How Monitoring & Control Systems Help Prioritize Air Release Valve (ARV) Repairs & Maintenance

Many applications exist that promise a better, faster way of doing things only to leave you with complicated equipment that takes a team of tech-wizards to use. Technology advances at such a rapid pace that it’s hard to decipher what improves a process and what’s just hype.

Find the answer to the question, “Is there an easy way to improve air release valve (ARV) repairs and maintenance practices?” And, discover a system of technology that’s not just safer and more efficient, but cost-effective and user-friendly, too.  

The Working Parts

Standard maintenance and repair methods involve studying systems to locate ARVs that need repairing or replacing, relying on public reports of warning lights, or physically viewing leaking valves. Often overlooked, defective valves can result in significant system malfunctions later on. Here’s a little background of how the equipment works.

Standard Air Release Valves

Liquid piping systems are susceptible to air intake from connections, pumps, and incoming material. Air accumulation creates a domino effect of negative consequences. Air pockets can restrict flow which adds pressure in the pipeline, forcing the pump to work harder and use more energy.

Overworked equipment requires additional maintenance and shortens its lifespan. Worse yet, continual air pressure can result in corroded fittings, broken pipes, leaks, hammer problems, surge events, and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). The implementation of ARVs solves these problems by automatically releasing air throughout the system.

Monitoring & Control Systems

Failure to service valves that need attention can lead to a host of problems, from minor to life-threatening. Remote monitoring and control networks allow operators to monitor the systems without being on-site. The technology also alerts technicians to issues and enables remote access to diagnose problems and close valves to prevent potential leaks.

Reign RMC takes the technology even further by offering an advanced system that monitors the pressure inside of ARVs, which gives valuable insights and alerts you to potential line blockages, failing check valves, and obstructed or failing ARVs. 

A Cohesive Partnership

Although air release valves are an industry standard, many municipalities are missing out on their full potential. Installing appropriate ARVs throughout a pipeline will improve the system’s overall function, but failing to monitor them continually may result in a trial-and-error method of diagnosis and repair. Combining appropriate ARVs with a monitoring and control system brings the following benefits:

● Regulatory compliance
● Safety
● Reliability
● Cost reduction

Make Technology Work for You

It’s hard not to get stuck in old, comfortable methods of doing things. The idiom “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might be appropriate for movie sequels and soda recipes (think “New Coke”). But it doesn’t make sense for organizations looking to improve business practices.

The truth is, there’s a better way of doing things. It isn’t often that modernization hits every mark of improvement. Reign RMC’s ARV monitoring and control systems are easy to install and improve efficiency, efficacy, safety, and compliance. Contact us to see how easy it is to update your practice of ARV repairs and maintenance.

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