ABB recently announced it will collaborate with Dresser Masoneilan, a Houston-based provider of process control valves, on an integrated process to monitor, test and manage emergency shutdown valves (ESDV) during all operational conditions.
The combined solution leverages the capabilities of ABB's 800xA High Integrity SIS (Safety Instrumented System) and Masoneilan's SVI II ESD (emergency shutdown device) and PST Controller to improve overall plant safety and increase the availability of ESDV's for optimal response of the isolation valve in emergency situations, according to the companies. This integration also simplifies safety compliance by automatically recording partial stroke test results and emergency shutdown events.
"By taking advantage of System 800xA's unique integration capabilities and open standards, the user has immediate access to the health diagnostics and status of the emergency shut down valve. This access also provides proactive management of this critical device, for instance enabling remote triggering of partial stroke tests, to ensure that it is ready to perform when needed," says Kristian Olsson, manager of ABB's Safety Center of Excellence. "This immediate readiness is vital to the protection of the process, the environment, and the surrounding community in the event of an abnormal situation."