hazardous and s...

Armoloy NTDC and the Oil & Gas sector

Armoloy (UK) Ltd has recently expanded its operations in response to an increasing demand from the offshore Oil & Gas sector for its unique surface assurance process. It has added ...

Improving measurement and process performance using smart instruments and asset management systems

Developments in smart instrumentation and asset management systems are offering a raft of new opportunities for today’s process operators. Providing real-time access to an expanded...

Clear cut material choice?

When considering which pressure regulators or filter regulators to fit on your valve actuators and given equal performance products, the material choice often fell into one of two ...

Investment in Manufacturing at BiS: Increased recognition of the cost, space and time saving advantages of bespoke manifold solutions has driven further investment in manufacturing capac

Last December saw the delivery of a new CNC machining centre at BiS Valves’ component manufacturing facility. The Doosan Mynx 5400 is a vertical machining centre with an integrated...

Hot Spot ISO/CD 28921-2: ISO CD 28921-2 Industrial valves – Isolating valves for low-temperature applications – Part 2: Type testing

During its last plenary meeting on 27 September 2013, ISO/TC 153/SC 1 adopted resolution to submit ISO 28921-2 to CD Enquiry – comments required by 6 February 2014 This Interna...

Adanac Jackets keep it flowing

The past 12 months has seen a noticeable turnaround in the valve industry in the UK, with the majority of companies seeing a significant increase in order intake. Adanac is no diff...

The UK Craft Beer Market and Zoedale’s Favourite Brews

Flow control specialists Zoedale Plc has been supplying the UK Brewing Industry for many years but 2013 saw a huge rise in demand from breweries of a different kind. The Craft Beer...

Maintaining a constant flow of beer: By Helmut Ambros and Uwe Daebel

Since 2010, leading festival tent operators have converted to central beer supply systems at the Munich Oktoberfest. The pressure conditions prevailing at the bars and taps should ...

Customised valve actuation: when standard products are not the answer

The overriding majority of valve actuation applications in today’s industries are fulfilled with standard products. In some cases an actuator may need to be modified to suit specif...

Les Littlewood, Sales Director, Albion Valves UK attributes twenty years in the industry to traditional values…

Commitment to their distributors has been at the heart of Albion’s business model since opening their doors in South Yorkshire twenty years ago. Today, maintaining excellent distri...

Advanced growth for West Yorkshire actuator supplier: Silsden-based Advanced Actuators Limited has reported a 40 per cent increase in turnover for 2013 and announced two key internal promotions

Managing Director Chris Woodhead has revealed significant expansion plans with over 50% of current business secured through export and says the changes in personnel will help susta...

SIPOS’ actuation solution for steel plant

SIPOS Aktorik has secured a prestigious contract to supply advanced actuation technology to the Dillinger Hütte steel plant in Germany. The company’s SIPOS 5 HiMod actuators have b...

Beating the Stock Market:: How RPV went from nothing to a leading international valve stockist in just 20 years

Suffolk based RPV has one of the largest inventories of any valve stockist in the World. Twenty years ago the company had only just formed, today it stocks over £60m worth of produ...

HKS Actuators Guarantee Water Management on a Drilling Rig in the Gulf of Mexico

HKS’s latest project is the successful implementation of the entire water management system on a DP3 Well Intervention Semisubmersible Unit for operation in the Gulf of Mexico. ...

Kent Introl’s UK focus: there’s no place like home

In its four decades of trading, Brighousebased valve manufacturer Koso Kent Introl has worked with customers and on projects in virtually every corner of the globe. But as a Britis...

New explosion-proof electric actuator from AUMA

AUMA has announced that orders can be placed for its new explosion-proof version part-turn actuator. Designed for butterfly and ball valve automation, the SQEx .2 replaces AUMA’s e...

Valvekits to stock Soldo hazardous area switchboxes

Rotork Valvekits, the Rotork actuator manufacturing and flow control group’s specialist valve mounting kit company, is now the UK stockist for Soldo switchboxes. Soldo is a highly ...

Alternative Acquisition: Morgan O’Brien, of ESI Process UK, tells Valve User Magazine that being acquired does not necessarily mean being ‘swallowed up’

Acquisitions are a fact of business life. They take many forms and fulfil many purposes. For several small business owners, they can present a legitimate strategy for accelerating ...

Metso’s Neles® capping valves give an automated solution for batch cooking

Stora Enso Fine Paper’s Nymölla mill in Sweden selected Metso as the supplier of new capping valves for its batch digester line 1. In total, Metso will deliver 5 Neles PZ-series ca...

The sliding gate valve reins in costs for steam systems: Rapid control dynamics reduce steam consumption by up to 30%

The level of quality attainable in controlling a steam plant is heavily dependent on the dynamic characteristics of the total system comprising the control element, actuator and co...

New dual chamber orifice fittings help keep fiscal metering lines running

Disruption in fiscal metering applications caused by the removal and inspection of orifice plate flowmeters can now be eliminated using ABB’s new meter2di FPD220. The meter2di ...

SIPOS supports energy sector environmental initiative

SIPOS and the eels The advanced capabilities of SIPOS’ electric actuators are supporting an environmental initiative for an eel bypass system at Unkelmühle - a hydroelectric RWE...

New Pilot Valve Reduces Piping Costs and Complexity

Process valves with pneumatic actuation can use a variety of pneumatic and electro pneumatic (solenoid) valves and instruments to achieve valve operation and failsafe actions. Mult...

Rotork Schischek boosts biogas production: Rotork Schischek ExMax explosionproof actuators have been selected to assist the production of biogas for district heating systems in the German city

Biogas is produced during the effluent treatment process at the city’s largest waste water plant Klaerwerk Gut Grosslappen, situated close to the world famous Munich Allianz Arena,...

Saint-Gobain Pam UK the ‘Natural’ Choice for Wessex Water

Saint-Gobain PAM UK has been awarded a major contract to supply more than 70km of its EN545 approved Natural ductile iron pipe range for a flagship project for Wessex Water. The...

Smith Flow Control Introduces TorkDrive to Prevent Plant Shut-Down and Aid Site Maintenance

Smith Flow Control launches TorkDrive, a device that can be mounted to either the valve input handwheel or directly to the valve input shaft to safeguard the valve from excessive t...

Hardide Coatings strengthens technical team with new appointments: Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, has made two key appointments to bolster its team focused on developing tungsten-ca

Ioan Jones takes up the post of laboratory manager and Oliver Jones has been brought in as pre-treatment specialist. The duo will complement the current team of 29 staff, bringing ...

AUMA Gains National Grid Approval

AUMA, supplier of modular electric actuators to the gas, petrochemical and process industries, has achieved National Grid T/SP/VA/2 approval for its range of Ex certified actuators...

Hot Spot prEN 764-1 “Pressure equipment - Part 1: Vocabulary”

prEN 764-1 “Pressure equipment - Part 1: Vocabulary” is currently under CEN Enquiry ending on 8 January 2014 It has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 54 “Unfired pressure...

Some cool uses for Solenoid Valves

Zoedale Plc has been selling Solenoid Valves since 1976 and has seen them used in some obscure and interesting applications. The valves have been used in everything from toilet flu...

Hot Spot API 6FA/6FD and API 607 review

API 6FA Specification for Fire Test for Valves API Spec 6FD Specification for Fire Test for Check Valves API Std 607 Fire Test for Quarter-turn Valves and Valves Equipped wit...

Utilities industries ripe for aftermarket growth

Control valve expert Severn Unival is unveiling ambitious plans to grow aftermarket activity in the power, industry and water sectors over the next three years. It has identified a...

Plan for 2014 training with Spirax Sarco

Spirax Sarco has launched a new training brochure for 2014, giving plant operators and managers more ways to save energy, increase productivity, improve product quality and reduce ...

Versa 316 Stainless Steel Regulators

Versatile Controls Ltd introduce the latest addition to their successful range of Versa 1/4" and 1/2" npt AR- 316 series hi-flow regulators, by completing it with 1" npt regulators...

Biffi and Power Mechanical Collaborate: Actuation Solution for Complex Plant Regeneration Project

Pentair’s Biffi is working in collaboration with its UK distributor Power Mechanical to deliver an innovative actuation solution for the Bacton Rejuvenation project in Norfolk, UK....

CVS Manager takes efficiency to new levels

Control Valve Solutions’ (CVS) Technical and Production Teams have recently made breakthroughs in the lead time for both the repair and supply of control, isolation and ESDVs throu...

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