Friday, June 3, 2016

Specialized Valve Actuation Systems Safeguard Critical Flow Processes

redundant hydraulic valve actuator control unit with pumps and controls on frame
Eagle Series Redundant Hydraulic Actuator
Control Unit
Courtesy MEA
Some industrial process applications are so demanding or specialized that custom, or semi-custom, products are needed to meet requirements for safety and performance that are beyond the realm of familiar product offerings. The requirements may involve the size, capacity, or particular arrangement of a component. Also, levels of risk aversion, safety, and redundancy may be a major factor in the performance requirements of a critical control element or equipment unit.

Some industries employ processes that involve the large scale control of energy. Keeping that energy under control and directed toward process completion is key to maintaining operational, financial, and safety goals. When the energy is associated with a fluid, valves of various types are employed to properly regulate and direct its flow. The control element for a valve is the actuator, which itself is driven by a controller, and all of which must together be capable of positioning the valve trim under all possible operating conditions.

 MEA is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of valve actuation systems safeguarding critical flow processes that include...

  • FCCU (Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit) Slide Valves
  • Coker Switch Valves
  • Boiler and Furnace Damper Drives
  • Butterfly Valves
  • Plug Valves
  • Blower and Compressor Surge Controls
  • Wet Gas Compressor Controls
  • Oil Flow Control Valves

The company's most recently developed systems effectively eliminate unplanned shut downs by providing digitally controlled redundant actuators with 100% reliability and continuous control over connected valve actuators. MEA systems are easily integrated into existing networks and provide multiple levels of security and diagnostics.

MEA provides control systems and actuation solutions across several industrial sectors, including:

  • Refining
  • Utilities
  • Steel Production

Provided below is a general overview outlining engineering and manufacturing capabilities. A brief description of the product line is included, too. Browse the document and become familiar with MEA. Share your fluid control challenges with a product application specialist. Combining your process knowledge with their product and application expertise will deliver the best solutions.