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Why You Should Use Control Valve Positioners

September 19, 2018
Process control is a lot like baking, says Jerry Butz, Director of Engineering and Technical Support here at Automation Service. Baking requires specific quantities of ingredients and a steady supply of heat. To keep the oven at the desired temperature, your oven thermostat takes measurements and sends the data to a controller, which then turns […]
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Proportional Only vs Proportional + Reset Control

August 30, 2018
To keep a process running efficiently, the system that controls that process must also work efficiently. That means the control valve needs to respond quickly and accurately to any changes in the process variable. If it doesn’t, the equipment can fail, resulting in unexpected downtime. That’s exactly what Jerry Butz, Automation Service’s Director of Engineering […]
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How Trinity EOR Reduced Unplanned Downtime and Improved Plant Performance

August 21, 2018
Executive summary Oil producer Trinity EOR was regularly experiencing unplanned downtime and lost productivity because the control valves on their inlet lines couldn’t keep their compressors from overloading. Several vendors had attempted to solve the problem without success. Automation Service analyzed the plant’s operations to diagnose the problem. They installed remanufactured controllers with Proportional + […]
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New Online Marketplace Offers Savings of Up To 37% on Valves, Transmitters, and Controllers

August 14, 2018
Buy Kunkle valves, remanufactured Fisher® control valves, remanufactured Rosemount® transmitters, replacement valve parts, and more instantly online at Valves Depot Earth City, MO – Procurement specialists in oil and gas, petrochemicals, and other industries now have a fast, easy way to purchase valves and process controls online. Valves Depot, a new online marketplace, offers valves […]
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How to Have a Successful Plant Turnaround: Challenges and Strategies

June 27, 2018
Turnaround. Does the mere word make you shudder? Whatever industry you’re in — oil and gas, refining, chemical processing, etc. — you’ll likely be involved in a turnaround at your plant. And, as you know, turnarounds aren’t business as usual. They present a unique set of challenges, and the stakes are high. Shutdowns are expensive […]
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Allied Valve and Automation Service Team Up to Grow Solutions for Industrial Valve Users

May 18, 2018
Barry Shoulders, President and CEO of Allied Valve, Inc., today announced a merger with St. Louis, MO-based Automation Service, an internationally recognized provider of remanufactured Fisher® control valves and actuators as well as remanufactured Rosemount® and Foxboro® process instrumentation. Effective May 11, when the merger is complete, Shoulders will begin serving as President and CEO […]
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What is Remanufacturing?

May 10, 2018
By Walt Boyes There’s a great deal of confusion over what the difference between remanufacturing, refurbishing, reconditioning, and repairing for instrumentation and control valves. Let’s see if we can end the confusion. Remanufactured vs Refurbished Remanufacturing does not mean refurbishing. When you refurbish, or recondition, or repair an instrument or control valve, you work on […]
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Measuring Flow in the Pulp & Paper Industry

May 1, 2018
By Walt Boyes What is a Magmeter? Electromagnetic flow meters, commonly called magmeters, are pretty close to the perfect flowmeter in many ways. As long as the fluid is conductive, a magmeter will measure flow from about one foot per second to about 30 feet per second in a pipeline, with an accuracy better than […]
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Remanufacturing Control Valves: Take a 30-Second Tour

April 19, 2018
Take a tour of our plant in less than a minute; no travel required! In this video, you can take a 30-second virtual tour of the Automation Service facility and get an inside look at our process for remanufacturing Fisher® control valves. Automation Service remanufactures over 30,000 different parts and knows what affects the quality […]
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What One Instrument & Controls Technician Wants You to Know About Automation Service

April 12, 2018
Instrument & Controls Technician Steve H. contacted other suppliers for remanufactured Rosemount transmitters, but no one could meet his specifications. Then he turned to Automation Service. Hear the one thing he wants you to know about that experience in this short video: Steve works in the electric power generation industry, and sometimes his plant has […]
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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Device Descriptions

March 20, 2018
By Walt Boyes  What do you need to know about HART® Communicator device descriptions? We have the answer! Read on to learn what device descriptions are, why you should keep them current, and the simple process to update them. What are device descriptions?  A device description is written in EDDL or Electronic Device Description Language, […]
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Five Keys to a Successful Outage

March 17, 2018
How can you keep your outage on schedule and under budget?  Automation Service can help you unlock the five secrets to a successful plant outage with Instant Turnaround™. 
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Are You Sabotaging Your Pneumatic Instrumentation?

March 6, 2018
By Walt Boyes  In the video, “Importance of Using a Filter Regulator,” Eric Williams, valve assessment specialist at Automation Service, explained that using a filter regulator with pneumatically actuated valves is a great small investment. It can significantly extend the life of pneumatic instrumentation. He notes that the major cause of failure in pneumatic instruments […]
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The Best Process Control and Control Valve Posts of 2017

January 16, 2018
From tech tip videos and blog posts to free calibration and installation guides, Automation Service has the tips and tricks you can use to improve your day-to-day efficiency. Start 2018 off right by rediscovering some of our best process control and control valve resources of 2017: 1. One Simple Thing You Can Do To Extend […]
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Automation Service Donates $15,000 to Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund on Behalf of Its Customers & Employees

December 20, 2017
Following Hurricane Harvey, Automation Service committed to donate 2% of all revenue from remanufactured products shipped to Texas & Louisiana between September 1 and the end of 2017 to the Red Cross. In addition to that commitment, Automation Service has decided to forgo their normal holiday cards and gifts to their clients and instead make […]
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One Unique Way Automation Service Ensures High Quality Production

October 26, 2017
Quality and reliability are always top of mind at Automation Service.  Our plant is equipped with a CMM Machine, which ensures superior quality and precision to our remanufacturing process. CMM stands for Coordinate Measuring Machine. The CMM is a precision measuring instrument that uses highly sensitive probes to measure the physical geometrical characteristics of an […]
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October Marks Fourth Anniversary of Manufacturing Marvels Appearance

October 2, 2017
October 2017 marks the fourth anniversary of the selection of Automation Service by Marvel Production Group, LLC to showcase their remanufacturing process on a TV segment called “Manufacturing Marvels®”. The production was filmed on September 26th, 2013 and aired on The Fox Business Network October 14th, 2013. Automation Service has been remanufacturing high-quality process controls […]
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Automation Service Bolsters Efforts with MCAA Membership

August 7, 2017
When you need to replace process controls in your facility, you need a partner you can trust. That’s why superior quality, reliability, and customer service are the foundational building blocks of everything we do at Automation Service. To enhance our efforts to deliver world-class products and support, Automation Service recently joined other industry heavy-hitters in […]
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Ahead of the Curve with ISO 9001:2015 Certification

July 27, 2017
Automation Service has recertified to the ISO 9001:2015 management standard. ISO is an independent, non-governmental, international organization with 163 national standard body members. ISO has published more than 21,000 international standards and related documents, covering almost every industry. These standards give specifications for products, services, and systems, ensuring quality, safety and efficiency. The ISO 9001:2015 standard is […]
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Gaining Momentum: Automation Service Adds Drew Dubray as Vice President of Manufacturing

July 24, 2017
Automation Service is expanding its team of manufacturing experts. Drew Dubray recently joined us as Vice President of Manufacturing, replacing Tom Hankins. Tom retired on June 30th, 2017, after six years of service to the company. He was a hands-on leader with a passion for production and he provided superior leadership during critical transition and […]
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Vortex Flowmeters 101

June 16, 2017
In this video, Automation Service Engineer Keith Angle, walks us through the basic working principle of vortex flowmeters. Did you know Automation Service can help you with your next flowmeter calibration? Two-day turnaround on flowmeters 10″ and under Vortex Flowmeter calibration Magnetic Flowmeter calibration Verification reports with NIST traceability Expert advice from in-house engineers and technicians Request Flow Calibration
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No Maintenance, No Paperwork, Customized Recycling Program

Watch the video below to see how you can start a process controls recycling program in your department to make sure you’re getting the maximum value for your asset – with no hassle. I’m ready to recycle!
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One Simple Thing You Can Do To Extend The Life Of Your Control Valve

June 8, 2017
If you see your control valve leaking around the packing box or valve stem, you may be able to fix the leak using the instruction contained in this video. Jerry Butz, Director of Engineering, will walk you through this one simple procedure that can extend the life of your control valve.  Automation Service has a dedicated […]
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Automation Service Hosts Gov. Greitens for Bill Signing

May 31, 2017
May 30, 2017 was an exciting afternoon at Automation Service. We hosted Governor Eric Greitens as he signed the “Fairness in Public Construction Act” bill into law. Greitens staffers, Dylan Johnson and Charlie Barnes did an incredible job working with our team to prepare the plant to host dignitaries, local press and special guests. Many […]
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Turnaround: Success or Distress?

April 12, 2017
Does the word turnaround make your stomach churn? You are not alone. Fear of not starting back up in time or overshooting budget are both concerns we hear a lot from our clients. Automation Service has a solution for you that will eliminate schedule and budget risks, and minimize stress. Request Free Turnaround Consultation Problems […]
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Need Control Valve Help?

March 10, 2017
Is troubleshooting your Fisher® control valves causing you a headache? Do you need assistance engineering a valve for your application? Are you tired of waiting for a response, or long lead-times? We can help. Automation Service offers much more than just remanufactured Fisher control valves. We offer numerous control valve services from our valve engineers and experts. With over […]
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Top 5 Reasons to Recycle Process Instrumentation

February 10, 2017
What are you doing with your used, broken and surplus process controls? If you’re throwing them away or selling them to scrapyards, you’re missing a great opportunity to receive a substantially greater value out of your assets. Our hassle-free recycling program gives you top value for valves, transmitters, positioners, controllers, flow tubes, flowmeters, and more. […]
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How-To Mount a DVC6000

February 3, 2017
Need instructions on how to mount a DVC6000? You’re not alone! This is one of the most frequently asked questions of our product experts and we’re happy to provide an instructional video to help. If you still need assistance after viewing the video, give us a call at 800-265-4808. Need help calibrating your DVC6000? Click the […]
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DVC6200 vs. DVC6000

January 31, 2017
Which one is right for your application? DVC6000 vs DVC6200: The main difference between the two positioners is linkage. A DVC6200 has a magnetic linkage, while the DVC6000 has a mechanical linkage. A high vibration setup will cause more variance in the readings if you use a mechanical linkage, as well as contribute more wear […]
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Keeping Production Line Efficient During Times of Budget Constraints

December 1, 2015
As capital improvement and maintenance budgets tighten significantly during the last months of the budget year, production was slowed due to lack of repairs and improvements at a leading American science and engineering company. No funds were available for replacement of aging or ineffective equipment, other than necessary improvements or repairs to comply with safety […]
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Remanufactured Foxboro® Models 83 and 84 Vortex Flowmeters

November 23, 2015
Automation Service, a global leader in high-quality remanufactured process controls, now offers remanufactured Foxboro models 83 and 84 vortex flowmeters. “We are pleased to announce our latest addition to our vortex flowmeters product line,” said Stan Carr, Executive Vice President of Automation Service, “Customers who purchase new and remanufactured Foxboro products from us, will now be able to enjoy […]
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Automation Service Introduces Remanufactured Micro Motion® RFT9739 Transmitters

October 8, 2015
Automation Service, a global leader in high-quality remanufactured process controls, now offers Remanufactured Micro Motion®RFT9739 Transmitters. This marks the fifth product release in just two years, since Automation Service was purchased by FTL Capital LLC in 2013. “We are pleased to add Remanufactured Micro Motion to our portfolio,” said Stan Carr, Executive Vice President of Automation Service. “It […]
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Automation Service Changes Painting Method to Reduce VOC

August 6, 2015
Automation Service, the world’s largest remanufacturer of high-quality process controls, is excited to announce that we have recently changed our painting method in order to reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). We have switched from Acrylic Modified Alkyd Enamel to a direct-to-metal polyurethane. The ALK was between 4.2-5.0 VOC while the AUE-370 is at 2.4-2.9. That’s […]
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Control Valve Actuator Bench Set Requirements

July 28, 2015
In the world of process control engineering, there’s so much to understand about automatic control valves. But one factor that probably doesn’t make the Top 10 List is control valve actuator bench set, as it applies to spring- and diaphragm-type actuators. This factor is an often-misunderstood point of confusion, and sometimes incorrectly described part of […]
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Going Green (And Earning Some Too)

July 16, 2015
How Recycling Process Control Equipment Improves The Environment And The Bottom Line Plants have long faced the dilemma of replace versus repair for industrial equipment. However, even after users decide to replace equipment, they face another choice: scrap or recycle. We asked Steve Ploudre, Director of Material Reclamation for Automation Service, a global leader in […]
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Control Valve Shutoff Classification and Allowable Leakage Rates

April 16, 2015
As featured in Flow Control® Magazine’s April E-Newsletter, Website and May 2015 Print Issue Often when commissioning or troubleshooting automatic control valves, there’s a discovery that the control valve, even though fully closed, doesn’t fully shut off the flow of process fluid through the plug and seat.  Although closed, there is an “allowable leakage rate” as part […]
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Remanufactured Valves Validated by Rigorous Testing

March 2, 2015
As featured in Upstream Pumping® Magazine – January/February 2015 Issue In a conscious effort to cut costs, plant and oilfield operators are exploring and, ultimately, relying more on remanufactured equipment. Purchasing remanufactured equipment is a growing trend with clear advantages. Other than the obvious cost benefits that remanufactured equipment offers, end users are also making the environmentally […]
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Size Control-Valve Actuators To Overcome ‘the Force’

December 1, 2014
Packing ring friction, valve seating and thrust among considerations As featured in Processing® Magazine – December 2014 Issue Articles, references and workshops abound on the subject of proper control valve sizing. But not so many are the opportunities to learn about guidelines for proper sizing of the control-valve actuators. Any piece of equipment is only as […]
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Automation Service Adds a Series of Electric Actuators to its Product Portfolio

November 11, 2014
Automation Service, a global leader in high-quality remanufactured process controls, now offers three series of Rotork® electric actuators which are compatible with its line of remanufactured control valves. The innovative new offering includes the IQ, CVA and CMA ranges of electric actuators, each with unique advantages to the competition. “We’re very excited to introduce this line of […]
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Automation Service Adds Remanufactured Rosemount® Vortex Flowmeter to Product Line

July 8, 2014
Automation Service, a global leader in high-quality remanufactured process controls, will offer the remanufactured Rosemount 8800 Series Vortex Flowmeter beginning July 1. “We’ve heard the voice of our customer, and they are demanding vortex flowmeters,” said Wesley Rarick, CEO of Automation Service. “So we are launching the remanufactured Rosemount 8800 series vortex flowmeter.” The remanufactured Rosemount 8800 Series […]
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Validating Remanufactured Control Valves

June 25, 2014
Best Practices for Ensuring The Performance and Reliability of Repurposed Equipment As Featured in Flow Control®‘s Valve Update E-News This growing trend of using remanufactured equipment has clear benefits. Not only do remanufactured control valves generally cost less and offer short lead-times, but buying remanufactured equipment is also an environmentally conscious decision. Remanufactured control valves […]
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Remanufacturing Leader Expands Into OEM Market Through Distribution Partnership

March 31, 2014
Automation Service Announces Partnership with Ametek Automation Service, the world’s largest remanufacturer of high-quality process controls, announces a distribution partnership with AMETEK- US Gauge and its line of pressure gauges and diaphragm seals. Beginning April 1st, Automation Service will be a distributor of AMETEK- US Gauge products across the United States and regionally in the […]
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New Year, New Alternative: Fully Remanufactured Fisher® Regulators

January 7, 2014
Automation Service, world’s largest remanufacturer of high-quality process controls, is excited to announce its launch of 95 and 98 series remanufactured Fisher regulators. “This is just the beginning. In our recent marketplace survey, we found an increase in demand for high-quality remanufactured pressure reducing and pressure relief regulators… so the decision was simple. We listen […]
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Automation Service Featured On Manufacturing Marvels®

October 10, 2013
Automation Service, world’s largest remanufacturer of high-quality process controls, has been selected by Marvel Production Group, LLC to showcase their remanufacturing process on a TV segment called “Manufacturing Marvels®”. Click here to watch the video. The production was filmed on September 26th and will air on The Fox Business Network at approximately 8:30 p.m. CST […]
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FTL Capital Acquires and Secures Future Growth for Automation Service

September 9, 2013
Process Controls International d.b.a. Automation Service, the global leader in high-quality remanufactured process controls, announced last week it has been acquired by FTL Capital LLC on August 16, 2013. “We are excited to have a local ownership group that is familiar with our business and eager to take our company to the next level,” said […]
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