Smith Flow Control Introduces TorkDrive to Prevent Plant Shut-Down and Protect Plant Assets

Torkdrive helps in preventing Valve damage by controlling the torque applied.

Smith Flow Control launches TorkDrive, a device that can be mounted to either the valve input handwheel or directly to the valve input shaft to safeguard the valve from excessive torque.

TorkDrive has two distinct benefits. It prevents valve damage, thus reducing the need for expensive plant shutdown and valve replacement (through over-torque) and provides vital information regarding site maintenance requirements.

SFC TorkDrive

TorkDrive can increase valve life as it prevents the operator from applying excessive force when closing the valve, protecting the valve seat. TorkDrive controls the torque applied when operating a valve, ensuring that the same force is used regardless of the strength of the operator.

TorkDrive can be incorporated seamlessly into plant maintenance systems and schedules. TorkDrive is set to a predetermined maximum torque and, if during the operation cycle of the valve, the operating torque increases above the maximum limit, the TorkDrive will slip, indicating an irregular valve condition. This will alert the operator to report the valve status to Site Maintenance, rather than continue to apply force to the valve.

TorkDrive boasts a compact design, weighing less than 4kg, despite an all-mechanical construction. It is a completely maintenance free device, made from 316 Stainless Steel and is suitable for oil refineries, power plants, paper mills, water plants and chemical processing facilities. TorkDrive withstands temperatures from -56°C to +100°C, with a torque setting range from 80Nm – 500Nm. TorkDrive can be installed directly to manually operated valves, requiring torque monitoring over 80Nm (Ball, Gear, Gate & Globe etc). TorkDrive also benefits from IP65 protection, safeguarding the device in the most aggressive of environments.

TorkDrive features unique clutch plates that are controlled by a series of calibrated compression springs. Two spring set configurations are available, a low range TorkDrive unit offering a maximum torque output range between 80Nm – 280Nm and a high range unit offering 250Nm-500Nm. Each unit is factory set before installation and the unit can be adjusted to suit the host equipment’s torque requirements using a calibrated setting scale within the body of the device. Each spring set has a unique colour code, thus ensuring that the correct torque range is always used.

TorkDrive comes complete with a tool for making fine adjustments.

The TorkDrive is supplied with bespoke adaptation to the host valve and its own operating handwheel/lever.

Enquiries to:
Mr. G V Lakshamanan,
Smith Flow Control Ltd.
B-1,401 Boomerang, Chandivali,
Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400 072
Tel.: +91 22 6708 0400
Mobile: +91 99300 27577

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Elfab awarded ISO/TS 29001:2010 certification

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

Pressure relief specialist 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.


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.”

For any further information contact:
Deborah Bevan
Elfab Ltd
Alder Road
North Shields
Tyne & Wear NE29 8SD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)191 293 1208
Fax: +44 (0)191 293 1200

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Avire unveils two new products at IEE Expo.

Optical slot sensor and emergency telephone launched at Indian show.

Leading provider of lift safety and communication systems Avire will unveil two new products at the IEE Expo 2014 in Mumbai, India.

The Optical Slot Sensor from TL Jones provides accurate lift leveling to millimeter precision, ensuring the safety of passengers as they enter and exit the lift. The slot sensor has exceptional resistance to dirt and debris thanks to its robust, fully sealed IP65-rated enclosure. The product has high light immunity, high repeatability and is suitable for new or existing installations.

Memco’s C100 emergency telephone can be surface or flush mounted, or installed behind the car operating panel. It features integrated emergency lighting, a customizable text plate and pictograms that remain hidden until backlit. The unit can be programmed code-free with a cost-effective programming tool.

Avire will also be presenting LCD displays from E-Motive and the Qccess wireless video camera, as well as a wide range of Memco and TL Jones light curtains. TL Jones light curtains are manufactured at Avire’s factory in Thane, India.
IEE Expo takes place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from 20-22 March. Representatives of Avire at the event will be found on Stand B19 and include sales and marketing director Andy Harbidge, telephones business manager Adam Sykes and displays product manager Jin Yee Chua.

Enquiries to:
Ms. Faye Wilson
Avire Ltd
Plot No. AO147, Road No. 24,
Wagle Industrial Estate,
Thane (W) – 400604, India.
Tel: +91 22 4124 8000

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