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Visit Our New Resources Page for How-To Guides and More

July 24, 2020
Do you need help configuring and installing a transmitter? Commissioning a magnetic flowmeter? Setting up a valve controller? You can find how-to guides for these operations and more on our new Resources page. You’ll also find Automation Service line cards and details about our process controls recycling program. We will continue to add to this […]
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30% Off Remanufactured Honeywell Pressure Transmitters

May 22, 2020
Need a new transmitter? Now, for limited time only, we’re offering 30% off remanufactured Honeywell ST3000 Series Smart Pressure Transmitters. The ST3000 Series Smart Pressure Transmitters measure differential, gauge, or absolute pressure and transmit a proportional electrical signal. STD 3000 Transmitter — for differential pressure STG 3000 Transmitter — for gauge pressure STA 3000 Transmitter […]
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Is Your Actuator Corroding on the Inside?

May 14, 2020
If you’ve never thought about corrosion on the inside of your actuator, you’re in good company. The internal components of actuators — diaphragm plates, actuator travel stops, actuator stems, springs, etc. — aren’t easily accessible for visual inspection, which makes their condition difficult to monitor. As a result, corrosion often goes undetected until it’s in […]
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A Look Inside the Automation Service Remanufacturing Facility

April 29, 2020
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a remanufacturing facility looks like? In this new video, we take you on a virtual tour of our plant. You’ll see how our technicians:  Intake, clean, repair, and create parts Assemble instrumentation, transmitters, and valves per applicable specifications Test valves per shutoff classification to published ASME standards […]
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Expediting Fees Waived for 90 Days

March 28, 2020
In response to the impact of COVID-19 on our customers, channel partners, and the country, Automation Service will be waiving all expediting fees effective March 27, 2020, for the next 90 days. Our aim is to help our customers remain operational by providing high-quality, affordable remanufactured process instrumentation and control valves in the fastest way […]
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Automation Service Coronavirus Response

March 17, 2020
At Automation Service, we focus on safety every day: safety for our employees, safety for our customers, safety for our products, and safety for our vendors. We realize COVID-19 will tax all of us, and we will make every effort to keep stressing safety in every aspect of how we deliver service and products to […]
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Types of Manifolds Needed for Your Transmitter

November 8, 2019
Whether you’re refining your process controls in an oil field, chemical manufacturing plant, pulp and paper shop, or an energy production facility, determining which manifold you need for your transmitters can be a little tricky. To help you in the selection process, we put together this quick visual guide help to get you started.  First, […]
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Ovation Holdings, Inc., Expands Geographical Footprint and Industry Expertise with Acquisition of Oklahoma-based Valve Sales, Inc.

July 20, 2019
Riverdale, IA – Barry Shoulders, President and CEO of Ovation Holdings, Inc., today announced the acquisition of Valve Sales, Inc. (VSI), a leading supplier of valves, actuation, and customized flow control and process control products to petroleum and natural gas producers in the energy-rich states of Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. Founded in 1975 by […]
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What Our ISO 9001:2015 Certification Means for You

July 12, 2019
We’re thrilled to announce that we recently completed our recertification audit for the ISO 9001:2015 standard for quality management systems. This certification verifies that we operate a quality management system that complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. The scope includes repairing and remanufacturing industrial process controls and valves, as well as distribution of accessories. […]
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How to Calculate Fill Tank Transmitter Calibration Range Values (With Examples)

April 26, 2019
When you’re looking for a transmitter to mount on one of your tanks, you need to determine the right-fit calibration range for the application. While an engineer can certainly assist you in selecting the correct calibration range, you can get a very close idea of what you’ll need using just a few pieces of key […]
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Remanufactured 8700 Flow Meter Installation

April 12, 2019
10 Questions to Install & Commission Your Magnetic Flowmeter Did you confirm your transmitter has been set with the correct line size? Did you determine and enter correct flow units in your transmitter? What is your nominal flow rate expected? Nominal flow rate helps determine lower and upper range values relative to 4-20mA output, and […]
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8 Common Misconceptions About Remanufacturing (and Why You Can Ignore Them)

April 10, 2019
More and more companies are recognizing that buying remanufactured instruments is a smart, practical business decision. However, there is still loads of confusion surrounding the remanufacturing process, and, more importantly, remanufactured products. Here are a few common fallacies: Although purchasing remanufactured equipment comes with innumerable benefits, it’s misconceptions like these that can make decision-makers take […]
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DVC Or Digital Valve Controllers Troubleshooting Checklist

March 6, 2019
Digital valve controllers (DVCs) can provide a host of benefits to your plant, including a minimized chance of valve failure, reduced testing and maintenance time, and improved system performance. But they can cause frustration and headaches when they don’t work correctly. The good news is that most DVC issues are easily resolved with simple troubleshooting. […]
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[Checklist] Is Your Valve Missized?

January 31, 2019
It’s easy for a missized valve to get into service, even when everyone is doing their best, but a poorly sized valve can cause several problems for your plant. If you purchase an oversized valve you may have high maintenance costs, poor control, and as a result of poor control, off-spec product. How can you […]
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Our Top 5 Process Control Articles of 2018

January 8, 2019
2018 was a big year for us here at Automation Service. We merged with Allied Valve, Inc. and launched an e-commerce site, as well as helped several customers give back to their communities via our recycling rewards program. We also published several new articles on our blog. In case you missed any of them, here […]
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Visit Automation Service at the 2019 Energy Generation Conference in Bismarck — Booth #221

January 4, 2019
Energy generation industry professionals aren’t going to want to miss this year’s Energy Generation Conference! The event takes place at the Bismarck Events Center from January 29-31, 2019, and you can find Automation Service at Booth #221.  The Energy Generation Conference This year’s Energy Generation Conference focuses on promoting competitive, safe, and efficient energy production. […]
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Automation Service Customers Use Recycling Rewards to Give Back to Their Communities

December 20, 2018
Did you know that you can turn your Reclamation Road Trip recycling rewards into a donation to your favorite charity? This year, several Automation Service customers decided use their miles to give back to their communities. Here are a few highlights: Sentinel Peak Resources in McKittrick, CA, donated to their local CHiPS toy drive. American […]
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Do You Need a Control Valve Positioner?

December 15, 2018
A few months ago, we published an article on the benefits of control valve positioners. But while positioners can provide faster and more accurate control of your valves, they aren’t always necessary. Every control valve application is different, and several factors go into determining whether or not a positioner will drive better performance from your […]
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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 Controller vs. Adding Reset Controls

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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Trinity EOR Reduced Downtime & 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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