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Maintaining critical pipeline valves – a new solution

10 May 2016

IRM Systems (IRMS), an emergency pipeline repair company, has introduced a new solution to help maintain critical pipeline valves which is said to enable savings of up to 70% in lost production, excluding the substantial cost of associated labour, equipment and specialists.

The Valve Integrity Management Solution (VIMS) was developed in direct response to the lack of analysed data associated with valve integrity and maintenance in the industry.

“Over time, we have seen a number of issues arise regarding valves, which could have been prevented had a methodical review of data about the valves installed on a pipeline system been carried out,” explained David Obatolu, general manager of IRMS UKWA. “The new VIMS provides pipeline operators with a novel, yet surprisingly simple way of looking after every aspect of their pipeline valves.”

Following a comprehensive audit of the number and condition of all valves on a designated pipeline, IRMS logs and analyses the data, integrating it via the VIMS into the operator’s existing systems and processes. Data on individual valves and assets can then be immediately accessed, to review a full range of benchmarked factors such as design, construction, maintenance and reliability.

By using this standardised approach to valve integrity maintenance - which relies upon solid risk and reliability engineering – operators are able to make informed decisions about inspection plans and repairs, saving time and money, says the company.

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