Perspectives: Plant InSites

Open Up More Capacity

Judicious use of control valve bypasses can boost throughput

By Andrew Sloley, Contributing Editor
Aug 5, 2015

Squeezing the last bit of capacity from a chemical plant often provides much of the profit for the facility. After all, fixed costs from equipment maintenance and depreciation vary little with flow rates but extra throughput, if salable, adds directly to profit. When seeking to achieve extra flow, you can learn a lot from plant operators. When being pushed for capacity, they think about the control valve bypasses.

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