Archive: Jul 2019

Case Study: Handwheel Extensions

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Let’s just say that things don’t always work out as planned. In plant design, this can lead to odd piping offsets and valves in places that are inaccessible or in unsafe operating locations. Luckily, our design team and manufacturing division has the experience and capabilities to help rectify some of those oddities.

Problem: In the current piping layout, there were 16” and 18” gate valves that were hard to access. An operator had to bend down and over through a railing to turn a handwheel, not a safe position for someone to be in, especially on a catwalk.


Solution: A gate valve extension was designed that would go through the current railing, making it safer and easier to operate. A traditional extension would couple to the valve stem, but to keep things simple and cost-effective, our product engineer designed the extension to come off the existing handwheels. The added benefit of the design was the ease of installation.

Case Study: Thermal Shut-offs Valves in a Commercial Building

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Company Type: Major Visual Effects Company in Singapore

Application: Fuel Pump

Problem: A recent audit from FM global recommended that a fire safety shut-off valve be installed on their 2” fuel line before it exits the pump room.


 


Solution:

After a web search, BI-TORQ was determined to the best fit for this application. The subsequent investigation allowed for a full model number to be derived using our online Product Configurator. BI-TORQ was then contacted for a quotation. The order was placed through their US location a few days later.

The Chief Engineer followed up with installation questions as it was determined the best place to install the unit was vertically 10 feet up. He was assured that a vertical installation for the product was perfectly fine and that once installed the units didn’t need regular maintenance. This was beneficial due to the installation height.

Case Study: Thermal Shut-off Valves on Machine Lubricant Lines

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Company Type: Bearing Manufacturer

Application: EDM machining centers. (Electrical Discharge Machine)

Problem: a fire broke out at a plant where EDM machines are operating. Following an investigation by FM Global, it was determined that the flammable EDM lubricant contributed to the fire after their lines were compromised.



Solution:
FM approved FLP series fusible link valves (also known as thermal shut-off valves) were mandated on all lubricant lines feeding the EDM machines. The plant currently has 4 EDM machines with several lines feeding various portions of the machines.

Follow up:
The manufacturer’s safety department has decided to be more comprehensive with its fire safety requirements. They have determined that FLP series fusible link valves should be installed on all lubricant lines.

Case Study: Thermal Shut-off Valves on Machine Lubricant Lines

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Company Type: Bearing Manufacturer

Application: EDM machining centers. (Electrical Discharge Machine)

Problem: a fire broke out at a plant where EDM machines are operating. Following an investigation by FM Global, it was determined that the flammable EDM lubricant contributed to the fire after their lines were compromised.

Solution:
FM approved FLP series fusible link valves (also known as thermal shut-off valves) were mandated on all lubricant lines feeding the EDM machines. The plant currently has 4 EDM machines with several lines feeding various portions of the machines.

Follow up:
The manufacturer’s safety department has decided to be more comprehensive with its fire safety requirements. They have determined that FLP series fusible link valves should be installed on all lubricant lines.

Case Study: Thermal Shut-offs Valves in a Commercial Building

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Company Type: Major Visual Effects Company in Singapore

Application: Fuel Pump

Problem: A recent audit from FM global recommended that a fire safety shut-off valve be installed on their 2” fuel line before it exits the pump room.

Solution:

After a web search, BI-TORQ was determined to the best fit for this application. The subsequent investigation allowed for a full model number to be derived using our online Product Configurator. BI-TORQ was then contacted for a quotation. The order was placed through their US location a few days later.

The Chief Engineer followed up with installation questions as it was determined the best place to install the unit was vertically 10 feet up. He was assured that a vertical installation for the product was perfectly fine and that once installed the units didn’t need regular maintenance. This was beneficial due to the installation height.

Case Study: Handwheel Extensions

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Let’s just say that things don’t always work out as planned. In plant design, this can lead to odd piping offsets and valves in places that are inaccessible or in unsafe operating locations. Luckily, our design team and manufacturing division has the experience and capabilities to help rectify some of those oddities.

Problem: In the current piping layout, there were 16” and 18” gate valves that were hard to access. An operator had to bend down and over through a railing to turn a handwheel, not a safe position for someone to be in, especially on a catwalk.


Solution: A gate valve extension was designed that would go through the current railing, making it safer and easier to operate. A traditional extension would couple to the valve stem, but to keep things simple and cost-effective, our product engineer designed the extension to come off the existing handwheels. The added benefit of the design was the ease of installation.