Live test reveals advantages of mechanical partial stroke testing

Recently Netherlocks shot video material for the FAITH partial stroke test device. The video shows a partial stroke test as carried out by personnel of a Netherlocks client. While showing a live partial stroke test, it visually reveals the advantages of FAITH.

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New Indian branch office

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.

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New Power Wrench distributor in Nigeria

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.

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Netherlocks Saudi exclusive agent opens interlocking training center

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.

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Local approach to maintenance of valve interlocks increases process uptime

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.

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Basic valve interlock configurations in pipeline pigging

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.

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Netherlocks reaches second place in national election

Netherlocks reached second place in a national event aimed at selecting the company with the best student placement policy of the Netherlands. 200 Dutch companies participated in this election, amongst others RabobankShellStruktonBoskalis and Erasmus Medical Centre.

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Banks warn of potential fraud risk

We have become aware that a Netherlocks customer has received a fraudulent email requesting that they change the bank account details they hold for Netherlocks. The email originated from a non-Netherlocks email address but the message used the name of an actual Netherlocks employee.

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Valve interlock installation training saves time and effort

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.

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Agent Conference offered valuable insights on Netherlocks innovations

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.

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To better solutions for valve position indicating

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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Improving process safety: coupling mechanical safety systems with DCS and SIS (part 2)

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. 

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Towards more integrated safety of 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.

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Improving process safety: coupling mechanical safety systems with DCS and SIS

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.

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Typical problems with manual valve position indicators

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?

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Shin-Etsu replaces lockout-tagout devices with Netherlocks process interlocking systems

As part of an overhaul operation of one of its plants, Dutch based Shin-Etsu PVC, part of Shin-Etsu Chemical Ltd., recently replaced all refrigeration compressors using Freon with compressors using propylene in their Botlek plant. The Pressure Safety Valves (PSV’s) on these compressors were safeguarded by lockout-tagout systems. Michel Immerzeel, Team Leader Mechanical at Shin-Etsu PVC, explains why the new compressors are to be equipped with valve interlocks instead.

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The integration of electronic components into mechanical valve interlocking solutions

Mechanical interlocking products guarantee strict adherence to procedure and thus avoid human error. They are particularly useful for operations that are generally recognized as highly dangerous, such as pigging. Interlocks are a cost-effective measure that results in extremely high safety levels.

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Corrosion resistance of valve interlocks

Valve safety products such as valve interlocking devices have to withstand harsh conditions for long periods of time. Therefore, stringent requirements are imposed on this kind of equipment. Which materials can be best used and which design principles have to be taken into account?

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New EX (ATEX) Certification for Netherlocks FAITH partial stroke test system

Netherlocks has received new EX certification for the Netherlocks FAITH partial stroke testing system, recognising the addition of a dedicated grounding means for the system.

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Netherlocks to be present at ADIPEC 2013

Netherlocks will be present at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), held at ADNEC – the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, from 10 to 13 November.

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