Friday, February 22, 2019

The "Automation Multiplier Effect" and the Much Overlooked Importance of Automation



Steve Huffman, VP of Sales and Marketing for Mead O'Brien, and Greg McMillan, retired Senior Fellow from Solutia/Monsanto and monthly "Control Talk" columnist for Control magazine, discuss how automation is far more important than recognized and that we each play a role in helping everyone appreciate the incredible significance of opportunities created. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Raising Professional Performance in the Automation Industry

Automation Federation

Steve Huffman, VP of Sales and Marketing for Mead O'Brien, and Greg McMillan, retired Senior Fellow from Solutia/Monsanto and monthly "Control Talk" columnist for Control magazine, discuss the Automation Federation's plans to define needed competencies.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Selecting the Proper ASCO Solenoid Valve

ASCO Solenoid Valve
This catalog is designed to make it easier to select and order the right valve for your application from ASCO. It provides very handy tables of part numbers, port configurations, sizes, and materials.

Download the PDF version here and keep available when when specifying ASCO solenoid valves.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Armstrong SAGE UMT™ Wireless Hand-held Steam Trap Testing Tool


The next-level addition to the most comprehensive and advanced steam trap management platform in the industry has arrived. Introducing SAGE UMT™. Wireless, water resistant, dust proof, rugged, accurate, consistent. SAGE UMT's performance eliminates human error and sets a new standard for trap testing.

It's easier and faster to test traps and instantly, send data to mobile devices and the cloud. And with 10 plus hours of battery life, SAGE UMT™ can go all day long.

SAGE UMT™ comes complete with charger, carrying case, bolster, ergonomic handle design and rubberized grip. All you have to add is the hardhat, the mobile device, and a human.

SAGE UMT™ Wireless Hand-held Steam Trap Testing ToolArmstrong's SAGE UMT™, used in conjunction with SAGE® Smart Steam System Management
platform, is the most comprehensive and advanced trap management program in the industry.
  • Detects traps in good, cold and blow-through condition
  • Piezoelectric acoustic sensor, developed and tuned specifically for the unique conditions found in steam traps
  • Non-contact infrared temperature sensor
  • RFID technology significantly reduces the time required to locate and identify traps
  • SAGE UMT™ works seamlessly with SAGE Mobile and SAGE Smart Utility System Management platform
  • Data is uploaded to the cloud by SAGE for secure storage and automated backups
  • Customers own their own data
  • Use SAGE UMT™ for 10 hours or more before recharging; charge is restored to 90% within 2.5 hours
  • Easy-to-hold, ergonomic handle with rubberized ribbed grip
  • Convenient holster holds SAGE UMT™ securely; configure for right- or left-hand use
  • Lifetime upgrades for SAGE UMT™ firmware at no charge

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Happy Holidays from Mead O'Brien!

All of us at Mead O'Brien wish our customers, partners, vendors and friends a very Happy Holiday Season and a wonderful 2019!


Metal Seated High Performance Butterfly Valves

Neles BW series
Metso Neles BW Series
The Metso Neles BW series metal seated high performance butterfly valve with one-piece body design, is designed for both control and tight shut-off applications. Multiple body options makes it particularly well suited for the refining, power, petrochemical and chemical industries.

DOWNLOAD THE BW SERIES SPECIFICATION SHEET HERE

The BW provides extended operational life in control, tight shut-off and critical applications such as high cycle, high temperature, cryogenic, oxygen and abrasive applications, etc. Rating from ASME 900 to 2500 makes the BW a sound control or shut-off valve in severe service applications.

Excellent on-off capabilities
  • Uniquely functioning full metal seat design assures tightness over long time periods.
  • Contact between disc and seat is mechanically induced and does not rely on assistance from differential pressure.
  • Long term tightness is maintained even in high cycle rate services. Tightness in not compromised by large thermal cycling either.
  • Low friction and excellent wear resistance.
  • Lowered operational torque reduces actuator size
  • Heavy-duty stem and ingenious bearings design extends service life and is insensitive to thermal cycles and impurities.
Excellent flow control capabilities
  • Good controllability via smoothly rising installed characteristic curve at both very small openings and nearly full Cv positions. Series BW provides very wide rangeability in fairly low pressure drop services.
  • Good dynamic stability in both flow directions.
  • Available with a variety of actuators, positioners and accessories for single source responsibility. Mounting face according to ISO 5211.
  • Abrasion resistant construction
  • Solid, sturdy all metal seat design is based on metal-to- metal contact. No resilient parts are needed for seating.

Low emissions

  • The live loaded gland packing is located right after the outer bearing maximizing the tightness. The emissions are well below the international standards.
  • Furthermore, there are no resilient parts exposed to the medium.
Extremely wide pressure and temperature range
  • Differential pressure/temperature ratings in accordance with ASME B16.34.
  • Extremely wide temperature range up to +1150°C / +2100 °F.
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Extremely high cycle life minimizes the need for maintenance, and increases Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) value.
  • Interchangeable seat can be replaced without disassembling the disc and shaft. Seat replacement does not require any adjustment or special tools.
  • Certified emission and fire safe performance
  • Emission certified according to industry standard, ISO 15848-1 class B in shut-off applications.
  • Fire safe certification according to API 607, 6th edition 
Certified safety performance
  • SIL certification to meet IEC61508 requirements 
  • Capable to SIL 3 level
Applications

The BW series butterfly valve is suitable for the following industries and applications.
  • Chemical Process: Tail gas, waste water, Flue gas, styrene, acrylic acid
  • Refinery: Flammable media, process, gas
  • Off-shore: Flammable media, process, gas
  • Steel: Gas and crude gas
  • Gas: Natural gas, sour gas
  • Nuclear power: Steam, gas, water
  • Conventional power: Steam, gas, water
For more information about the Neles BW Series, contact Mead O'Brien at (800) 892-2769 or visit their web site at https://meadobrien.com.