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GE Energy has revealed that its Rightrax system uses online technology to end costly, time-based inspections in the oil and gas industry while providing better corrosion/erosion information.

In industries where the integrity of piping, vessels and other fixed assets can be compromised by corrosion or erosion, the consequences of failure can be both serious and costly.

Historically, time-based, manual inspection methods have been employed to mitigate these risks; unfortunately this is a costly approach, frequently involving excavation, scaffolding, special permits, and other expenses.

As a result, the annual maintenance costs for assets relying on manual inspection methods are among the highest in the operation.

GE’s Rightrax system reduces these problems using online technology to end costly, time-based inspections while simultaneously providing better and more frequent corrosion/erosion information that decreases the risk of asset failure.

Return on investment for Rightrax is typically less than a year, according to GE Energy, and support for the system is now available in the company’s System 1 software.

Rightrax uses non-invasive, ultrasonic sensing technology that attaches to the outside of the asset and measures wall thickness.

Rightrax sensors can be polled periodically, allowing users to assess not only useful life remaining by comparing current values to minimum thickness limits, but to establish historical trends.

GE claimed that this ability to trend data sets the system apart from even the most frequent manual inspection regimens.

Users can understand the rate at which corrosion/erosion is progressing, allowing better maintenance planning.

They can also correlate Rightrax data with process data, providing insight into cause-effect relationships that can help operators understand and avoid the conditions that accelerate corrosion/erosion rates and corresponding asset degradation.

Integration provides Rightrax users with all the capabilities native to System 1 software for displaying, trending, analysing, plotting and correlating data.

It provides import/export functionality for integration with reporting tools and programs, such as Crystal Reports and Microsoft Excel.

System 1’s decision support technology can automatically analyse data using user-written rules and embedded knowledge.

When specific conditions or anomalies of an unknown origin are detected, the system can send intelligent advisories to appropriate personnel.

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