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Process Automation

Industrial plants are being tasked with reducing costs and increasing production. To achieve this, they must exploit plant efficiencies while simultaneously reducing their workforce. This forces plants to rely on their suppliers for the know-how solutions and advice to accomplish these tasks.

Quickly realizing that it’s not just about cutting costs but maximizing operational efficiencies, plants that are thriving during this time are choosing equipment and suppliers that offer value.

The valve and actuator industry has a specific set of challenges in relation to this topic. One key way you can add value to the valve and in turn, to the plant, is through valve positioner diagnostics.

What are valve positioner diagnostics?

Historically, valve diagnostics were provided through vendors who utilized the tools and equipment needed to accurately assess valve performance. The service could take days, and most times weeks, before the valve data had been interpreted and processed. With the introduction of digital valve positioners, select plants now have the ability to monitor valve performance and relay its current status via communication protocols or alarm cards.

So, how can valve diagnostics improve my plant efficiencies and process?

Check out our recording on “Assessing your valve performance” to learn more! This recorded webinar will show you how to connect to your SIPART PS2 using Siemens SIMATIC PDM. In addition, we’ll also provide detailed instructions on how to use the valve performance test so that you can evaluate the current condition of a valve and plan predictive maintenance.

To learn more about valve positioners and the SIPART PS2, please click here.