Claire Corlett

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Research and Engineering Behind Fisher Control Valves

Research and Engineering Behind Fisher Control Valves

Control valves like these don’t just
regulate the process flow within your facility, they help you to ensure the
safety of personnel, the equipment, and protect the environment. The flagship of
Emerson’s commitment to improve customer safety, performance, and profitability is
here in Marshalltown, Iowa, USA. In 2010, the Emerson Innovation Center for Fisher
Technology was commissioned the largest, most comprehensive control valve
Development Center in the world. It’s part of a legacy of innovation centers
that started back in 1930. You can feel confident that Fisher control valves
will continue to meet your changing needs as process industries increase in
size and complexity. The team of experts in this state-of-the-art facility
validates a wide range of solutions from the repeatability of small valves to
testing this workhorse of the process control industry to large solutions such
as compressor surge control. With actual flow tests using air or water we
determine sizing coefficients, stem force, or hydrodynamic torque and confirm
dynamic performance. This 36-inch diameter flow line is capable of flow
rates in excess of 60,000 gallons per minute because you need valves and vents
that operate as quietly as possible we built this unique, indoor vent testing
area we use it to design noise attenuation technologies and develop
methodologies for international standards. High vibration from process
plant operation can shorten equipment life, damage critical components, and
cause total loss of control. Fisher products are designed and tested on this
lift table for robustness this nuclear qualified actuator is designed to
operate even during extreme earthquakes. We qualify
products to industry vibration standards and then go a step farther.
For instance, Fisher products are subjected to additional testing for
millions of cycles at their residence or worst case frequency to assure
performance in your process plant. Safety and reliability are at the heart of
everything we do at Emerson. The experimental stress analysis test
validates design calculations and finite element analysis sophisticated sensors
are used to verify that products safely withstand their design pressures and
because you need instruments and actuators that can operate in
increasingly extended ambient temperatures we test Fisher products as
cold as minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit and as hot as 220 degrees Fahrenheit. This
high temperature test area can simulate process temperatures as high as 2,000
degrees Fahrenheit. We also perform mechanical cycle testing to assess
Fisher product reliability. This actuator has been opening and closing around the
clock since 2003 with little maintenance. Fisher products undergo integration
testing to confirm that they will work with your chosen control system we
confirm safety, reliability, and performance and explore new ways to meet
process industry’s needs of tomorrow such as wireless technologies. Why does
Emerson literally go to such extremes to test their products? It’s our legacy we
always have and we always will. We invite you to visit and experience firsthand
the power of best-in-class technologists and facilities. Bring the most difficult application from your facility to ours and consider it
solved. To schedule a visit to the Emerson Innovation Center contact an
Emerson sales office in your area. To view a list of sales offices go to you

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