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Ensuring Industrial Plant Safety & Efficiency

Interview with Robert Jarrard, Vice President, Plattco Corporation

June 19, 2015

“Safety, environmental issues, efficiency, cost reduction and sustainability are at the top of the list of concerns for industrial plant managers,” says Robert Jarrard, Vice President, Plattco Corporation. “When manufacturing conditions are demanding, when processes have to operate in extreme temperatures or pressure ranges, when the material is sticky or difficult to convey, or when corrosive or abrasive materials must pass easily, Plattco airlock valves are better able to address plant managers’ concerns than typical rotary valves can,” he explains. Below is an interview conducted by marcus evans in the month leading up to the Industrial Plant Management Summit 2015.

What are the biggest issues in industrial manufacturing today?

Safety, environmental issues, efficiency, cost reduction and sustainability are top concerns, but it is difficult to achieve them, especially in heavy manufacturing, while also reducing a plant’s environmental footprint. 

In addition, since the recession, many organizations had to reduce staff, particularly maintenance staff who usually have the biggest impact on efficiency. Since their most experienced, and highly paid staff, were let go, industrial plants have been trying to accomplish all of their objectives in this scarce environment.

Is it on the efficiency front that Plattco valves make the biggest impact?

I believe Plattco comes into the equation on all of the fronts. The way manufacturers can become more efficient is by not allowing things into or out of the system with our airlock valves. The better the airlock, the more efficient and profitable the plant can be, the less variability in processes because we are not allowing outside fugitive air into their system. They are also environmentally conscious because an airtight process does not allow pollutants in or out.

On the sustainability front, our valves are indefinitely renewable and easily restored back to their factory new specifications without the need to take equipment off line. That also works towards the safety angle, eliminating the need for heavy rigging, thus reducing the risk of injury.

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