REDUCING MAINTENANCE COST AND DOWNTIME OF LARGE INDUSTRIAL ASSETS
SHORTCOMINGS OF POINT SENSORS
The process industry extensively relies on point sensors to monitor critical assets and processes. However, point sensors cannot provide complete coverage of large assets, leading to delays in detecting a leak, needless replacement of infrastructure and a large amount of manual surveys.
This is especially true for difficult-to-reach infrastructure, such as underground pipelines, reactors, ovens or tanks. Moreover, traditional point sensors are often cumbersome to install, prone to wear and lack robustness.
FAST AND ACCURATE MONITORING WITH FIBER OPTIC SENSING
With fiber optic sensing technology, one robust telecom fiber equals thousands of sensors. This enables to locate leaks and other faults as soon as they appear, avoiding downtime and extending the lifetime of your entire site.
Parameters such as temperature, fluid flow, leakage, pressure, third-party intrusions or insulation thickness can be measured every minute and every meter along the entire fiber length. This provides unprecedented response time and accuracy in leak or fault detection.
CASE #1 – INDUSTRIAL OVENS
Large industrial ovens are an example of difficult-to-reach infrastructure, where standard inspection techniques such as thermal cameras are difficult to apply.
By using Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS), Fluves can prioritize quickly which part of the oven needs repair in thermal insulation, according to the remaining lifetime of the thermal insulation.
CASE #2 – PIPELINES
Leaks or intrusions in underground pipelines can be extremely hard to detect. By combining the newest Distributed Sensing technologies with our expertise on flow physics, we can detect the smallest leaks in underground pipelines.
Every leak creates a sound, which is measured by the fiber. Fluves algorithms detect the typical sounds for different type of leaks and intrusions. Our web portal shows the condition of every meter of your pipeline in real time, controlled by an easy-to-use graphical interface.
We are able to precisely locate the leak along your pipeline, in the earliest stage. You are not only preventing damage due to the leakage, but also save massively on maintenance cost.
Instead of having to replace large sections of underground pipelines, only the affected pipeline meter needs repairing. The ROI on applying our distributed technology is generally less than 2 years. Brochure Critical Equipment