Investing in inline valve testing equipment is a great way to expand your testing capabilities and provide an additional, attractive service to your valve test and repair shop’s industrial clients. But how do you choose the right equipment? There’s a lot of information out there about what to look for in inline valve testing equipment, but it’s also important to consider the system provider. After all, what good is a high-tech new system if your technicians can’t get the training they need to operate it, or have no support with troubleshooting or regular maintenance?
If you’re considering new valve testing equipment, here are 4 key signs of a quality inline valve testing equipment provider. Quality providers stand behind their products and offer the service and training your team needs to get the best use out of it.
01. Annual Inspection of your Inline Valve Testing Equipment
When you invest in new equipment, ensuring you’re able to maintain its value is key. Great inline valve testing equipment providers will offer inspection incentives to make it easy for you to keep your new equipment in top shape. For example, AccuTEST offers a free annual inspection with the purchase of our inline safety valve testing equipment. This free inspection includes:
- Cleaning of the complete system
- A complete check of all system components, including cable harness connectors and continuity
- Inspection of electronics case
- Inspection of motor
- Inspection of battery charging system
- Replacement of any missing screws or minor parts
For AccuTEST clients, this annual inspection is free with the purchase of equipment for the first year and is then renewable with our annual support plan. A free annual inspection can offer significant savings on regular system maintenance while also helping guarantee the longevity of your inline valve testing equipment.
02. Reliable System Service Plans
Similar to the point above, quality service is essential to protecting your investment. You’re planning to purchase sophisticated equipment that not only carries a price tag, but that is also complex and requires specialized service. You want to make sure that your team has support in maintaining the quality and longevity of that investment. Whatever providers you’re looking at, it’s a good idea to choose someone who offers robust, reliable service plans you can count on to come through should you run into any problem.
- Does the provider you’re purchasing from service their equipment in the event that it should fail?
- Do they offer service plans to ensure you can tune up and maintain your inline valve testing equipment?
- Are there resources available to you in the event that your system does fail?
- How easy is it to send in your system for service?
If you plan to use your inline valve testing equipment for years to come, look for an equipment provider who stands behind their product with quality, reliable service plans.
03. Remote Support
In the event that your technicians run into a problem with your inline valve testing equipment, how can you make sure they’re able to find the fastest possible workaround? Remote support and troubleshooting help ensure that no matter where they are — on the road or in the shop — they have expert support at their fingertips.
AccuTEST, for example, offers remote support for valve technicians on all of our systems. No matter where technicians might be in the field, if they run into problems, remote support is available. All your technicians need is internet access, and our engineers have the ability to remote into the system and diagnose the problem on the spot. That’s expert support you can’t put a price on.
04. Flexible Technician Training Programs
The key to accurate valve testing is the proper use of testing equipment — your technicians are skilled professionals and they need the right training to be able to do their jobs effectively. When you purchase new valve test equipment, look for an equipment provider that offers flexible training programs that suit your technician’s needs.
A quality inline valve testing equipment provider will offer not only onboarding training for your technicians but refresher training as well. Be sure to look for both in-person and remote training options — your technicians are all over the place, on the road, and testing valves in different facilities. Sometimes, they might need a quick refresher on a certain process or implementation point, which remote training sessions are perfect for. Great equipment providers will offer those flexible, as-needed training sessions to ensure your team always has access to the information they need to do their job well and use their new equipment properly.
Choosing the appropriate inline valve testing equipment for your company comes down to 1) finding the equipment that provides the most reliable, accurate results, and 2) finding the equipment provider that can deliver the service, training, and maintenance programs that best support your team.
If you’re searching for new safety valve testing equipment, AccuTEST can help. We offer robust service plans, remote support, and all the technician training your team needs to feel comfortable on our advanced software system. Have questions? Request a live demo of the AccuTEST system, or talk to our team today.
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