Manufacturer and producer reliability teams focus much of their efforts around the large plant assets including pumps, compressors, and control systems to maintain efficient and reliable operations. Valves, actuators and regulators often don’t get this same attention. Yet, these final control elements can have a major impact on the performance of the process.
I caught up with Emerson’s Jaime Miller about ways that that this issue can be addressed to drive reliability, reduce variability and maximize uptime.
To support these ongoing operations performance improvements around these valves, actuators, regulators and other final control elements, Jaime described the Main Valve Partner™ strategic relationship to help address these opportunities.
This strategic relationship offers extensive support and expertise in planning and executing plant projects and maintaining and optimizing plant operations. Emerson’s breadth of valve, actuator, and regulator product offering, OEM engineering expertise, global reach, digital efficiency tools, and scalable, proven solutions enable our customers to work towards Top Quartile performance.
She noted, when we look across the full lifecycle of a plant, we can see various critical stages where there are significant improvement opportunities related to valve assemblies. Valves matter because they have significant impact on both unplanned shutdowns and slowdowns and they’re one of the assets that require the most operational and maintenance spend. As our customers’ strategic partner, we can help them uncover areas that impact their ability to achieve operational excellence and help them find the right solution.
As a strategic partner, our Emerson Lifecycle Services teams can work with customers during installation and commissioning, ongoing operations, shutdowns, turnarounds & outages, and ongoing asset optimization.
During installation and commissioning, compliance management, asset planning & tracking, OEM certified technicians, and application & safety expertise enable a successful handover from plant construction or a shutdown, right into startup. Emerson experts help to minimize the risks and costs often involved with this stage.
During ongoing operations, maintenance strategy programs, installed base analytics, diagnostics & risk-based inspection, and inventory management enable optimization of maintenance spend. Emerson support and expertise help customers reduce valve operating expenses.
During shutdowns, turnarounds and outages (STOs), a digitally-enabled proven process, asset health assessment, parts distribution & QuickShip, and mobile service centers enable accuracy and efficiency in scoping, planning, and executing STOs. Onsite support teams and digital tools help to keep STOs on time and within budget.
Proactively monitoring final control assets enables asset performance optimization. Combining resident asset engineers with the data-gathering and analytics enables actionable decisions to drive reliability, availability and safety improvements. Our support here allows our customers to move toward asset management with predictive diagnostics to enable proactive maintenance planning, minimize unplanned failures, and increase uptime.
This Main Valve Partner strategic relationship with plant operations helps to minimize risk and cost during the installation and commissioning stage, reduce valve operating expenses while running the plant, execute turnarounds on time and within budget, and increase asset uptime through the life of the plant.
Visit the Lifecycle Services – Valves, Actuators & Regulators section on Emerson.com for more on the end-to-end services to drive these performance improvements. You can also connect and interact with other final control element experts in the Valves, Regulators & Actuators group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.