Emerson opens nuclear excellence centre

05 November 2013

A new centre, dedicated to engineering, services and training, will help end users in the nuclear industry improve maintenance operations, increasing safety and availability.

Emerson Process Management has opened a centre, dedicated to engineering, services and training for its Fisher valves at its existing valve manufacturing facility in Cernay, France.

The new centre will offer end users and engineering and safety authorities in the nuclear industry, a range of specialist training courses and expanded lifecycle care services for Fisher valves and Emerson instrumentation for nuclear applications.

Expanding on the maintenance training already being provided at customer sites, Emerson will offer training courses at the purpose-built centre. On-site facilities include a dedicated environment replicating valves installed in a nuclear power plant to provide best practice and procedures for maintaining nuclear certified devices.

"Employee safety is critical in the nuclear industry so efficient maintenance procedures are essential to minimise turnaround times," explained Olivier Royer, nuclear services manager at Emerson Process Management. "The new centre enables valve maintenance training to be performed away from restricted areas of the plant, but in a realistic setting that enables trainees to experience typical maintenance issues in a controlled environment."

These tailor-made solutions have been expanded to meet the growing demand for specialist training to help replace the skills and knowledge being lost in the industry. Certified to ISO 29990, the training modules are designed to ensure that personnel can perform predictive and preventive maintenance in compliance with AP913 guidelines.

"Within the French nuclear power installed base, over 50 days of production are lost due to unsafe valve maintenance. This is often caused by a lack of expertise and Emerson’s reliable predictive maintenance solution and remote technical assistance is playing a key role in increasing productivity for the nuclear end-user," added Royer. "Support provided by Fisher service engineers is helping to reduce valve failures, increasing installation safety and ensuring end users achieve ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) - a major commitment to minimise the exposure time of employees to radiation."

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