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Setpoint Integrated Solutions Honored at Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 100 Private Companies Luncheon

Setpoint Integrated Solutions Honored at Baton Rouge Business Report's Top 100 Private Companies Luncheon

Setpoint Integrated Solutions was honored Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 100 Private Companies Luncheon.

Since its inception in 1982, the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report has been committed to delivering accurate, honest and in-depth coverage of the Baton Rouge business scene. After many years and hundreds of issues, this publication not only continues its mission, but also has exceeded expectations by becoming a true partner to business and the community.

Celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year and featuring a Setpoint Integrated Solutions full page ad in the commemorative anniversary issue below, the Baton Rouge Business Report hosts many events in the community. At the most recent event, the Top 100 Private Companies in Baton Rouge were all honored at a luncheon at the  Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza.

Setpoint I.S. was the 28th largest private company in Baton Rouge by 2016 revenue. 

At the luncheon,  report by Baton Rouge Business Report found here,  economist Dr. Loren Scott delivered his annual Louisiana Economic Outlook. Across the Setpoint Integrated Solutions footprint, the Industrial Boom continues.  Setpoint I.S. views this report as a positive indicator for growth and stands ready to meet our customer’s needs.

 

What Are the Characteristics of Quarter-Turn Isolation Plug Valves?

What Are the Characteristics of Quarter-Turn Isolation Plug Valves?

There are many choices of Quarter-Turn Isolation Valves within the industry, such as Plug Valves, Ball Valves, and Butterfly Valves.  This post will  focus on Plug Valves and their characteristics.*

• In the quarter-turn family, opens and closes with 90-degree rotary turn
• Used for on-off and regulating flow
• Lubricated and non-lubricated types
• Available in many different materials

Plug valves have been in use for quite some time, they are  the oldest design of the quarter-turn isolation valves. They contain three basic components, of a body, a plug, and a cover.  The plug can be round, rectangular, tapered, or cylindrical, features a passage through which the media can flow, and this media flow will be controlled by turning the plug 90°, hence the term Quarter-Turn.

The on-off rotary turns will allow for isolation  and for regulating flow.

While plug valves are useful in many applications, they are particularly easily adapted to multi-port construction. As a result, three and four way plug valves are commonly used in the chemical processing industry. An advantage of this is the elimination of fittings or multiple straightway valves with one multi-port valve.

Plug Valves can be classified into two types:
  • Lubricated
  • Non-Lubricated

QV mach 1 Flowserve

Lubricated Plug Valves

Lubricated Plug Valves allow lubrication to be injected in a fitting under pressure through grooves in the plug or body to prevent fluid leakage between the plug face, and the valve body.  The reduced friction from the lubricant also enhances easy and quick operation of the valve.  The lubricated plug valve seals only against the downstream seat, and when properly lubricated is often the most leak-free seal available. Temperature limits will be based on the lubricant used within the valve, and the pressure drop should be fairly low due to the flow path being streamlined.

Lubricated Plug Valves are often used in handling hydrocarbons, corrosive fluids, and slurries.

Non-Lubricated Plug Valves

Non-Lubricated Plug Valves have multiple different subgroups, comprised of Lift, Sleeved, Lined, Eccentric, and Offset Eccentric.

Lift type non-lubricated valves are designed so that the stem first lifts the plug off the seating surface and then rotates the plug into the open position. This is useful in extending the life of the plug as it is not being drawn against the seating surface during stroking. After rotating the plug to the closed position the handwheel will continue to need to be rotated until the plug is properly in position against the seat. The mechanical seal on both the upstream and downstream sides of the valve in the closed position allows this type of plug valve to be used as a double block and bleed.  This feature allows the center section to bleed or clear any debris within the valve if it is has been equipped with a bottom access plate.

Sleeve lined plug valves are similar to a conventional plug valve, but it uses a fluorocarbon sleeve locked in place surrounding the tapered plug maintaining a  continuous seal. THe sleeve supplies the lubricity needed to cycle the valve, giving it characteristics of quick open and close, maintenance free performance, non-stick, and an extended life.

A lined plug valve is the same as a sleeved plug except that the body and plug are completely plastic or teflon lined and this isolates the valve body from the media. Usually made with a body of Ductile Iron, which is sufficient due to low temperature and pressure used in chemical applications.  Having the valve body isolated offers a less expensive alternative to special alloys. The limits on a plastic lined or sleeved plug valve is that it has a limited operating temperature, usually no more than 400 degrees F.  These valves tend to be found in highly corrosive applications, pharmaceutical, and food / beverage applications.

Finally, the eccentric type of non-lubricated plug valves is similar to a conventional plug, with half of the plug being removed. As the plug  rotates it is moved away from the seat, so that the plug is completely out of the media flow path when fully open.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions has a variety of Plug Valves to choose from, as we are distribution partners of top tier OEM Flowserve Durco.

*This information was adapted from content created by the Valve Manufacturers Association for Valve Basics, details found here.

What Separates Valve Service Shops?

What Separates Valve Service Shops?

What Seven Factors Separate Valve Service Shops?*

  1. OEM Authorized
  2. Asset Management Tools
  3. Certified Technicians
  4. Diagnostic Capabilities
  5. Access to OEM Inventory
  6. Technological Expertise
  7. Facilities

Together these seven factors determine the quality of your valve service at the many options within the marketplace.  As companies increasingly turn to outside vendors, such as Setpoint Integrated Solutions, to manage their valve population, it is necessary to understand all the factors that can affect the quality of maintenance and repair.

Factor 1: OEM Authorized Repair

One territory can have dozens of firms that offer valve maintenance and repair services. All of these firms are not created equally.  Often times the experience can be described as:

” Valves coming back from the repair shop looked great. Testing, however, told a different story. Many of the valves have not been repaired correctly and are not performing to OEM requirements.”

This usually results in higher maintenance costs and/or lost production. It also can mean compromised product quality and unnecessary safety risks. In order to ensure repeatable quality and minimize these safety risks, working with OEM Authroized Repair Facilities is integral.

To diagnose control and line valves, the shop should have a unit that can compare current valve data to “Day One” baseline data.Most valve OEMs have a list of authorized service providers. No one is required to choose one of these providers, but the credential of being listed as authorized is one sign of a quality shop.

To become an authorized service provider, a shop must meet specific criteria the OEM sets in areas such as integrity, safety and environmental compliance. Plus, the team is required to complete the OEM’s training program. Usually, OEMs hold certified shops to high standards when it comes to facilities, equipment and personnel. Knowing that a service provider meets these criteria, however, gives companies added confidence that they are dealing with a reputable shop.

OEMs regularly audit their authorized service providers to ensure they are meeting the necessary performance standards. While ISO 9000 is a good standard to be followed, it is not a valve operating guideline. When it comes to valve assembly/testing and repair, the OEM is the body best equipped to conduct the detailed review necessary and is willing to share audit reports.

Additionally, OEM-authorized service providers have access to important details regarding the properties, construction and workings of a specific valve or part. This is because OEMs build their products to rigorous specifications. While it’s true that a valve or part can be re-engineered, only the OEM knows the original specs with certainty.

An OEM-authorized service provider also receives extensive product training from the OEM and can consult with the OEM’s engineers to diagnose problems. An authorized shop will use OEM parts, rather than re-engineered parts, helping to ensure that the valve performs as expected.

Finally, not using an OEM-authorized service provider may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions is an OEM-authorized service provider. Specific certifications held across our branch locations are:  Masoneilan Authorized Repair Center (MARC), Consolidated Green Tag Center (GTC), Groth Authorized Repair Dealer (GARD), Flowserve Black Tie Authorized Repair House, Valve Automation and Control Repair Facility. Details found here.

Factor 2: Asset Management Tools

A significant differentiator between valve service shops today is the ability to provide asset management tools. These tools put valve records—including repair data, repair records, test documentation, wiring diagrams and “before” and “after” photos”—in a single, easy to use, accessible database. The customer owns the data and can access that information 24 hours a day.

This added capability can simplify record-keeping for inspections and make it easier to meet reporting requirements. But asset management tools can be so much more than just a document management tool—they can be a plant manager’s best friend. Some, for example, provide analysis features and can assist in detecting trends for repairs, some manage inventory for optimization, others provide features such as “turn-around management” clouds where one can drag and drop valves for planning a turnaround. Others help with diagnostics and provide recommended solutions for resolving issues.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions, in collaboration with Baker Hughes, a GE Company, utilizes ValvKeep for all the valves it touches. ValvKeep tracks each repair event for each valve that goes through our shops. This information is then used, similar to a medical record, to track the health of the valve throughout its lifetime. More information found here.

Factor 3: Certified Technicians

When a person chooses a physician, he or she is likely to consider degree of education, specialized training and other credentials. The same criteria should apply when choosing a valve service partner. Those choosing should ask to see a firm’s training certificates; and find out whether the technicians are trained in the latest OEM standards, as well as ­relevant standards from organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. They also should ask whether the technicians’ certificates are up-to-date because training is not a one-time task, but a continuous process.

With more than 200 certified and nationally accredited technicians, Setpoint Integrated Solutions stands ready to serve your needs through process repair services. Setpoint I.S. is committed to the highest standard of safety and quality assurance.

Factor 4: Diagnostic Capability

To diagnose pressure relief valves, technicians should have electronic valve testers that can test a valve in-situ.Today, when your car has an odd noise, your mechanic uses computer-based tools to diagnose the problem. A solid valve service provider will have similar tools in its collection.

For example, a technician working with pressure-relief valves should have electronic valve testers that can test a valve in-line and in production (in-situ). For control and line valves, technicians should have a diagnostic unit that can compare current valve data to “Day One” baseline data. With a significant number of analog positioners still in use, such devices can help remove the guesswork from assessing valve health.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions Technicians are OEM certified and highly trained. Their use of diagnostic tools save you time and money by making the right repair the first time.

Factor 5: Access to OEM Inventory

A good service provider has OEM valves and parts in stock and can quickly configure, assemble and test a replacement valve.Even the best technician cannot get a process running again without the necessary parts, replacement valves and other devices. When something is needed to get that process going, the best providers of maintenance and repair services will simply pull from their well-stocked shelves the necessary OEM parts, valves, positioners, etc.

Certainly, it is impossible for a service provider to have every SKU in its warehouse. But affiliation with a network of service facilities can provide access to millions of dollars of inventory that can be on hand in days, and sometimes even hours. A prospective service provider needs to belong to such a network.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions carries significant inventory for all of the OEM partners that  it represents.

Factor 6: Technological Expertise

A growing number of facilities are adopting digital technologies such as wireless communication, valve diagnostics, the HART Protocol, the FOUNDATION fieldbus and PROFIBUS. A strong service provider will have a “digital champion” on staff or accessible who can guide users and who has the technical expertise to advise on when to upgrade to digital technology.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions focuses on providing best in class technological expertise through the aforementioned protocols as well as the use of other systems such as  ValvKeep, VavleAware, and Valve Vue.

Factor 7: The Facilities

Visit a prospective service provider’s facility. Take note of whether the shop is neat, clean and well-lit. Organization is strongly correlated to quality. This photo shows the DMC–Carter Chambers facility in LaPorte, Texas.A tour of a prospective service provider’s facility can reveal much. Such a tour should include stops at areas in the shop for sandblasting, machining, welding and painting. Take note of whether the shop is neat, clean and well-lit; organization of that shop is closely correlated to quality. After all, would anyone hire an accountant whose office was wall-to-wall stacks of paper? As an added benefit, some providers also have onsite facilities where they offer training for their customers.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Setpoint I.S. features more than 400 employees and encompasses more than 425,000 sq. ft. of repair and distribution facilities across 13 strategic Gulf South locations. We’ve invested in the latest technologies and equipment to ensure our customers receive the best service available.

Choosing a valve service provider requires time and effort. But given the importance of valves to any process facility’s performance, the ­decision cannot be taken lightly. The key is: Do your homework; it will be time well spent.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions stands ready to assist in all your valve service and valve repair needs. Contact us today.

*This Content was adapted from an article by Gary Ostrowksi for Valvemagazine.com found here.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions is in Motion Helping Our Customers Recover

Setpoint Integrated Solutions is in Motion Helping Our Customers Recover

Setpoint Integrated Solutions is currently in motion helping in any way we can with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey.   We can be reached 24/7 on our Emergency Hotline: 877-906-4790

Our team has been as impacted as you, our customers, and we are all in this together. Based on our previous experience in recovery management,  we offer guidance to minimize downtime, so you can get back up and running in no time.

To expedite your valve and instrument recovery, click here.

This Recovery Management  document features multiple items to review as you are underway in the recovery process. Items such as:

  • Make a visual inspection and assessment
  • Inspect for possible damage, details on PDF, above.
  • Identify what can be repaired v. what can be replaced.
  • Take photos to capture Tag Number, Serial Number, Valve Orientation, and  other pertinent information.
  • Verify on site assets and inventory listings
  • Define Priorities and Urgent Needs

Through the use of your sites’ data in ValvKeep®, we can maximize these efforts and assist you in getting back up and running.

 

When dealing particularly with Motor-Operated Valve (MOV) Repair In House & In the Field, click here.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions provides you with:

  • Access to over 40 Senior Level MOV Technicians
  • Ability to fully function test every repaired MOV
  • On hand inventory and parts to support site needs.

As we continue to help our customers getting back up and running, we stand ready to assist with our experience and guidance in recovery management

What is a Green Tag Center?

What is a Green Tag Center?

Consolidated’s Certified Green Tag Centers (GTC*) are the industry standard.  Each GTC location is staffed with highly qualified technicians who are skilled in delivering exceptional support and technical expertise. Plus,  GTC operations are equipped with machine tools and inspection facilities as well as assembly, paint and test equipment—all backed by BHGE for the assurance of quality.

Each GTC  provides an extensive range of services, including, but not limited to:

  • Commissioning
  • Mechanical Inspection
  • Valve Repair
  • Shut Down Planning
  • Onsite Repairs
  • Troubleshooting
  • OEM Parts
  • Retrofits
  • Compliance Management
  • Asset Management
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Training Classes
  • Site Surveys
  • Onsite Inventory

Globally recognized and in compliance with ISO 9000 standards, you can be sure when you see the GTC emblem that you have hired the right resource to handle your critical needs.

As the world’s largest Consolidated channel partner for Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Setpoint Integrated Solutions has  10 Green Tag Centers (GTC) and years of experience in repairing Consolidated Valves with Consolidated OEM parts.  Call Setpoint Integrated Solutions today to ensure that you increase performance, extend service life, and protect your investment with OEM certified parts and service on your Consolidated valves.

What Are Key Factors in Choosing a Sight Flow Indicator?

What Are Key Factors in Choosing a Sight Flow Indicator?

Jacoby Tar Box

When choosing a sight flow indicator, there are questions that need to be asked regarding the design and performance of the sight flow indicator for the given application.

Some of the most important are:

  • Does the sight flow indicator maximize your production?
  • Do the threads within the sight flow indicator gall?
  • How high is the pressure rating on the sight flow indicator?
  • Does the sight flow indicator maximize your view?

The answers to these questions should lead you toward choosing the most appropriate sight flow indicator available for the given application. One of the sight flow indicators that Setpoint Integrated Solutions represents is the Hygienic Sight Flow Indicator, by Jacoby Tarbox, a product of Clark-Reliance, and can answer all of these questions, because cleanability matters.  With this product you can achieve controlled intrusion meeting ASME-BPE’s strictest requirements by employing ASME BPE dimensions and design principles,  precision-bore borosilicate glass, and tightly tolerance EHEDG inspired O-ring capture.

The T100-Hy-Sight hygienic sight flow indicator sets itself apart from other sight flow indicators because it does maximize your production by shortening cleaning cycles and preventing product loss.

It also features ACME No-Gall Threads for easy maintenance and eliminates the potential for cross-threading.  It has a positive stop design that eliminates over-compression of O-Ring into tube bore and it has no exposed threads to trap debris.

The Jacoby-Tarbox Hy-Sight has the highest safety factor versus system design pressure and replaces bulls-eye units improving the cleanability while saving space and cost.

Finally, the Hy-Sight and Full View Hy-Sight options maximize your view while providing maximum process visibility and allowing you to see unique ,”must see” process conditions.

*Information and video adapted from here.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions acquires GE’s direct channel operations (formerly Dresser Direct Inc).

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Setpoint Integrated Solutions acquires GE’s direct channel operations (formerly Dresser Direct Inc).

For Immediate Release:

Baton Rouge, LA (June 30, 2017) – Setpoint Integrated Solutions is pleased to announce the acquisition of GE’s direct channel operations for the Consolidated and Masoneilan Sales and Services operations (formerly Dresser Direct Inc.). This transaction includes the Sales, Green Tag Center (GTC), and Masoneilan Authorized Repair Center (MARC) operations located in Deer Park, TX, Richwood, TX and Corpus Christi, TX.

“GE Dresser Direct is a successful business, extremely well positioned within our core markets, and will increase our ability to serve customers both at a local site level and corporately across multiple Gulf Coast plant locations,“ said Jeff Kelley, Vice President of Sales for Setpoint Integrated Solutions.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions is the world’s largest Masoneilan and Consolidated Channel Partner and will become the sales and service provider for the newly acquired territories. In addition to the Masoneilan and Consolidated product lines, the acquisition will extend Setpoint Integrated Solutions’ representative territory for the Groth Corporation among other manufacturing partners.

“This acquisition demonstrates Pon’s commitment to invest in core markets and strategic manufacturing partners. I am excited to welcome the talented team from GE that will be joining the Setpoint Integrated Solutions family,” said Jack Guidry, President and CEO of Setpoint Integrated Solutions. The company will now conduct business with a complete product and service portfolio throughout the Gulf Coast: from South Texas to the Florida Panhandle.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions is the leader in the process control industry with 13 facilities across the Gulf Coast. Supporting the Power, Refining, and Chemical Industries with best in class valve repair services, delivering process solutions for control, relief, and automated valve requirements, along with industrial equipment including liquid level measurement, pressure gauges, PLC’s and more. Setpoint Integrated Solutions, headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., is a subsidiary of Pon Holdings B.V. of the Netherlands. Pon is an international trading and service organization with a workforce of 14,000 people spread over 450 locations in 32 countries. For more information, please visit www.setpointis.com and www.pon.com/en

CONTACT:  Wyatt Link, Marketing Specialist Setpoint Integrated Solutions

Phone: (225)-612-1167  Email: wlink@SetpointIS.com

What Are the Four Components of Fugitive Emission Packing Designs and Why Are They Important?

What Are the Four Components of Fugitive Emission Packing Designs and Why Are They Important?

Setpoint Integrated Solutions, Inc. has multiple options when it comes to ensuring you are meeting regulations regarding fugitive emissions. Here we spotlight Masoneilan*

When ensuring low emission packing, what components are needed, and why are they important?

  1. Packing Rings – The primary sealing rings of the set. Through management of a “packing stress level”, these rings do the majority of the sealing that we desire from the set. The materials are selected to have a combination of strength and low permeability, while minimizing frictional effects on the moving component.
  2.  Top & Bottom End Rings – These may also contribute to sealing, but the primary function is to provide a reinforcement and “anti-extrusion” effect for the packing rings.
  3.  Packing Follower – While the follower also provides extrusion resistance, its primary function is to transfer loading uniformly to the packing set. A spherical mating surface with the packing flange ensures a consistent application of load transmission.
  4.  Live-loading – Typically a series of springs that may be embedded into a packing flange (as shown), placed on top of the packing flange, or embedded in the packing follower. The spring sets provide a constant loading (to provide the packing stress) and maintain that load for a period of time reducing the frequency of manual adjustments. While not called out below, it should be noted that through proper torque applied to the packing nuts, the spring load is generated. Maintenance of this torque is critical to ensuring low leakage rates.
    It should also be noted that the valve body-bonnet joint is also a source of emissions. For ISO qualified designs, this joint is tested and part of the qualification.

The illustration below shows a typical arrangement for low emission packing.

Packing
Live Loaded Packing Arrangement

When choosing an arrangement for Low Emissions Packing to prevent Fugitive Emissions, be sure to reach out to Setpoint Integrated Solutions for all your needs.

*Trademark of GE

This information comes from the document:

“Masoneilan* Fugitive Emission Packing Selection Guide 02/2017 GE Oil & Gas”

© 2017 General Electric Company. All rights reserved.

Do You Know What a ROSoV is?

A Remote Operated Shutoff Valve with Failsafe Actuation for Emergency Shutdown duties is a key safeguard for your tank farm

Setpoint Integrated Solutions, Inc. (Setpoint IS) is proud to represent top-tier OEMs such as our partner Rotork.  The following content is courtesy of Rotork plc, and can be found here.

The video below showcases more information on ROSoVs and their role in safeguarding tank farms.

Setpoint Integrated Solutions Announces its Partnership with Continental Disc Corporation

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Setpoint Integrated Solutions Announces its Partnership with Continental Disc Corporation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Setpoint Integrated Solutions Announces its Partnership with Continental Disc Corporation.

Baton Rouge, LA (May 17, 2017) – Setpoint Integrated Solutions (Setpoint IS), an industrial supplier that offers a full spectrum of process automation, valve, instrumentation and actuation solutions is pleased to announce its agreement to represent Continental Disc Corporation (CDC) in Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi.

“The expansion of our partnership with Continental Disc Corporation demonstrates Setpoint Integrated Solutions’ commitment to aligning our portfolio of best in class products and services throughout our footprint,” said Setpoint IS COO Jeff Birch.

The HPX® Rupture Disc Product Family is the most advanced line of rupture discs (bursting discs) available, incorporating proven performance in excess of a quarter million cycles, operating up to 95% of burst pressure, and offered in a wide range of burst pressures, materials and sizes.  These features support reduced down time and lower maintenance costs, increasing the productivity of your facility.

“Setpoint IS’s agreement with Continental Disc Corporation adds a top-tier OEM for rupture discs, which complements our existing pressure protection portfolio. This now allows us to provide additional safety solutions to our customers by utilizing a rupture disc in combination with a relief valve,” said Setpoint IS Vice President of Sales Jeff Kelley.

About Continental Disc Corporation

Established in 1965, Continental Disc Corporation is a leading manufacturer of rupture disc devices for a variety of process industries, including chemical, petrochemical, petroleum refining, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, aerospace, industrial gases, transportation, and other markets worldwide.

About Setpoint Integrated Solutions

Setpoint Integrated Solutions (Setpoint IS) is a leading integrated solutions and services provider in the process control industry. Setpoint IS engineers, sells and services products ranging from control valves and process automation equipment to relief valves and industrial filtration, and provides a full range of site services and immediate technical support. Setpoint IS has more than 400 employees and 10 strategic locations throughout the Gulf South, including five GARD locations, seven Consolidated Green Tag Service Centers (GTC), five Mobile Service Units, eight Masoneilan Authorized Repair Centers (MARC) and nine Valve Automation & Control Valve Repair Facilities. Setpoint IS, headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., is a subsidiary of Pon Holdings B.V. of the Netherlands. For more information on Setpoint IS, please visit www.setpointis.com.