Elfab names Russell Trotter as Business Development Director

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Former Texecom Director will oversee global new customer acquisition strategy

Pressure management specialist Elfab has appointed Russell Trotter as its new Business Development Director for all products and markets worldwide, bringing with him 14 years’ mechanical and electronic B2B experience.

Russell originally joined Elfab in 2000 as Operations Director and was instrumental in the design and development of new pressure relief products, including Elfab’s Opti-Gard™ range of reverse-acting rupture discs, and its non-intrusive rupture disc detection system, Flo-Tel™. After 7 years, Russell moved to sister company Texecom, an electronics design and manufacturing business in the intruder alarm system industry, where he was responsible for all manufacturing, procurement, quality and process engineering. During his time at Texecom, Russell took on the role of Business Development Director for the Klaxon Wide Area signalling brand, contributing to substantial growth and gaining significant sales and marketing experience.

As a leading manufacturer of rupture discs, explosion vents and associated detection systems, Elfab plans to grow significantly over the next few years, further penetrating its existing markets, as well as developing sales in new markets. Geographical growth areas for the company include the Middle East, Africa and Russia. Returning to Elfab with his extensive sales development experience Russell is set to spearhead this expansion.

Russell is MBA qualified via Durham University UK and NEBOSH trained in UK HSE management.

Commenting on his new position, Russell said: “I look forward to developing a legacy in the new markets we are entering, securing a strong brand presence and increasing our market share.”

As associate sponsor at the 6th Annual Process Safety Implementation Summit in Abu Dhabi in September, Russell will be representing Elfab at the conference and delivering a seminar on rupture disc technology. If you would like to know more about this seminar, or would like to speak to Russell, please contact the Elfab office on 0044 (0)191 2931234 or email pr@elfab.com.

 

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New rupture disc developed for duplex holders

Elfab’s Opti-Gard™ now suitable for even wider range of applications

Elfab has launched a new version of its Opti-Gard™ rupture disc for use with duplex holders. Opti-Gard™ High-Strength Magnet (OPM) will typically benefit customers in the oil and gas industry and makes the Opti-Gard™ range suitable for an even wider range of applications.

Opti-Gard now suitable for duplex holders

The Opti-Gard™ system comprises a reverse-acting rupture disc, a single-design holder and Flo-Tel™, a non-invasive, ATEX-approved detector. The Flo-Tel™ sensor fits into the rupture disc holder while a magnet is attached to all Elfab rupture disc products. When the disc bursts, the magnet arcs away from the sensor and produces an open circuit signal. After functioning, only the disc needs to be replaced, saving on both material costs and downtime.

Previously, Flo-Tel™ could not be supplied for applications requiring duplex holders, as duplex stainless steel is magnetic and prevented the detector from functioning correctly. OPM features a high-strength magnet, allowing its detection system to be used across a wider range of process conditions where duplex holders are required.

Flo-Tel™ offers a wide range of unique benefits to customers requiring notification of disc burst, being the only integral ATEX-approved detection system available on the market. Unlike traditional membrane detectors, Flo-Tel™ is reusable and so only requires a one-off installation, saving significant costs associated with ongoing wiring. Since it is isolated from downstream pressure fluctuations or aggressive media, it will not cause unnecessary downtime through spurious “failure” indication.

Like the traditional Opti-Gard™ disc, OPM continues to offer some of the best performance specifications on the market for liquid, gas and vapour applications, featuring a three per cent tolerance and 95 per cent operating range.

Elfab offers a wide range of products and services to safety-critical industry sectors across the globe, and is constantly developing its product range to meet customer demands and strengthen its pressure intelligence brand.

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Two-way rupture disc delivers significant cost savings

Product covers both positive and negative pressure relief

Elfab has developed a two-way rupture disc to prevent vessel damage under vacuum or from overpressure.

Elfab's two-way rupture disc prevents vessel damage under vacuum or from overpressure.

Customers who previously relied on separate rupture discs for positive and negative pressure relief can now use this disc alone to fulfil the same protective function via a single installation point. This allows customers to safeguard their application while significantly reducing costs.

Available in non-fragmenting composite or graphite designs, and compatible with liquid, gas and vapour, the two-way disc is suitable for most customer applications. Both disc designs feature Elfab’s unique non-invasive, ATEX-approved detection system, Flo-Tel™, making them the only bidirectional discs on the market to benefit from reusable burst detection. Instant burst indication is critical to many process applications while the detection system’s reusable nature enables customers to make further cost savings.

The composite design is supplied in stainless steel as standard but a wide range of other materials can also be provided. The graphite disc is non-torque sensitive and needs no holder, instead fitting directly between flanges. Both can be installed between a variety of flange arrangements, depending on specific application requirements.

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Elfab debuts at Gastech with new burst detection system

Flo-Tel™ XD is first Ex d-approved system on market

Elfab will use its first appearance at Gastech to show its new Ex d-approved burst detection system.

Non-invasive and fail-safe, Flo-Tel™ XD is the first system of its kind available on the market. For over a decade, Elfab’s Flo-Tel™ detector has indicated when a rupture disc has functioned within harsh operating conditions. The new design negates the need for intrinsic safety barriers, making it more cost-effective. Including an Ex d junction box with M20 tapping, Flo-Tel™ XD accepts industry-standard cable glands and is suitable for use in Zones 0, 1 and 2.

Elfab will also display a selection of products and videos, focusing on the Opti-Gard™ rupture disc range and Flo-Tel™+ burst detection system.

Elfab representatives available on the stand will include managing director Simon Keenan, marketing director Deborah Bevan, Asia-Pacific general manager MK Kannan and customer services representative Claire Lim.

Gastech will be held at KINTEX 1, Goyang City, South Korea from 24-27 March 2014. Elfab can be found on Stand A310.

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Elfab awarded ISO/TS 29001:2010 certification

First rupture disc manufacturer to achieve oil and gas industry-specific standard

Elfab has been awarded ISO/TS 29001:2010 approval for its quality management system. Elfab is the first rupture disc manufacturer to satisfy the third edition of technical specification ISO/TS 29001, developed specifically for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.

Elfab has achieved ISO/TS29001:2010 certification

Explaining the significance of the accreditation, Elfab’s quality manager Bryan Tate said: “This approval demonstrates Elfab’s commitment to industry best practice and continual quality improvement. It allows us to streamline operations to continually improve our technical knowledge and reduce waste, which will benefit our customers in the long term.”

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance carried out an internal audit at Elfab’s premises in August 2013, with official certification following two months later. This is a further addition to Elfab’s extensive range of quality approvals.

Ed Durante, project leader of the ISO/TC 67 working group that developed ISO/TS 29001:2010, described the standard as “the baseline requirement for quality management systems in the exploration and production sector of the petroleum and natural gas industry. The document is gaining acceptance in the refining sector and is being seriously considered in the pipeline sector.”

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New rupture disc detection system Ex d-approved

Flo-Tel™ XD represents another industry-first for Elfab

Elfab has introduced the industry’s first Ex d-approved burst detection system, FloTel™ XD.

Flo-Tel XD, E xd-approved rupture disc detection system

For over a decade Flo-Tel™ has offered customers across a wide range of industries the unique features of ATEX Zone 1, non-invasive, fail-safe and re-useable detection when using rupture discs.

Working with key customers, Elfab’s engineers have sought to offer a more cost-effective system for key applications, such as LNG. Flo-Tel™ is now fully Ex d-approved, negating the need for intrinsically safe barriers and interfacing directly with the customer’s remote terminal unit, all of which reduces installation costs considerably.

As with all of Elfab’s Flo-Tel™ products, Flo-Tel™ XD is a one-time-only installation unit. The system has no moving parts and is therefore exceptionally reliable. Its method of operation is specifically designed to be fail-safe. Any periodic maintenance checks specified by customers can be carried out by a non-electrically-qualified fitter using the Test-Tel™ installation tool.

The Flo-Tel™ sensor fits into the rupture disc holder while a magnet is attached to all Elfab rupture disc products. When the disc bursts, the magnet arcs away from the sensor and produces an open circuit signal. After functioning, only the disc needs to be replaced, saving on both costs and downtime.

Elfab’s Opti-Gard™ range of rupture discs was recently tested to over one million life cycles, a service life more than four times longer than the previous industry-best.

Elfab will be demonstrating Flo-Tel™ XD at ADIPEC 2013. The company will be found in Hall 10, Stand 10370.

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Elfab appoints new sales manager for western Europe

Lee Farms brings 17 years’ experience to the role

Elfab has appointed Lee Farms as its sales manager for western Europe, looking after OEM products.

Elfab's sales manager for west Europe

Lee joins Elfab from precision components manufacturer Katmex, where he was responsible for business development and quality management. He has 17 years’ experience of the metal engineering industry, working across design, production, sales and customer service functions. He also holds a Diploma in Strategic Business Management.

Commenting on his new position, Lee said: “My experience and education have given me a thorough understanding of how a business operates and an appreciation of client needs. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with our clients to fulfil their diverse and individual needs, forging strong and long-lasting partnerships.”

Customers can contact Lee at sales@elfab.com to enquire about Elfab’s products and bespoke services.

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New Ex d-approved burst detection and world’s first 3% tolerance forward-acting rupture disc on show at ADIPEC 2013

Flo-Tel+™ XD and Safe-Gard deliver significant cost savings

Elfab will be demonstrating its new Ex d-approved burst detection system, FloTel™ XD, and forward-acting rupture disc, Safe-Gard, at ADIPEC 2013.

Flo-Tel™ XD offers one of the most cost-effective burst detection systems available for key applications, such as LNG. Fully Ex d-approved, the new product considerably reduces installation costs by removing the need for intrinsically safe barriers and interfacing directly with the remote terminal unit.

Safe-Gard is the world’s first three per cent tolerance forward-acting rupture disc. This product is particularly useful for high-pressure applications, where customers are seeking to maximise the throughput of their process. It comes ready for use with Flo-Tel™, Elfab’s unique non-invasive detection system.

Elfab will also be showing a range of products and videos at ADIPEC, focusing particularly on the company’s premium Opti-Gard™ rupture disc range.

Key members of Elfab’s board of directors will be present at the company’s stand. Customers should contact Elfab prior to the event to arrange a formal meeting.

Elfab is sharing its stand at ADIPEC with two other Halma companies, Netherlocks and Klaxon Signals.

Netherlocks will be presenting its new ‘Intelligent Interlocking’ platform, which offers higher levels of operator convenience and improved information sharing. The firm will also show its Valve Position Indicator, a device that generates a digital indication of the open or closed position of a valve in the field.

Klaxon Signals has supplied signalling products and warning devices for over 50 years. The company’s product range includes electronic siren systems for hazardous and non-hazardous environments, as well as conventional notification systems. Klaxon acts as a consultant for mass notification system design, offering site-specific sound mapping and design services to establish the optimum mass notification solution.

ADIPEC takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE, from 10-13 November. Elfab, Netherlocks and Klaxon Signals can be found in Hall 10, Stand 10370.

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Elfab unveils new burst detection system at Offshore Europe

Flo-Tel™ XD is first Ex d-approved system on market

Elfab will reveal its new Ex d-approved burst detection system at Offshore Europe 2013.

Non-invasive and fail-safe, Flo-Tel™ XD is the first system of its kind available on the market. For over a decade, Elfab’s Flo-Tel™ detector has indicated when a rupture disc has functioned within harsh operating conditions. The new design negates the need for intrinsic safety barriers, making it more cost-effective. Including an Ex d junction box with M20 tapping, Flo-Tel™ XD accepts industry-standard cable glands and is suitable for use in Zones 0, 1 and 2.

Elfab will be formally demonstrating the product twice a day, at 11am and 2pm. The company will also show a selection of products and videos, focusing on the Opti-Gard™ rupture disc range and Flo-Tel™+ burst detection system.

Elfab’s delegation will include: Deborah Bevan, marketing director; Philip Fedosenkov, regional sales director; Guy Boomer, contract manager; Michal Perczynski, technical sales engineer; and Andrew Carr, customer services representative. Managing director Simon Keenan and operations director John Fulton will attend the event for one day each.

Fellow Halma subsidiary Smith Flow Control will be sharing Elfab’s stand. Simon Read, SFC’s project sales manager, will be demonstrating the portable valve actuator EasiDrive. The tool facilitates the operation of valves requiring a large number of turns, or which are otherwise problematic due to high torque or adverse environmental conditions.

Offshore Europe will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, UK. Customers will find Elfab and SFC on Stand 4B141.

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Engineering manufacturer looking to add six new apprentices

Elfab topped Ernst & Young apprenticeships league in 2012 and 2013

North Shields-based manufacturer Elfab is looking to take on six new apprentices, starting in August 2013. Elfab topped the Ernst & Young Manufacturers’ League for apprenticeships in the North-East in both 2012 and 2013, and in the last two years has trebled the number of apprentices on its books.

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The majority of the roles available are within manufacturing, but the company is also seeking to bolster its administration department. Elfab has produced a short video to explain its apprenticeship scheme in more detail.

Apprenticeships will run for one year, with the opportunity for further academic study on completion. Candidates would normally be around 18-years-old and have completed their first year at college, with Elfab then becoming their supporting company for their time in industry. Depending on the discipline concerned, apprentices would take on a number or roles, gain experience with different functions and take part in various short-term projects.

One former apprentice from last year’s programme is now studying full-time for a Mechanical Engineering degree at Newcastle University, sponsored by Elfab. Another has been given the opportunity of becoming a Maintenance Technician, a multi-skilled role demanding both mechanical engineering and electrical expertise. This position includes day release to allow the employee to study for an HNC, and will hopefully lead to a degree.

Elfab produces rupture discs, explosion vents and associated detection devices to protect people, plant, processes and the environment around the world. Although Elfab’s customers are predominantly found in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and food processing industries, the company’s technology is also used in a wide range of OEM applications, from launch systems in space rockets, and air bags in cars, to cryogenic systems in body scanners.

Applicants for Elfab’s apprenticeship scheme should send a CV and covering email to apprenticeship@elfab.com.

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