FlexiDrive Remote Valve Operator from Smith Flow Control Eases Wastewater Operations

Erlanger, Ky. (March 24, 2016) – The FlexiDrive from Smith Flow Control helps workers in the water and wastewater industry remotely operate valves in hard-to-reach or hazardous locations. The FlexiDrive’s linear drive cable transfers torque from a handwheel to any conventional wheel-operated valve up to 100 feet away, accommodating 360 degree bends in the cable run.

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FlexiDrive is suitable for use in the most extreme climates, making it ideal for water and wastewater applications. Valves in underground pits that create a risk for falling, or in areas with odors from chemicals or waste, can be operated from a safe location. A submersible version of FlexiDrive is available that operates valves in up to 50 feet of water. FlexiDrive is completely maintenance free, and available in two sizes to accommodate large and small valves.

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Smith Flow Control Appoints New Distributor, Hughes Machinery

Erlanger, Ky. (January 27, 2016) – Smith Flow Control has further increased its availability to customers across the U.S. Midwest by naming Hughes Machinery (Lenexa, Kan.) as its new distributor. Hughes Machinery will provide sales, service and support for the Smith Flow Control line of valve interlocks and valve management systems to customers in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.

Smith Flow Control valve interlocks protect workers and equipment in any process industry by ensuring valves are always operated in a safe sequence. The company’s valve management systems add additional levels of safety and efficiency when operating valves in hazardous or hard-to-reach locations.

Hughes Machinery has over 90 years of experience providing project engineering, installation and training for customers in a number of industries including petrochemical, power generation, manufacturing, and pulp and paper. The company is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas with additional offices in Wichita, Kansas and Omaha, Nebraska.

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Smith Flow Control Custom Builds Operating Panel to Enhance Valve Safety and Efficiency

Oil & gas company Eni Norge approached valve safety expert Smith Flow Control to help simplify its valve processes on the Goliat Field oilfield.  Smith Flow Control provided a solution by developing a custom-built operating panel that enhances safety and increases efficiency. It does this by moving the control and operation of Eni Norge’s large number of valves to a single, safe location.

The electronic operating panel works as a communication and verification system and enables an operator to control a sequence of actuated valves directly from the panel.  Two operating panels were installed on a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel built-for-use on the Goliat Field, the first oilfield to be developed in the Barents Sea. Although the operating panel can be used in a wide variety of applications, in this case the panel was specifically designed for use with a pigging procedure. Each panel controlled four valves and incorporated two mechanical interlock key units to ensure a specific sequence of operation.

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For example, an operator can select to close valves from the panel.  An LED lights up to confirm the valve has reached its fully closed status. The incorporation of mechanical interlocks allows the operator to safely continue the sequence of the pigging process; after the panel has been isolated and all the valves closed and locked, the final key is released to manually unlock the pig trap door to load or unload a pig.

Used in this way the operating panel enhances safety but also serves to streamline complex processes and boost efficiency by providing a one-stop control and verification system.

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Smith Flow Control Names New President, Tracey Goldsmith

Erlanger, Ky. (November 17, 2015) – Safety interlock and valve management systems expert Smith Flow Control has appointed Tracey Goldsmith as its new president. In her new role, Goldsmith is responsible for the company’s strategic development and the performance of its global operations. The appointment follows the move of longtime Smith Flow Control president Mike D’Anzieri to take the role of president at sister Halma company Rohrback Cosasco Systems.

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Goldsmith has over 25 years of experience in accounting, finance and management roles. She joined Smith Flow Control in 2012 as Finance Director from manufacturer Elma Electronic U.K. Ltd. (Bedford, U.K.). Goldsmith is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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Smith Flow Control to Exhibit its Valve Safety Products at ADIPEC

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Recognising the importance of reducing downtime and associated costs while safeguarding workers, Smith Flow Control’s valve safety products streamline valve processes in the Oil & Gas industry while ensuring operator safety.

Smith Flow Control (SFC) will showcase its range of mechanical interlocks and cost-effective valve management systems at ADIPEC 2015 in Abu Dhabi from 9-12 November, 2015. This offers the chance for visitors to meet and discuss their valve operating problems with SFC experts at stand 8530A, covering all aspects of process safety, valve interlocking and valve management.

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SFC’s products greatly enhance safety and efficiency and are specified by the world’s biggest oil, gas and petrochemical companies. Its comprehensive range of process safety products reduce the scope for operator error and ensure safe continuous plant operation. Its range of key operated interlocks can also be customised to implement a safe sequence of events in any process activity.

Smith Flow Control will demonstrate its principal drive system that reduces work crew tasks to one man operations, the equivalent manpower of 5 men. EasiDrive is a cost effective, portable valve actuator; its continuous drive system allows an operator to easily open and close valves that require a high number of turns or are otherwise difficult to operate. EasiDrive prevents injury and saves time and manpower, keeping plant processes running smoothly and delivering significant cost savings.

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Smith Flow Control Appoints Business Area Manager

Valve safety company Smith Flow Control (SFC) has appointed Peter Wall as its new Business Area Manager. Peter is based at SFC’s office in the Netherlands which is responsible for the sales and technical support of Smith Flow Control’s safety products in Europe.

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Peter has previous experience working with safety interlocks, having worked for two years as Sales & Marketing Support Engineer with CEF Safety Systems.

Peter commented: “After working for CEF Safety Systems in the late nineties, I’m very happy to get this great opportunity to be involved in the industry again. I think SFC has very unique and world class products in an ever changing market with huge possibilities and potential. I’m looking forward to being part of the team and making a difference.”

Mike D’Anzieri, Managing Director at Smith Flow Control, said: “We welcome Peter to SFC. He has had the opportunity to work in different industries and he can bring real insight and a fresh perspective to Smith Flow Control. We’re really looking forward to working with him.”  

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Smith Flow Control Appoints International Business Development Manager

Safety engineering company Smith Flow Control (SFC) has promoted Sander van den Bos to the position of International Business Development Manager.

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Sander joined SFC in 2010 as Country Manager at the Dutch satellite office before being promoted to Business Area Manager. He has extensive experience in international sales, totalling over 18 years.

Sander said: “My new responsibilities involve working on developing market, product and application opportunities for Smith Flow Control worldwide. I am very excited about the opportunity to contribute to SFC’s success in the global marketplace.”

Mike D’Anzieri, Smith Flow Control’s Managing Director commented: “I am delighted that Sander has accepted this pivotal and challenging role of which, I have no doubt, he will make a success.  It is especially pleasing to me that we are able to fill senior positions from the existing talent pool within our organisation.”

In his new role, Sander will continue to oversee the business unit in the Netherlands, which is responsible for sales and technical support in several European countries, in addition to his global responsibility.

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Smith Flow Control Exhibiting at SPE Offshore Europe with Triton Engineering

Smith Flow Control (SFC), global leader in the design and manufacture of mechanical interlocks and valve management systems, is exhibiting at SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen from 8-11 September, 2015. SFC will exhibit with its distributor Triton Engineering.

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SFC’s products greatly enhance safety and efficiency and are specified by the world’s biggest oil, gas and petrochemical companies. Its comprehensive range of process safety products reduce the scope for operator error and ensure safe continuous plant operation. Its range of key operated interlocks can also be customised to implement a safe sequence of events in any process activity.

SPE Offshore Europe offers the perfect framework for visitors to meet and discuss their valve operating problems; SFC is offering valuable one-to-one discussions with its experts on all aspects of process safety, valve interlocking and valve management.

Visitors can find SFC at Stand 3D210, which will be managed by Project Sales Manager, Simon Read.   SFC will also be joined by representatives from its Aberdeen distribution network, Triton Engineering.  Triton is a specialist provider of engineering consultancy services to the upstream oil and gas industry, with its core business being pipelines and risers. The company’s expertise ranges from Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies, including risk-based decision making, through to delivery management, integrity management and ongoing operational support and related site services.

Visitors to the stand can see SFC’s latest innovations:

  • SmartTrap+, a product which incorporates signals from sensors into the interlocking sequence
  • EasiDrive, portable valve actuator, providing easy operation of multiple high-torque or high-turn valves
  • TorkDrive, the ultimate valve protector, which safeguards a valve from excessive torque

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Bajolock® Couplers from Smith Flow Control Protect Workers Operating Systems under Pressure

To prevent accidents when opening couplings under pressure, Smith Flow Control has introduced Bajolock® patented couplers to its product portfolio.

Bajolock® couplers are ideal for use in a wide range of industries where it is common for pipes and systems to be under pressure when couplings are opened. It is often hard to determine the residual pressure in the system, and using conventional couplings can be dangerous. With Bajolock, pressure is caught and automatically equalised; any potential harmful residue material is discharged away from the operator. Bajolock can then be uncoupled easily and safely with a simple twist. It is interchangeable with existing, similar couplers, enabling seamless integration in plant processes.

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Smith Flow Control’s Bajolock coupler is designed for use in transfer systems for pressures up to 10 bar (145 psi). It is ideal for a wide range of applications including oil & gas, petrochemical, shipping, pipe, bulk, medical and the food and beverage industry, in addition to road transportation applications.

The Bajolock coupler is manufactured according to the Pressure Equipment Directive and bears the CE mark. It is constructed from high quality 316L stainless steel and incorporates market-leading gaskets.

For more information about Smith Flow Control’s Bajolock® coupler, please email bajolock@smithflowcontrol.com

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New Torque-Limiting Valve Protector from Smith Flow Control at Valve World Expo

Erlanger, Ky. (May 27, 2015) – Smith Flow Control will demonstrate its new TorkDrive valve protector at the Valve World Expo, booth 556. The show takes place from July 15-16 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

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TorkDrive is custom engineered to suit a host valve. Mounted to the valve input handwheel or directly to the input shaft, the device uses a series of clutch plates with calibrated compression springs to limit the amount of torque an operator can apply to a valve. During valve operation, if the predetermined maximum torque limit is reached, the TorkDrive will slip, protecting the valve from damage.

Both low and high torque range configurations are available for applications requiring between 80Nm-280Nm, or 250Nm-420Nm. Each unit is factory set before installation and includes a calibrated setting scale within the device, which allows users to adjust torque requirements for their specific application.

Visitors to the company’s booth 556 can also see Smith Flow Control’s full range of mechanical interlocks and drive management technologies, including the EasiDrive portable valve actuator and the FlexiDrive remote valve operator.

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