to create pie charts showing the plant’s
valves by brand, to generate a list of
valves due for repair during an upcoming
turnaround (and hopefully a calendar to
assist in that process) or to identify all of
the pressure relief valves for which test
certificates must be submitted to the
local or state boiler and pressure vessel
inspectors the following month.
Asset management tools can be a huge
help in planning outages, especially in
light of the fact that delays can cost
thousands or even millions of dollars per
day in lost production. Such tools have
the potential to save both time and
money. Key features that can be included in an asset management tool are:
; The ability to plan spare parts
across an entire loop so that parts
can be ordered in advance of an
outage and surprises that might
occur during that outage can be
IMAGE DEVELOPMENT AND
The saying that “a picture is worth a
thousand words” certainly applies to
management of valve assets. Good man-
agement tools allow users to quickly and
easily record and view a wide variety of
images of those valves and their environ-
ment from “before” and “after” parts
photos and other documents related to a
recent repair, to reports from the in-situ
testing of a safety valve and the piping
and instrumentation diagram of the loop
associated with a valve. There is, after
all, no better sign of preparedness than
being able to answer an inspector’s
question immediately by calling up the
required materials on a computer with
just a few clicks of a mouse.
GARY OSTROWSKI is director of product
management – aftermarket with GE Energy
( www.ge-energy.com). Reach him at
email@example.com or 508.941.5407.
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