Modernization and Lifecycle Management

Unscheduled shutdowns cost the industry between two to five percent annually. Changes in process conditions or plant modifications over time can impact instruments in ways that had not been considered during initial design. As a result, the instrument may no longer be the correct solution for that application. If not addressed, the affected instrument can cause unnecessary shutdowns and operational expense. Spartan's On-Site Asset Specialists, Technical Specialists and Application Engineering teams are educated on and have access to the latest developments in instrumentation technology. They can review your existing instrumentaion and help determine what enhancements or modernization opportunities may exist to improve plant performance or reduce repair costs in time for your next turn around.

Challenge:

An Alberta SAGD facility was experiencing continual control valve plugging issues in a critical service boiler feed water application. Following numerous repairs of the control valve, operations asked their reliability staff to resolve the problem to avoid further production impact. 

Solution:

A Spartan instrument specialist partnered with the client to review the application at site and determined the best solution was to replace the older valve trim with modern technology. The latest trim designed for that dirty service application was installed and three years later, the problem has become a distant memory allowing operations to concentrate on production.