Whether you carry out your own control valve maintenance or use a third party, the design of a control valve will influence your strategy and budget. To stay one step-ahead of unexpected maintenance challenges, I’ve put together my top key takeaways when it comes to control valves:
Do your control valves look a bit worse for wear? Perhaps even under performing? If you’re looking at replacing your control valves, but you want to ensure that you can get your system back into service as quickly as possible so that you can get on with your day, then you need quick delivery. Fortunately, I can help you with that as Spirax can deliver within 48 hours on a large selection of control valves. Even better for you, the valves leave the factory already pre-commissioned for applications letting you do a quick installation.
In my role as Controls Specialist, I’ve been to many sites and you would be surprised (or maybe not?) at how many control valves there are out there in plants where the control valves aren’t actually the best fit for the process conditions. Make your life easier and help yourself by asking whether the materials have been chosen with the process conditions in mind. Is the right grade of stainless steel being used for the control valve internals? Will this stand up to the potential for corrosion and erosion?
On the surface of it a control valve may be advertised as maintainable, in my experience however this is not always the case. For instance, control valves with screwed in seats are notoriously difficult to maintain with the seat sometimes being impossible to remove which can be extremely frustrating as it leaves you with the options to either live with an under performing control valve which is of no benefit to anybody or take the unenviable route of buying a new one.
Maintenance shouldn’t be a massive headache as the design of the control valve should be such that maintenance is straightforward and doesn’t significantly impact on process downtime, which as we both know can cause more than just a headache! If you want total peace of mind when it comes to the maintenance of your control systems, then click here for more information.
As a plant manager, specifier or operator, you probably have questions regarding ‘Steam Fundamentals’. To help you get ahead and avoid the unnecessary, and often time-consuming task of trawling Google for the answers, I’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions in the steam industry.
Steam provides the most reliable and efficient method of achieving effective sterilisation. It is a simple, fast and safe way to disinfect reusable equipment, but in order to be as effective as possible and reduce the potential risk of wet packs or extended sterilisation cycle times, a continuous supply of high-quality clean and dry steam is required. Angelo Giambrone, Business Development Manager answers your most asked questions related to reducing wet packs in healthcare facilities.
As an essential component in food and drink production, steam is a primary source for applications such as food heating and sterilisation. In the absence of regulatory requirements related to the quality or purity of steam, manufacturers are adopting good manufacturing practice by switching to clean steam.
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