As a source of power, air is easy to transmit and use. Unfortunately, air power is also costly to generate. Because process plants use air to operate control valves - sometimes hundreds or even thousands of valves in one plant alone - leaks and lost power add up to considerable expense. This presentation explains how an intelligent valve positioner, one based on piezo technology, can realize major savings. Good for linear and rotary actuators, the all-round positioner can pay for itself within the first year of use. Attendees will compare the new design with traditional positioner construction, and review the difference in cost based on electrical energy use, service time, and equipment efficiencies. In addition, attendees will compare the carbon footprint of each design.
- Understand how to recognize air losses and calculate their cost
- Discover why an intelligent valve positioner can realize major savings
- Compare piezo technology vs traditional positioner construction
As product manager for valve instrumentation at Siemens, Dick Colony is responsible for growing the company's business with regard to valve positioners and related products. Colony holds a BSME from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a Member of VMA and ISA, and has developed numerous valves and valve accessories over his long career.