The cease of natural gas imports from Russia forced Germany to switch from energy providers. Since then, Norway has grabbed the number one spot as the main supplier. To secure reliable gas transfer and distribution, all facilities within the circuit must be at peak capacity. One of those facilities is a Gassco plant located in northern Germany. The revamped Emden natural gas terminal kicked off operations in 2016 with the operative premise of providing an availability delivery rate above 99%. Since the start-up the plant did not reach its potential due to a leakage problem at the shut-off valves. Together with the customer, we set about working out a solution to achieve the high requirement of 99% availability. Here’s how we helped Gassco get to the promised target.Continue reading
By local, for local: the vendor ecosystem of the future
A remarkable thing happens when a good and industry-compliant design becomes tangible. Operators feel safe and comfortable with it right away. The reliance level is so high that the risks—surrounding the area—come to be afterthoughts. That is until an urgent and dangerous situation arises. In a trice, teams and crews are back to reality. A state of constant awareness takes over.
What to do under those trying circumstances?Continue reading
4 most important mechanical isolation methods of process piping & equipment
Positive isolation is the isolation of process piping, equipment, or vessels from hazardous materials such that it is impossible for the material to enter the work area. Positive isolation must remove all risk of accidental reconnection to the source of the hazard due to equipment failure or operator error. There are several methods of achieving positive isolation some of which are discussed below.Continue reading
5 important facts for a safe and transparent (remote) third-party inspection
We are all facing many restrictions due to the pandemic. Therefore, we need to find ways to still provide the best possible support to our customers. One digital service that our customers can use is our third party inspections – better said remote inspections.
Our customers can use the remote visual inspection to check the valve quality before shipping.
Close-coupled installation vs. conventional installation
In times of budget cuts and lack of skilled workers, it is all the more important to use the right product solutions in your plant. In my current article I would like to explain the advantages of a close-coupled installation in the area of one of our products, “monoflanges”. That can have a very positive effect on your maintenance and operating work.Continue reading
Recharge room for employees to preserve mental and physical health
The number of employees taking time off because of mental health has increased threefold in the last twenty years. These statistics come from DAK, a leading German health insurance supplier. DAK issued a new report stating why German employees are falling ill. Germans are missing work because of anxiety, depression, and stress. The report said one in eighteen workers took at least one day off work due to mental health issues.Continue reading