We have highlighted in earlier posts how Industrial Internet of Things technologies have found their way into process automation including control valves to help improve safety, reliability and efficiency.
In a Process Industry Informer article, Transform Operations with IIoT-enabled Control Valves, Emerson’s Clint Schneider and Michael Lester describe how actionable insights can by continuously monitoring the health of the vast array of control valves found in most process manufacturing and production operations.
Clint and Michael open highlighting the benefits of IIoT technologies.
Advanced technologies can deliver actionable information on plant equipment, production processes and personnel health in real-time, anywhere in the world.
Digital valve controllers have been available for many years. They:
…enable valve calibration, positioning, and can perform in-the-field diagnostics.
But more than these basic functions, this data combined with analytical software enables:
…alerts, alarms and gathers data from sensors.
This data combined with secure networks can feed diagnostics to experts outside the production site.
Diagnostic data is collected and securely fed to remote experts who can monitor and manage operations at multiple facilities via remote integrated operations centres.
These experts, from the company or suppliers such as Emerson:
…can support operators remotely for immediate support, another part of an overall digital transformation strategy.
The analytics software combined with Valve Condition Monitoring experts can provide:
…additional insight by collecting data on vibration, acoustics, process variables and in-situ (online) diagnostics. Tools for time series analysis can provide teams with the visibility to see the rapid increase of things like travel deviation before the impact is felt on other equipment or the process.
Performance improvements from this transformative approach:
…enables a reduction on maintenance spend, avoid process slowdowns or unplanned shutdowns, and transforms the maintenance strategy into a predictive approach that helps get ahead of potential problems before they impact operations.
Read the article for more on how efficiencies are gained, reliability improved, and operational risks reduced.
Visit the Valve Condition Monitoring section on Emerson.com for more on how these IIoT technologies, combined with operational analytics and valve experts can help improve your business performance. You can also connect and interact with other connected services and valve experts in the Services and Valves, Actuators & Regulators groups in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.