Smith Flow Control Invests in its Staff

Smith Flow Control Engineer Ben Hart has successfully graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. SFC sponsored Ben through his two year course, which enabled him to gain new skills that he can develop and put to test in the business.

“Ben’s a diligent and versatile individual and we are grateful that we have a growing number of employees that we can place in our different departments, which also helps support the varying needs of the business during times of peak activity,” comments Mark Dymond, Operations Director.

Ben is now one of four individuals this year that have completed further education courses supported by the business, demonstrating the notable level of investment by SFC in its employees.

“I am so lucky to have been given the opportunity to complete my studies and I’m extremely grateful to Smith Flow Control for supporting my career advancement,” adds Ben.


Ben Hart, graduating with an HNC in Mechanical Engineering

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FlexiDrive Offers Safety, Ease to Power Plants

Smith Flow Control now offers a cost-effective safety tool for companies in the power industry to remotely control valve operations. The FlexiDrive remote valve operator securely operates valves in power plants that are hard to reach or in hazardous areas. The FlexiDrive operator station is positioned at grade, in a safe area, or in a better, ergonomical position. This eliminates the operator having to operate the valve in a hard-to-reach location.


FlexiDrive allows a user to locate a point of operation in a safe and convenient place in the power plant. It is adaptable to most valves with no modifications needed. A patented flexible linear drive cable effectively delivers rotary torque for distances up to 30 meters depending on the output torque required. The system can be passed through and around walls, bulkheads and floors, and is completely sealed and permanently lubricated for maintenance-free, continuous loop operation.

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Smith Flow Control Looks for New Partners at PCV Expo

Smith Flow Control will be showcasing its valve safety products at PCVExpo in Moscow, Russia. The event is the 12th International Exhibition for pumps, compressors, valves, actuators and engines and takes place on October 29-November 1, 2013.

Smith Flow Control will be promoting its range of products on stand #B167. This is the first time that Smith Flow Control has attended PCVExpo. In addition to showcasing its products, SFC is hoping to take the opportunity to meet potential new agents and business partners in the Russian territory. A translator is available at the stand.

Its headline products are EasiDrive and FlexiDrive. EasiDrive is a portable valve actuator that operates multiple valves easily. FlexiDrive is a remote valve operating system that allows users to operate valves from a safe distance of up to 30m. In addition to this, SFC will showcase its PSV system alongside its wide range of well-known valve safety interlocks.

For more information about the event, visit the website

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Smith Flow Control to showcase its Valve Operating Systems at Water, Sewerage & Waste Exhibitions

Smith Flow Control will display its products at Water, Sewerage & Waste Exhibitions in Peterborough on October 10th, 2013 and in Birmingham on October 24th, 2013.

At these events SFC will demonstrate its drive systems, EasiDrive and FlexiDrive.

EasiDrive is a portable valve actuator that allows effective and secure valve operation across all water applications, without the need for permanent dedicated valve actuators.

It is a practical and cost efficient solution that supports the operation of multiple valves across the water network.  It is effective on valves that are infrequently used and those that are difficult to operate, or have a high turn count, providing the user with absolute control when working different size valves with varying torque requirements.

FlexiDrive is a remote valve operating system that allows users to operate valves from a safe distance of up to 30m. It can be applied to any conventional wheel-operated or lever-operated valve to make it constantly accessible and safe.  The system can be passed through and around walls and floors and is completely sealed and permanently lubricated for maintenance-free, continuous loop operation.

Water, Sewerage & Waste Exhibitions:
Peterborough (Thursday 10th October):
Peterborough Holiday Inn West
Thorpe Wood
Stand 42

Birmingham (Thursday 24th October):
The National Motorcycle Museum
Coventry Road
Bickenhill, Solihull
West Midlands
B92 0EJ
Stand 1  

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SFC Welcomes Delegates to its Distributor Seminar

This month, we are hosting our exclusive Agent and Distributor Event in the UK. Forty agents from twenty-eight countries are joining us for our two-day event at Great Hallingbury Manor in Bishop’s Stortford.

The event offers a real opportunity to meet and share experiences with our representatives face-to-face. There is a focus on new product developments and we will be learning together through a selection of case study speakers and tailored Masterclasses.

For those of you joining us at this event, we look forward to seeing you soon!


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Halma Companies SFC and Elfab Collaborate at Offshore Europe

Smith Flow Control has been invited by Elfab to share a stand with its sister company at Offshore Europe 2013 in Aberdeen.

Smith Flow Control will be showcasing its portable valve actuator, EasiDrive. EasiDrive is used to operate valves in the Oil & Gas industry. It is ideally suited to valves with a high number of turns, high torque or those operated in difficult climatic conditions. Simon Read, SFC’s project sales manager, will be demonstrating the EasiDrive system on the stand.

Elfab will be showcasing its new Ex d-approved burst detection system, Flo-Tel™ XD on the stand. Non-invasive and fail-safe, Flo-Tel™ XD negates the need for intrinsic safety barriers, making it more cost-effective than previous models. Elfab will also be showing products from its range of rupture discs and burst detection systems.

“This is the first time that SFC and Elfab have collaborated together at an event like this,” Mike D’Anzieri, SFC’s managing director said. “It is a real benefit to share knowledge and resources with a sister company in the same industry and we hope there will be more opportunities like this in the future.”

Elfab and SFC will be on Stand 4B141.

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Portable Valve Actuators Aid Safety in Paper Industry

Erlanger, Ky. (August 8, 2013) – Large valves used in the paper and pulp industries can be safely operated with Smith Flow Control’s EasiDrive portable valve operating system. EasiDrive’s reaction device transmits torque onto the valve body and away from the operator, making it one of the safest valve operating systems available.

EasiDrive for use in paper and pulp facilities

EasiDrive is a cost-effective alternative to a dedicated valve actuator. Paper and pulp plants often use manually operated valves with high operating torques. These can require hundreds of hand wheel turns to open and close or are just difficult to operate. Unlike an impact wrench that can damage a valve, the EasiDrive is a continuous drive system.

Typical pulp and paper applications can include large, sluice gate valves, valves with stem extensions and valves operated by gear boxes with a high number of turns.

Site demonstrations are available by contacting Smith Flow Control at 859-578-2395 or e-mailing Visit for more information.

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EasiDrive Provides a Total Safety Solution for Portable Valve Operation

EasiDrive portable valve actuator securely and effectively operates valves in oil refineries, power plants, mining and chemical processing facilities across Australia, complimenting the needs of an increasingly diverse workforce.

A number of EasiDrive units have been supplied to the Gorgon Project off the northwest coast of Western Australia. The Gorgon Project is developing the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, including the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.

Gorgon valves have hundreds of turns, some even up to1000, and temperatures in these environments can exceed 45°C. Manually operating valves in such conditions can result in occupational health & safety concerns for workers but SFC’s EasiDrive system protects personnel by preventing injury and operator fatigue as movement is fully controlled by the EasiDrive tool. Regardless of operator strength, EasiDrive is effective on valves requiring a high number of turns or are otherwise difficult to operate because of high torque or where diverse weather environments make operations more challenging.


Smith Flow Control’s Australian-based distributor, Teksal Controls, supplied the EasiDrive Systems to ease operation and improve efficiencies on the Gorgon Project.  “We supplied the Gorgon Project with the EasiDrive system to efficiently operate valves with a high number of turns. By using the drive system, the time taken to operate each valve was reduced dramatically, and it negated the need to double-up on the number of staff to operate the valves.”

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Smith Flow Control Announces Teksal Controls as Exclusive Australian Distributor of its Valve Safety Products

Smith Flow Control has appointed Teksal Controls Pty Ltd as its exclusive Australian distributor and systems integrator of its valve interlocking and control and process safety products.

This marks a change in direction for the company, who previously worked with a range of distributors across Australia.

Kim McKay, Regional Manager of SFC Australia commented: “Due to the unprecedented growth of the gas industry in Australia and our commitment to ensuring the successful project management and integration of our products, we chose to appoint an experienced national distributor to enhance our capabilities.”

Teksal Controls has been affiliated with SFC for over 15 years, offering the highest level of service and capability including system design, interlock supply,  installation, commissioning, training, CAD services, system auditing and maintenance services. Teksal technicians are factory-trained with construction Blue/White cards and are MSIC & TBOSIET certified to support SFC’s interlocks both on and offshore.

Teksal specialises in process and automation safety and has successfully completed interlocking projects in Australia and overseas for companies such as Woodside, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Origin Energy, Apache Energy and BHP.

“By streamlining our distribution through such an experienced company as Teksal, we are strengthening our commitment to our Australian customers,” Kim added.

Teksal Controls can be contacted at:

Teksal Controls Pty Ltd.
U5, 13 Sorbonne Crescent
Ph.  +61 (0)8 9417 3177

Kim McKay, SFC’s Regional Manager can be contacted at:

Smith Flow Control Ltd.
12 Raylee Place
off Commercial Drive
Victoria. 3976
Tel: +61 3 9771 5370

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Operating Panel Allows Safe and Efficient Control of Actuated Valves

Safety engineering company Smith Flow Control has manufactured a custom-built operating panel which enables a client to control a sequence of actuated valves.  The operating panel can be used in a wide variety of applications that involve the use of actuated valves, for example to launch or receive a pig.

The panel works as a communication and proofing system to improve efficiency and safety.  A typical application often includes two interlocked key units to isolate power to the panel and ensure a specific sequence of operation.


Using the panel, the operator can select to close the valves.  Red LED lights prove that the valves have reached their fully closed position.  When all valves are closed, the operator can isolate the panel by removing the ‘A’ Key.  The ‘A’ key is entered into the solenoid key unit and only when the SAS (safety and automation system) confirms all valves are closed, a permissive signal is sent to energise the solenoid and release the ‘B’ key.  This allows the operator to safely continue the mechanical interlocking sequence, for example, to manually unlock a pig trap door to load or unload a pig.

The panel has been designed with the operator and environment in mind, making it easy to use and robust. It is made to support applications in the most aggressive environments, suitable for temperatures ranging between -40 to +55 degrees Celsius (-40 to +131 degrees Fahrenheit) with an anti-reflective coating that eliminates glare.

The panel is designed to meet strict safety guidelines and regulatory body requirements.  It is made using 316 Stainless Steel and conforms to Zone 1 Ex de classification and protection class IP66. It also boasts a compact design and can be used in weight restricted and space-limited areas.

For more information about the operating panel and how it can be used, please call Smith Flow Control on +44 (0)1376 517901 or email

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