Planning for Your Spring Outage? Don’t Forget About Your Valves

Spring is in the air! If you’re in the power industry, you know this as the short period between when people turn off their heaters and turn on their air conditioners. Spring also tends to be a slower time for facilities like fertilizer plants, chemical plants, and oil refineries.

That’s why many companies choose spring for their annual outage. Since downtime during peak season can be costly, spring is the perfect time to perform preventative maintenance and any necessary repairs to ensure your plant runs reliably through summer and into fall.

As you plan your outage, one of the most important factors to consider is the health of your valves. Even one bad actor can keep your plant from running efficiently. In the worst-case scenario, a poorly performing valve can cause unplanned downtime, which, as you know, can severely impact your bottom line.

Here’s how we can support you during your spring outage:

Service and repair for all valves and actuators

Our factory-trained technicians are certified to service all valves from all manufacturers. We can provide service and repair for:

  • Safety and pressure relief valves (PRVs)
  • Control valves
  • Line valves (gate, globe, check, ball, and butterfly valves)
  • Actuators

In many cases, you may already know which valves need servicing. If not, we can test your PRVs online (i.e., while the line is running) to identify any bad actors. We can also test your control valves if you can isolate your system or during your outsge to determine which valves need servicing using our ValScope Pro unit.

Valve inventory and preventative maintenance plans

If you don’t already have a complete inventory of all of your valves, we can make one for you. 

Using ValvKeep software, we will record all data related to your valves (tag and location information, service history, etc.). Using this information, we can create a preventative maintenance schedule that supports your business by ensuring all maintenance and repair work is performed during your slower seasons.

Short lead times for valves and valve parts

If you’ve ever had to purchase valve parts on an emergency basis, you know that the lead times can be longer than you’d like. By assessing your valves in advance and knowing which ones are most likely to fail, we can work to assure we have all of the necessary parts and equipment on hand. This will help you keep your outage as short as possible.

Decades of experience and unparalleled expertise

Many companies are experiencing a decline in institutional knowledge. This is due to several factors. For example, pipeline stations used to be manned by 13 or 14 people; now, they’re often down to two or three. And employees simply don’t stay in jobs as long as they used to. Because of this, many employees working on your outage may be doing so for the first time.

Our technicians have decades of experience under their belts. They’ve been in many different plants and helped companies solve a wide variety of problems. Because of this, they can provide the expertise you need for successful outage planning.

3 quick FAQ about valve maintenance during plant outages

What’s the main advantage of preventative maintenance?

Cost savings! Emergency valve repair (aka reactive maintenance) can easily be triple the cost of preventative maintenance.

How long does it take to repair a valve?

It depends. If we have assessed the valve in advance and have the parts on hand, then a typical PRV repair can be completed the same day, while a typical control valve repair can take 2 days or more.

How many technicians will you send?

Again, it depends. We will usually send two technicians to assist with your outage, but we’ve worked on jobs that required many more. Allied is staffed with 85 factory-certified technicians ready to support our customers at a moment’s notice!

Contact us to learn more about our plant outage services.

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