HOUSTON – The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has recognized Oxford Flow for its ES axial flow valve development at OTC.
The Albert (Al) Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement (BMEA) award confirms innovation or practical use of mechanical engineering in solving problems, improving design or maximizing performance.
Oxford Flow is the first company to win the award since 2019.
The ES axial flow valve, designed with no mechanical actuator, stem or drive train, can eliminate fugitive emissions, the company said, leading to increased reliability. It is also claimed to be smaller and lighter than other existing valves.
Dr. Chris Kennell, Technical Sales Manager at Oxford Flow, who helped design and develop the ES, said: “Up until recently, the valve industry has only brought forward iterative engineering design improvements with no major changes to the classic valve blueprint…
“Without reimagining the design, operators remain trapped in a cycle of spending millions in maintenance to prevent leaks, causing significant safety risks or impacted the environment.
“The ES valve was designed with the intention of solving an industry problem, creating something that was not only easy to retrofit into existing systems, but that would provide assurance to operators to know that their operations are now safer and more environmentally sound.”
The system is certified to ISO 15848-1 Class A and is said to provide assurances of leak elimination in comparison to the standard Class B certification.