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Bürkert partners with Fine Controls for extended process control capabilities

25 October, 2022

For an OEM or end user in process control, a partnership between a manufacturer and distributor can mean an extended range of products and services available from a single source. Distributor, Fine Controls, provides the full range of Bürkert flow control products, as well as complimentary components that enable it to specify complete process systems. This capability is matched with in-house design and build facilities for large process projects.


OEMs and end users often want the benefit of partnering with a single supplier, and it’s no different for fluid and gas control applications. This approach simplifies project development, helps ensure compatibility and accountability for system performance, and makes supply more efficient. For the best of both worlds, a distributor who can supply all the parts necessary to build a complete process system, as well as offering design and specification support is ideal.

This is the advantage of the key distribution partner agreement between Bürkert and Fine Controls.

Extension

“In reality, Fine Controls is an extension of Bürkert,” says Clive Halliday, responsible for Bürkert’s North West of England projects. “Fine Controls has expertise across the complete Bürkert range of valves, sensors, transmitters, and controllers, and can also specify the whole range of components required for complete process control applications, such as temperature or pressure regulators, or high-capacity flow meters. From the customer’s perspective, this gives them the benefit of just one company to deal with.”

While Fine Controls operates across a wide variety of process applications, major projects between Bürkert and Fine Controls have focused on the energy market, pharmaceutical production, and process control solutions for fisheries.

“A crucial distinction is that Fine Controls not only supplies a complete range of components, but that the team has a great deal of experience that enables them to specify applications for OEMs and end users,” says Clive.

A recent combined project for the development of a pharmaceutical skid was specified from scratch.

Guidance and training

“They knew what they wanted to achieve, but they didn’t know how to achieve it,” says Gareth Hall of Fine Controls. “Together with Bürkert, we provided guidance and training on the type of valves they needed, explaining the advantages and suitability of the designs appropriate to each area of the application. For example, to increase operational efficiency, they wanted to know how to automatically control valves, so we introduced them to valve positioners, automated with electrical signals.”

In addition to specifying and supplying components, Fine Controls can also build and commission bespoke systems, including the assembly of sub-components for main systems. This ranges from manufacturing regulator manifolds, through to fitting special seals for use with specific chemicals. If the application has special requirements, like ATEX Zone 1 panel build, Fine Controls can lead the project and work with Bürkert who can design and build a fully certified unit.




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