OEMs Have Important Role in Valve Repair

Paul Hunter of Provalve comments…

"As a committed valve repairer, I was delighted when my company, Provalve Ltd., recently joined the BVAA. Provalve employs a highly skilled workforce, supported by many Original Manufacturers approvals and/or endorsements, and has a continuous improvement policy for the development of skills levels. We are considered as one of the market leaders in the field of valve service and repair, both workshop and site based, within the Oil and Gas, Refining, Chemical, Petrochemical, Power, Pharmaceutical, Waste to Energy, Pulp and Paper and general industries.

In response to the article by John Kett of King Controls in the last issue, I’d like to support John’s stance on the risks presented by poor valve repair. However, I would also add that the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) must accept some responsibility for repaired product, by supporting the valve repair network with specific information and/or knowledge/training. We often find with a number of manufacturers that there is an amount of protectionism with regard to repairs. There is almost an insistence with these companies that they retain repairs within their own businesses, without realizing that there is a greater knowledge/ability, not to mention facilities, within the repair network. In some respects valve repair companies are better placed in being able to support this business sector. Provalve promotes a working ideal where we can, and do, work with the OEM in providing the end user with repairs in accordance with OEM specifications using OEM parts.

Consistency is the key and a there must be an element of co-operation and collaboration between the valve repair network and the OEM to maintain quality.

Provalve Ltd have been approved as a ‘Fisher Approved Repairer’ since 2005 and have just entered a new 3 year agreement this year. This working collaboration has developed skill levels within the labour force, and has enabled Emerson Process Management to offer a complete aftermarket package, supporting the end user more effectively on a day-to-day basis and for turnkey projects.

We hope through our membership that both Provalve Ltd and other members, whether ‘valve repairers’ and/or manufacturers, can add value to the Repair Working Group now established within the BVAA, in order to reach a quality and consistent approach to valve repairs."

Note: Provalve is a Control Valve and associated instrument specialist repair organization, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and has an enviable reputation in the market place for provision of quality and on-time valve repairs. Provalve has a wide and varied range of expertise in the Safety Valve, Rotary Linear Isolation Valve and Level Displacement Repair Field. Provalve operate both ISO9001 and TS29001 with Lloyds registration.

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 8

Summer 2020 // Issue 53
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