Posts in May 2023

Disturbance in the pipeline

Tuesday, May 30, 2023


In energy production, disruptions caused by corrosion pose a potential risk. The accompanying description of an incident in the pipeline illustrates how VALTO Observer enables quick response in case of any disruptions and prevents potential major damages from occurring.

Incident Description

In late winter, during the early hours of the morning, an operator on rounds at the facility received an alert about a sudden drop in pressure in the pipeline. Previously, small, gradually progressing point-like corrosion had been observed on the surface of curve 6 (MS/H +4.990) during the annual inspections. The curve was planned to be repaired during the next downtime. For an unknown reason, steam had entered the pipeline, which had accelerated the corrosion process.  As a result, a section of the pipe containing hydrogen gave in, causing it to rupture.

In the inspection room at the end of the pipeline, an IoT sensor measuring pressure sent an alarm to the mobile phones of the respective operators. The situation required quick action. The operator on duty immediately opened the floor plan and the structure image of the line via the mobile phone VALTO Observer, where he found the location of the ruptured curve and the information on the pipe valve from the POI point for immediate closure, as well as activating the backup pipeline. The situation was over in a few minutes, and major damage was avoided.

VALTO Observer is designed to facilitate the maintenance of boilers and pipelines. The application has been developed by experienced professionals responsible for boiler maintenance and operational work. The system enhances condition monitoring, planning, and occupational safety, while also expediting maintenance downtime. Through the visual interface, boiler operators can monitor and anticipate wear, for example, in the fittings and respond to anomalies. All in all, VALTO is more than just a tool; it connects all the necessary information exactly where it is needed.

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Lassi Halme, DEKRA, expert

Video surveillance, real-time situational awareness

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Video surveillance and monitoring are now commonplace in business operations. Cameras make it easier to monitor the operational environment and processes, and improve safety. The VALTO360º solution helps companies manage camera usage by collecting and anchoring cameras in a visual user interface.

Real-time situational awareness can be challenging if multiple video systems are used for different purposes. VALTO's advantage is its ability to understand the locations and layouts of spaces, showing where cameras are located in floor plans and 360-degree images. Centralized management of video cameras has several benefits, as all alerts and situations are easily tracked in one view, according to usage rights, regardless of time and location.

One of VALTO360º's basic principles is visual understanding of space. The interface, 360-degree images, and environment are optimized for smooth use without long loading times. Through video cameras, situational awareness is immediately available, and users can quickly perceive the situation and take necessary real-time actions.

Video surveillance and recording capabilities are a practical addition to many other VALTO360º features and expand its real-time usability in several operational functions.

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Timo Juhola