Swing adsorption

Swing adsorption, whether it be pressure swing or vacuum swing, is at the profit center for Industrial Gas manufacturers. The longer and more efficiently this process runs the more productive and profitable the plant will be. Interruptions in the supply of gases like hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen are unacceptable to you, your customers, and to us.

Long-term reliability

To keep swing adsorption processes running valves must reliably overcome a number of application challenges and process stresses. And, while valves look similar from the outside, few will provide the tight bi-directional shutoff and fast stroking speeds needed for over 1 million of cycles.

Switching between adsorption and desorption demands that valves cycle 2-4 times per minute at a stroking speed of less than 1 second.  Given uptime requirements it is common that valves will cycle over 1 million times per year and need to operate reliably between scheduled maintenance intervals. This means valves must be extremely reliable for upwards of 1 million cycles and overcome stress and wear on the valve and actuator. Premature valve wear or loss of actuator torque will cause either a loss of output purity, or worse, an unscheduled maintenance shutdown or hazardous safety conditions.

The differential pressure of this process present another set of challenges. Valves must have tight bi-directional shutoff to prevent leakages that could negatively impact end-product purity. Purity could also suffer as result of inaccurate valve positioners. Either way, despite all the stresses swing adsorption process valves and actuators must operate reliably for over 1 million cycles – no easy task.

Metso high-cycle valves and actuators stand the test of time

Metso has partnered with some of the largest Industrial Gas manufacturers in the world to collaborate in tackling the challenges of swing adsorption, whether it be pressure swing or vacuum swing. The result of our time in the field collaborating with system developers and processors is a comprehensive offering of products and services to help you outperform and achieve long-term growth objectives.

High-cycle valves and actuators from Metso are proven to help extend the uptime of swing adsorption units. Thanks to our extensive R&D and relationships with processors, Metso has been able to develop various technologies that allow valves and actuators to operate reliably for over 1 million cycles and counting. Our smart positioners and controllers allow you to meticulously track and optimize process configurations increasing purity and yield.

Our service experts will help you to collect data that will help you to stay one step ahead by getting insights into your process conditions and the health of valves and actuators being used. With this data we can build a predicative maintenance strategy that will help your process operate longer, prevent the need for unscheduled maintenance and reduce turnover time of scheduled maintenance.

Long-term reliability

With Metso, you’ll get more than ultra-reliable products. You will get a total solutions provider that will give you a competitive advantage in process reliability, accuracy, efficiency and uptime.

  • Increase operational uptime and profits
  • Achieve purity and yield targets
  • Process insights and maintenance cost reduction
  • Improved safety and reduced environmental concern
  • 24/7 global field support
  • Experienced sales and service representative make sure you get the best product and keep it running

Make Metso part of your winning team

The Metso difference lies in our application experience and commitment to continuous improvement, R&D and collaboration with industry partners. Learn how our experience and know-how can support your mission.

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