STS AIChE May 2018 Monthly Dinner Meeting - Workshops

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 5:30pm-6:30pm CDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Phillip Purpich
12126 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77077
United States

Workshop I

Title: Evaluating valve condition: a part of any safe and efficient operation

Speaker: Steven Obermann, Todd Harrison

Abstract: : 

We will be presenting Metso’s thoughts on measuring and monitoring the behavior of the lowly control valve.  Often the control valve assets are found to be the cause of reduced production rate, lower product quality, higher energy consumption, and lost efficiency. We will explain:

• When you should evaluate valve performance.
• How real-time data from the plant can give key insights to valve condition.
• What tools are available to simplify assessment of condition. 
• Once these valves are identified, what options are there to analyze the individual trouble makers

If these workhorses of process regulation are performing properly, reliability is improved and maximum return on capital is possible.


Steven Obermann, Sr. Product Manager, Metso Performance Solutions

Steve is the Sr. Product Manager overseeing the Expertune family of software products. He has worked in the process automation field for 30+ years.  Steve has extensive experience in the refining and petrochemicals sector; having been employed by Texaco, WR Grace, UOP, Honeywell, and Texas Petrochemicals.  His expertise includes process modeling, advance control, optimization, software development, process and control system performance evaluation/benchmarking, project financial analysis and management.

Todd Harrison, EPC Account Manager, Metso Flow Control

Todd graduated with a BS in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M and a MBA from University of Houston.  Todd has been in the valve industry for the past 17 years.  Within the valve industry he has held various sales and marketing roles in the Texas gulf coast.  Todd is an active member of the Houston ISA.  At Metso, Todd holds the current role of Strategic Account Manager.