Oil and Gas

Below you will find white papers on topics involving process control and automation.
Submitted by Patrick Bartell || Valin Corporation
on Mon, 04/02/2018

Heat Trace and Electric Process Heaters are used in many critical processes in all plants.  It is extremely important that you and your team know how to properly test, install and maintain your electric heaters. Lack of attention in regard to these fundamentals will lead to costly heater shutdown and will cause an interruption in your process.

Submitted by Rotork
on Mon, 01/29/2018

Rotork IQ technology is well established in the field of intelligent valve actuation. In addition to Rotork’s double-sealed enclosure, ‘non-intrusive’ commissioning, data-logging and predictive maintenance capabilities, the latest IQ3 generation features an extended range of advanced functionality and communication capabilities.

Submitted by Don Wolff || Valin Corporation
on Wed, 01/24/2018

Rugged actuators that can handle a full range of ambient conditions are required in some of the more complex environments that produce oil. To provide comprehensive solutions to this precise actuation challenge, Valin has partnered with Valvcon.

Submitted by Jon Monsen
on Fri, 01/05/2018

In Jon Monsen's book, Control Valve Application Technology (published and distributed by Valin Corporation), Jon explains how to properly size and select a control valve. Jon recently received inquiries from customers interested in a further explanation of one of the graphs featured in his book. This article will cover that explanation.

Submitted by Jon Monsen
on Fri, 07/21/2017

In this paper I will show how an analysis using Metso’s Nelprof® control valve sizing and selection software’s unique ability to graph the installed gain of a control valve can be helpful in selecting the optimum pump for a balance of good controllability and minimum energy use.

Submitted by Parker
on Fri, 02/24/2017

Molybdenum disulfide is a naturally occurring blackcolored solid compound that feels slippery to the touch. It readily transfers and adheres to other solid surfaces with which it comes into contact.

Submitted by Deborah Pollard || Parker
on Thu, 02/23/2017

Here are some essential steps to help ensure your instrumentation tube and fittings system is as safe as possible.

Submitted by Clara Moyano || Parker Hannifin
on Thu, 02/23/2017

Probably the most significant trend in the instrumentation products world today is the design of increasingly corrosion-resistant systems. Led by oil and gas companies, instrumentation and piping engineers are now focusing far more attention on the materials used to fabricate valves, manifolds and tubing systems. In the offshore project world, for example, Parker Hannifin is currently seeing exponential growth in the use of 6Mo in preference to traditional 316 stainless steel. So, why are so many choosing that particular material?

Submitted by Mike Price || Walchem
on Thu, 02/18/2016

Selecting the correct chemical metering pump can be a daunting task because of the variations and types of chemical pumps available. In order to pick the best metering pump for the application you will need to consider several factors. For the sake of simplicity, we will limit our discussion to pumps that deliver no more than 50 gph and pressures of less than 250 psi.

Submitted by Rob Coburn || Chromalox
on Fri, 09/04/2015

Now, more than ever, engineering firms are being asked to design equipment that can handle extreme process conditions and extreme environments. As this trend continues, the need for equipment that can endure and perform under extreme conditions will increase.

Submitted by Joe Podge and Steve Doyle || Chromalox
on Wed, 08/26/2015

There are very few elegant solutions for mid-to-large scale heavy industrial applications that require compact, high-temperature heating sources capable of delivering precise heat energy to a targeted location.

Submitted by Des-Case
on Mon, 07/06/2015

In recent years, portable filtration units, often referred to as filter carts, have become a common tool in the lubrication professional’s arsenal. Increasing demand for these systems has led to the development of a wide range of new products and driven down prices, which is a good thing. When filter carts first came onto the scene they were primarily used by service providers for decontaminating large systems. These early models were typically designed for low viscosity oils in large volume systems and were on the expensive side, making them unsuitable or impractical for many applications.

Submitted by Fit-LINE
on Thu, 06/18/2015

Operational efficiency is a critical factor in the fluid processing industry. The synergy of fitting components and assembly technology to achieve this objective is the focus of Fit-LINE, Inc. Applying extensive polymer technology and injection molding expertise, the company has analyzed the design, tooling and manufacturing processes required to create high-performance solutions for demanding high-purity fluid processing applications. Through extensive R&D, testing and evaluation, Fit-LINE has isolated three variables that need to be addressed to ensure leak-free fitting assemblies.

Submitted by Tim Tritch
on Mon, 02/02/2015

The purpose of a filter is to remove contaminants from a fluid stream either completely, or at least down to a given rating or specification. Filters are used to help control contaminants and are rated according to their ability to remove these contaminants from a liquid, gas or air stream. There are different methods in which the performance of filters are specified.

Submitted by Brian Sullivan
on Thu, 08/07/2014

Answer a number of key questions to identify the most appropriate choice

At process plants, a significant percentage of measurement devices aren’t correctly matched to their application, leading to decreased quality and consistency of the operation. Often, the source of this problem is the assumption that one type of level measurement sensor suits multiple applications.

Submitted by Jon Monsen
on Thu, 04/11/2013

I was recently asked how the pressure at the vena contracta of a control valve in a liquid application can be determined. I am sharing my answer below.

Submitted by Jon Monsen, Ph.D.
on Mon, 01/21/2013

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

Submitted by Don Wolff
on Wed, 10/26/2011

All wells decline in production over time. This decline can usually be controlled by how hard the well is produced.

Submitted by Jon Monsen, Ph.D., Valin Corporation
on Mon, 07/25/2011

There are two strategies for reducing control valve noise:

1. Source control, that is doing something to the valve to make it less noisy, and

2. Path control, that is doing something to prevent the noise from reaching the people who would be bothered by it.

Submitted by Jon Monsen, Ph.D.
on Fri, 07/22/2011

We will briefly discuss what causes aerodynamic noise and some of the things that can be done to reduce aerodynamic noise generated by control valves.

Submitted by Jon Monsen, PhD
on Thu, 05/19/2011

Perhaps the most misunderstood area of control valve sizing is the selection of the pressure drop, Δp, to use in the sizing calculation