Flow control for fluid catalytic cracking

Improving reliability and productivity of your process

Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process is one of the most profitable processes at today’s refineries. However, high temperatures and corrosive medium can quickly turn a profitable process into a plant-wide downtime nightmare. As a dependency for downstream processes, reliability in the FCC is a must.

Increased uptime at extreme erosive condition

Relentless commitment on safety

Seamless conversion to intelligent digital positioning saves time and money

Reliable partner for FCC revamping

Reliable valves and services for fluid catalytic cracking

Erosion and abrasion caused by catalyst fines

FCC process steps (converter, flue gas, main fractionator, regeneration and vapor recovery) all present different challenges that require unique solutions. However, all require erosion resistance, control accuracy, rangeability and uncompromising reliability especially in safety-critical locations.

The slurries used in the FCC process are erosive. Valves that are poorly designed or use less than ideal materials of construction will wear quickly causing dangerous conditions and downtime.

Metallurgy, coatings and seat design make the difference between uptime and downtime

The FCC process is hot and abrasive. In order to achieve the greatest performance and uptime we focus on delivering the exact right material selection and trim coating materials. Our proprietary seat design is proven to reduce the collection of solids and keep valves operating reliably longer than the competition.

We have been developing severe service valves for more than 65 years. That experience helps to create operational efficiencies that minimize catalyst expenditures. Also, most critically, the valves are proven to stand the test of time allowing your refinery to operate safely and in compliance with environmental regulations.

Valmet provides valves for traditional FCC designs proven to adeptly handle extremely erosive conditions. We also work with refineries at the cutting edge to revamp FCC units into residual FCC’s in which the challenges of heavier feedstock and all around more extreme service conditions must be overcome.

Accuracy and reliability in the most demanding applications

At Valmet, your investment is our responsibility. We provide severe service valves built without compromise to protect your process integrity and increase productivity and safety.

How to improve valve service life in Catalyst Cracking Units

How to improve valve service life in Catalyst Cracking Units

One common upgrading process in refineries is the Fluid Catalytic Cracking unit (FCC) unit, which converts heavier distillation cuts into lighter, more profitable products, such as gasoline. This unit has many severe service valve applications that require special attention to design and material selection.

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