Petroleum Refining

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

Submitted by Andrew Cloy || Valin Corporation
on Fri, 03/15/2019

A maintenance manager at one of the largest petroleum refiners in the U.S. noticed that many of their duct heaters were failing at an alarming rate. Each location has hundreds of industrial duct heaters that provide forced flow heat convection. It had become the number one maintenance issue at this location.

Submitted by Leslie Kovach || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 03/06/2017

A local refinery was injecting a catalyst into their process stream to strip out the propane-impregnated HF gas (mixed gas is a by-product of the FCC process), but the catalyst would only work at temperatures above 385° F. The presence of elevated HF gas downstream of the reactor was causing reduced life in the valves and instrumentation and they were having to replace these elements often. Valin’s process team analyzed the situation and recommended inserting an electric in-line heater upstream of the catalyst injection along with a control panel.  The customer agreed and Valin’s team began working on the solution.

Submitted by Kari Kohonen || Valin Corp.
on Sat, 10/01/2016

A Valin refinery customer planned a maintenance outage and had an urgent need for two critical valve replacements. Valin's technical specialists worked with their top valve supplier to provide a solution to meet the high-pressure requirements and critical delivery needs.

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 Jim Breeze || Parker
on Fri, 02/19/2016

High profile accidents such as the Deepwater Horizon, Macondo Prospect, well blowout and explosion that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and the gas leak in the Elgin Field in the North Sea in 2012, are causing the industry to rethink its approach to pressure monitoring during drilling and production, in order to further improve operational safety.

Submitted by Rich Wilbur || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 01/04/2016

A major refinery was looking for a way to control the distribution and handling of instrumentation products during a dual turnaround. Valin was able to provide a locking cabinet and tubing rack for each side of the turnaround with on-site restocking capabilities. Valin’s material handling solution took the burden off the refinery’s planners and freed up their time to work on more important tasks. The planners no longer have to control or place restocking PO's.

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 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

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

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 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

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 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 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 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.