Lifecycle

Control Systems Infrastructure

Unlocking your plant’s full potential is imperative to maximizing your return on investment. Leveraging the newest in automation innovation, Novaspect and our knowledgeable and experienced engineers can help you devise a long-term life cycle strategy utilizing our DeltaV Distributed Control System (DCS) and Safety Instrumented System (SIS) to help protect your investment while improving overall plant performance and safety.

Our systems and expertise keep your plant running at maximum efficiency. When you team up with Novaspect, you can rest assured that we will deliver on everything we promise.

DeltaV DCS

Our easy-to-use automation system mitigates project risk and simplifies operational complexity. Although what lies under the hood is complex, the system is easy to operate and maintain with intelligent controls.

The DeltaV DCS suite of controls scales to any business, large or small, but doesn’t change in operational efficiency. The integrated DeltaV DCS can handle change management, advanced controls, engineering tools and diagnostics, among other aspects.

DeltaV SIS

Embrace a modern approach to plant safety with our DeltaV SIS, which increases safety integrity and improves process availability. Novaspect’s DeltaV SIS manages the monitoring of all your plant’s safety systems down to the component, while also keeping an eye on overall system health. Moreover, electronic marshaling technology reduces the cost of operation across the board and also decreases the amount of safety equipment employed plant-wide.

Vibration Monitoring

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Process Control Applications

Getting the most out of your automation assets is a key part of your plant’s performance and your ability to win in the marketplace. Whether supporting your performance initiatives through advanced control implementation or working as a long-term component of your control room automation support team, Novaspect will help you deliver optimum performance, reduce energy costs, improve operational efficiency, raise the level of safety, increase overall plant reliability, and optimize process unit production.

What Is It?

Process Control Applications is a team of highly skilled engineering consultants including Process Control Specialist, Site Support Specialists, and Application Service Engineers. This team has specific knowledge of DCS, PLC, Bus-based networks, HMI, Batch, Database Programming, and Remote Monitoring Systems. We work locally with you to enhance, optimize, and capture competitive advantages available through the utilization of your process automation assets. The team will use expertise on technology offerings to guide optimization of your process through the use of new or existing technologies.

Novaspect Process Control Application capabilities include:

  • Software enhancement
  • Software maintenance
  • Performance management services
  • Resident site support
  • Combustion control tuning
  • Combustion tuning
  • BMS NFPA compliance study
  • Compliance management
  • Integration of control systems into enterprise applications
  • Alarm rationalization and management services
  • High performance graphics
  • Loop tuning
  • Logbooks
  • Process simulation
  • Add or modify batch recipes
  • Add or modify batch phases
  • Cybersecurity
  • Application support services

How does this help you?

Process control experts will work with you to identify, justify, design, and implement process control optimization applications. We augment your teams with industry-specific expertise and control knowledge to help you achieve quantifiable business results. We provide both modified and pre-packaged optimization solutions tailored to meet the requirements of your plant. This approach allows the implementation of rapid changes in technology as well as improvement of the financial performance of your assets through energy savings and increased throughput. Additionally, consulting and data management solutions from “Field to Boardroom” including analytics and visualization for process performance management and asset performance management applications.

Our goal is to enable our customers to have anywhere access to real-time information, advanced analytics, and visualization for decision support across the value chain. Furthermore, the process control application services increase total plant reliability through uptime improvement, increased safety, interconnectivity of all plant assets, and on-site engineering support.

To obtain the most out of your automation assets and increase your plant’s performance contact our team at Novaspect.

Loop Tuning

Improving process control and enhancing product uniformity are two of the driving forces behind loop tuning, the name given to the optimization of control loops. Loop tuning is simple and inexpensive, and can help remedy performance problems and overall operations.

While everyone approaches loop tuning differently, at Novaspect we practice lambda tuning, a universal approach utilizing Proportional-Integrative-Derivative (PID), the most common feedback control algorithm. This approach has been shown to be effective across thousands of control loops in many industries.

  • Refining
  • Oil & gas
  • Power production
  • Life sciences
  • Pulp & paper
  • Metals & mining
  • Pipeline manufacturing

Lambda tuning differs greatly from tuning methods that accentuate speed, instead aiming for a robust control loop that seeks to enhance stability, even if parameters and characteristics change from the variables used to originally loop tune the system. Lambda-tuned control loops absorb these changes easily, keeping the rest of the process running smoothly.

Lambda tuning also allows for any errors made during step testing, and minimizes the effect they may have on the final settings. Additionally, the process variable won’t overshoot its set point after a disturbance or change. Overall system stability is augmented.

Instead of just relying on the hard numbers and data, our team of engineers at Novaspect will take a hands-on approach, consisting of eight steps:

  1. Understand your objectives
  2. Prioritize control loops
  3. Step test
  4. Resolve hardware issues
  5. Repeat step test
  6. Calculate parameters
  7. Set parameters and observe
  8. Reevaluate process over time and perform follow-up tuning

While your plant process control system may be very different from other control loops we have worked with, there is also a depth of experience our team will bring to your project. We’ll get to know your plant from the ground up, allowing us to supplement the information the hard data provides.

All those moving parts that are integral to your control loop degrade over time, and that can influence the efficacy of your loop tuning. Novaspect will keep you running efficiently with follow-up tuning, evaluating your system for changing process dynamics, tuning parameters and operating objectives.

Improved process control and enhanced product uniformity are easily within your plant’s reach. For a loop tuning approach that makes sense for your process control operation, contact our team at Novaspect.

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Integrated Shutdown, Turnaround, Outage Solutions

Unplanned production outages are never good for the bottom line. They have a detrimental effect on overall production, and when they are necessary for repairs, they have the added effect of wreaking havoc on your maintenance budget. Any plant downtime can be troublesome, but planning for outages in advance can be the best defense against unplanned outages.

Effective Outages

When you bring Novaspect aboard as your teammate in outage management support services, we can help you take advantage of planned downtime to keep things running smoothly.

Planned outages can also help you take advantage of lessons learned during the downtime. With unplanned downtime, recovery can take so much time that there isn’t necessarily time to look back at what could be upgraded, replaced or repaired. Instead, the focus is on mitigating whatever productivity was lost during the outage.

With planned outages, directed by our Novaspect team, we can help you better plan not only for maintenance but for necessary equipment or component upgrades. In fact, with Novaspect on your team, you can count on not only a solid game plan for your upcoming scheduled downtime but also a schedule for future outages that helps you better budget for necessary repair and replacement.

Shutdown Planning

Novaspect delivers:

  • Outage planning reports
  • Optimization of the scope of necessary maintenance
  • Logistical and execution support
  • Schedule and cost planning
  • OEM repair capability
  • Ongoing recommendations for future upgrades or repairs

Outage planning can also make the downtime more effective, increasing your plant’s long-term reliability. Uptime and efficiency are increased through these planned outages, giving you peace of mind that your next unplanned outage isn’t coming anytime soon.

Beyond just delivering your new equipment, Novaspect is there for the long haul, as well, working with your maintenance team to plan for all future maintenance, giving you the ability to better budget for necessary upgrades. We’ll be there during turnaround as well, keeping your plant running at peak efficiency.

Contact our team at Novaspect today, and find shutdown, turnaround and outage solutions that can make your plant’s uptime more valuable to your bottom line.

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Balancing & Alignment

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Valve Repair Services

Novaspect offers the most comprehensive mechanical repair services in our marketplace. We offer unrivaled valve expertise, highly qualified asset managers, an experienced outage management team, and the talents of Midwest Valve Services and Fisher Lifecycle Services teams. With these broad resources, capabilities and experience we are prepared to meet all of your mechanical repair and outage needs.

Serving You for the Lifecycle of Your Plant

For 40 years, Fisher Lifecycle Services has been a provider of trusted expertise for reliability-centered control valve maintenance. A network of local business partners, service centers, manufacturing sites, and sales representatives puts experienced professionals when and where you need it. Highly skilled Fisher Certified Technicians provide effective maintenance, helping increase valve reliability, efficiency, and process availability through flexible, local service.

Startup and Commissioning

When you are faced with startup and commissioning, there is a lot riding on your ability to get the plant or process up and running on time and within budget. Novaspect has the backing of Fisher Lifecycle Services resources, technical expertise, and experience to facilitate vital start up services and meet requirements for quality control in the commissioning process. Provision of appropriate documentation, including real-time status reports, allows your in-house staff to focus efforts on other responsibilities. Our services are tailored to meet plant or process needs as well as designed to control costs and stay on schedule. We provide specialized expertise to perform startup and commissioning activities using industry leading quality management safety processes to ensure that both assets and personnel are protected.

Diagnostic Services

When precision is critical to help keep your process operating optimally, you need your valves to perform to industry and factory specifications. Novaspect has the backing of Fisher Lifecycle Services’ skilled, certified field technicians that carefully analyze control valves using diagnostic services to identify maintenance priorities and develop a proactive plan detailing when devices should receive maintenance, be repaired, or replaced with next generation technologies. After completing a diagnostic service, technicians produce a clear report indicating asset health, areas of potential risks, and a prioritized recommend action plan.

Control Valve Repair

Novaspect is committed to handling your maintenance needs for repair and restoration of Fisher control valves to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications. Our Fisher Lifecycle Services technicians are factory-certified and equipped to maintain control valves through proper OEM procedures and parts, ensuring your Fisher valves are rebuilt to factory standards. Certified Repair program helps keep processes safe, productivity high, and costs low throughout your plant’s lifecycle.

On Demand Services

We’re there when and where you need us, whether it’s starting up a new plant or process, troubleshooting maintenance issues, or preparing for next generation technology installation. Novaspect can help address immediate problems through our On Demand Services using Fisher Lifecycle Services’ Fisher Certified Technicians for flexible, local service. Backed by years of application expertise and factory authorization, Novaspect professionals can provide innovative insight into process to maximize operations throughout the lifecycle of your plant.

Local Service and Repair

Novaspect can provide immediate answers and world-class service through a vast network of Fisher Lifecycle Services’ Certified Technicians. We are strategically located to provide support with access to Fisher product manufacturing records and engineering drawings through our Fisher Lifecycle Service locations which house state-of-the-art equipment to address any problems in a plant or process. Technicians are factory qualified with in-depth, hands-on training, safety awareness, and ongoing education throughout their service career. A comprehensive vehicle fleet is ready to bring the right capabilities, tools, and equipment directly to your plant site to assist with repairs.

Quick Ship Parts and Assemblies

Novaspect offers the fast alternatives to factory lead times through Quick Ship and other comprehensive service programs. Access to the Fisher family of parts, assemblies, and drawings ensure swift delivery to help get your plant or process back up and running quickly and safely.

Outage and Turnaround Management

Novaspect has access to the personnel, tools, equipment, and procedures to provide you a professionally planned and executed outage – turning necessary downtime into an opportunity for improvement through Outage and Turnaround Management. Using our Fisher Lifecycle Service team’s proven Six Step Process begins at first engagement to evaluate, plan, execute, and review your maintenance turnaround to stay on schedule and within budget. The program includes scope definition, complexity determination, skill identification, and schedule recommendations for a successful turnaround.

Emergency Response Services

From damage assessment and inspection to equipment repair, refurbishment and replacement, Novaspect provides service to get your plant up and running quickly, ensuring safe and reliable return to operation after an emergency. Experience with disaster recovery has provided opportunity to create a comprehensive project management structure to ensure the right path is followed for efficient recovery. When you have an emergency, count on the Novaspect team for expert services to help you rebuild, renew, and restore your plant.

In-Line Machining

Novaspect is fully equipped with the right tools and expertise through our Fisher Lifecycle Service team to perform any operation needed to restore Fisher equipment back to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specification. In-line machining capabilities allow technicians to cut valve seats and gasket landings on the valve body inline, eliminating the need to pull the valve out of the process.

Equipment Upgrade Modifications

Novaspect offers obsolescence planning services to combining proactive maintenance practices with next generation technology planning. Preparation for critical component replacement using the extensive network of Fisher Lifecycle Services facilities can minimize costly disruption to your plant operations and help unlock its true capacity. Replace outdated equipment during the next maintenance turnaround to ensure uninterrupted production, minimize capital costs, and provide operating budget certainty.

OEM Replacement Parts

Novaspect in conjunction with Fisher Lifecycle Services’ network supports Fisher parts needs in any emergency. Our integrated local business partner network and Fisher Lifecycle Services provide unmatched local point of customer contact with delivery of process control application knowledge and complimentary capabilities. Novaspect flexible deployment of highly skilled, Fisher Certified Technicians from Fisher Lifecycle Services locations strategically located near customer process plants provide repair capabilities for all types of control valves and associated field instruments. Our comprehensive Quick Ship parts and assemblies program, along with Fisher process control products and spare parts, assist us in fast response times to your needs.

Encore – Refurbished Valves

When your process is down, time is of the essence. Novaspect in conjunction with Fisher Lifecycle Services’ Encore Program offers you a cost-effective, dependable way to replace worn-out valves fast. Assembled by expert technicians, these remanufactured units meet original OEM specs which often exceed industry standards, offering you effective performance without the wait. Encore’s rigorous remanufacturing process guarantees each Fisher valve is checked against OEM specifications identified in ANSI B16.34 standards for form, fit, and function. Encore is also certified and authorized to apply both FM and CSA marks to Fisher Instrumentation. So when you receive your Encore remanufactured Fisher valve, it’s been through as built testing which includes hydrostatic, operational and seat leakage, as well as diagnostic FlowScanner testing before receiving its certification name plates. Take the anxiety out of problem valves and reduce process downtime with “instant repair” using our Encore Program.