SM Energy has patented an actuated sand dump system for controlling pressurized flow from high or low-pressure systems. The system includes valves, a choke, pressure gauges, and a control unit that automatically opens and closes components based on pressure measurements. GlobalData’s report on SM Energy gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Control system for pressurized flow with automatic valve operation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: SM Energy Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11885199B2) discloses an actuated sand dump system designed to efficiently manage the dumping of sand from a high or low-pressure vessel. The system comprises a choke, first and second valves, a control unit, and multiple pressure gauges. The control unit is programmed to automatically open and close the valves and choke in a specific sequence based on pressure measurements from the gauges. Additionally, safety features such as warning signals and sensor-based confirmation of valve states are incorporated to ensure safe operation.

Furthermore, the patent also describes a control system and method for operating the sand dump system. The control system is capable of receiving instructions to initiate opening and closing sequences, automatically checking pressure conditions, and opening or closing the valves and choke accordingly. The method involves detecting the open state of valves and choke using sensors and ensuring proper sequencing of operations. The control unit plays a crucial role in receiving instructions, monitoring pressure conditions, and executing the necessary actions for efficient sand dumping. Overall, the patented technology aims to streamline the sand dumping process downstream from a sand separator while prioritizing safety and operational efficiency.

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