VSI is actively setting up the field trial locations for the first valves. Two submersible pump companies have expressed their intent to wring out the HBGV in their pump testing laboratories, and several other applications are being pursued in Casper, Wyoming and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Customers need a Tech Brief: Tech Brief – HBGV1
Last week, with the first valves in production and parts still on order, VSI received a request for quote to replace a Masoneilan 18400 LincolnLog (Trademark) control valve in water injection service, dropping 500 psi to 3 psi. The end user is considering our offer, subject to the approval of substituting electric actuation for pneumatic.
Traditional industrial control systems rely on pneumatic controls and actuation, primarily for enabling a spring-over-diaphragm actuator to open or close a valve when the pneumatic system fails. “So 20th Century”; with a simple battery backup system, the HBGV will open, close, or go to a specific position on loss of signal. No pneumatics. No springs. No positioner. No actuator change if fail-closed valve needs to now fail-open. No problem.