News & Events

Home > News & Events > Supporting engineers ...
Back to News & Events
14 Aug 2014

Supporting engineers working within SIL rated processes

Greater rupture disc reliability for high integrity hazardous applications

The IEC industry standards detailing the safety performance requirements for hazardous operations have been widely adopted by many industries (IEC 61508 and IEC 61511). However, the requirement within high integrity industries, like the Oil and Gas sector, to further quantify levels of compliance within these standards has led to the implementation of the Safety Integrity Level (SIL). SIL is another measurement of the reliability of protection systems in hazardous processes.

Elfab rupture discs and burst detection assemblies make a valuable contribution to these systems. Rupture discs have become an increasingly popular method of pressure relief in modern process plants with ever-increasing safety standards and environmental considerations. The need for reliable yet cost-effective detection systems to indicate when a disc has functioned has also become a pressing requirement. This has led disc manufacturers and customers alike to seek increasingly advanced systems that provide reliable protection. In response to customer requirements Elfab is now able to assist engineers working within stringent SIL rated conditions.

Knowing suppliers comply with such requirements enables users to specify more suitable pressure relief and associated detection devices into their high-risk installations, where the reliability of the safety system is paramount. Using generally recognised models for risk assessment and risk reduction, engineers are now finding this an effective way to improve a systems overall safety.

Elfab offers a wide range of pressure relief solutions to safety-critical industry sectors across the globe, and is constantly developing its range to meet customer demands and strengthen its pressure intelligence brand. If you would like to know more about SIL, or need advice on how Elfab can support you in your safety-critical processes please contact the company on +44 (0)191 293 1234 or email pr@elfab.com