Asset Manager Reduces Costs and Improves Uptime Through Predictive Diagnostics

Jan. 26, 2009
Flowserve launches the ValveSight asset management solution

Flowserve Corporation has launched the Flowserve ValveSight, an asset management solution for integrated control valves and automated quarter-turn valve packages. 

The ValveSight solution reduces unexpected plant or process downtime by predicting potential failure modes and prioritizing condition-based maintenance before the performance of the working process can degrade. ValveSight reduces maintenance costs associated with preventative and break-fix activities by ensuring that actions are focused on solving root causes and not just symptoms. ValveSight also improves safety and environmental compliance by proactively identifying critical issues before they occur.

ValveSight’s intelligent diagnostic software continuously captures rich diagnostic data from the valve, actuator, positioner and control signal while the process is running and displays the data in an intuitive graphical user interface. The ValveSight interface is designed to allow users to translate a broad spectrum of different alarms and data points into simple, at-a-glance, color-coded health indicators. ValveSight is able to recognize data patterns that indicate an eroding service condition before a process variable reaches an out-of-tolerance level and translate that condition into actionable device-specific maintenance advice.

ValveSight helps plant managers better prioritize planned maintenance. Instead of checking and servicing hundreds of control valves during scheduled downtime, ValveSight alerts maintenance only when and where it is needed, saving time and money.

Because the intelligence of the diagnostic software lies within the Flowserve Logix MD series of positioners, the system is compatible with both Flowserve and competitor valves. ValveSight is also available as an upgrade to most existing Logix 3000 series positioners. The company plans to make ValveSight available on the Flowserve Logix 500 and PMV D3 family of positioners in the near future, as well as the Flowserve Automax family of smart switchboxes for quarter-turn valve packages.

Running on FDT/DTM, a globally recognized integration standard, ValveSight can be connected to a Host DCS, workstations or any system that supports FDT/DTM open architecture. Due to the FDT/DTM technology standard, the user does not need special training in order to gain immediate benefits from the ValveSight system.