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Finding Valve Position Using a Distributed Control System (DCS)

In this webinar Rotork explains how the SPI Smart Position Indicator is designed to keep plant control systems reliably informed of multi-turn manual valve positions.

Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 10 AM EDT (7 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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Refinery operators have a pressing requirement to improve the efficiency of flow control in their plants, and they need to know if valves are open or closed via the Distributed Control System (DCS). In a typical refinery, 10% of valves are actuated and 90% are manually operated. This poses a serious problem for end-users if the DCS does not accurately know how many multi-turn manual valves are open or closed, limiting the efficiency of business operations.

To meet this challenge, Rotork Gears has introduced the SPI Smart Position Indicator, designed to provide a vastly improved, more robust, reliable and accurate solution compared with previously available equipment. With an SPI installed, the control centre can monitor any of the multi-turn manual valves in the refinery, so operational control is more accurate.

This webinar describes the SPI's innovative features and many application benefits.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn about the SPI's key features
  • Discover the ways in which valve position can be transmitted
  • Learn about the SPI's certification for hazardous and non- hazardous areas
  • Learn about the SPI's many benefits compared to existing technology


Ahmed Lakoues, Sales & Marketing Director - Rotork Gears, Rotork

Ahmed Lakoues graduated from Sheffield University in 1982 with a BSc and Msc in Chemistry. Between 1983 and 1990 he was Head of the Mechanical & Pipe Fitting Department at Sonatrach in Algeria. Ahmed joined Rotork in 1990 as a Sales Engineer at Rotork Analysis. In 1997 he moved to Leeds with a challenge to grow internationally the Leeds based company Exeeco to what is now the Rotork Gears division and is currently the Sales and Marketing Director.