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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.