For a multinational oil and gas company in Norway, Netherlocks recently designed a key management solution. The design includes an integrated PC, software and touch screen and allows for easy logging and authorization of the use of your interlocking keys. It also offers operators detailed interlock information and provides insight in the use and status of your systems.
Netherlocks has developed a new tool for all existing and new Netherlocks customers; the Quick Fix Guide. This booklet helps users of valve interlocks to understand the functionality and quickly fix possible difficulties from working with interlocks.
The Power Wrench is the ideal tool for quickly opening and closing manual valves. A striking example of the benefits of the tool is provided by a refinery, where the Power Wrench is used to ensure quick operation of a vitally important manual bypass valve on a filter system.
An Antwerp based leading global synthetics company uses partial stroke testing to test the availability of some of their most critical ESD valves. Remarkably, they found that some valves that performed spotless in full stroke tests during stops, turned out to be stuck during live process. Without mechanical partial stroke tests, these critical on/off valves would have remained open upon request for an emergency shutdown.
During the 2015 edition of the Halma Innovation and Technology Exposition (HITE), the Innovation Award for Best Process was awarded to us. We won this edition’s Best Process award for our Internship Innovation Program.
Every year, agencies like CBS, OSHA and EPA investigate the biggest accidents that occur in the oil, gas and downstream sector, searching for root causes. There never seems to be one reason or mistake, often a combination of multiple factors lead to such catastrophic events. A lack of training, bad communication, wrong design and product malfunction are a few examples that are frequently identified during the root cause analysis. In most cases though, the human factor plays a vital role.
On March 3rd 2015, the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Mr. Vladimir Norov, visited the Netherlocks head office in The Netherlands. Accompanied by his Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs Mr. Askar Mirsaidov, the ambassador was received by Netherlocks managing director Daniel Ruiter and the management team.
On November 6, 2014, Halma India’s Managing Director, Mr. Prasenjit Datta inaugurated our new Vadodara branch office, located in the commercial area of Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Vadodara. The Vadodara office will serve as a base for Nitul Sanghvi, Area Sales Manager for South East Asia and his team.
Netherlocks appointed Atlantic Bluewater in Port Harcourt, Nigeria as local Power Wrench distributor. Atlantic Bluewater is an integrated engineering, maintenance and procurement services company in the upstream, mid Stream and down stream sectors of the Nigeria oil and gas economy.
Pan Arabian Office Co. Ltd, exclusive agent and distributor in the Saudi Arabian market for Dutch interlocking manufacturer Netherlocks, has started up their own training center, located in their Jubail facilities to provide technical trainings to their customers.
Netherlocks agent in South Africa, Zonke Engineering Ltd, adopts a local approach to service support, in line with the Netherlocks strategy to increase its local presence. Within this approach, one of their major clients is offered a made to measure mechanical valve interlock maintenance contract.
In pipeline pigging procedures, different valve interlock configurations can be distinguished, depending on the complexity of the pigging procedure. In this article, 3 basic configurations are described in detail.
As part of the Netherlocks Site Services program, Netherlocks offers various practical training courses. These courses enable valve technicians to train basic skills on installing, setting and troubleshooting valve interlocks.
The Netherlocks Agent Conference 2014, held last April 14 and 15 in The Netherlands, offered plenty of new insights on Netherlocks product developments and new product innovations. The two day conference, which was organised for Netherlocks global agents and distributors, also allowed for discussing market trends and future developments on valve safety and valve control.
In the process industry, awareness of the valve status is essential to avoid injury and equipment damage. A recent market research conducted by Netherlocks, revealed that many companies apply self-made or ‘bracket type’ solutions for valve position indication. As a standard, they experience serious issues with the use of these kinds of solution. What are the alternatives to self-made position indicators and how do they perform in terms of quality and cost effectiveness?
In a series of 2, this infographic shows how mechanical valve interlocks can be integrated within DCS and SIS. In particlular, it reveals how variables such as H2S and pressure levels can be linked to interlocking systems for pigging operations.
Especially for pigging operations, integrating the characteristics of purely mechanical interlocks into new electronically powered solutions for control and safety can create a higher overall process safety level.