Bridging the gap between reactive and predictive maintenance, asset integrity data plays a key role in improving production performance and limiting downtime to an absolute minimum. During this year’s Offshore Europe, Stork is showcasing a range of innovative products, demonstrating the power of data-driven solutions.
The company’s technologies monitor asset integrity with the aim to predict and plan inspection and maintenance programmes, without disrupting key operational processes. Next to achieving performance improvements, these solutions can also support late-life management, ultimately extending an asset’s life cycle. During the 4-day oil and gas exhibition, Stork is welcoming delegates onto their stand, 2C100, encouraging visitors to discuss their operational requirements and to see how data-driven solutions can aid in their challenges or even solve them.
A prime example on the Stork stand this year is their electronic flange management software package, iBolt. This advanced and continually developing software incorporates radio-frequency identification (RFID) and barcode reading functionality. Along with anomaly reporting and photograph storage capabilities, this provides an audit trail which exceeds current UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines.
Using RFID technology to identify flanged and small-bore tubing (SBT) joints, this technology mitigates the risk of misidentification on safety-critical, hydrocarbon joints.
This data-driven software, along with Stork’s highly competent technicians and proven ‘Behavioral Changes in Flange Inspection and Assembly Techniques’ training course, all help to achieve a leak-free start. This reiterates Stork’s core belief that predictive maintenance and prevention, not the repair of leaks, is fundamental in adding value to clients, as part of their hydrocarbon leak-prevention plans.
Building upon their data-driven capabilities and also present on Stork’s stand is their traditional and advanced offering for monitoring the rate of corrosion, erosion, stress, temperature, strain or intrusion on pipelines both on and offshore.
Corrosion monitoring provides operators with the means to examine the rate of corrosion on their assets, identifying and continuously reporting on areas of concern.
A major component of decisions made by monitoring data is the ability to identify predictive maintenance requirements; real-time information allows operators to identify issues when they are minor and repair, modify or adjust equipment to extend asset life. Monitoring corrosion on essential lines is vital, as it combats failure of equipment and loss of containment, as well as mitigating risk to personnel and the environment.
These are some of the solutions that demonstrate Stork’s track record and capability to plan and implement predictive maintenance and repair technologies, with the overall aim of negating not only costly but potentially unsafe failures on our clients assets; thus maintaining safe and efficient operations are continually delivered.