Stopson Italiana now certified ISO 9001:2015 in compliance with new rules for Quality Management System

Stopson Italiana has just achieved the new ISO 9001:2015 certification, pointing its ethical awareness towards a full compliant and updated Quality Management System.
The certification highlights the company’s focus on pursuing a policy of continuous improvements, constantly keeping all its operating units up-to-date, ensuring customers affordable performance, products and services.
We firmly believe in teamwork – said the CEO of Stopson Italiana -, for this reason, while adopting this new certification we ensure that stakeholders, such as customers, staff, suppliers feel more involved around common objectives”.
Defined by International Organization for Standardization, and provided in Italy by ICIM SpA (Istituto di Certificazione Italiano per la Meccanica), ISO 9001 is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It helps businesses and organizations to be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction, sharing the culture of quality for the industrial mechanical sector.
The new version of the standard, ISO 9001:2015, has just been launched, replacing the previous version (ISO 9001:2008).

 

ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organization:

 

  • needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements;
  • aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

 

The main difference with the previous certification

 

The most noteworthy change to the standard is represented by its new structure. In facts, ISO 9001:2015 follows the same overall structure as other ISO management system standards (also known as the High-Level Structure). As a consequence it is more expedient using multiple management systems. Another difference is the focus on risk-based thinking, since this new version gives it increased prominence.

 

Contextual Analysis as a new core issue

 

An other important element of novelty regarding the definition of quality concerns the identification of the context in which the company operates.
Context of the organization is analyzed considering both the internal and external issues that can impact strategic objectives and the planning of the QMS.
In facts, clause 4 of ISO 9001:2015 mentions how the organization needs to evaluate itself and the various elements that influence its context, such the company’s culture, objectives and goals, complexity of products, flow of processes and information, size of the organization, customers, markets, etc.

 

Internal context can include its approach to governance, its contractual relationships with customers, and its interested parties.
In order to determine the external context, a more in depth analysis on social, technological, ethical, political, legal, and economic environment is required.
Examples of external context can include:

 

  • Government regulations and changes in the law
  • Economic shifts in the organization’s market
  • Level of competition
  • Events that may affect corporate reputation
  • Changes in technology

 

The benefits in pills:

 

The new version  ISO 9001:2015 brings the user a number of benefits. Among the others:

 

  • A more relevant emphasis on leadership engagement
  • Support in terms of addressing organizational risks and opportunities within companies
  • Cross and multidisciplinary structure and language, useful in order to make use of multiple management systems (business continuity, environment, health & safety, social responsibility)
  • A deeper insight on supply chain management’s efficiency
  • Thought with a user-friendly approach in the service design

 

See more info about the Stopson Italiana’s certifications here.

 

Stopson Italiana wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Another great year has passed re-confirming a growth trend for Stopson Italiana.

A slight recovery in oil price and general market demand is boosting our expectations for a brighter future ahead of us.

2017 has been a year of large investments for us in order to set up our Company for future growth: the acquisition of new calculation tools expanding our in-house capabilities to engineer complex projects, the implementation of technical documentation management system to support our ability and responsiveness to deal with most demanding Customers and project specs, the launch of SAP B1 ERP system scheduled for January 2018 are just a few examples of our enlarged platform to address next challenges.

Stopson Italiana remains grateful to all of our Customers who made that possible with their continuous support and trust and wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018!

Stopson Italiana silencers to be installed in Turkish military vessels

Our Inlet Duct and Engine Exhaust Silencers will equip a five MAN 16V 32/40 8000 KW Generators on the TCG Anadolu.

The project entails no. 5 Inlet Duct and no. 5 Engine Exhaust silencers both capable to handle 100.600 m3/h flow while achieving 35 dB(A) noise reduction.

One of the five delivered Engine Exhaust Silencers, during the installation phase in Istanbul

The inlet SVR model silencers are made of galvanized steel splitter panels inserted into a painted carbon steel frame with circular inlets and outlets.

The exhaust silencers are made of AISI316 and derived from the Engine Exhaust SM40 DN1200 model with the addition of Spark Arrestors section to prevent the emission of flammable debris from combustion sources.

Stopson Italiana’s R&D team did a great job in assessing all customer requirements and delivering a fully customized solution, thus confirming our capability to leverage our wide range of standard design products optimized around project specifications.

Developed in Stopson Italiana Research and Development lab, these silencers have been field-tested on numerous industrial applicationsThey are principally conceived to be installed on diesel and gas engines, or on industrial low/middle power gas turbines.

These silencers are based on a absorption and/or resonance sound wave attenuation principle. Depending on the required attenuation performance, 5 models can be chosen: SM 15, SM 25, SM 30, SM 40, SM 50.  The nomenclature represents also the nominal diameter of the inlet (e.g. SM15 ND 100, SM25 ND 200, etc).

In addition to Spark Arrestor (here above mentioned), some other optional features can be provided:

  • Flanges
  • Counter flanges
  • Seals and bolts
  • Supports for vertical and horizontal installation
  • Stainless steel or other special materials
  • Highly resistant absorptive material for temperatures over 530° C

The selection of the inlet filtration system is an important stage as poor quality inlet air can significantly impact the operation, performance, and life of the engine, either gas turbine or diesel/gas engine.

A great effort has been spent by Stopson Italiana’s engineers to design custom Inlet Duct air filtration systems.

Stopson Italiana’ Inlet Duct Air filtration systems.

In facts, marine vessels need to work even in adverse conditions, thus the continuous operation is often more important than the health of the engine itself.  Multiple gas turbines are used on the ships, so there is a spare if one needs to be shut down for maintenance. That can happen in case the filter is clogged, damaged, or blocked, causing – as a consequence – excessive pressure loss.
Moreover, inlet filter housings on marine vessels must be ice and corrosion resistant, due to the significant presence of salt.

Generally, when we refer to a gas turbine intake, some of the consequences of poor inlet filtration entail erosion, fouling and corrosion.
In order to minimize degradation, the metal components of the system needs to be constructed out of a stainless steel or aluminum with adequate corrosion resistant properties. Once a suitable filter system has been selected, a range of ductwork and filtration silencers is provided in order to reduce the noise of fast flowing air into the inlet manifold before reaching the compressor.

These silencers are typically of a ‘splitter type‘ configuration, to minimize pressure drop and increase the airflow into the compressor chamber.
The supply can regard even a standalone filter packages, including pulse filters for removing dust at the inlet of gas turbine packages.

See more about our Industrial Silencers HERE!

 

Stopson Ventilation Silencers to be installed at Gas Compression stations in Northern Italy

Completed delivery of 12+8 combined Ventilation System Building for Gas storage plant in Sergnano and Minerbio (Italy)

 

Stopson has successfully fulfilled the delivery of 12+8 Ventilation System Buildings for the natural gas Compression Stations in Sergnano and Minerbio (Italy).

Ventilation System Building for Industry
Section of combined Filtered-and-silenced Inlet System (Cremona – Italy)

The supply service entails a total of twenty ventilation systems, composed by 20 filtered-and-silenced Inlet System together with the same number of Soundproofed Outlet Systems with forced extraction and fireproof dumpers.

The acoustic warranty covers a noise level reduction of 30 dB(A) SPL at 1mt.The order has been completed and tested phase in these past days.

In general, the plant consists of implementation of 3 turbo-compressor to be set within the Sergnano gas infrastructure. The operations necessary for the installation of the station will be completed as a whole by mid 2018.

The total investment amount is 0.6 bln € (between 2017-2021), aimed to increase the general safety and flexibility of the area, bringing a resources’ capacity increment of 7% circa.

Thanks to a 50 years of experience in the field of industrial soundproofing, Stopson’ technical department is able to deeply analyze and propose the rightest solutions to control noise produced by the extraction systems.

Some possible applications are:

  • Soundproofing of compressors
  • Soundproofing of pumps
  • Silencers for industrial fans
  • Soundproofing air expulsion chimneys
  • Silencers for ATU/air treatment units
  • Silencers for extraction systems
  • Soundproofing engine testing room
  • Silencers for side channel blowers

The main solutions consists of rectangular or circular silencers, designed taking into account of the different noise sources and sound spectrum. The installation can be made along the piping or chimneys of emission into the atmosphere.

They can be designed and produced in standard dimensions, or in any size on request and are equipped for external air intake, in addition to return from the filter system.

Everything You Need to Know about Noise Pollution

How to limit the noise propagation (not only in Oil and Gas). Risks and countermeasures of a phenomenon as important as universally underrated.

The noise pollution’s matter has become a well-documented public domain anthology by now.

The World Health Organisation has reported that 40% of Europe’s population is exposed to noise levels in excess of 55dB. Moreover, noise pollution is ranked as second to air pollution, in terms of affecting our health and wellbeing, including diabetes, tinnitus and risk of heart disease.

Noise pollution in Oil and Gas

According to recent study achieved by PSE Healthy Energy and West Virginia University, some modern Oil and Gas techniques – such hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) – produce noise that may increase adverse effects on human health. 

A fracking well in Colorado, pictured in 2012

Fracking can create noise at levels high enough to harm the health of people living nearby (source phys.org). “Oil and gas operations produce a complex symphony of noise types, including intermittent and continuous sounds and varying intensities,” argued PSE Healthy Energy Executive Director Seth Shonkoff.

A adequate set of policies should be specified, in order to safeguard residents and communities, such particularly vulnerable populations (e.g. schools and hospitals). Noise mitigation techniques like perimeter sound walls, noise barriers and acoustic enclosures could represent the most appropriate solutions to hold back this phenomenon.

Noise impact on marine species

This is not all. A recent study led by International Fund for Animal Welfare, reveals the damaging impact of Oil

Noise pollution can damage marine species

and Gas noise pollution on whales and dolphins. In the report, they put in evidence how new technologies should reduce their impact on marine environment during the exploration phase (source: International Fund for Animal Welfare).

 

Noise and Diseases

Numerous epidemiological studies have linked noise to adverse health outcomes too. They include diabetes, depression, birth complications and cognitive impairment in children.

In facts, apart from damage to hearing, exposure to excessive and constant noise can cause other health problems including:

  • Headache
  • Sleep and heart disease
  • Stress
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Digestive disorders
  • Increased susceptibility to colds and other minor infections

Noise in Europe: limits and human tolerance

As we know, the loudness of noise is measured in decibels. Sensitivity to noise differs from one individual to the next, but experts believe that damage to hearing occurs when noise levels are higher than 85 decibels, which is about the loudness of heavy traffic.

Every year, 7 million people in Europe die from heart disease, that would put the toll from exposure to noise at around 210,000 deaths. In England heart disease kills 110,000 people annually, so the deaths linked to noise could be around 3,300.

2% of Europeans suffer severely disturbed sleep because of noise pollution. The researchers calculate that chronic exposure to loud traffic noise causes three per cent of all cases of tinnitus, in which sufferers hear constant noise. Length of exposure is important too. In facts, it is not recommendable to listen to noises of 109 decibels for any longer than two minutes in row.

Noise and public health in U.S.

In US the noise phenomena has been studied deeply, causing a direct response by public healthThe Health Impacts Project (HIP) provides since 2013 guidance for policy makers to identify the health consequences of potential projects by making public a national sample of health impact assessment.

Exposure Limits in U.S.

The U.S. EPA recommends an average 24-hr exposure limit of 55 A-weighted decibels (dBA) to protect the public from all adverse effects on health and welfare in residential areas. This limit is a day–night 24-hr average noise level (LDN), with a 10-dBA penalty applied to nighttime levels between 2200 and 0700 hours to account for sleep disruption and no penalty applied to daytime levels.

More info about the Noise sources and Soundproofing solutions in industrial sector can be found here.

 

 

Environmental Integrity and Low Emissions: Power-Gen relies on digital progress

Everything is ready for the 25th anniversary of Power-Gen, coming next June 27-29. Main focus: digital technologies and renewable energies.

“Making sense of power in Cologne 2017”. This is the payoff spotted for the Power-Gen Europe, international Oil & Gas event taking place in Cologne, next June 27-29.

English: Shahid Salimi Power Plant:Neka Power ...

After a highly successful show in Milan, Power-Gen Europe moves to Cologne (Germany) the place where the transition is most meaningful.

In facts, the European power segment is re-defining itself, trying to align with the most complex features arisen by digital age. In order to attain the most prominent technological implementations onto the Power Generation scenario, three days of plenary sessions have been scheduled.

The purposes pertain to several areas:

  • Power Plant Technology
  • Distributed Power Generation
  • Renewable Sources
  • Energy Service Providers
  • Energy Utilities

 

Since its founding in 1993, the forum has been taken place annually at different locations. Attracting a worldwide audience, it is the industry’s premier event, resolved to discussing solutions for advancing Europe’s energy future. Hence Big Data and automation for the future of Power Generation. Relying on the variety of data collected during the power generation process, it will be soon possible to obtain new methods to support better decision and optimized operations.

Featuring the leading suppliers, sub-suppliers, service providers and end-users across the entire value chain, the trade-show encapsulates all aspects of today’s centralised and distributed power generation sector.


Workshops:

#1 | DEVELOPING A SECURE AND AFFORDABLE GAS MARKET

28 June 2017 – 09:00-12:30

Europe’s future energy security will be greatly enhanced by a robust, efficient and competitive gas system. The workshop will face the challenges and risks concerning the development of a secure and affordable European gas market.

 

#2 | CARBON EMISSIONS MANAGEMENT

28 June 2017 – 14:00-17:30

Efficient emissions management reduces energy and consequential costs, and increases corporate reputation and environmental integrity. This workshop provides an independent and objective assessment of emissions management from both a market and policy perspective.


 

The PowerGen Europe
Tuesday, 27 June / Thursday, 29 June
Cologne – Germany

 

Stopson Italiana exhibits at Power-Gen Europe in Cologne

After its last attendance to Power-Gen Asia in Seoul, Stopson Italiana will fly to Cologne for the 25th Anniversary of the trade show.

For all those attending, Stopson Italiana will make available its technical expertise to support any demanding requirements to develop new sound-proofing and noise abatement solutions in the Power Industry.

Celebrating 25 years of history, POWER-GEN represents the leading force in delivering a platform for the power industry to meet, share information and discuss about new progress in applied technologies for the growth of energy’s future.

 Visit us at Power-Gen Europe, Hall 8 – Booth J33!

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Stopson Italiana Power Gen europe

 Attracting over 8,300 delegates and attendees from more than 85 countries, Power-Gen Europe represents the industry’s premier conference and exhibition dedicated to the power generation, renewable and alternative energy and transmission and distribution industries.
This year marks a new format for POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe, with the decision to run our popular Keynote and Plenary sessions on the first day as opposed to splitting them over 2 days. The conferences provided will cover Hydropower, Finance and Energy Storage.
As a well-established knowledge base for the power industry, the aim of the exhibition will be connecting professionals engaged in Europe’s energy change, identifying opportunities for innovation, and business development across the sectors.
Since 1965 Stopson Italiana has been considered one of the largest provider of noise control solutions such as silencers, enclosures, vent equipment and test facilities for any industrial applications.

Power-Gen Europe 2017 will take place in Cologne (Germany), June 27-29, and Stopson Italiana will be exhibiting at Hall #8 – Booth J33.

How Industrial Silencers work in HVAC systems

Crucial factors to take in account when silencers have to be installed in HVAC plants.

One of the most frequent application of soundproofing technology (like Acoustic Louvers and Intake Silencers) encompasses definitely the installation on HVAC plants. These installations release sound emission into the environment, often exceeding the allowed thresholds.

That’s because of the noise created by airflow produced by motors or fan. In other cases, the sound waves tend to break out through the walls of the ductwork and spill out into a room. Often, the noise travels the length of the ductwork and spill out the mouth at the vent.

Acoustic EnclosuresAccording to their functions, these machines are arranged in outdoor places, like courtyards and terraces. Hence, the first step is to evaluate the area in which the HVAC systems should be set. That means an accurate mapping process of noise propagation, including ventilation of buildings, enclosures, and equipment rooms. Integration of noise control measures such as silencers and louvers, into the system design requires careful consideration of space constraints, fan selection and aerodynamic pressure losses.

The need is, one one hand, to reduce the noise generated by air or gas flow. On the other, to avoid of compromising the air or gas flow itself, with keeping the pressure drop as low as possible too. For these reason the Stopson Acoustic Louvers, Intake Silencers and Acoustic Enclosures can be considered suitable for these multiple industrial applications. The silencers can be added on the ventilation circuit and combined with the machine, in order to completely acoustically isolate it in any direction.

The HVAC silencers are an excellent choice for applications requiring maximum insertion loss (noise reduction), low static pressure drop, low maintenance, and quick delivery. Stopson’s offer encompasses the design and engineering assistance to integrate the HVAC system with its attenuators. Both ready-made silencers and custom built solutions are offered. The benefits are: durability, surface finishing, ease to operate.

C.O.R.U. Project Moscow

Stopson Italiana delivers Vent Silencers for Refinery and Petrochemical Projects in Russia

EAC certified vent silencers successfully supplied for Oil & Gas projects in Moscow and Kingisepp

Stopson Italiana has recently completed delivery of 10 silencers to be installed at Combined Oil Refinery Unit (CORU), in the Moscow Refinery and 9 vent silencers to be installed at the new Ammonia plant under construction in Kingisepp, Russia, according to the data below:

  • C.O.R.U. Project – no. 10 SPM and PSP vent silencers for the Combined Oil Refinery Unit, with flow rates from 0,4 to 46 t/h. Temperatures from 150 °C to 450 °C, noise levels 80 dB(A) @ 1 m.
  • Kingisepp Project – No. 9 SPM vent silencers for the Ammonia plant, i.e. Steam and CO2 with flow rates from 1 to 130 t/h. Temperatures from 110 °C to 515 °C, noise level 85-110 dB(A) @ 1 m.

9 SPM Vent Silencers Ammonia PlantAll silencers have engineered according to the highly demanding EPC and end user’s technical specifications. They have been manufactured in Italy in special materials, including stainless steel for internal components, and certified in accordance with EAC TR CU 010 standards for Russian market.

Stopson’s Vent Silencers can be installed downstream any device acting as a link between a container of pressurized gaseous fluid and the atmosphere. The vent silencer can also provide high or low back pressure relief for the system ensuring proper operation.

SPM Vent Silencers, used for higher flows and back pressure, are based on a combined reactive and absorptive principle for noise reduction. The gases expand to atmospheric pressure through a perforated diffuser, providing a first important step in attenuation. The flow evolves into a sound-absorbing lining section to further contribute to reach required noise residual level.

PSP Vent Silencers, used for lower flows and back-pressures, feature an expansion chamber upstream the final absorptive section with no diffuser at the inlet.

A special sound-proofed weather hood is finally heading flow and noise upward, while delivering an effective rain protection and drainage.

Vent silencers can be reactive, absorptive or combined type depending on applications and required attenuation, which can reach as much as 75 dB(A).

Typical Applications for vent silencers are:

  • Safety Valve (PSV)
  • Relief valve (PRV)
  • Control valve
  • Ejector
  • Start up valve
  • Snort-valve
  • Flash and Blow Down Tanks
Stopson Italiana at GasTech

Stopson Italiana exhibits at GasTech 2017 

After the attendance at Offshore Mediterranean Conference (Ravenna), Stopson Italiana is flying to Tokyo for GasTech 2017.

A continuous improvements in Manufacturing and a set of Soundproofing Solutions for Oil & Gas and Power Generation industries. The last technological innovation in Noise Control will be presented within GasTech, the world’s leading gas and LNG conference and exhibition. 

Gastech will be in its 29th edition and 45th year when it arrives at the Makuhari Messe Chiba in Tokyo, Japan from 4 to 7 April 2017. The event will be hosted by the Japan Gastech Consortium made up of Japan’s top 10 natural gas and LNG companies.

Connecting 22000 technical innovators with commercial experts, the conference will draw 2000 conference delegates while its B2B exhibition will provide a platform for over 500 international exhibitors. Its many features and dedicated business networking programmes will also gather over 250 C-level and ministerial VIPs, 150 senior leaders who champion workforce diversity, as well as 250 young energy professionals.

 

GasTech in numbers:

  • 25,000+ visitors
  • 600+ exhibitors
  • 8 country pavilions
  • 4 dedicated Exhibition Zones
  • 2 Product Showcase Theatres
  • dedicated networking zones

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