Success Stories

Refinery Upgrade – California

June 12, 2024

One of the largest independent refiners in the U.S. experienced several costly failures on the plant’s main natural gas supply valve. This valve was modulated by a pneumatic actuator that had an internal linkage failure, causing the valve to slam closed, consequently stopping natural gas flow to the refinery.

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Waste-To-Energy Plant – Baltimore, MD

May 29, 2024

A Maryland Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plant had been using pneumatic actuators on all of its fans for several years. There were ongoing problems associated with the control and reliability of the actuators. Since ID fans are a critical part of the combustion process, it was recommended to upgrade the ID fan actuators to Beck actuators.

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CITGO Ethanol Blending Valve – LA

May 15, 2024

The ethanol blending process is a critical part of gasoline terminal operation and has a significant impact on product quality, meeting environmental regulations and profitability. Optimizing the process is very important, but does present some control challenges.

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Biomass Power Plant – Southern US

May 01, 2024

Accurate and reliable control of a boiler’s induced draft (ID) fan damper is critical to the efficient and safe operation of a boiler. A new biomass plant in the southern United States experienced this first hand shortly after start up.

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Aqua Pennsylvania – Pickering Creek Water Treatment Plant

April 17, 2024

Aqua Pennsylvania has been supplying potable water to residents since 1892. Its largest facility, the Pickering water treatment plant, was using conventional electric actuators on valves across the facility, including the modulating Filter Effluent applications. A history of actuator problems prompted plant personnel to consider replacements.

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