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Article Date: 28th April 2017

Spirax Sarco - A Modern Control Valve for Today’s Demanding Industries

Control Valves - Steam Plant - Energy Measurement - Energy Control

Spirax Sarco - Spira-trol Control Valve

A generation of modernised control valves is promising to transform the reliability, control, precision and efficiency of some of British industry’s most demanding processes.

With the routine wear and tear of traditional control valves often leading to downtime and underperformance, production personnel are struggling to run their process efficiently.

By taking a more modern approach to the transfer of steam and other industrial fluids, durability and efficiency can be placed at the heart of any given application.

Ten years on from its initial release and with over 200,000 already in use, Spira-trol™ has already begun to prove itself as a flexible alternative to many of the application specific control valves on today’s market. Capable of controlling pressure, temperature and flow in numerous industrial environments, it achieves effective energy savings with minimal total cost of ownership (TCO).

Spira-trol is a modular, ‘set and forget’ system which is highly adaptable and easy to install and configure. Due to its cage retained seat design, maintenance procedures can be completed quickly and efficiently, with no special tools required. The control valve can also be maintained in-situ without being removed from the line, minimising downtime and maximising productivity.

For busy processes, traditional control valves can wear and become less productive, therefore durability is an extremely important aspect to consider. Spira-trol is designed to meet the demands of today’s industry as its internal components are designed to withstand a wide-range of industrial fluids, including steam that is highly corrosive. This helps the product to achieve a long-lasting life cycle and better performance.

Electrically or pneumatically actuated, Spira-trol includes a range of smart positioners to aid accurate control valve positioning and improve efficiency. With the option of the bellows sealed bonnet, users can achieve zero emissions leakage and further reduce maintenance.

Furthermore, the control valve is supported with trim components to reduce noise emissions and anti-cavitation. The large gallery area reduces flow, velocity and therefore noise; contributing towards an improved working environment for plant operators.

Spirax Sarco - Spira-trol Control ValveThe reduced amount of components used to construct the new valve, combined with its reliability, simple commissioning process and ease of maintenance allows all users to benefit from a significantly reduced TCO.

Mike Griffin, Emerging and Innovative Technology Manager at Spirax Sarco, said: "Control valves play a vital role in many process applications, making it essential that they are durable and built to last. It is for this reason that we designed a control valve robust enough to meet the demands of any given industry and with the ability to achieve significant savings in maintenance, energy and overall life cycle cost.

"Spira-trol’s modular design ensures each valve can be maintained with ease, while the use of positioners and trims also reduces gradual wear. This cost-efficient solution can adapt to almost any requirement and can provide accurate control, to meet the demands of each individual industry."

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