Valve specialist says software ‘revolutionises’ asset management

17 February 2009

Valve asset management was given a boost when service specialist, Severn Unival implemented PC based data capture software. The technology, created by UK based Terrington Data Management, is upgrading services offered to UK oil and gas companies.

Huddersfield, UK based Severn Unival, part of Severn Glocon Group, manufactures a wide range of valves and provides an asset management service for those made by other manufacturers.

Valves are monitored, tested and repaired through its UK workshops in Huddersfield, Aberdeen, Grangemouth, Gloucester and Widnes as part of platform healthcare contracts to improve performance and safety.

The company, which previously operated a pen-and-paper system, now uses hand-held Transform to record details of all valves, whether manufactured by or new to the company, to create a database of details including the owner, history, status, performance, specification, application and destination, of every valve leaving its workshops.

The use of Transform enables Severn Unival to operate its Performance+ trouble-shooting service by identifying patterns in valve failure which can be used to offer a pro-active solution.

The technical services and products manager at Severn Unival, Tony Brooke, claims to have revolutionised asset management contracts with Transform.

He said the product’s use of uniform terminology ‘eliminates the possibility of misunderstandings and allows users to find details quickly and accurately through the retrieval system.’

‘The system also prompts us that certain valves are due for attention. For example, safety relief valves used on offshore oil rigs must be re-calibrated in certain timescales. Transform allows us to easily identify these and plan co-ordinated campaigns of action with far greater efficiency,’ he said.

In a major advancement, Transform’s web access is enabling the company to give customers their own web platform so they can view photographs of their valves and access up-to-the-minute reports after surveys so they can more accurately plan shutdowns, repairs and maintenance.

Transform, which has a sister system, IndEX, used for hazardous area electrical (ATEX 137) inspections, is compatible with many handheld terminals and operating platforms.

Any paper-based form can be replicated electronically, usually for industrial inspection applications. Asset management information, such as equipment installation date, manufacturer and serial number, can be built into the system and inspection forms added underneath to automatically update existing information.

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