Wellhead Compressor Valve Reduces Methane Emissions

Many modulating valves in the gas industry utilize pipeline gas media for actuating valves which often causes problems with greenhouse emissions. CFR40 Part60 subpart 0000 limits the bleed rate for these modulating valves utilizing the media for actuation.


An OEM of gas lift compressors was in search of an all electric valve that could eliminate the pneumatic bleed of gases.

LDAR inspections and possible fines for violation of  ISO 15848-1 pushed this OEM to look for an all electric option that would eliminate the gas bleed.


Wellhead compressor valve

A product specialist at Assured Automation proposed the V Port 36 Series full port socket weld ball valve along with the B7 Series explosionproof modulating electric actuator.

Both valve and actuator met the hazardous area requirements and provided the durability the customer required.

The units proved a success for the end user which has improved on their well uptime and barrel per day output. They have expanded this system to all their wells and their gas lift system has proven to be a profitable investment for end users.

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Using Interactive Flow Meter Configurators to Quickly and Easily Quote and Order

Whether you run a full-scale brewery or have a home brew setup, selecting, quoting and ordering flow meters quickly and easily is of paramount importance.

How many times have you called a company for a quote and had to wait days for the salesperson to get back to you, only then to encounter further delays in ordering the product?

Assured Automation offers meter selection guides and unique interactive online flow meter Configurators to assist in the proper selection, pricing, and ordering of flow meters …all online!

User friendly selection guides compare range of materials, connection types, and flow ranges in an easy visual manner to direct the users choice. Options are available from basic models to more advanced industrial grade flow meters with greater number of functions and accessories.

Clickable links on the selection guide take the buyer to the chosen meter’s configurator page.  This is where the meter is “built”. As connection type and meter sizes are selected all available options and accessories are displayed on screen. Price, description, and part number all update instantly.

Online help is available throughout the selection process. Simply click on the black and red “Help Icon”. The ‘Configurator Help Screen’ appears which offers clarification and guidance in the selection process

Under the Links for Model section, pricing, weight and documentation including datasheets, price lists and installation & maintenance manuals are available for download.

Want to share the meter part number and parameters with a colleague or purchasing department? Simply click on the ‘Share this Configuration’ icon to easily email Item number along with flow rate range, connection size and type, wetted materials, and other pertinent details

We know that the Assured Automation configurators make the quoting and ordering of flow meters exceptionally easy but there are always instances when additional assistance is needed. Our product specialists would be happy to assist via phone or chat regarding applications and product choice. Give us a call at 800-899-0553

Try a flow meter configurator today!

How to Use Flow Meter Configurators

Step 1: Choose Flow Meter From Selection Guide

Start your product selection with one the Flow Meter Selection Guides

The Digital Flow Meter Selection Guide compares body materials, connection, function type and flow ranges

Choose the meter that best meets your application needs

Step 2: Select the Buy Button

After selecting the meter click the “Buy” button to view the product Configurator

Step 3: Choose Connection Type

Start by choosing desired flow meter connection type

Then choose meter size based on the flow range, connection and accuracy needed

Step 4: Select Output Type and Accessories

Choose desired output signal type

All available accessories will also be selectable

Photo, part number, description and price all update instantly as you configure your meter.

If you are looking to quote more than one configuration, add your configured meter to your cart by clicking the ‘Add to Cart’ button.

After loading the meter to your cart, you can navigate to any other page on the Assured Automation website and proceed to checkout when you are ready.

By selecting View Cart, you can choose to print, email, or save your quote – or you can proceed to complete the purchase.

Shipping weights, datasheets, Installation & Maintenance manuals are all available for download.

Related Article: Valves for Craft Brewing Applications

One of the ways “We Make Valve Automation Easy” is by providing our customers with interactive online configurators. . Nothing to download or install. No special specification apps. Visit our web site to see how they work and try one today.

View the “Automated Valve Configurator” video

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CBD Oil Basics-Market Outlook and Production

Market Outlook & Production Overview

It is estimated that the global market for cannabidiol (CBD) oil will grow from $967.2 million in 2020 to $5.3 billion by 2025. The global CBD oil market is mainly driven by growing research funding for cannabinoid research, legalization of CBD in various regions and the rising occurrence of chronic diseases and related complications.

Hemp-derived products are the largest segment in the CBD oil products market. CBD oils are primarily used in pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic and other industries. The cosmetic and food industry segments accounts for more than half of the market but over the next few years the pharmaceutical segment is expected to expand significantly.

There are two classifications for the cannabis plant that produces CBD oil: hemp and marijuana

Hemp-derived CBD is sourced from industrial hemp plants, which are grown primarily for their fiber and seeds. Hemp is differentiated from marijuana by its levels of THC, the cannabinoid that possesses intoxicating properties. Under U.S. law a hemp plant must contain no more than 0.3% THC.

Marijuana-derived CBD is extracted from marijuana plants that have thick, lush foliage and flowers that are generally grown and consumed for their intoxicating properties. The U.S. government defines marijuana plants as those which contain more than 0.3% THC. While most marijuana plants contain THC as the predominant cannabinoid, there are several strains of marijuana that are rich in CBD.

Whether CBD is extracted from hemp or marijuana, it remains identical on the molecular level.

Hemp Growing Process 

Farmers breed plants with high concentrations of CBD and low concentrations of THC to comply with the 2018 Farm Bill through seeds or cloning.

Once harvested, the plant is air-dried for three to four weeks before the stems are soaked to make the decortication process easier. Decortication happens before extraction when the fiber of the plant is removed from the stem.

Extraction Process 

The extraction process is the method of turning plant to oil. Various solvents are used to separate cannabinoids into an oily substance.

  • CO2 extraction utilizes carbon dioxide to produce a highly concentrated oil when the gas is put under high pressure in a low-temperature environment. This manipulates the gas into a liquid, which is then passed through the harvested plant materials resulting in the purest oil possible.
  • Ethanol extraction utilizes ethanol, a polar solvent that mixes with water to draw out water-soluble molecules and cannabis compounds. The resulting dark oil is a mixture of cannabis compounds and Chlorophyll, which is later filtered out. Although this filtration step also removes some of the extracted cannabinoids, thus lowering the overall purity of the product.
  • Hydrocarbon extraction utilizes solvents like propane, butane or acetone to extract CBD oil. Although a cheap and easy process, the extracted oil often has a higher concentration of THC, and a lower concentration of CBD. Plus, the possibility for residue is high, which significantly lowers the purity and effectiveness of products.  \

When it comes to quality, CO2 extraction yields the best products, but at a higher cost due to the need for expensive equipment and knowledgeable extractors.


Decarboxylation comes after the extraction process. Decarboxylation is a simple heating process that most CBD oil products undergo to activate CBD and its benefits for the human body.

The heat activates the Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA), which subsequently produces CBD that will interact and bind with receptors within the endocannabinoid system.


Purification, or winterization, is an optional step of the process that removes excess fatty acids, chlorophyll, and other plant materials. 

Valves and Flow Meters for CBD Production

From growing to extraction, Assured Automation valves and flow meters are used throughout the botanical extraction industry.

Find out more at https://assuredautomation.com/Cannabis

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Low-cost Easy to Use Batch Controller

Automatic Batch Controller
The new ABC-2020 Automatic Batch Controller
featuring the BIG Blinking Blue Button

Flows.com and Assured Automation announce the release of the ABC-2020 Automatic Batch Controller. It is low cost and extremely simple to use. It works with any meter that has a pulse output and either a valve or pump. The operator simply uses the arrow keys to set the batch volume, then presses the start button. The valve opens or the pump turns on. The meter measures the liquid throughput and reports it to the controller. The controller closes the valve or turns the pump off when the set total is reached. That’s all there is to it!

The controller features the BIG Blinking Blue Button™ which is the Start/Stop Button and also indicates the status of the controller at all times. It blinks every second while a batch is running and 10 times per second when the batch is near completion. It remains lit when the batch has completed and the controller is ready to run another.

Hardware Components
Since the controller, meter, and valve or pump are separate components, the user can tailor the system to best fit their application. This not only allows for the selection of the best components, it also offers the ability to create the ultimate installation by carefully selecting where each component is placed. All wiring will be done with simple thermostat wire.

These three components create an easy to use batching system

weatherproof box for batch controllerThe controller is a self-contained compact unit that can be set on a desktop or can be easily mounted to a pipe (horizontal or vertical) or wall. If protection from the elements, washdown, or tampering is needed it is available mounted in a NEMA 4 cabinet with a crystal clear, lockable, hinged front panel. All wires connect to the unit with simple push-in connectors — no opening the enclosure or using screw terminals.

remote button for batch controllerA weatherproof remote button is available that serves as another start/stop button and also provides the same indication as the BIG Blinking Blue Button™ that is on the main controller. This can be used as an emergency stop, or as the main start button for repetitive batches where the volume does not need to change. Another application for this button is to allow a customer to start a batch but not change the volume. Programs are available that only allow for one batch to be dispensed using the remote button. Then an authorized person needs to reset the controller on the main ABC-2020 unit.

There are a growing number of standard programs available to choose from for the ABC-2020. The differences between programs revolve mainly around the resolution; which is tied to the pulse rate of the meter: 10 pulses per gallon, 1 pulse per gallon, 1 pulse per 10 gallons, etc. Some programs include a lockout feature that disables the remote start button after a batch completes. Customized programs are also available if needed

Systems and Components
Typical system packages include multi-jet or positive displacement water meters and 12 VDC solenoid or ball valves. For use with a pump, a pump control relay is available and allows this little unit to control a 120VAC pump.

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Valves and Flow Meters for the CBD Industry

The global demand for cannabidiol (CBD) oil has been projected to grow from $900 million in 2020 to $5 billion by 2025. Currently the cosmetic and food industry segments accounts for more than half of the market but over the next few years the pharmaceutical segment is expected to expand significantly.

With this increased demand for CBD production there is also an increased need for industrial products used in the growing of hemp and marijuana and the extraction of CBD oil.

With unparalleled customer service, Assured Automation provides high quality valves and flow meters for use in water, steam and process applications throughout the botanicals industry.

Our capabilities extend far beyond standard valves. In fact, a large portion of our business comes from custom assemblies and large projects in this and other industries.

View the products below or check out our new web page dedicated to the products most purchased by customers in the CBD industry.

Automated & Manual Valves

Stainless Steel Valves

Assured Automation offers automated and manual stainless steel valves and flow meters that are frequently used is Ethanol and CO2 extraction applications.

21 Series ball valves are full port, 316 stainless steel, NPT threaded manual ball valves. The valves are silicone free and equipped with a manual handle with a locking device.

36 Series ball valve is constructed of 316 stainless steel. The superior stem seal of this 3-piece ball valve provides increased cycle life making it the perfect choice for automated valve package designs. The Teflon stem packing is live loaded with Belleville washers to provide constant tension on the stem seals. This ensures a bubble tight stem seal and increases the life cycle of the seal even in high cycle applications. Successfully used by OEM’s of Ethanol Cannabis Extraction Equipment.

30D Series 3-way sanitary ball valve is a full bore tri-clamp valve with cavity filled teflon seats. This valve is ideal for use in botanical extraction and other clean service applications. Constructed of ASTM 316 stainless steel with sanitary tri-clamp end connections. Sizes available in ½” through 4”.

Assured Automation 3-way ball valves have been used extensively in supercritical CO2 extraction systems.

BFY Series Tri-Clamp Sanitary Butterfly Valve meets all FDA & USDA standards and requirements. 316L mirror finish disc provides an even flow preventing obstructions and restrictions. An “opposing” body bolt design prevents the loosening between body sections due to usage or vibrations. Bolting is flush with body surface preventing obstruction during actuation or when space is limited for installation.

PVC Valves

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) offers an erosion and corrosion resistant material suitable for a variety of industrial valve uses. CPVC (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride) is a variant of PVC that is more flexible and can withstand higher temperatures.

Both PVC and CPVC are lightweight rugged materials that are rust-proof, making them perfect for use in many water applications.

P2 Series 2 way ball valves offer some unique features over standard PVC valves. The patented dual block system locks the union ends, which prevents them from loosening due to vibration. This is a common problem with other PVC valves and often results in leakages. The P2 also features a dual stem seal making this design optimal for valve actuation.

PTP Series three-way PVC ball valve for flow diverting, mixing or on/off isolation applications.  The PTP series will replace a Tee +2 valve linkage assembly at reduced cost and space, along with shorter installation and maintenance time.  The patented seat stop carrier allows for in-line micro adjustment of the ball seating and features O-ring cushioning to minimize wear and prevent seizing.

Flow Meters

Assured Automation carries a comprehensive collection of meters to satisfy the majority of applications that our valve customers use. From simple multi-jet mechanical water meters  to high-pressure industrial digital flow meters we offer meters in a range of materials, connection types, and sizes.

Digital Flow Meter

G2 Industrial flow meter is available with NPT or tri-clamp ends for easy installation and removal. Constructed of 316 Stainless steel housing in line sizes of 1/2” to 2” NPT and ¾” to 2 ½” tri-clamp. The easy to read display can be mounted in different orientations depending on piping layout. Flow ranges of 1-200 gpm with an accuracy of 1-2% (depending on size) Available with local or remote displays.

Mechanical Flow Meter

Offered in sizes ½” to 1 ½” NPT , WM-PC impeller style water meter is designed to meet Federal regulations requiring all products coming in contact with potable water be lead free. Designed to meet AWWA C708 standards.

Batching System

The new ABC-2020 Automatic Batch Controller from Flows.com is a simple, low-cost batch controller that is extremely easy to use. It can be used with a valve and/or pump and a simple mechanical water meter. This allows growers to use exactly the right amount of water regardless of any changes in system water pressure which would affect the volume if using a timer. Growers also use the ABC batch controller when making nutrient mixes in tanks or IBC totes.

You can count on us!

Customers have come to rely on Assured Automation for high quality products, knowledgeable sales personnel, and the unique online automated valve configurator. The online valve configurator makes building, quoting and ordering valve assemblies quick and easy. Try one out today!

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Emergency Shutdown Valves In Stock

The Problem:

A large chemical company was looking to purchase a rush project for emergency shutdown valves for their gas and chemical lines to meet insurance requirements. The automated ESD valves needed to be tied into their main fire alarm system to fail closed upon a triggering of their fire alarms. The specification called for full port API607 firesafe 150# flanged ball valves with spring return rack & pinion pneumatic actuators, FM Approved explosion proof solenoids and explosion proof limit switches.

The Solution:

After obtaining quotes from several major valve brands with delivery dates over 10 weeks the customer reached out to Assured Automation. Using the Assured Automation online valve configurator the customer was able to get a price, datasheet and 3D CAD file on each assembly within minutes.

After confirming a firm delivery date with the sales team, the customer was able to place an official order the same day. Assured Automation was able to assemble, test and ship the entire project in two days.

Emergency shutdown valves
Quick Delivery of Emergency Shutdown Valves

More Information:

Assured Automation thermally activated Emergency Shutdown Valves (ESDs) include:

  • A fire-safe ball valve
  • A spring return pneumatic valve actuator
  • A FireChek® heat activated pneumatic shutoff valve
  • An solenoid valve
  • A manual override (optional)
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Assured Automation to Exhibit at 2020 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America

April 19, 2020 – April 22, 2020
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, TX
Assured Automation Booth: 3017

CBC Craft Brewer Conference San Antonio, TX

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC)  is America’s largest craft brewing industry show serving both brewpubs and packaging breweries.

The Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America® is presented by the Brewers Association, a recognized leader in the national and international brewing arena.

For professional brewers, CBC is the number one environment in North America for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance. Fourteen educational tracks provide attendees with over 96 seminars led by top minds in the beer world.

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Fugitive Emissions & Valve Regulations

What are Fugitive Emissions?

Fugitive emissions or FEs refer to the unintended release of environmentally harmful gases or vapors from industrial activities or facilities. It is estimated that 51% of these fugitive emissions have been attributed to valves.

In a typical facility most emissions are from valves and connectors, the most prevalent components, which often number in the thousands. Seal or gasket failure due to normal wear or improper maintenance is the major cause of these valve emissions.

Besides contributing to the loss of salable product, fugitive emissions pose a risk to the health and safety of workers as well as to the surrounding communities.

A Short Overview of Fugitive Emission Regulations

In October 1948, the mill town of Donora, Pennsylvania was covered by a toxic smog unintentionally released by the local steel manufacturing facilities.

After 5 days, the toxic gases resulted in the sickening of thousands and death of 20 in the community. Now considered one of the worst air pollution disasters in the nation’s history, the “Donora Incident” demonstrated the need for air pollution control and lead to the creation of the first clean air programs in the US.

In response to worsening industrial pollution the Environmental Protection agency (EPA) introduced the US Clean Air Act, the first federal legislation regarding air pollution control. Since that time increasingly stricter air pollution policies have been implemented at the US Federal and State levels.

Germany also began instituting air pollution control regulations in 1964 titled “Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control” (Technische Anleitung zur Reinhaltung der Luft) commonly referred to as the TA Luft.

During the late 1980s, EPA legislation was amended to include petroleum refineries and chemical processing plants that emit volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). The agency began conducting audits in hopes that companies would willingly implement emissions reductions.

In order to reduce the emission of fugitive VOCs and HAPs, the EPA instituted Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) regulations, a system of procedures a facility utilizes to locate and repair leaking components which includes EPA Method 21, a method for determining VOC leaks from process equipment in parts per million. EPA Method 21 pertains to valves, flanges and other connections, pumps and compressors, pressure relief devices, process drains, open-ended valves, pump and compressor seal system degassing vents, accumulator vessel vents, agitator seals, and access door seals.

By the late 1990’s, the EPA determined that many facilities were under-reporting emissions, failing to implement Method 21 sufficiently to meet emission reduction targets.

It was estimated that 40,000 tons of VOCs were being emitted annually from valves of petroleum refineries alone. By the early 2000’s many refineries agreed to implement official LDAR Programs to avoid litigation. 

Fugitive Emissions Valve Standards

When facilities do not meet the EPA’s Clean air requirements, consent decrees are negotiated with the manufacturing facility, typically resulting in the implementation of a formal Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) program which implements Method 21 valve VOC monitoring.

Currently, It is believed that 80% of fugitive emissions from valves are emitted through the valve stem of linear valves (gates and globes) due to the rising/rotating of the stem through the packing system and the difficulty of proper sealing.

As the EPA continues to refine its standards for the LDAR process there is a push that new valves used in refineries to be certified as “Low E Technology”. The EPA defines a Low E Valve as:

A valve (including its specific packing assembly) or valve packing for which the manufacturer has issued a written warranty that it will not emit fugitives at greater than 100 ppm, and that, if it does so emit at any time in the first five years, the manufacturer will replace the valve

The push for “low Emissions Valves” and “low Emissions Packing” has prompted many standards organizations such as API, ANSI, ISO, MESC, ANSI and TA-Luft to establish valve and packing test standards which assess fugitive emission performance. 

Examples of Fugitive Emissions valve standards:

American Petroleum Institute Standards (API) currently has three valve/packing emissions standards tests.

  • API 622 Type Testing of Process Valve Packing for Fugitive Emissions. This is a test of the valve packing alone.
  • API 624 Type Testing of Rising Stem Valves Equipped with Graphite Packing for Fugitive Emissions. This test evaluates the total performance of the valve, not just the valve packing, The Packing used in an API 624 test must have passed API 622 Requirements.
  • API 641 Type Testing of Quarter-turn Valve for Fugitive Emissions. This is the type test for quarter turn valve designs evaluating low emissions performance over an accelerated life cycle

International Organization for Standardization

According to ISO testing guidelines the test media must be methane and the test method must be EPA’s Method 21. The EPA has determined that methane is the most destructive to the environment.

  • ISO 15848-1:2015 (Type Testing) specifies testing procedures for evaluation of external leakage of valve stem seals (or shaft) and body joints of isolating valves and control valves intended for application in volatile air pollutants and hazardous fluids.
  • ISO 15848-2:2015 (Production Test) specifies test procedures for the evaluation of external leakage of valve stems or shafts and body joints of isolating valves and control valves intended for application with volatile air pollutants and hazardous fluids.

TA Luft -German Technical Guidelines for Air Pollution

  • Guideline VDI 2440 refers to average gas-like emissions for differing gasket systems.

A much less stringent standard compared to ISO 15848, TA Luft only deals with the sealing system of the stem passage with very general testing requirements.

Solutions from Assured Automation

Low Fugitive Emission Valve Selection

XP3 Low Fugitive Emission Plug Valves

HPX Low Fugitive Emission Butterfly Valves

FEX Fugitive Emission Containment Packs for Ball Valves

DSI-37XUF Low Fugitive Emission Gate Valves

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Upgrade Your Valves to Reduce Your Fugitive Emissions…
Making the Case for the Cost of Upgrades

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Magnetic Flow Meter Basics

Magnetic Inductive Flow Meters

A magnetic flow meter, also referred to as mag flow meter or magmeter, is a volumetric flow meter that measures liquids or liquid slurries that have a minimum conductivity of 5 µS/cm.  Magnetic flow meters will typically not work with hydrocarbons, distilled water, non-aqueous solutions and non-conductive solutions.

Magnetic flow meters utilize Faraday’s Law of Electromagnetic Induction to determine the velocity of a liquid flowing in a pipe.  Magnetic flow meters consist of a nonmagnetic flow tube, liner, electrodes and electromagnets to generate a magnetic field. In magnetic flow meters, a magnetic field is generated and channeled into the liquid flowing through the pipe.

Operating according to Faraday’s Law, signal voltage (E) is dependent on the average liquid velocity (V) the magnetic field strength (B) and the length of the conductor (D) which in this instance is the distance between the electrodes.

Faraday’s Formula
E is proportional to V x B x D where: 

E = The voltage generated in a conductor
V = The velocity of the conductor
B = The magnetic field strength
D = The length of the conductor

Mag Meter Operation

The liquid flowing through the pipe is the conductor, and electromagnetic coils surrounding the flow tube generate the magnetic field. The signal is sensed by the two electrodes embedded on opposite sides of the flow tube. The flow signal at the electrodes is directly proportional to the flow velocity, the intensity of the magnetic field, and distance between electrodes.

Magnetic flow meters do not require much upstream and downstream straight runs so they can be installed in relatively short meter runs. 

Advantages of using Electromagnetic Flow Meters

The main advantages of using magmeters is that they feature an obstruction-free design with no moving parts which eliminates flow impediment, requires less maintenance and can be used on very large line sizes.  Accuracy over a wide flow range can be as good as ±0.5%

Mag Meter obstruction free flow path and no moving parts

Mag meters perform extremely well in many municipal and processing applications and is the meter of choice for measuring conductive liquids such as water or slurry. Magmeters also have the advantage of being able to measure both very low flows and very high volume flow rates.

Disadvantages of using Magnetic Flow Meters

Magnetic flowmeters are only effective on conductive fluids, and materials such as unmixed hydrocarbons and gases cannot be measured. However, magnetic materials themselves may also present problems, as hydrodynamic effects can alter the normal flow pattern and disturb the velocity rate enough to interfere with operations. Depending on their size and capacity, magnetic flowmeters can be relatively heavy, and those with higher corrosion and abrasion resistance can be expensive.

Typical Industries Where Magnetic Flow Meters are Used

  • Water/Wastewater Industry
  • Brewing, Distilling, and Wine Making
  • Chemical
  • Food and Beverage
  • Power Generation
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Metals and Mining
  • Pharmaceutical
  • HVAC
  • Mining/Mineral Processing

Magnetic Flow Meter Selection

Key questions which need to be considered before selecting a magnetic flow meter

  • Is the fluid conductive or water based?
  • Is the fluid or slurry abrasive?
  • Minimum and maximum flow rate for the flow meter?
  • Minimum and maximum process pressure?
  • Minimum and maximum process temperature?
  • Is the fluid chemically compatible with the flow meter wetted parts?
  • What is the size of the pipe?
  • Is the pipe always full?
  • Do you require an integral display or remote display?
  • Do you require an analog output?

Magnetic flow meters require a minimum medium conductivity for the technology to measure flow. This chart provides a general guideline on conductivity of common media.

Conductivity of common media for magnetic flow meter applications
Conductivity of Common Media

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Fire-Safe Shut Off Valves for Distillery Application

Problem: A local distillery was directed by their insurance agency to incorporate fire safe shut off valves on their storage tanks to ensure closure of outlet valves to isolate flammable liquids in the event of fire.


Fire Safe Shut off Valves

The head brewer at the distillery contacted us as they had successfully used Assured Automation automated valves and flow meters for previous jobs.

An Assured Automation product specialist suggested the use of the FM Fire-Safe Series. These FM approved thermal shut off valves are spring loaded with a thermal link. When the link burns in fire conditions the spring brings the API607 firesafe ball valve to a closed position, preventing the release of flammable liquids which could potentially feed a fire.

FM Fire Safe Series

Having a fire safety shutoff system in place is very important at any facility which deals with flammable liquids or gasses. The Assured Automation FM Fire-Safe Thermal and Electro-Thermal Emergency Shutdown Valve assemblies are constructed to automatically close or open and mitigate any conditions which could be deemed potentially dangerous.

Both the ball valve and butterfly valve designs are Factory Mutual (FM) approved. Thermal valves have thermal links which operate the valve at a predetermined temperature. The electro-thermal valve adds an electro-thermal link which can be triggered by a low power electrical current impulse, such as a smoke detector alarm. Both valve designs can also be operated manually without affecting the viability of the link.

The FM Fire-Safe valves are the perfect choice when the flow of hazardous liquid or gas needs to be completely halted due to the presence of fire. The valves can also be implemented in fire suppression systems, to release fire retardant in an isolated area instead of the entire plant.

3-piece Ball valve designs are available in sizes from 1/2 to 6”; thermal activation temperatures from 165 to 360° F; threaded, socket weld, butt weld, and flanged connection configurations. Butterfly valves are available in sizes from 2” to 12”; thermal activation temperatures from 165 to 360° F; carbon steel or 316 stainless steel.

FM FireSafe Shut off Valves

FM Fire-Safe Series Thermal Shut-Off Valves
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