Last week Netherlocks welcomed customers from The Benelux at our head office in The Netherlands at the Netherlocks Relations Event 2015. Visitors got to know all process safety solutions from Netherlocks and our sisters Crowcon and Elfab.
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.