Manifolds reduce potential leak paths.

Press Release Summary:

Pro-Bloc one-piece, double-block-and-bleed manifolds are machined from single steel forging. Body styles include flange connection to process piping on one end and NPT thread connection for instrument on other end, or flange-to-flange design. Primary isolation function is provided by Hi-Pro ball valve, which works on floating ball principle and offers 100% bubble tight operation. Manifold is stainless steel, carbon steel, or duplex, and meets ANSI class 2500 pressure ratings.

Original Press Release:

One-Piece Double-Block-And-Bleed Manifold Optimises the Size, Weight and Integrity of Process Instrumentation

o Design reduces size, and potential leak paths

September 2, 2003 --- At Offshore Europe today, Parker Instrumentation launches a range of one-piece double-block-and-bleed manifolds that significantly reduces the size and weight of process monitoring instrumentation installations. Machined from a single steel forging, Parker's new manifold design eliminates numerous joints - and potential leak paths - compared with arrangements constructed using discrete components. Incorporating flange interfacing, the new products connect easily to process piping.

Called Pro-Bloc, the design is offered in a range of configurations and choices to provide optimal solutions for wide-ranging instrumentation requirements. Applications include instruments for offshore oil and gas platforms, petrochemical and chemical plants, and the provision of chemical injection and sampling points in process lines.

With Parker's new Pro-Bloc range, users have a choice of two basic body styles: with a flange connection to the process piping on one end and an NPT thread connection for the instrument on the other; or as a flange-to-flange design. Users may also choose from six different flow arrangements, and specify valve types - choosing from ball, needle or OS&Y (outside screw and yoke) styles of valve for secondary isolation and venting. The primary isolation function is provided by Parker's brand-new Hi-Pro ball valve. This high-integrity design works on the floating ball principle, has dynamic response seats and an anti blow-out stem, and offers and 100% bubble tight operation. As standard, the manifold is fabricated from stainless steel, carbon steel, or duplex, and meets ANSI class 2500 pressure ratings. Each valve is fitted with an industry standard colour-coded handle: blue for isolation valves, red for vent/bleed/drain/test.

The use of a one-piece forging substantially reduces the size of instrument take-offs. The height of a complete double-block-and-bleed and instrument assembly can be as small as 330 mm, depending on the model chosen. Weight is also greatly reduced, with Pro-Bloc weighing around 7 kg in its smallest variant. The reduction in mass has the additional benefit of reducing the stresses from loading and vibration, for greater in-service reliability.

To simplify installation - especially where an instrument is best sited remotely - manifolds are optionally available with an integral A-LOK instrumentation compression tube fitting at the instrument interface. This completely eliminates taper threads in the manifold, avoiding the possibility of contamination that can result from the ingress of tape or thread sealant materials.

In addition to double-block-and-bleed arrangements for standard process monitoring applications, Parker offers Pro-Bloc with probes, suitable for process sampling or injection. Further options include fabrication from exotic materials including Super Duplex, Monel, 6Mo, Hastelloy and Incoloy 625, for applications in harsh operating environments, and/or involving corrosive media. Parker additionally offers variants of these manifolds without flanges, for direct connection to piping via NPT threaded connections - for users seeking even smaller and lighter assemblies. More information:

Background information.
Parker Instrumentation manufactures tube fittings, valves, manifolds and enclosures for process and plant instrumentation for the oil and gas, petrochemical/chemical, alternate fuels and analytical/high purity market sectors. Parker Instrumentation has its European HQ in Barnstaple (UK), and serves customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and the CIS

The organization is a division of Parker Hannifin. With annual sales exceeding $6 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 45,000 people in 44 countries around the world. For more information, visit the company's web site at, or its investor information site at

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