Smart Control Valve provides full PID control.

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Equipped with built-in process sensors, microprocessor-based control, and digital positioner, Valtek® StarPac® 3 can monitor and control under-instrumented processes without additional line taps. Unit has explosion-proof housing, USB and IR interfaces, and stainless steel options. Operating as stand-alone valve or integrated into system, StarPac 3 is suited for oil and gas, chemical, aerospace, steel manufacturing, pharmaceutical, mining, industrial gases, and power generation.

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Flowserve Unveils Next-Generation Intelligent Control System to Improve Plant Reliability, Increase Uptime

Valtek® StarPac® 3 Is Low-Cost Solution to Increase Profitability

DALLAS, June 11, 2009 - Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS), a leading provider of flow control products and services for the global infrastructure markets, today announced the release of the StarPac 3, the third-generation Valtek® StarPac® smart control valve. The StarPac 3 is a complete valve-process controller that can help customers save money by improving system performance at a lower cost than conventional systems.

The StarPac 3 is the only fully integrated smart control valve on the market, providing full proportional integral derivative (PID) control. It is a complete process control system featuring built-in process sensors, microprocessor-based control, and a high-accuracy digital positioner.

The StarPac 3 builds on two decades of StarPac technology. Upgraded features include an explosion-proof housing, USB and infrared interface, updated electronics, stainless-steel options and enhanced positioner functions.

"The launch of the new StarPac 3 smart control valve is just one way that Flowserve continues to help customers find cost-effective ways to improve profitability," said Stephan Giesen, Digital Products Marketing Manager, Flowserve Flow Control Division.
"The advancements in this third-generation product can potentially save facilities millions of dollars a year by providing a window into critical processes, allowing customers to reduce operating costs through integrated control and unparalleled diagnostic capabilities."

The StarPac 3 uses minimal system lags for tighter control, allowing the PID controller to react faster to a process upset than conventional loops to get back on setpoint. Time spent away from the setpoint reduces efficiency and increases costs. Tighter control enables plants to produce high-quality products with minimal waste to maximize profitability.

The StarPac 3 offers repeatability, accuracy and quick-system response time with a small footprint and simple installation. It can operate as a stand-alone control valve or be integrated into a system, and is available for a variety of applications, including: oil and gas, chemical, aerospace, steel manufacturing, pharmaceutical, paper processing, mining, industrial gases and power generation. The StarPac 3 is an economical way to monitor and control under-instrumented processes without requiring additional line taps.

Unique to the market, StarPac intelligent control systems give users an integrated view of the process at a single point and can improve plant operation at a lower installed cost than conventional control systems.

For more information about the StarPac 3, please call a Flowserve sales representative at +1 (800) 225-6989.

About Flowserve Corp.

Flowserve Corp. is one of the world's leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services. Operating in more than 55 countries, the company produces engineered and industrial pumps, seals and valves as well as a range of related flow management services. More information about Flowserve can be obtained by visiting the company's Web site at

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