Obsolescence management

IVS’s obsolescence management services help customers to extend valve life while reducing costs, safety risks and plant downtime.

Even though valves may be working well and remain fit for purpose, they become obsolete when their original manufacturers withdraw support, meaning parts are no longer provided.

This can happen relatively early in a valve’s operational life, raising questions of what to do to safeguard against potential valve failure, downtime and the premature and high cost of a replacement.

At the other extreme are long-serving industrial valves that almost irreplaceable and still play a vital role for their owners. Allowing them to slip out of service is not an option.

With its OEM-trained valve technicians and reverse engineering capability to create replacement parts, IVS enables customers to overcome these issues and risks.

IVS's steps to manage obsolescence include:

  • Obsolescence assessment to identify obsolete valves.
  • Assessing the risks of obsolescence of each valve by considering the impact of the obsolescence on the system and the potential for downtime or safety risks.
  • Looking to repair or overhaul rather than replace - repairing is generally far more cost-effective (and better for the environment), but we always take each valve’s condition and performance history into account.
  • An obsolescence management plan - incorporating all the above, we’ll provide a bespoke obsolescence plan. Prioritising obsolescent valves, this provides a comprehensive programme of checks, tests and repairs that will extend valves' operational life while mitigating risk.

Our obsolescence management solutions are provided for all valve makes and models operating in all industries.

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