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Atlas Copco launches flange management system

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Atlas Copco Bolt Tightening Solutions has launched a new flange management system, iFMS. The iFMS is a modular, software-based management system that encompasses planning, data capture, analysis, inspection-related reporting, maintenance and bolted joint and pipework testing capabilities.

The iFMS has been developed for operators that wish to manage their assets throughout the construction, commissioning, shutdown, turnarounds and routine maintenance phases. The system comes with a safe hand-held tablet, which can be used in the field to gather and report information that is automatically uploaded to the system.

The software contains an established database of flange, connector and gasket types, as well as bolt materials. It also incorporate the torque and tension tool details from any supplier.

Flexible import routines allow data import in a variety of formats and applications. The system can be customised to capture any data and generate additional service line work packs.

The drawing module allows PDF based ISOs and P&IDs to be marked up to support flange management and leak testing instructions, procedures and activities and the drawings. Work packs can be copied and edited while mark ups can be kept.

Its system generated leak test packs are based on HSE ‘Safety requirements for pressure testing – Guidance Note GS4’ and its flange management information capture and reporting is in line with the Energy Institute’s ‘Guidelines for the management of integrity of bolted joints for pressurised systems’.

With project managers in mind, the software has built-in tools to monitor project progress and track anomalies. Real time data capture allows for a detailed and accurate audit trail, as well as eliminating the time and errors associated with re-keying data.

The iFMS can be tailored to support additional service lines. In field trials, the iFMS has been used to drive major new build, upgrade and shutdown projects globally.

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