Warstein, 30/03/2016 Siepmann subsidiary Stahl-Armaturen Persta GmbH is launching a new product in the form of an industrial fitting that functions as both a stop valve and a check valve, offering a classic two-in-one solution. Having successfully passed a year of field testing, the fitting is now set to be used primarily in power plants in the USA. Breaking into this particular market is one of the main strategies for overcoming the current slump.
The Siepmann Group expands to overseas markets with new fitting solution
Persta is promoting its latest in-house development – a fitting that functions as both a stop valve and a check valve – with the slogan ‘More valve, more value – the two-in-one solution’. And the benefits of this new product are clear to see, with reductions in the amount of space taken up as well as in the weight topping the list. The time and effort needed to perform inspections and maintenance work will be considerably scaled back too. The product is set to be used primarily in power plants in the USA. The new fitting has already passed the initial testing phase, with extremely satisfying results for both the manufacturer and the power plant operator at the end of a one-year field test in a power plant on the Isle of Man. The usual steam leakage, pressure losses and corrosion damage can be avoided completely with Persta’s new ‘stop-check valve’ solution, which was still in immaculate condition after the test run. To put this in numbers, the operator of the power plant saved over EUR 1 million on the usual costs of repairs within the space of one year.
Mr Clasen, Head of International Sales and Marketing at Persta, explains the background behind the new product: “The demand was there for an integrated solution that combined the functions of multiple fittings in one. The priority was to achieve a higher steam throughput and a reduction in pressure losses, together with the associated increase in steam turbine efficiency, all without any more maintenance being required. The product we came up with didn’t fail to impress the customer at the testing stage given that they cut their costs by EUR 1.3 million in a single power plant and in the space of just one year. We can safely say that the fitting is now ready to be put on the market and that its sales potential is looking promising.”
Persta and its parent company Siepmann-Werke recently announced that they would be restructuring and changing the group’s strategic focus, which would include some redundancies. The launch of this new fitting, however, marks a significant milestone on the path to achieving international success. Managing Director Klaus Westerwell sums up the situation: “At the end of last year, we were awarded the certification we need to break into the US market and our new fitting means that we now have the perfect product, which has been designed with the requirements and problems of technical facilities in the USA firmly in mind. This new two-in-one solution will allow us to keep up with the development of increasingly complex technical systems. Plus, thanks to our exceptionally high engineering standards, we have even managed to greatly reduce the frequency at which faults occur. The whole team should be very proud of what they have achieved.”
The press had the chance to get a preview of the new two-in-one fitting at the company headquarters in Warstein on 30 March.
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