GE, Metso Collaborate On Device Asset Management Solution


Dec 21, 2009

GE Intelligent Platforms is collaborating with Metso Corp. of Helsinki, Finland, a global supplier of sustainable technology and services, to resell its Metso FieldCare Device Asset Management Solution. This solution provides device asset management that delivers benefits to the customer through the complete process plant lifecycle. 

Metso FieldCare helps customers enhance the efficiency of process management with the help of information covering the process lifecycle of their plant devices. This condition monitoring solution gives a quick overview of the operational status of all intelligent field equipment in the system. The information it provides supports predictive maintenance and can be used to plan regular maintenance activities, ensuring sufficient time to order spare parts and plan for service operations. It also lowers the cost of ownership as it can manage many devices, helps plan maintenance activities, and, as part of the process control system, will be a valuable addition to further optimize and reduce the operational costs of the overall operation. 

“When you consider a process plant, there are hundreds or even thousands of devices such as valves, pressure sensors, and temperature sensors that are used to control the process,” said Steve Ryan, General Manager for GE Intelligent Platforms’ Process Solutions. “Failure on one of these devices can lead to lost production which could translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars. So knowing, not just assuming, that process equipment is operating properly is imperative.  It’s not a nice to have – it is an operational requirement.”

FieldCare provides a single tool with which to manage process devices, and its web-enabled interfaces allow for the information to be distributed broadly across the user's network in real time. Its ability to show both standard configuration parameters and device-specific functions eliminates the need for vendor-specific tools. FieldCare allows customers to optimize and save in all phases of the plant lifecycle. 

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