Case Study: Powell Valves streamlines PMI and quality assurance while saving money

To introduce high-end valves into critical performance situations, it’s critical to follow a comprehensive quality assurance programme. To ensure complete confidence that their high quality valves meet specification, Powell Valves implemented testing with Hitachi High-Tech’s handheld X-MET X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer into their quality control program for the positive material identification (PMI) of both incoming and outgoing products.

Powell Valves, established in 1846, is a global supplier of high-performance valves used in piping systems for industrial manufacturing throughout the country and the world, spanning multiple industries such as chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical to name a few. These valves are used in the most challenging applications: high pressure, high-temperature, and highly corrosive environments where dependable performance is critical.


Jim Hengehold, VP of Engineering/Quality, said: “PMI is a necessary part of our business. Today our customers just expect that we test materials from our suppliers to ensure specifications are met and it’s very important for us, and extremely important for our customers that we provide valves that are high quality with the correct material composition.”

Download the case study to find out how the X-MET has helped the team save $10,000 USD dollars annually.


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Date: 17 August 2020

Author: Laura Phimister - Global Marketing Communications Manager

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