Emerson’s new Valve Health App uses customised data analytics to provide timely, plant-wide health indicators for improved safety, maintenance and performance.
The new app enables users to visualise an entire networked fleet of fittings. At the same time, measures can be prioritised based on the condition index of the individual valves. This helps plant personnel to optimise valve repairs. This results in faster and better maintenance decisions and therefore less downtime.
A time-consuming endeavour
In most process plants and facilities, there are hundreds of control valves and in operation in various applications. These valves consist of several parts that often have to move together to control the flow of process media. Some of these parts are in constant, direct contact with the media.
These operating conditions lead to signs of wear. Maintenance personnel must monitor the condition of the individual valves. This is usually done by inspecting each individual valve, either on site or remotely. A time-consuming endeavour that requires a high level of expertise to determine the condition of the valves and take appropriate action.
App provides maintenance recommendations
The Plantweb Insight Valve Health Application speeds up and simplifies this task of monitoring control valves by providing a user-friendly interface with easy-to-understand and intuitive graphics. The app includes Emerson’s Valve Health Index. It is generated by a proprietary algorithm and shows plant personnel the condition of each valve. The Valve Health Index allows users to input information about their plant’s processes, including the criticality of the valve and the financial impact of a valve failure, making the index more informative.
The app allows users to prioritise repair and maintenance activities with five different indicators to meet specific requirements. These indicators are repair urgency status, valve health index, financial impact, criticality and NE107 alarm status. The app also includes explanations, recommendations and suggestions for when to take action.
“Plants and facilities harnessing all the functionalities of the Plantweb Insight Valve Health Application will experience reduced analysis time, faster troubleshooting and improved prioritisation of maintenance actions“, says Jaime Alvarado Millan, software product manager for flow controls with Emerson’s final control business.
“The result will be fewer man-hours required for repairs and maintenance, increased uptime and fewer unplanned shutdowns. These and other benefits will increase productivity, lower costs and improve profitability.”