On an emissions mission
Escaping gases and vapors from valves are a major issue for the petrochemical industry. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 60% of volatile organic compound emissions comes from valves, making them a major contributor to air pollution.
To try to reduce these emissions from valves and other pressurized equipment, the API 624 standard was introduced.
This requires leakage to be limited to no more than 100ppm, with the use of API 622 certified packing (a condition of API 624). This specific packing will withstand service temperatures from -29°C to +538°C.
In September 2016, the Smith valves brand in the U.S.A. – manufactured by ERIKS subsidiary Newdell – became API 624 certified. The new certification means Smith valves not only meet the latest standard but also exceed customer requirements – and play their part in creating a more eco-friendly industrial environment.
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