Matt Mogas, President and CEO
If you ask two engineers from two different domains—say petrochemical and food processing—about ‘severe service valves,’ chances are that you will receive two different viewpoints. That’s because the term ‘severe service’ in itself is really broad and subjective to the process involved. Severe service conditions in the petrochemical industry, for instance, could include corrosive acid attacks, abrasive and erosive particulates, fugitive emissions, and so on. On the other hand, severe service conditions in the food processing industry can be cryogenic temperatures or high-speed operations. As a result, the application of severe service valves in these respective use cases is also poles apart.
Severe service ball valves—thanks to their longevity and performance over other valves like gate and globe—are used under many such critical, challenging, and unique industrial conditions today to isolate and control a wide array of processes in a diverse range of industries. However, while selecting a severe service ball valve for a particular process, the process engineers have quite a challenge at hand! Each of those processes usually has distinctive chemical characteristics that necessitate the severe service ball valves to be custom-built, failing which, the process would certainly face increased downtime and productive inefficiency.
That’s where MOGAS Industries, Inc. is breaking new grounds in the domain. With nearly five decades of expertise, MOGAS is a pioneer in the manufacturing of custom-built, application-specific severe service isolation and control ball valves. Thanks to the company’s extensive R&D in the space, MOGAS severe service ball valves have been a cornerstone in ensuring process integrity and uptime reliability for a growing number of extreme installations and applications in oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, refining, power, mining, and other industries. This immense know-how is enabling the company to come up with even more tailor-made application-specific designs today, which cater to the unique challenges of their varied customer base.
The One-Stop-Shop for Severe Service Valves
MOGAS is not only a leading manufacturer of severe service valves but also an end-to-end solution and service provider. “We cater to everything that is required to run the service valve portion of the plant, from project support and preventive maintenance to repair, refurbishing, and customization,” states Matt Mogas, president and CEO of MOGAS Industries, Inc.
Notably, MOGAS fosters a close relationship with its clients to facilitate the delivery of the ideal product. MOGAS has a pool of industry specialists in the fields of coating, metallurgy, and other relevant engineering processes on that front to comprehend the clients’ challenges and provide customized solutions.
With more than five decades of expertise, MOGAS is a pioneer in the manufacturing of custom-built, application-specific severe service isolation and control ball valves
“It makes a huge difference knowing the customers and their applications so well. By knowing what the process is, what’s upstream and downstream in it, we can actually add that little extra value to the product, which would significantly help them,” notes Matt. Such a customized thought process aids MOGAS in designing severe service ball valves from the ground up that adapt to unique customer requirements.
Interestingly, this client-centric approach is also reflected in their service delivery. Since its inception in 1973 by Louis Mogas, the company has been providing expansive field service and support to its clients directly. “Our company never relies on third parties as we believe that our products will become obsolete when we no longer understand how the customers are using them,” Matt remarks. MOGAS has a worldwide footprint to empower this approach, with service centers, representatives, and technicians in more than 40 countries.
How MOGAS is setting a benchmark in the domain is best reflected through a recent client success story. Recently, a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant on the U.S. Gulf Coast was finding it unable to isolate the recycle gas coolers reliably for de-gassing. It subsequently led to a substantial buildup of poly-oils and waxes, eventually fouling the entire process. The accumulated polymers also reduced the heat-transfer efficiency of the exchangers, resulting in restricted run rates. As a result, the plant had been manually steam-cleaning all the banks of coolers, losing more than 1700 hours (almost 71 days) per year in downtime. However, the plant eventually found out that six isolation valves—developed by MOGAS—were functioning without failure, for more than six years. During the next phase, the plant engineers thus installed an additional 14 MOGAS isolation valves, and the result so far has been overwhelming for them. The plant can now isolate the recycle gas coolers for de-gassing reliably. But that’s not all! The increase in operational efficiency has also reduced the downtime to just 7 hours per year—which is equivalent to over $1.5 million savings in a year!
Riding on the coattails of such success stories, MOGAS has already carved a niche for itself as the go-to technology company for severe service isolation and control ball valves. Currently, the company is expanding its already extensive global reach vigorously by introducing new products and acquiring smaller companies with unique solutions. “While enlarging this footprint, we will keep on holding to our core values,” mentions Matt. “We will continue to be extremely customer-centric, and that would get us through whatever global and economic changes that are ahead of us,” Matt concludes.