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RFID Valve Tagging Case Study


"The work process for managing valves on a capital project during procurement, through construction, and into the operational phase has not changed in the last 40 years. It’s time that the capital projects industry leverage standardization and automation to wring the waste out of the work processes." - John Fish, S&B Engineers

Project Contacts

Technical Lead: John Fish, S&B Engineers

FIATECH Project Manager: Sharon Bickford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This case study will evaluate the effectiveness of using RFID Tagging on valves, document the savings, identify the real value for all users, test a model that can be used to link data and work process documents, and establish a standard tagging format that can be utilized for all engineered equipment.


By eliminating redundant activities and improving productivity through reduced effort hours, costs to EPC’s, owners, manufacturers, and suppliers will be reduced. Valves were $5.1 billion of the 2008 world market. That’s an estimated savings of almost $100 million by eliminating 2% wasted effort.

Project Participants

  • S&B

Collaborating Organizations

  • Process Industry Practices (PIP)

Project Status

An Owner is needed to host the case study. Persons interested in the RFID field are needed to be on the Project Team to add input and oversight of the content for deliverables.

Project Deliverables

The Team, led by John Fish of S&B Engineers, will provide a publishable report to include value added for all parties in the value stream, documented reductions in the procurement cycle time, cost savings, and improved methods for material handling, reporting, and distribution of critical documentation and certifications.

Related Industry Research

Refer to the FIATECH Completed GVCC Project:


Recently, the Project was featured in Valve Magazine, published by the Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA). The article may be read online: