‘App’ for valve maintenance guidance

A first-of-a-kind table application aggregates information for air-operated valve maintenance from various Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) guidance reports in an interactive, user-friendly tool that can be accessed via tablets and other mobile devices. Much of the information in conventional hardcopy reports lends itself to electronic delivery. Disassembly/reassembly instructions, inspection criteria, troubleshooting, and preventive maintenance tasks, for example, can be compiled and presented in a visual manner that supports greater user understanding. More importantly, with modern technology, this information can be delivered to maintenance workers prior to and while performing maintenance activities.
Through the Nuclear Maintenance Application Center (NMAC), EPRI has developed a tool that can be deployed via computers and mobile devices to transfer maintenance information in its maintenance guides using realistic and interactive animation, video and voice-over features. The initial prototype is focused on air-operated valves. The product, developed and tested with input from several U.S. and non-U.S. utilities, will be available in two versions: one for laptop/desktop use and one for mobile tablet use. Two versions are available, one for Windows (Product Number 1025544) and one for Androids (Product Number 1025238). Three video clips from the AOV application have been posted to EPRI’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/eprivideos. They are called: AOV Overview, AOV Remove, and AOV Disassemble.

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