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Total Carbide Launches New Intraform(TM) Process at Offshore Europe 2011

September 5, 2011

ABERDEEN, Scotland, September 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

– Produces Complex Internal Forms in Tungsten Carbide Components -

Total Carbide [http://www.totalcarbide.com ], a leading developer of
tungsten carbide wear parts, is launching a new process that produces
tungsten carbide components with complex internal forms for use in harsh
environments such as valves operating in high-pressure, highly abrasive or
corrosive environments.

Intraform[TM] [http://www.totalcarbide.com/intraform-process.htm ] will
enable the production of ‘chambers’ in tungsten carbide that cannot be
produced by any other standard production method and is being unveiled to
the oil and gas industry at Offshore Europe 2011
[http://www.offshore-europe.co.uk ] (6 – 8 September 2011) in Aberdeen this
week.

The process has been developed and refined by Total Carbide’s
[http://www.totalcarbide.com ] research and development team over several
years. It allows the creation of complex internal wear critical forms as
required in linear and rotary valves, which can last up to ten times longer
than equivalent steel parts. The tungsten carbide components are
manufactured as one piece eliminating the potential of leaks therefore
allowing higher pressure liquid flow rates.

The resulting improvement in severe service valve performance and
reliability will significantly reduce the impact and cost of downtime caused
by part failure and maintenance.

The process has been independently tested by leading global valve
manufacturers to industry standards including a 25,000 cycle qualification
test at 760 bar satisfying leakage testing according to API 6A / ISO 10423.
Products have also been proof tested at 1140 bar as part of FAT (Factory
Accreditation Testing) without showing signs of failure, and have
successfully undergone a 90 day corrosion test. These trials have proven
Intraform[TM] to be acceptable for harsh subsea environments.

Andy Hunt, sales director at Total Carbide
[http://www.totalcarbide.com ] commented: “The manufacture of a one piece
tungsten carbide component with complex, high-performance internal chambers
has been a challenge for the flow control industry for many years. The
Intraform[TM] [http://www.totalcarbide.com/intraform-process.htm ] process
allows us to create components with difficult internal geometries that have
the durability and wear-resistance of tungsten carbide and the ability to
process abrasive and corrosive fluids. This capability will open up
significant new possibilities, giving engineers unprecedented flexibility
for the design of flow control components.

“Offshore Europe gives us an opportunity to showcase Intraform[TM]
[http://www.totalcarbide.com/intraform-process.htm ] to the oil and gas
industry and directly demonstrate its performance and financial benefits.”

Total Carbide [http://www.totalcarbide.com ] has a technical sales and
engineering team that will work with customers to optimise part design and
deliver a total solution from design concept to finished manufacture.

As one of Europe’s leading developers of tungsten carbide products,
Total Carbide [http://www.totalcarbide.com ] has been producing a wide range
of the highest quality wear parts across many industries for more than 60
years.

Total Carbide [http://www.totalcarbide.com ] is an Elektron Technology
plc [http://www.elektron-technology.com/about_us ] (EKT: AIM) company and is
exhibiting in Hall 3, stand E131 at Offshore Europe 2011.

        Media Enquiries:
        Jackie Robinson
        Tel: +44 (0) 7711 281915
        Email:  jackie@parktech.co.uk

        Product Enquiries:
        Brian Farrow
        Business Development/Sales Manager
        Total Carbide Limited
        Tel: +44 (0) 1844 275171
        Mob: +44 (0) 7854 207245
        Email:  info@totalcarbide.com
        Web: http://www.totalcarbide.com

SOURCE Total Carbide


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