Saving $15,000 and avoiding downtime with a self-diagnostic solution

Laurentide Controls
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For a pulp and paper company, periodically validating the accuracy of their flow meters was becoming an expensive challenge.

Disassembling, inspecting, and calibrating each flow meter required a visit from a third party and cost anywhere between $3,000 and $4,000 per case. Labour shortages and inspection downtime costs only made this process more difficult.

In fact, maintaining a pulp and paper company's flow meters is critical to ensuring environmental compliance, as well as preventing major problems down the road. To meet these standards and adhere to best management practices, companies must be able to accurately measure their rate of fluid flow through pipelines. As such, flow meters installed in both the inlet and outlet lines play a critical role in this monitoring.

The regular testing of flow meter integrity is essential to ensure environmental compliance. In addition, the reports generated by these tests can alert operators to problems that might otherwise go unnoticed before they become critical.

Hence, our team suggested that this company use the Smart Meter Verification feature on their magnetic flow meters. This feature provides comprehensive diagnostic reports without disrupting operations, as it requires no shutdown or removal of the device. It can also be configured to run in the background during normal operations or be triggered manually.

With this self-diagnostic solution, our client was able to avoid costly downtime while realizing significant financial savings. Not only did they avoid spending over $15,000 in outsourced service fees, but they also created detailed reports that were approved by environmental agencies and insurance companies - allowing for uninterrupted operations while complying with environmental regulations.

About Laurentide Controls

Operating since 1968, Laurentide Controls has been helping industry thrive for over 50 years. We are the largest supplier of automation, and reliability solutions to industries in Eastern Canada.

As an entirely employee owned company, every member of our team is driven by the shared goal of empowering people and advancing industry.

As an Emerson Impact Partner, Laurentide Controls connects customers with world-class solutions, superior local and global technical expertise, and life-cycle services for all of our clients’ automation assets and needs. These capabilities enable us to partner with customers in their journey to be Top Quartile in their industry.

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