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Rotork introduces wireless valve monitoring tool

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World Pipelines,

Rotork has launched its RI Wireless concept for wireless valve monitoring and diagnostics.

The solution transmits real time position indications and allows for predictive maintenance for actuated valves. In turn, this reduces capital and operating expenditure and increases safety and productivity. Moreover, predictive maintenance is facilitated through the monitoring of valve opening and closing profiles.

RI Wireless products are certified as Zone 1 intrinsically safe for use in hazardous areas. By introducing comprehensive plant monitoring, the system enhances operational efficiencies and eliminates unnecessary shutdowns.

The system comprises of a small valve monitoring device (VMD) that is installed on existing or new valve actuators using a NAMUR interface or on manual valves with an ISO 5211 interface.

The VMD collects data from the actuator or valve and transmits it as a 64 point packet, providing the information required for preventative maintenance.

A network of valve device routers (VDR) transfer the data from the VMDs on a wireless network to the tunneling VDR (TVDR), which transfers the data to the RI wireless gateway, an industrial computer that manages the RI Wireless system.

The final element in the structure is the RI wireless management system (WMS). This is a software management tool, which provides operational and maintenance data in common industrial standard connections.

The system is programmed and commissioned using an operator device (OD) that provides wireless communication with the VMDs. In addition to supporting installation and configuration, the primary functions of the OD are turning devices on and off and receiving real time feedback regarding the status of individual VMDs.

Adapted from press release by Anna Nicklin

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