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Unplanned Versus Planned STOs

Shutdown valve service scope success is largely determined by the planning procedures and expertise of the project management team. Here's an interesting comparison between planned and unplanned results (see a chart of the process below):

Outage Activity Comparison:


  • Longest Turnaround Time
  • Most Expensive
  • Difficult to Schedule


  • Reduced Turnaround Time
  • More Cost Effective
  • Able to Schedule


  • Turnaround Reduced to Removal / Install
  • Most Economical
  • Frees Up Space in Schedule

Are you due for an asset review?

Valve Asset Review: Take Control of Your Assets

It takes a lot of valves to successfully run your facility day in and day out. So many, in fact, that it might be hard to keep track of all of them until something goes wrong and you have to pause to make the necessary repairs or upgrades. Many Midwest Valve Services customers today are taking a more proactive approach and seeing the tremendous value it brings: from giving them knowledge and peace of mind to saving time and money.

What’s an Asset Review?
An asset review basically gives you the “big picture” overview of your valve assets. Our valve reliability team will visit your facility, inventory all your valve assets, note important details like quantity, manufacturer, and year made; rank their criticality and condition (Red / Yellow / Green) and note if spare parts are on hand. This is especially important for critical valves that require timely repairs to reduce downtime and production losses.

Key advantages of a detailed valve asset review:

Understanding current reliability— pros and cons— and ways to improve it.
Minimizing risk to process control loss or reduction.
Improving overall processes through asset improvement.
Having additional eyes on any safety and environmental concerns or issues.
Understanding the criticality of each valve.
Minimizing risk by having proper spare parts and valves.
Planning for costs of recommended spares to better budget for warehouse, outages and turnarounds.
Understanding identical valve parts across the facility to potentially reduce inventory costs.
Knowing what parts and spares are readily available to ship same or next day through Novaspect or Emerson.
Accessing valve and valve repair experts during review process to ask questions and discuss best practices.
Tapping into a single repository of all valve data in a single location at the facility.
Providing a starting point for reviewing proper valve installation, especially if process conditions have changed.
Accessing more accurate data for lifecycle planning during an outage and obsolescence planning.
Contact us today to talk to an expert about your next Shutdown, Turnaround, or Outage and how we can help you reduce downtime and increase your operation's productivity.
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