Fugitive Emissions: ISO 15848 vs. TA-Luft
Tracking and limiting Fugitive Emissions has moved into the focus of many countries around the world. Stringent legal requirements force the industry to rethink and use emission-reducing equipment. This sounds very simple, but from my experience there is still misconception when it comes to this subject.
Today, I would like to compare the German TA-Luft with the ISO 15848 Standard.
The difference between ISO 15848 and TA-Luft
How To Ensure You Buy The Best Product Available?
In my opinion, the ISO 15848 Fugitive Emission Standard is the one to go for.
Having said that, pay attention of how the valves are tested and always compare the manufacturer certificates. Some manufacturers conduct the tests at room temperature or reduced temperature and low pressure only.
As a matter of fact, the stress on the valve packing and material is much higher at real operating conditions with high temperature and pressure. Do also compare the number of cycles the valve has gone through to pass the test under the test temperature conditions.
It’s also noteworthy to mention that you should always go for quality when it comes to choosing the right valves for your application. State of the art design and manufacturing technique achieves the highest peak of seal integrity.
The Bottom Line
ISO 15848 approved valves are excellent and reliable at reducing fugitive emissions.
This improves plant safety, reliability and protects the environment and health.
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