2011 Vaaler Awards: Four Products Earn Recognition

Chemical Processing has bestowed Vaaler Awards on products and services that can significantly improve plant operations and economics.

By Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief

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Mobile Software Eases Valve Maintenance

ValveLink Mobile software provides the capability to set up, calibrate and troubleshoot Fisher Fieldvue DVC6200 and DVC6000 digital valve controllers using a Field Communicator, personal digital assistant (PDA) or smart phone. It supports HART communications, advanced diagnostics, performance diagnostics and optimized digital valve levels on both lines of controllers.

The application, which was commercialized in December 2009, simplifies access to control valve data and requires no special training. The software affords easy navigation through its flick, zoom-in and zoom-out capabilities. Its modern, intuitive interface makes it easy to streamline control valve maintenance activities and optimize process control operations. Users gain access to existing fieldwork tools and maintenance practices via large touch-screen icons. A touch of an icon allows setting up and calibrating valve assemblies, monitoring status and alerts, stroking a valve, performing a step test, running a valve signature, and viewing and saving diagnostic tests. Data also can be uploaded to the control system for additional evaluation.

ValveLink Mobile integrates easily into current field diagnostic systems and plant work practices. It provides safe and convenient access to hard-to-reach valves using a Bluetooth HART modem.

The software can be downloaded to 375 and 475 Field Communicators via the Easy Upgrade Utility. Because those communicators are intrinsically safe, users can take advantage of the software when working on digital valve controllers located in hazardous areas. It also may be installed on any PDA or smartphone running Windows Mobile 5.0 or newer (but not Windows Phone 7).

THE JUDGES
Vic Edwards, Director of Process Safety, Kvaerner
Tim Frank, associate R&D director, Dow Chemical, Midland, Mich.
Ben Paterson, engineering advisor, Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, Ind.
Roy Sanders, process safety consultant, Lake Charles, La.
Ellen Turner, principal technical service representative, Eastman Chemical, Kingsport, Tenn.
Ben Weinstein, section head modeling and simulation, Procter & Gamble, West Chester, Ohio
Jon Worstell, consultant, Houston
Sheila Yang, principal process engineer, Bayer Technology Service, Berkeley, Calif.

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