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?
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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.
In order to establish integrated safety in manual and automated operations, mechanical valve interlocks have to be linked to DCS and SIS. This infographic (in a series of 2) shows how both manual and automated process operations can be part of an integral system for control and safety.
Self-made solutions for valve position indicators are often used to determine the open /closed position of a manual multi rotation valve. What are the main problems that customers experience with these types of valve position indicators and what product characteristics would end users in the industry actually prefer?