Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul
Oil & Gas - LPG Transportation
IQ Automatizacion, a GE Mexico channel partner based in Guadalajara, received an urgent project request in January 2013 for a price quote from Marsori Internacional de Negocios S.A. de C.V. for a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) project with LPG Transportation. The project required a large order of control valves, including ten 6” and one 12” 41005 series Masoneilan control valves, to be delivered within 10 weeks.
Typically, meeting this kind of request would have been challenging given the high volume and short timeframe, but as a result of GE’s new ValvFAST Program introduced in late 2012, the Mexico-based team already had the requested product and inventory on the shelf and was able to react quickly to the opportunity. After performing rigorous testing and quality control processes, including 17 separate quality checks, GE and IQ verified the products met GE’s standards, and the valves were shipped on time.
The only difference between factory-provided valves and valves offered through ValvFAST is a faster delivery time. By meeting the requested delivery date, IQ won the order from LPG Transportation, and GE further increased its installed base in Mexico.
Through the ValvFAST program, certified GE channel partners receive kits with components that can be quickly configured into the most frequently demanded valves. The ability to quickly configure a custom valve on site instead of waiting for the factory to deliver a new valve has proven to be a key differentiator in winning brownfield project requests.
As the name suggests, GE’s ValvFAST program is all about speed. And although the downtime needed to repair broken or worn out valves cannot be completely eliminated, ValvFAST has been proven to significantly reduce downtime and keep operations running smoothly.
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