Smith Flow Control has developed a custom-built operating panel that moves the control and operation of large quantities of valves to a single location.
According to Smith Flow Control, this enhances safety and increases efficiency.
The electronic operating panel is designed to work as a communication and verification system and enables an operator to control a sequence of actuated valves directly from the operating panel, Smith Flow Control said.
In one example, Smith Flow Control installed two operating panels on a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel built-for-use on the Goliat Field, the first oilfield to be developed in the Barents Sea.
Although the operating panel can be used in a wide variety of applications, in this case the panel was specifically designed for use with a pigging procedure.
Each panel controlled four valves and incorporated two mechanical interlock key units to ensure a specific sequence of operation.
It can be used in a variety of applications, and can control a number of valves at a time with incorporated interlock key units. Keys can also be released manually.
The panel serves to streamline complex processes and boost efficiency by providing a one-stop control and verification system, Smith Flow Control said.