A Dynamic Duo

Digital valve controllers linked to asset management systems offer a double-barreled approach to valve maintenance.

“You can’t maximize a plant’s efficiency if you can’t accurately control and effectively manage the final drive elements,” says Todd Gordon, computer instrument technician leader at We Energies’ Valley Power plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Gordon is one of many end users discovering the double-barreled capabilities of intelligent valve positioners, a.k.a. digital valve controllers (DVCs), linked to asset management systems to provide that control and management.

“Our I&C personnel use Emerson’s AMS device management software installed in a PC to monitor all our HART and Foundation fieldbus devices from a single location,” explains Gordon. “This includes 24 Fisher digital valve controllers installed on critical control valves, including a few valves installed in some difficult-to-access locations.”

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