Oil and Gas

Below you will find published articles written by Valin's own experts and information from our suppliers.   
Submitted by Jon Monsen || Valin Corporation
on Thu, 01/04/2018

Valve sizing and proper application of control valves have always gone hand-in-hand. However, the tools available to valve users have changed and improved significantly over time.

Submitted by Dan Colletto || Valin Corporation
on Thu, 12/28/2017
the future of servo technology in Harsh Environements

The latest developments in servo technology allow for the benefits of high-performance motion control to be used in harsh environments.

Submitted by Chris Sullivan || Valin Corporation
on Tue, 11/21/2017

Despite the demand for standardized communication protocols among manufacturers, both the manufacturers and end users face challenges when it comes to agreeing on a path.

Submitted by Chris Sullivan || Valin Corporation
on Wed, 11/01/2017

Proper filtration is one of the most important functions performed inside refineries. Filtration is the removal of contaminants through some type of synthetic, paper, pleated or wound media. The goal of this process is to achieve a specific level of cleanliness.

Submitted by Ray Herrera || Valin Corporation
on Mon, 04/03/2017
Pipe and Valve Selection

When selecting the pipes and valves to be included in a cooling system, it is important to understand the options available — and the possible outcomes associated with each selection. The selection process is often overlooked or is not given proper attention by designers and contractors. Many factors can impact the effectiveness, longevity and quality of the overall cooling system.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Fri, 07/01/2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase that describes the connectivity between physical objects networked together using an Internet connection. These networks have a wide range of capabilities, mostly centered on collecting or exchanging data. A specialized version of the IoT, referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), enables industrial application engineers to implement new or retrofitted systems with upgraded levels of connectivity that allow more advanced process control.

Submitted by Casey Sullivan
on Wed, 05/04/2016

According to the United States Energy Information Administration, coal power accounted for 39 percent of the country’s electricity production last year.

Submitted on Wed, 05/04/2016

Valin Corporation now offers single-pump custody transfer units it estimates cost $10,000-$15,000 less than traditional two-pump designs.

Submitted by Ray Herrera || Valin Corporation
on Mon, 11/30/2015
Retrofitting Customized Valves

Oil and gas engineers face a major problem in accurately and reliably measuring and monitoring the various fluids that are introduced into oil pipelines from well site pumping stations. A thorough understanding of both the oil separation process and the properties of valves and actuators is required to correctly specify a system.

Submitted on Thu, 10/01/2015

United Electric Controls has introduced a unique new family of HART capable transmitters that provides programmable switching functionality for industrial process monitoring applications. The new One Series 1XTXSW transmitter line is the first to integrate HART 7 compatible 4-20 mA output and two solid-state programmable relays for monitoring temperature or pressure in safety, alarm and emergency shutdown applications.

Submitted on Thu, 08/20/2015
Workplace Safety Still Needs a Human Component

Workplace safety is—or should be—a primary focus of every organization, regardless of whether we’re talking about a classroom, an office, a manufacturing facility, or an oil rig. Employees deserve a workspace that is as safe and secure as it can possibly be.

Submitted by Jon Monsen Ph.D., PE // Flow Control Network Magazine
on Wed, 06/17/2015

This is Part IV in a four-part series based on the contents of the new textbook, “Control Valve Application Technology, Techniques and Considerations for Properly Selecting the Right Control Valve.”

Submitted by Jon Monsen Ph.D., PE // Flow Control Network Magazine
on Thu, 05/21/2015
Flow Control Network

In order to get good control with stability throughout the full range of required flow rates, one must use a control valve that has an installed flow characteristic that is linear, or at least as close to linear as possible in most systems.

Submitted by Jamie Zachary | PROCESSWest
on Tue, 04/14/2015
Petrochemical Industry

Tasked with increased demand for high power output, many operators in North American sectors such as power generation, oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical have been challenged by low-voltage solutions and their associated logistical challenges.

Submitted by Patrick Bartell and Nathan Ehresman
on Wed, 04/01/2015
Coriolis Mass Flowmeter

When addressing the needs of measurement operations involving various densities and amounts of liquid, Coriolis mass flowmeters are often chosen for their accuracy, durability and reduced maintenance costs. Applications involving custody transfer benefit from their simple and dependable characteristics.

Submitted by Jon Monsen Ph.D., PE // Flow Control Network Magazine
on Thu, 03/05/2015

This is Part II in a four-part series based on the contents of the new textbook, “Control Valve Application Technology, Techniques and Considerations for Properly Selecting the Right Control Valve.”

Submitted by Jon Monsen Ph.D., PE // Flow Control Network Magazine
on Tue, 02/24/2015
An Insider’s Guide to Valve Sizing & Selection

This article discusses the importance of selecting the correct flow characteristic and correctly sizing the valve in order for the valve to properly control the process.

Submitted by WIKA Instrument Guru
on Thu, 12/11/2014

Loss of containment is one of the costliest things that can go wrong at a plant. Accordingly, smart enterprises employ a variety of measures that ensure loss of containment just doesn’t happen – or when it does, the adverse circumstances are kept to a minimum.

Submitted by Metso Engineering Team
on Thu, 12/11/2014

The noise abatement laws and health and safety legislation are becoming increasingly strict. Metso introduces Q2- Trim, the optimum solution for noise problems, that at the same time fulfills all legislative requirements and customer needs.

Submitted by Patricia Stockdill | Bakken Breakout
on Tue, 12/09/2014
Railroad Shipping

Emergency order required all rail shippers to test products from the Bakken to ensure proper classifications of the oil within federal regulations before it's transported. The intent was to ensure shippers properly classified crude oil for transportation and to quantify the range of physical and chemical properties.

Submitted by Patrick Bartell
on Tue, 11/18/2014
Three-phase Heater Treater

The accurate allocation measurement of oil, water and gas is a constant priority for managers of surface operations, particularly with the recent oil boom in parts of the U.S. These measurements are the basis of the financial transaction between oil companies and royalty owners.

Submitted by Chris Carpenter, JPT Technology Editor
on Mon, 11/03/2014
Custody-Transfer Configurator Tool

Valin introduced its new lease ­automatic-custody-transfer (LACT) configurator tool. This new software-application tool assists customers in LACT specification, quotes, component data, and reference documentation.

Submitted by Devon Hyatt
on Mon, 10/06/2014
Pollution Equipment News

When developing a practical approach to leakage and pollution prevention, plant managers have a variety of options available in terms of instrumentation and equipment. Depending on the particular process, materials, and type of operation, the method of ensuring the containment of potential contaminants will vary widely.

Submitted by Ernie Reichenbach | Flow Control Magazine
on Mon, 08/25/2014
Allocation Measurement Systems: Enabling optimum accuracy in well extraction processes

The recent oil boom in the United States, driven by rapidly advancing extraction technologies, presents new and critical challenges to operators in the measurement of oil, water and gas produced in surface operations.

Submitted by Oil, Gas & Petrochemequipment Magazine
on Mon, 08/04/2014
LACT Unit

This innovative new software application tool assists customers in LACT specification, quotes, component data, and reference documentation. The configurator is easy to use and gives customers the flexibility to develop the right solution for their specified application.

Submitted by Bakken Oil Report
on Fri, 05/09/2014

Precision measurement expertise is one of the most important parts of transferring oil from a producing oilfield into the oil pipeline, truck or other oil transport method. Precise measurement is absolutely critical. Water or natural gas content is not allowed in the saleable oil steam.

Submitted by Nick Benedick for New Technology Magazine
on Sat, 02/08/2014
LACT Unit

Valin is in the final stages of successfully commissioning 65 Lease Automatic Custody Transfer systems (LACT) for a very large project with one of the largest independent midstream energy companies in North America. The LACT systems were needed for an oil gathering project in the Myrmidon field in the Bakken Shale play in North Dakota.

Submitted by Corey Foster for Pipeline and Gas Journal
on Tue, 02/04/2014
Corey Foster

Standard practices today simply use human machine interfaces (HMI) as windows into a system by allowing some information to be passed back and forth through those windows. This method anticipates the user having the knowledge to use that information both in and out of the system.

Submitted by Jon Monsen, Ph.D., P.E., Control Valve Technology Specialist at Valin
on Thu, 08/16/2012
Rule of Thumb for Control Valve Sizing

When control valve professionals talk about "control valve sizing," they really mean the entire process of selecting the valve that will do the best job of controlling the process. Selecting the right size valve is an important part of the process, but there are other equally important considerations as well.