Specialised valves for the Petrochemical and Natural Gas industries require extensive performance and qualification testing to meet international standards such as API Specification 6A, Appendix F, PR2 level and ISO10423:2001.
Test procedures define a sequence of valve operations at varying upstream and downstream pressures, varying valve positions and varying ambient and valve body temperatures from -40°C to 160°C.
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A major manufacturer of electrical accessories, plugs, sockets and switches upgraded the control system on their existing endurance test system extending asset life for minimal capital investment.
In common with many legacy test systems whilst the majority of the system hardware was still reliable the control software was outdated and no longer supportable. Some items of hardware including analogue scanner and digital interface units were obsolete and suitable replacement equipment was sourced.
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Upgraded control system for valve test rigs
We successfully addressed the challenges associated with control software on a legacy valve test rig by providing a replacement system. The rig is used for extensive performance and qualification testing of specialized valves in the Petrochemical and Natural Gas industries, ensuring compliance with international standards such as API Specification 6A, Appendix F, PR2 level, and ISO10423:2001.