Valves

Metso signs distribution agreement with Process Control Equipment

Metso has signed a distribution agreement for its valve products with Process Control Equipment (PCE) to cover UK, Benelux and Spain. Under the non-exclusive agreement, PCE will add to its current portfolio of Metso's Neles and Jamesbury product families for all process industries in all countries. PCE has been distributing Metso's Jamesbury valves in the UK since 2012.

Velan launches the Securaseal R-series cast

HOUSTON, TX — Velan introduced the all new Securaseal R-series cast metal-seated ball valve at Valve World Expo in Houston, Texas. The new R-series cast product line leverages Velan’s extensive severe service technology and places it in an optimized package suitable for most processes with fluid slurries and high temperatures, the company said in a press release.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Siemens has been working closely with the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a cyber security project.

Digital: Transitioning from the spreadsheet to the Cloud

Renick, J., GE Digital

The Industrial Internet of Things is expected to create a $225-B market by 2020, opening new opportunities for industrial organizations related to data and asset management.

Equipment critical analysis: The need for an effective maintenance program

Zardynezhad, S., Toyo Engineering Canada Ltd.

Oil refineries and large petrochemical plants contain thousands of pieces of process and utilities equipment that are subject to wear, erosion, deterioration, aging, etc., resulting in increasing breakdowns and outages. Imagine being a maintenance engineer and receiving 50 work orders during an overhaul with a limited budget, time, labor, spare parts, tools, machines, etc. How does that engineer prioritize the work?

Editorial Comment: Maintenance—a value-added expense

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing tackles one of the most integral aspects of the downstream industry (or any industry, for that matter): maintenance and reliability. These two terms go hand-in-hand and help to ensure efficient and safe operations.

AMPO Poyam Valves completes construction of new manufacturing facility in India

IDIAZABAL, Spain -- AMPO Poyam Valves has completed construction of their new valve manufacturing plant in Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu, India) in order to accommodate AMPO’s expanding capabilities.

Implement proactive asset management techniques

Natarelli, J., T.A. Cook Consultants Inc.

The drop in crude oil prices since 2014 has impacted both upstream producers and downstream players. Upstream producers—those responsible for exploration, drilling and production—were the first to feel the effects. While refining margins benefitted from the drop in crude oil pricing, they began to suffer when record surpluses of gasoline and diesel flooded the market a year later.

Driving innovation in the downstream: IRPC returns to New Delhi

Adrienne Blume, Hydrocarbon Processing

Gulf Publishing Company and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to announce that IRPC 2017 will be held April 18–20 in New Delhi.

Control design for steam vent noise in refineries

Chadha, V., Bhandari, S., Virdi, P., Bechtel Corp.

Noise pollution in oil refineries has a direct effect on worker health. Noise is the unwanted or undesirable sound produced by process control equipment, which includes valves.