Smith Flow Control is now Sofis valve operation

14 December 2016

Smith Flow Control and Netherlocks Safety Systems have merged. Two global leaders in the field of valve operations have joined forces and moved on as Sofis. Go to now and meet the new #1 valve operation specialist!

Sofis valve operation

Mike Fynes resigns from the board at Smith Flow Control

1 July 2016

It is with great regret that, due to ongoing health issues, Smith Flow Control announces the resignation of Mike Fynes from the company board of directors.

Mike started his career in Halma working for Castell and Fortress in both the UK and US. After leaving to manage an IT firm, he joined Smith Flow Control as Sales and Marketing Manager in 2002, and eventually became a member of the board as Sales and Marketing Director.

“Mike’s exceptional expertise and knowledge of our customers, products and markets made him a true asset to SFC,” said Tracey Goldsmith, managing director at Smith Flow Control. “We thank Mike for his commitment and contribution to the business and his key role in helping to position SFC as the market leader it is today. We will all miss him on both a personal and professional level, and hope that he will enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.”

In a message to his colleagues, Mike said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to you all, for the support, guidance and, of course, friends made along the way.”

Mike will remain a Smith Flow Control employee through to expected normal retirement.


Valve control specialist debuts at World Nuclear Exhibition

8 June 2016

Smith Flow Control will make its debut at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, France, on 28-30 June.

The valve control and management specialist’s main exhibit will be the FlexiDrive remote valve operator. FlexiDrive can easily be adapted to suit any handwheel- or lever-operated valve in nuclear power plants, making them continuously accessible and safe to operate wherever they are located.

FlexiDrive meets the strict safety guidelines and regulatory body requirements outlined by the nuclear industry. With the option of wall / floor and bulkhead penetration, the system prevents operators from being exposed to radioactive substances. FlexiDrive includes a new fully-integrated counter mechanism which displays the valve position (open / closed), providing the operator with a clear indication of the position from a safe vantage point. The system is capable of operating valves as far as 30 metres away and accommodating 540 degrees of bends in the cable run.

Smith Flow Control will also be showing its range of valve interlocks. Trapped key interlocks are simple, mechanical devices that can be customised to implement a safe sequence of operation in any process activity. They protect investment in plant and equipment, improve employee safety and reduce the risk of damage to the environment.

The exhibition takes place at the Parc des Expositions, Le Bourget, where Smith Flow Control will be found on Stand 2B-D47. The event is free to attend using the code Z813842 on the WNE website: control specialist debuts at World Nuclear Exhibition


4 April 2016

Smith Flow Control and Netherlocks Safety Systems announce their merger, effective April 4th, to create a global market leader in process valve safety and operation, with the new business operating under a single board of directors.

Both the interlock brands (Smith Flow Control and Netherlocks) will continue to be used in the marketplace, supported from their current operational headquarters in the UK and the Netherlands respectively.  A new name for the combined business will be determined in the coming months.

The merger will create a larger, stronger, market-led organization. Our aim is to accelerate growth by delivering increased customer satisfaction, diversifying our products and penetrating new markets. The new combined business will operate from 10 offices in eight countries to ensure:

∙         a clearer and coordinated representation of SFC and NL products in all markets;

∙         improved local sales, engineering and servicing support in all regions;

∙         accelerated new product development and diversification;

∙      a larger and complementary product portfolio arranged in three distinct product groups (process safety, drive systems, valve monitoring) will be available through more specialist channels.

We are looking forward to this exciting future together and to be able to further serve our customers and partners with innovative solutions that enhance the efficiency and risk control of valve operation.


Career opportunity at Smith Flow Control Ltd UK Head Office

7 March 2016

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Do you want to join an innovative company that is continually seeking to strengthen its dominant position in Global Market?

Do you have the right skills, ambition and enthusiasm to join a successful, professional and dynamic team?

If YES, then Smith Flow Control Ltd could be the next career step for you! Check out our latest role.

If you are interested in the role, please email your CV and salary expectations to  Closing date for applications is Friday 1st April.

Career opportunity at Smith Flow Control Ltd UK Head Office


Smith Flow Control Exhibiting at Underhall Exhibition, Sweden

2 March 2016

Smith Flow Control (SFC), global leader in the design and manufacture of mechanical interlocks and valve management systems, is exhibiting at Underhall Exhibition, taking place at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg from 8-11 March. Underhall is northern Europe’s largest trade exhibition for maintenance and manufacturing operation, attracting technicians, engineers and key decision makers from a broad range of industries.

SFC will be joining Duwel, its Swedish distributor, at the exhibition to showcase the latest innovative technologies and new solutions. Visitors can find SFC/Duwel at Stand A03:44, which will be staffed by Simon Read, SFC Project Sales Manager, and members of the Duwel team.

On display will be SFC’s comprehensive range of process safety products, which reduce the scope for operator error and ensure safe, continuous plant operation. The company’s range of key-operated interlocks can also be customized to implement a safe sequence of events in any process activity.

Visitors to the stand can see SFC’s latest innovations, SmartKey+. An intelligent key cabinet, SmartKey+ records the movement of interlocking keys in real time, providing valuable maintenance information

The booth will also feature valve management systems: the EasiDrive portable valve actuator and the FlexiDrive remote valve operator.

Visitors to the SFC stand can have valuable one-to-one discussions with experts on all aspects of process safety, valve interlocking and valve management.

SFC-Duwel exhibit at Underhall

Smith Flow Control Appoints New Distributor, Hughes Machinery

2 February 2016

Erlanger, Ky. (January 27, 2016) – Smith Flow Control has further increased its availability to customers across the U.S. Midwest by naming Hughes Machinery (Lenexa, Kan.) as its new distributor. Hughes Machinery will provide sales, service and support for the Smith Flow Control line of valve interlocks and valve management systems to customers in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.

Smith Flow Control valve interlocks protect workers and equipment in any process industry by ensuring valves are always operated in a safe sequence. The company’s valve management systems add additional levels of safety and efficiency when operating valves in hazardous or hard-to-reach locations.

Hughes Machinery has over 90 years of experience providing project engineering, installation and training for customers in a number of industries including petrochemical, power generation, manufacturing, and pulp and paper. The company is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas with additional offices in Wichita, Kansas and Omaha, Nebraska.

SFC Hughes Machinery Appointment

Smith Flow Control Custom Builds Operating Panel to Enhance Valve Safety and Efficiency

14 December 2015

Oil & gas company Eni Norge approached valve safety expert Smith Flow Control to help simplify its valve processes on the Goliat Field oilfield. Smith Flow Control provided a solution by developing a custom-built operating panel that enhances safety and increases efficiency. It does this by moving the control and operation of Eni Norge’s large number of valves to a single, safe location.

The electronic operating panel works as a communication and verification system and enables an operator to control a sequence of actuated valves directly from the panel. Two operating panels were installed on a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel built-for-use on the Goliat Field, the first oilfield to be developed in the Barents Sea. Although the operating panel can be used in a wide variety of applications, in this case the panel was specifically designed for use with a pigging procedure. Each panel controlled four valves and incorporated two mechanical interlock key units to ensure a specific sequence of operation.

For example, an operator can select to close valves from the panel. An LED lights up to confirm the valve has reached its fully closed status. The incorporation of mechanical interlocks allows the operator to safely continue the sequence of the pigging process; after the panel has been isolated and all the valves closed and locked, the final key is released to manually unlock the pig trap door to load or unload a pig.

Used in this way the operating panel enhances safety but also serves to streamline complex processes and boost efficiency by providing a one-stop control and verification system.

Valve Operating Panel

Smith Flow Control Names New Managing Director, Tracey Goldsmith

19 November 2015

Safety interlock and valve management systems expert Smith Flow Control has appointed Tracey Goldsmith as its new Managing Director. In her new role, Tracey is responsible for the company’s strategic development and the performance of its global operations. The appointment follows the move of long-time Smith Flow Control Managing Director Mike D’Anzieri to take the role of president at sister Halma company Rohrback Cosasco Systems.

Tracey has over 25 years of experience in accounting, finance and management roles. She joined Smith Flow Control in 2012 as Finance Director from manufacturer Elma Electronic U.K. Ltd. (Bedford, U.K.). Goldsmith is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Tracey Goldsmith

Smith Flow Control to Exhibit its Valve Safety Products at ADIPEC

9 October 2015

Recognising the importance of reducing downtime and associated costs while safeguarding workers, Smith Flow Control’s valve safety products streamline valve processes in the Oil & Gas industry while ensuring operator safety.

Smith Flow Control (SFC) will showcase its range of mechanical interlocks and cost-effective valve management systems at ADIPEC 2015 in Abu Dhabi from 9-12 November, 2015. This offers the chance for visitors to meet and discuss their valve operating problems with SFC experts at stand 8530A, covering all aspects of process safety, valve interlocking and valve management.

SFC’s products greatly enhance safety and efficiency and are specified by the world’s biggest oil, gas and petrochemical companies. Its comprehensive range of process safety products reduce the scope for operator error and ensure safe continuous plant operation. Its range of key operated interlocks can also be customised to implement a safe sequence of events in any process activity.

Smith Flow Control will demonstrate its principal drive system that reduces work crew tasks to one man operations, the equivalent manpower of five men. EasiDrive is a cost effective, portable valve actuator; its continuous drive system allows an operator to easily open and close valves that require a high number of turns or are otherwise difficult to operate. EasiDrive prevents injury and saves time and manpower, keeping plant processes running smoothly and delivering significant cost savings.

SFC products increase efficiency and deliver significant cost savings