IM valve to maximise efficiency and reduce maintenance costs
Oxford, UK, 21st August 2019 – Oxford Flow, the pressure control equipment specialist for the oil and gas, water and industrial process industries, today launches its revolutionary IM gas regulator valve to increase reliability and reduce costs for operators in the gas distribution, power generation, industrial gases and oil and gas sectors.
The launch follows a successful ongoing trial with SGN where the valve has been installed and commissioned with ease, regulating gas pressure smoothly with rapid changing demand profiles within an Accuracy Class of 1.5%. This superior accuracy the valve offers in comparison to conventional technologies enables utilities and operators to achieve faster network stability on commissioning, even where flow rates vary significantly. In addition, the valve’s compact construction reduces weight and the need for expensive lifting equipment during installation and maintenance.
In conventional valves, the diaphragm tends to be the most common failure point. Oxford Flow’s new design has eliminated the diaphragm, stem and external mechanical actuator. With only one moving part, the design minimises potential leaks and the risk of fugitive emissions – maximising efficiency and reducing maintenance costs.
Neil Poxon, CEO at Oxford Flow, comments: “This is not only a hugely exciting time for Oxford Flow, but a significant step forward for the valve industry. As many companies across the industries we serve look for ways to minimise costs, this gas regulator enables just that. Our recent valve testing and developments in the UK, Germany and USA have enabled us to improve and perfect the regulator so that we can now roll the technology out to the wider industry with confidence.
“We believe this will be a pivotal moment that has a lasting impact on gas networks in the UK and beyond.”
IM functional specification and qualifications
Conforms to EN 334; European Type Approval for use to 100 bar from DVGW, Germany; Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) Accredited to Cat II for any gas and up to 100 bar use – Notified Body HPI registered No. 1521; High flow testing conducted at CEESI, USA; Sizes available range DN 50 – 150; Operation with a wide range of clean gases including air, nitrogen, methane, fuel gas, natural gas.
About Oxford Flow
Oxford Flow designs and manufactures innovative pressure control equipment using technology developed at Oxford University. Engineered to be smaller, lighter and more reliable than competing technology, Oxford Flow’s pressure reducing valves (PRVs) and gas pressure regulators can significantly reduce costs for energy, water and process industries.
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