Case Studies

Companies partner with Valin for results.  Read these case studies to learn how we achieve more together.

Submitted by Rick Frauton || United Electric Controls
on Wed, 02/15/2017

A large energy company needed to lower costs, reduce maintenance and provide more reliable hydrogen-cooled generators for their customers worldwide. In order to monitor seal oil pressure remotely, provide switch control and be able to instantly view pressure readings, three discrete instruments were needed – a pressure transmitter, a pressure switch and a local gauge. Click on the "Read More" button below to find out how they were able to accomplish all of that with one product.

Submitted by Paul Lyman, Valin Corporation
on Wed, 01/11/2017

A semiconductor company was given a large government contract to manufacture a special chip for a night vision application. Learn how they were able to increase wafer production by using a custom heating blanket.

Submitted by Harry Maynes, Valin Corporation
on Wed, 07/13/2016

Valin's solution to this high temperature application allowed our customer to do the proper testing on the valves used on major aircraft engines. This overall technology will allow improvements of 40% in fuel efficiencies of the next generation aircraft engines.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Thu, 04/28/2016

By adapting serial-based controllers to Ethernet-based networks, customers can lay the hardware groundwork required to take advantage of the Industrial-Internet-of-Things (IIoT) software concepts, allowing quicker response times and proactive maintenance strategies with predictive maintenance

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Thu, 04/28/2016

Occasionally customers want to collect information outside of their SCADA systems due to complexity, processing power, or in this case, limited memory being available.  By using simple tools, many tasks can be performed outside of an existing network or supervisory system.

Submitted by Corey Foster & IAI
on Thu, 04/28/2016

By changing inefficient pneumatic and hydraulic systems to electric ones, companies can be more productive, flexible, and efficient in their production.

Submitted by Corey Foster & Omron
on Wed, 04/27/2016

Omron’s new NJ501-1340 CPU unit integrates both machine control and communication functionality, meaning the NJ controller can be directly connected with the existing host to establish SECS/GEM communications, eliminating the need of a separate computer or special communications unit. Unlike previous CPU units, the NJ series uses variables for programming and is free from complicated address setting and management.

Submitted by Corey Foster & Bosch Rexroth
on Wed, 04/27/2016

An Industry 4.0 Workstation is a semi-automated workstation that provides a link between the real world and the virtual world. It is a versatile solution that enables a highly efficient use of resources, great planning, reliability and short throughput times. With unique RFID tags embedded and semi-automated tasks, different operators can effectively produce a large number of different products with consistent quality.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Wed, 04/27/2016

By putting sensors on a network, their information can be transmitted to any location the information is needed.  With this connection in place, software functionality can then be implemented at the supervisory level to decide what to do with that information, whether it is to notify maintenance personnel of a problem or operators of changed conditions.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Fri, 04/22/2016

By using higher performing electric actuators from the motion control industry to control valves in the process industries, customers can achieve higher performance and better control for their processes.

Submitted by Corey Foster & Kent Martins
on Fri, 04/22/2016

Valin assisted a customer in upgrading their winding machine to replace a manually controlled axis with a motorized one, allowing them better controlled motion synchronized to one of the existing axes.

Submitted by IAI
on Fri, 04/22/2016

Motorizing the feed process increased production, and significantly lowered electricity and labor costs.

Submitted on Thu, 04/21/2016

Applying a liquid solution to a copper twisting machine – CT-Effects Application Example

Submitted by Cory Calderon
on Wed, 11/25/2015

A semiconductor manufacturer of wafer handling machines and wet benches was looking for a way to reduce the engineering hours spent on writing code. Semiconductor companies are commonly required by their customers to be SECS/GEM compliant and this can be a laborious and costly task.

Submitted by Russell Rochambeau, Valin Engineering Manager
on Fri, 11/06/2015

A manufacturer of turnkey chipping systems for the wood products industry needed two large custom designed hydraulic power systems that would be used to power their log management and chipping systems in China. The systems needed to conform to many international regulations and standards (China efficiency, CE, and pressure vessel) and had to be designed to metric standards.

Submitted on Fri, 10/09/2015

Valin’s technical team was approached by a company that manufactures ammunition for sporting enthusiasts and law enforcement agencies. The customer has an in-house integration group that designs and builds machines for use throughout their facility. The machine design group has always struggled with pneumatic valve manifolds and needed a compact valve manifold with Ethernet/IP communication.

Submitted by Kari Kohonen, Valin's Strategic Account Manager - Refining, Oil and Gas Specialist
on Mon, 09/07/2015

Valin worked with a refinery that was processing approximately 145,000 barrels (5.7 million gallons) of crude oil per day – enough to fill a 17-foot-deep swimming pool the size of a football field. The refinery has a 2 Column Jet Fuel Clay Treater that came online in 1960 with a treat rate of 750 GPM.  This technology is very inefficient and outdated.  The nature of this old design does not optimize the contact time of the Jet Fuel with the Clay and often results in Channeling through the Media.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Fri, 05/22/2015

A leading provider of flat panel display production equipment was looking for assistance with their glass screen production alignment system. During processing the glass must be aligned with a mask. Their alignment target was around 10 microns, so the two parts had to be nearly perfectly aligned. For comparison, human hair is generally considered to measure 15 to 20 microns.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Wed, 05/13/2015

An American car manufacturer was looking to expand their entire production facility, and in order to meet the growing demand for their vehicles, they needed a factory upgrade to increase their manufacturing capacity.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

Valin® Becomes the “Go-To” Source for Major Chemical Processing Company in Utah.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A large electronic test & measurement instruments manufacturing company was using a legacy production tool for “Mesh Cutting” gold for electrical circuit connections that was developed over 20 years ago.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A major refinery in California turned to Valin to help them solve a problem with their sample cylinders. This customer has many sample cylinders that are used to transport a process sample from a refinery unit to the lab to test for recipe accuracy. They are using cylinders from multiple suppliers to assemble the final units.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

When assessing the filtration needs at a major refinery, one of Valin’s technical specialists discovered that there was no standardization in regard to the filters used in the safety showers and eyewash stations.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A large mining operation in Nevada had 33 emergency shower stations that were in need of freeze protection.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

Valin recently worked with a highly experienced aerospace automation company with a high concentration of engineers.

Submitted by Dan Robertson
on Mon, 02/03/2014

Valin provides assistance to plastic resin and synthetic fiber manufacturer with integrated valve solution.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A major refinery in the Northwest (with a production capacity of 225,000+ barrels per day) “Fast Tracked” a project to capitalize on receiving Crude Oil supplies via Rail Car from the Oil Boom region in the Dakotas.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

Crisis Averted at a Large Copper & Nickel Mining Company in Tucson, AZ.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A local electrical contractor needed to provide a complete integrated solution for gutter and downspout de-icing for a large data center in the cold wintery conditions of Quincy, Washington.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

Valin® Solves Multiple Problems for Major Communications Testing Equipment Manufacturer.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

Valin had an opportunity to work on an application to heat-trace various process lines for temperature maintenance and freeze protection at an oil processing plant in Stockton, California.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A Major Refinery in Washington Realizes a 20% Savings on their Maintenance Labor Thanks to Valin.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A medical equipment manufacturer in Concord, CA was developing a 3D X-ray microscope and used liquid nitrogen to preserve their samples for solid imaging.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Mon, 09/23/2013

Over the last few years a leading manufacturer of waste (linen/trash) disposal systems have relied on a well-known brand PLC and their HMI software as the backbone of their controls systems.

Submitted by Leslie Carmen
on Mon, 01/21/2013

Because coal is dusty, it is common for mining and power plants to minimize the dust by spraying down the coal with a water-based chemical solution. In the colder months of the year, however, this solution causes the coal to freeze together in clumps and stick to the cold walls of the coal chute.

Submitted by Kari Kohonen
on Tue, 10/16/2012

To meet growing demand for distillates and to also meet environmental and regulatory compliance, a large refinery in the Northwest began construction of a new Ultra low Sulphur Diesel Unit.

Submitted by Kari Kohonen
on Tue, 10/16/2012

A large steel company had an existing Cisco industrial wireless mesh-network they were using to connect information from their cranes back to their offices, but had constant communication failures.

Submitted by Bill Black
on Mon, 09/03/2012

A customer called the Utah office to obtain pricing for 3,700 ft. of self-regulating cable. They asked for a rush delivery, and said some of the heat traced lines had to be operational within 2 weeks.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Thu, 08/09/2012

The demand for molybdenum is increasing among the petroleum refining, electronics and aerospace industries and a large mining operation recently enlisted Valin Corporation to help them take advantage of this opportunity.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Thu, 08/09/2012

As emission standards began to increase, a large mining operation found that they were incurring added expenses from field servicing trucks for unclean fuel filters clogging often and shutting down the trucks to protect the engine.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Thu, 08/09/2012

An industry leader in developing load transfer solutions for the transportation/construction markets sought out Valin® to assist them with a problem.

Submitted by Tom Trinh
on Mon, 07/02/2012

A major supplier of engineered dowel baskets for transferring vehicle loads across concrete roadway joints recently enjoyed a substantial growth period due to government based infrastructure rebuilding programs.

Submitted by Tom Dolan
on Fri, 06/01/2012

A state department of transportation needed a hydraulic system furnished and installed for a ferry terminal transfer span. The project included rehabilitation of the mechanical, electrical and hydraulic system for the transfer span used to load and unload passenger vehicles. Valin® was subcontracted to design and provided the hydraulic power unit, apron cylinders, field service installation of stainless hydraulic tubing, flushing, testing and commissioning.

Submitted by Bosch Rexroth
on Wed, 05/23/2012

Project Frog in San Francisco, CA is a clean technology company that incorporates a sophisticated approach—including parametric design, precision fabrication, energy modeling, lean manufacturing and continuous monitoring.

Submitted by Ron Novak
on Tue, 05/01/2012

One of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbines had a problem that needed solving and Valin® acted as the general contractor for this job providing project management, supervision and all of the cable and components.

Submitted by Automation World Magazine
on Fri, 03/09/2012

For over three decades, Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Circuit Automation, Inc., has been a leading provider of liquid photoimageable solutions.

Submitted by Don Wolff
on Thu, 03/01/2012

Valin® was asked to provide a compact, failsafe electric actuation solution for high torque metal seated ball valves in a severe process application.

Submitted on Thu, 07/17/2014

Standardized systems and organization can cut costs and improve production and efficiency. Learn how we helped a refinery go from 4 filtration systems to 1.