May 11, 2010
by PLANT STAFF
In the Emerson Innovation Center, test engineers utilize flow lines up to NPS 36 and 240 bar (3,500 psig).
MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA: Emerson Process Management has opened a $30-million, state-of-the-art Emerson Innovation Center—Fisher Technology in Marshalltown, Iowa capable of testing high-performance valves as big as 17 tons and two stories tall.
Development of next-generation nuclear plants, mega-train liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, and large oil and gas refineries require larger capacities and highly engineered control valves and instrumentation. The 136,000-square-foot centre is home to the world’s largest flow lab that will test large valves in real-world plant conditions to ensure production reliability, efficiency, environmental compliance, and safety before being installed at a customer site.
The flow lab has enough capacity to fill an Olympic-sized pool in just over eight minutes, or a Goodyear blimp in about 12 seconds. Control valves can be tested at pressures up to 3,500 psi (pounds per square inch), the equivalent of providing enough force to support a sport utility vehicle on a postage stamp.
The centre also is home to a 26,000-square-foot sound chamber in which Emerson can develop and verify noise levels of new devices before a customer’s plant is built.