Aramco Americas drives excellence with valve manufacturers

Aramco Americas Technical Services Department
Tarik Basrawi, left, manager of the Aramco Americas Technical Services Department, leads a discussion during the company’s virtual forum in October for valve manufacturers in the U.S. and across the Americas. He is pictured with the group of engineers and inspectors who each gave presentations on Saudi Aramco’s valve quality standards.

If you were to ask any industrial engineer, “What is the most crucial component for safety and reliability in any industrial process?” The response, undoubtedly, would be “valves.”

They are responsible for controlling flows across the circulatory system of the oil and gas industry.  Their performance is critical in ensuring on-schedule operations and that we meet upstream and downstream commitments.
Valve manufacturers are key partners for supporting Saudi Aramco's operations and providing products that meet the company's stringent expectations in terms of safety and reliability.
“Advanced technologies are a doorway to operational success, and when coupled with the human component as it relates to manufacturer partnerships, there is an opportunity to find ways to make further progress,” said Tariq Basrawi, manager of Aramco Americas Technical Services.
To support excellence and continuous improvement, Aramco Americas, together with Saudi Aramco's Vendor Inspection Program, hosted a virtual event for U.S. manufacturers called the “Manufacturers Forum on Valve Quality” that attracted participants from more than 10 companies who together represent a significant part of the U.S. market's valve production.
Quality professionals from Aramco Americas joined the webinar and provided their perspective based on 150 years of combined experience in quality assurance and control.  Saudi Aramco's Engineering Division was on hand to share expertise based on valve performance in processes in Saudi Aramco.
A key aspect of the webinar was committed to offering manufacturers greater insight into Saudi Aramco's procedures and to open up dialogue about areas of mutual interest.  Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Engineering team members gave overviews on the company's standards in valve design and production, Saudi Aramco's Material Specifications & Standards (SAMSS), Aramco's Vendor Quality Index, lessons learned, and best practices.
The forum also addressed noncomformances and areas of opportunity to close any potential quality gaps.
“We appreciate the importance of collaboration with great partners like those who joined us and sharing knowledge to mutual benefit,” said Basrawi.
Given its success, future quality forums for other product areas are planned.

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