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Applications in critical process control often demand a high-speed fail safe or emergency shutdown (ESD) of valves operating in harsh operating conditions under certain circumstances (e.g loss of signal or power, changes in process parameters etc.) to ensure protection against possible harm to people, environment, equipment or the assets. Industry has long been accustomed to using pneumatic actuators for fail safe applications. Electrical actuators are generally not considered for these applications as they are considered to be only ‘stay put’. Are there other options available?
This workshop will focus on the various possibilities within electrically powered actuators which can be used to achieve reliable fail safe positions besides offering the possibilities of offering unrestricted modulations, low power solar panel driven, fully self-contained features etc.
The session will include practical demonstrations of the options discussed. At the end of the workshop we expect users to aware of options available to decide right solution for their process. This workshop also covers Intelligent Asset Management (iAM), a new predictive maintenance system from Rotork.
The iAM system collects data from actuators in the field and utilises advanced analytics to improve operational stability. Multiple sensors in actuators gather huge amounts of helpful data and allow for proactive action which will help keep assets running smoothly, reducing costly and inconvenient downtime. With iAM, actuators intelligently report symptoms and assist in intervening before failure or downtime.
Through iAM, Rotork will make it easier to get data out of actuators and act on it to improve their performance. The analysis of operational data pulled from actuators on-site will mean increased reliability and availability, allow targeted and specific servicing, result in fewer unplanned shutdowns and demonstrate process visibility.
The iAM system is part of the Internet of Things (IoT)- devices that are connected and able to provide detailed data about their performance and activity.
Existing data collection processes can be fundamentally flawed; it can be physically difficult to collect (if the actuator is in a confined space or a hazardous area), time consuming and complicated. But iAM, with multiple data points and easy transfer through the Rotork Gateway microcomputer, provides easy and accurate reporting of the condition of actuators throughout their entire lifecycle and enables proactive maintenance. The iAM interface is capable of displaying analysis of multiple data sets in a variety of different ways including graphs, figures and pie charts.
Maintenance can be planned, prioritised and even perceptive. There is potential for not only the reduction of regular maintenance and associated costs- no more wasted engineer trips- but for the reduction of loss of production and to decrease hugely costly downtime and unplanned shutdowns.
The security standards of iAM are high. Rotork has developed an iAM security system that protects at all stages; from data extraction at actuator level all the way to user access, there is secure encryption and authentication. The iAM technology is compliant with ISO 550000.