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Don't Let off Steam

12-Jan-2018 04:21:00

When you’re looking for ways to reduce energy consumption and costs, and to increase efficiency and productivity, you shouldn’t let steam off the hook. An efficient steam system is a perfect energy transporter. But a poorly-designed system, or one with leaks or condensate build-up, can waste thousand of pounds a year in energy costs.

If other systems in your production process were running inefficiently, you’d spot the issue and resolve it quickly. But the problem with a steam system is the slow rate of deterioration in efficiency and performance. In fact some systems which have gone without a survey for as long as 5 years have been shown to have up to 30% of their steam traps leaking or blocked. Yet the reductions in efficiency, increases in energy costs and CO2 emissions, and the changes in the speed or quality of production were so gradual, the problems had gone almost unnoticed and completely unresolved.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Efficiency

Full Steam Ahead with SSOP

25-Sep-2017 04:52:00

If you think of your plant as a human body, then steam is the blood. So the last thing you want is for it to be leaking away, or be watered-down by condensate that leads to water hammer: the steam system equivalent of high blood pressure.

Yet on many sites, people ignore signs of trouble – whether it’s the hiss of steam escaping where it shouldn’t, or the banging of water hammer.

One leads to loss of steam, loss of pressure, inefficiency and higher energy costs. The other can create pressure peaks of over 120 bars, in systems generally designed for 10 bars only. That can wear seals, create more leaks, and in the worst cases cause valves or pipes to rupture with a catastrophic – and potentially life-threatening – escape of high-pressure steam.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Efficiency, Flow Control, Valves

Haven’t you Heard? ERIKS Renames Econosto

23-Aug-2017 05:17:00

Leading industrial services provider ERIKS has united the Econosto product portfolio under a new business arm – the ERIKS UK & Ireland, Flow Control Product Business Unit. 

Econosto UK joined the ERIKS group in 2008 and has continued to develop as a leading flow control provider since. The move to use the ERIKS name came into effect on the 1st April 2017 and going forward, ERIKS will continue to invest in the business unit’s capability. The new Flow Control business unit will continue to provide in-depth application knowledge, efficiency, simple ordering processes and reduced costs in the supply chain to its customers, as well as including valued valve products from its flagship valve brand, ECON. Its operational bases will remain in Leicester, Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Teesside.

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Topics: News, Flow Control, Valves

Join Us at Tank Storage Conference and Exhibition 2017!

03-Aug-2017 16:16:06

The Tank Storage Conference and Exhibition is the UK’s leading event for the bulk liquid storage sector. The event has a proven track record of successfully bringing together people who care about safe and effective bulk liquid.

The conference programme features presentations from Government, Regulators and industry experts on topics which are of key interest to those who operate in this sector.

So naturally you’d expect to find ERIKS’ dedicated tank storage team in attendance at Stand 26 on the 28th September 2017.

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Topics: News, Engineering, Flow Control, Condition Monitoring, Valves

Smart Factories Need Smart Suppliers

06-Jul-2017 09:33:31

A highly automated, integrated, state-of-the-art production plant demands more than just a comprehensive range of reliable products. What customers really need is smart solutions. Key partnerships between ERIKS Flow Control and leading manufacturers can provide exactly that.

ERIKS Flow Control is not only a leader in valve technology, but also teams with ERIKS dedicated pump, hose and sealing specialists, they also have an in-house actuation centre staffed by technical experts – representing an unparalleled source of flow control know-how.
Integrated solutions for a total system. 

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Topics: News, Innovation, Supply Chain, Food & Beverage, Engineering, Flow Control

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