The Jerguson Magnicator II Magnetic Level Gage for Liquids and Gases


The Jerguson Magnicator II offers reliable level measurement and optimal performance life. The patented float provides the strongest magnetic field of any magnetic level indicator on the market, ensuring reliable and repeatable operation.

Using a patented float that offers the strongest magnetic field of any magnetic level indicator and an indicator fully isolated from the process, the Jerguson Magnicator II offers reliable level measurement and optimal performance life.

Magnicator level indicators can be used in a variety of applications including acid tanks, sumps, oil production, boiler feedwater heaters, sodium hydroxide, drip legs, steam or hydrocarbon condensate, interface applications (oil/water), separators, propane, slurry tanks, benzene, and natural gas.
  • Where code allows, they are an ideal alternative to sight glasses, providing visibility, reduced maintenance, and eliminating the leak paths associated with sealing glass.
  • Floats feature patented annular ring magnets for strength and smooth autogenous welds that do not interfere with float motion.
  • Standard Schedule 40 chamber construction rated 2200 PSI at 100°F; Schedule 80 and Schedule 160 chambers available for higher pressures.
  • Complies with ASME B31.1 and ASME B31.3 standards.
  • Shock- and vibration-resistant stainless steel flag indicators have their own ceramic magnets plus dual rotation points.
  • Now available with 1.5" (38.1mm) Wide Flag stainless steel indicator, for extreme shock- and vibration-resistance.
  • Optional Flash-proof model available for use with boiling fluids and flashing vapors.
  • NightStar LED illuminators for 24-hour visibility.
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800-533-4477

SlurryFlo Control Valves for Abrasive and Erosive Slurries


Designed to solve severe flow control problems at the Canadian Oil Sands, the SlurryFlo control valve withstands some of the harshest process conditions, using patented technology that provides the ultimate wear resistance, performance, and durability.

Modulating the flow of slurry can be challenging. The continuous erosion often results in damaged valves and piping; and the costs associated with replacement valves, lost production and labor can be significant.

Compared to traditional ‘line of site’ slurry valves (ball valves, butterfly valves, and pinch valves), the SlurryFlo control valve delivers a quantum leap in service life and reduces the overall cost of ownership for your most demanding applications.

Because of the patented design, exposure to erosive flow only occurs to the trim components. Once they eventually wear out, these parts can easily be field replaced.

SlurryFlo control valves excel in abrasive applications throughout the mining industry or any other process where valve performance and life expectancy are critical.

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800-533-4477

Industrial Electric Valve Actuators

Electric Actuators

An electric actuator is a device that uses electricity to open, close, or modulate a valve. While most of the fundamental concepts used in electric actuators have been around since the 1930s, decades of incremental advancement have significantly increased their capabilities while decreasing their cost. These developments have reached a tipping point in recent years, making electric actuators the preferable option for many applications. 

Electric valve actuation offer measurable benefits: 
  • Electricity is generally inexpensive, easy to handle, and readily accessible at most industrial facilities. 
  • Electric actuators often have a cheaper capital cost per equivalent torque/thrust output unit. 
  • They are also better for the environment and safer to use. 
  • Electric actuators may provide greater positioning precision for control or modulating valve duties and advanced process monitoring, data recording, and information feedback. 
  • Electric actuators include all necessary control functions, resulting in fewer capital costs. 
  • By providing distributed control, the electric actuator's historically high wire cost is reduced - through efficient and uncomplicated control logic wiring integrated into client SCADA or DCS systems. 
  • As torque and thrust needs grow, electric actuators weigh less and have smaller footprints than pneumatic actuators. 
  • Electronic actuators may provide very high output thrust and torque values when combined with external gears. 
There are also certain drawbacks to electric valve actuation to consider: 
  • With few exceptions, electric actuators cannot guarantee a fail-safe stroke. Nonetheless, they will "fail in place". Fail-safe stroke refers to an actuator's capacity to move a valve to a predetermined safe position when power is lost. 
  • Electric actuators are more complex than other types of actuators. Electronic technology also demands constant upgrading to keep up with component changes and advancements. 
  • Electric actuators are less cost-effective than pneumatic and hydraulic actuators and have operating speed limitations beyond a specified size/torque range. 
  • Electric actuators need more stringent certifications and design characteristics to be safe for use in hazardous areas where explosive process material may be present.
Energy West Controls will assist you in specifying and applying the best electric actuator for your process flow requirement. Visit https://energy-west.com or call 800-533-4477 to discuss your applications.

Shannon Global Energy Solutions Insulation Jackets and Blankets from Energy West Controls


Shannon Global Energy Solutions designs and produces reusable blanket insulation and shields for industrial companies, power plants, colleges, hospitals, oil and gas sites, and government buildings. 

Engineered to reduce insulating maintenance, increase efficiency, and improve the surrounding work environment. 

Custom-fit using CAD/CNC technologies for equipment coverage. Various blanket patterns may withstand temperatures up to 1500°F (815°C). Their perfect fit method ensures a reusable system. 

Many products are application-specific products/solutions to fit a particular need. Shannon's established design parameters are ASTM/ISO, and UL tested for quality and performance. Each blanket specification will provide unparalleled thermal, acoustic, and safety performance for 15-year service life.

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Energy West Controls Announces New Partnership with Armstrong International in Montana

Energy West Controls Announces New Partnership with Armstrong International in Montana

Salt Lake City, March 17, 2022 – Energy West Controls (EWC) and Armstrong International announce a new partnership to service Montana.

Energy West Controls (EWC) announces representation of Armstrong International, world-leading manufacturer of steam, condensate, and hot water control products in Montana. For over 40 years, EWC‘s expertise has identified and solved the toughest steam challenges for industry in the Rocky Mountain region.

“The EWC team is excited to expand our offering of rugged, hardworking products, state-of-the-art technology, custom-engineered systems and services,” says EWC VP of Operations Justin Rich. “We are ready to help you improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption and emissions in Montana.”

EWC has an established team of Sales Engineers, Applications Engineers and Customer Support Specialists. Along with technical industry expertise, customer service is the highlight of entrusting Energy West Controls with your steam, air and hot water business. Residing in Montana, Sales Manager Jaimie Garvin states, “With the addition of Armstrong products in Montana, we have an opportunity to integrate and support engineered steam solutions to solve automation challenges in every market segment.” 

The EWC sales and support of Armstrong products, specializing in steam traps, The Brain and condensate manifold assemblies will give customers in Montana cost efficient, innovative solutions in the refinery, hospital, pharmaceutical and sanitary industries. The factory trained Sales and Support team, the “Experts at the Heart of Industry” will configure, quote and order Armstrong products with reliability and outstanding customer service.

About Energy West Controls (EWC)

Founded by Randy Drown in 1981, EWC (Energy West Controls) has successfully been in business for over 40 years. We are experts in energy services, process valves & automation, fluid sealing and boiler level instruments. With branch offices located in Utah and Colorado, serving industrial B2B customers in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Northern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Montana.

The EWC Team are factory trained, experienced professionals that are experts in steam and process valves. The “EWC People” have a deep commitment and dedication to customers and vendors.


Energy West, Inc.
1955 West Industrial Circle
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
Phone: 801-262-4477
Fax: 801-261-0862
Web: https://energy-west.com

Get to Know Energy West Controls

Welcome to Energy West Controls. EWC has successfully been in business for over 4 decades. We are experts in energy services, process valves & automation, fluid sealing, and boiler level instruments. EWC supports customers across 7 states in the Rocky Mountains, providing solutions to their energy and steam requirements in industries such as hospitality, food and beverage, engineering firms, contractors, mining, refinery, chemical; power generation, and government facilities.

Energy West Controls is a customer-focused and employee-driven organization. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible service while empowering our employees to excel personally and professionally. We commit to positively striving for growth as we work to dominate the markets we do business.

Products:

  • Steam, Air & Hot Water Specialties
  • Process Valves & Automation
  • Sealing Products

Services:

  • Engineering: Application, Production Design, Specification Review & Systems Assessments
  • Steam Seminars: Your Facility, EWC Training Facility (Live Steam Board) or Factory Site, 
  • Training: Expansion Joints, Pumps, Pump Packing and Mechanical Seals

Energy West, Inc.
1955 West Industrial Circle
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
Phone: 801-262-4477
Fax: 801-261-0862
Web: https://energy-west.com

For Industrial Steam Systems, Condensate Draining Is a Must

Condensate Draining Is a Must
Abstracted from a technical article from Armstrong International

In a steam system, condensate is a byproduct of heat transfer. It accumulates in the distribution system as a result of unavoidable radiation. It also forms in heating and process equipment due to the desired heat transfer from the steam to the heated substance. The hot condensate must be removed immediately after the vapor has condensed and released its valuable latent heat. Although the available heat in a pound of condensate is negligible compared to a pound of steam, condensate hot water should be returned to the boiler.

Condensate at the bottom of steam lines can cause one kind of water hammer. As it passes over this condensate at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, steam creates "waves" (Fig. 1). If enough condensate forms, high-speed steam propels it forward, forming a dangerous slug that grows in size as it picks up liquid in front of it. Pipe fittings, regulating valves, tees, elbows, and blind flanges can all be destroyed as the slug changes direction. High-velocity water may erode fittings by chipping away at metal surfaces, in addition to causing damage from this "battering ram."

The necessity of draining the heat transfer unit. 

When steam comes into contact with condensate that has been cooled below the steam temperature, it can cause thermal shock, another type of water hammer. Steam has a much larger volume than condensate, and when it suddenly collapses, it can send shock waves throughout the system. Water hammer of this type can damage equipment and indicates that condensate is not being drained from the system. 

Need to drain and remove gas from steam system

Condensate in the heat transfer unit obviously takes up space, reducing the physical size and capacity of the equipment. Prompt condensate removal keeps the equipment full of steam (Fig. 2). As steam condenses, it leaves a water film on the inside of the heat exchanger. Non-condensable gases do not flow away due to gravity. Instead, they build up as a thin film on the heat exchanger's surface, along with dirt and scale. All of these are potential heat transfer barriers (Fig. 3).
Corrosion from gasses

The requirement to remove air and CO2. 

During equipment startup and boiler feedwater, the air is always present. Dissolved carbonates in feedwater may also emit carbon dioxide gas. The gases are pushed to the walls of the heat exchangers by the steam velocity, where they may obstruct heat transfer. These gases must be removed along with the condensate; otherwise, the condensate drainage problem is exacerbated.

For more information on any aspect of industrial and commercial steam or hot water systems in the Rocky Mountain Region, contact Energy West Controls. Call 801-262-4477 or visit Energy-West.com.

Welcome to the Energy-West Controls Blog

Welcome to the Energy-West Controls Blog

Energy West Controls is an industry leader in process instrumentation and industrial automation control systems. Our comprehensive approach includes this blog, which serves as a resource for our customers,  existing and prospective, in learning about and effectively applying process control and factory automation systems. 

We hope you find it helpful, and we encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any questions, application challenges, or other inquiries. Please feel free to contact us at the following address:

Energy West Controls, Inc.
1955 West Industrial Circle
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
Phone: 801-262-4477
Fax: 801-261-0862
Email: sales@energy-west.com