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Volume 4, Issue 1
Published: January 25, 2016
Optimising power management in solenoid valves
Solenoid valves have been used for more than 100 years in diverse flow control applications across many industries. But misunderstanding the underlying physics of their operation can...
The best of both worlds
As a method of proving the safety and performance of emergency shutdown valves (ESVs), partial stroke testing (PST) is an important tool for oil and gas operators. The technique has,...
Getting into position
Position transmitters are used to monitor the position of modulating control valves or the opening and closing characteristics of critical isolating valves. The information from the...
The material is what counts
Instrumentation valves and manifolds come into contact with many different types of media, each with unique characteristics. A bubble-tight seat is always of utmost importance. Leak freeservice...
Control valves, and how to select them
A recent study by Solomon, a leading benchmarking company in the process industries that tracks companies' performance based on reliability and maintenance metrics, found that companies...
Moving beyond mechanical
For many years water management systems have used exclusively mechanical components. There is no doubt that these tried and true systems have given useable results, but in recent years there...
Look at that solid body!
It is a well-established fact that the manufacture, transfer, handling, and use of dangerous chemicals such as acids, caustics and solvents – which can be highly corrosive, toxic,...
The hot dog
Pump failures are a frustrating waste of time, energy, and money. Pump manufacturers across the world have devoted considerable resources to attempt to eliminate them. They are also...
AODD in O&G
Air-operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps play an important part in the oil and gas industry. Often overlooked, these 'workhorses' are ideal for applications in this fast-moving marketplace,...
Innovation at the heart of StocExpo 2016
StocExpo, the world's leading international event for the tank terminal industry, returns to the Antwerp Expo after two years in Rotterdam. The three-day event, which takes place on...
Introduction to peristaltic pumps
A peristaltic pump is a type of positive displacement pump used for pumping a variety of fluids. The fluid is contained within a flexible tube fitted inside a circular pump casing,...
Meating food production demands
One of the world's leading suppliers of collagen casings for food, used by its customers in the production of a wide variety of sausages and other meat products, is investing £50...
May the magnetic force be with you
Groningen, Europe's largest natural gas field, was discovered in 1959. Production began in 1963, and by the end of the decade nearly 50% of the field's reserves were depleted with free-flow...
Choosing the fantastic plastic
Chemical applications subject piping systems to extreme conditions. Transport and processing of aggressive substances place high demands on system solutions. In addition to being reliable,...
All the cool skids
In 2008, a British Airways Boeing 777 crashed at London Heathrow due to ice crystal formation in the aircraft's piping systems. The plane had flown from Beijing and encountered an unusual...