Tailor-made solutions

Product development at Adams has always comprised two main areas: the general development of valves and details and the development of products specially designed for individual customers. One of our main strengths is our ability to reliably develop and implement special design solutions for our customers.

In our view, we can only make real progress if research and development are solidly embedded as integrated corporate tasks. This also includes close interaction with other departments of the company, for example exchanging views with those of the sales department who pose questions straight from the market, or coopera-tion with the production department regarding the latest technologies, e.g. finishing processes, which enable the engineers’ ideas to be implemented in the first place.


Constant investment in the future

Over and above the previously described communication factors, the outstanding facilities of the departments directly involved with research and development are also of great importance. The foremost of these is the technical office – our engineers already began using the first CAD systems in 1982, the current versions of which are state-of-the-art 3-D systems. We also use, for example, FEM (the finite elements method): this  modern method of analysis of structural mechanics is absolutely exact in every detail and enables our experts to precisely calculate our designs. Thus we are able to optimally design our valves to suit their intended  purposes and requirements.

With the help of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), the numerical flow simulation, we can precisely map the flow behaviour of each type of medium in our valves. This technology provides us with key information concerning the flow parameters and enables us to arrive at optimal flow behaviour for each type of medium through the deliberate design of our valves. Our engineers have numerous in-house testing systems at their disposal to enable ideas to be tried out prior to their use in actual practice.

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Excellent product development

We received the Siemens Supplier Award for the quality of our technical cooperation in the development and construction of twelve turbine safety valves. The power station builder Siemens commissioned us with the development of special valves for the Finnish Olkiluoto nuclear power station. The valves are responsible for safeguarding the steam turbines, which are currently the most powerful in the world with an output of 1,700 megawatts.

For our company this order meant the complete development of a new double-valve 2.80 metre long in order to meet the customer’s requirements for the nuclear power station. Receiving the customer’s award after  three years’ development and fine tuning was an incentive for us to continue expanding customer-oriented development within the company in the future.

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