ENGINEERING: Tyco Makes Huge Strides
Recent Western Cape Business News
The company, whose core business is the sale, support and distribution of valves and control products, is making inroads in the local oil and gas sector, amongst others.
Birk explains that Tyco landed a three year contract with a major refinery in the Cape, in 2009, to undertake a safety valve management contract, which covers some 1 200 relief valves that need to be serviced. In a first of its kind, Tyco is employing its valve asset management software (VAMS). Some key features of VAMS are that it reduces the spares stockholding, a big saving, and that it also provides for better planning as it can more accurately project which valves are due for service or replacement in a predictable period of time.
Other than oil and gas, Tyco’s local operation is also actively engaged in the power, mining and process sectors of the local economy.
In process, for example, Tyco is involved with the food and beverage industry, where a major player is responsible for their own maintenance of some 200 Keystone actuated butterfly valves. In order to carry out the work in a timely manner, Tyco has increased its stockholding of these products both in the Cape and at its head office in Johannesburg to better dovetail with the client’s own maintenance plan.
Tyco Valves & Controls is a subsidiary of the Tyco International Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of valves, actuators, controls and instrumentation for markets such as mining, food and beverage, pulp and paper, power, petrochemical and heat, ventilation and cooling.
The product range includes ball, butterfly, knifegate, gate, globe, zero leakage rotary process, safety relief valves as well as specialty valves for steam and power, actuators and positioners and process instruments.
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