Tuesday 1 May 2012

Marine approval for valves

Complete range of Fisher valves and digital valve controllers is certified for offshore oil and gas applications

Fisher® FIELDVUE™ DVC6200f
Digital Valve Controller 
Emerson Process Management’s complete range of Fisher® valves and FIELDVUE™ digital valve controllers has received Lloyd’s Register’s Marine Type Approval for process control applications within the offshore oil and gas production industry. This Marine Type Approval ensures that Fisher products can be installed in critical duties on ships, mobile offshore units and floating structures moored at a fixed point such as drilling rigs or platforms.

Lloyd’s Register is an impartial certification service that provides third-party verification of a product’s conformance to specific standards or specifications and to the use of appropriate, quality manufacturing systems. According to Ken Kleemeier, Industry Business Development Manager at Emerson, there is growing international awareness of the importance of third-party certification such as Lloyd’s Register, particularly in the oil and gas industry.

"Offshore oil and gas operators are very focused on equipment safety and integrity," he stated. "This focus extends to material sourcing, procurement and manufacturing activities, with the objective being that all equipment utilised in offshore vessels and installations meets rigorous industry operating and safety standards." Kleemeier went on to say, "Emerson is the first manufacturer to have a complete line of control valves and digital valve controllers Marine Type Approved by Lloyd’s Register."

Control valves and related instruments are typically installed in areas affecting the safe operation of the ship and its topside processing units. These applications are referred to as "classed duties," and the valves must be Type Approved for this service.

Prior to granting certification to the Fisher products, Lloyd’s Register personnel reviewed Fisher product designs to validate compliance with industry codes and standards. They also witnessed and reviewed documented product performance tests that confirmed the integrity and functional performance of the Fisher designs in production.

In addition to product Type Approval, multiple Emerson Fisher manufacturing sites met inspection and test requirements for Lloyd’s manufacturing approval.

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