Considering Control Valve Efficiency

Control valve efficiency.jpgArticle by Samson Valves: The discussions revolving around the scarcity of fossil fuels and increasing energy prices have refocused on the most effective action in the long term, i.e., reducing energy consumption. The right process automation technology can contribute to achieving considerable energy savings. Status monitoring and status conservation can be of help when optimizing the technical infrastructure by preventing additional energy consumption due to plant failures, the resulting start-up and shutdown procedures, as well as the production of non-conforming products. Three major areas can also be identified when optimizing the production process—process sizing, process monitoring, and process control. This article deals with the control valve as a final control element that can help minimize energy consumption when it is accurately tuned to its assigned task. In addition, we will look at state-of-the-art asset management concepts based on smart positioners, which facilitate energy monitoring and indicate possible savings potential thanks to optimized operating modes.

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