Vallourec has launched the company’s first “Open Innovation Challenge” to identify start-ups, laboratories and companies with expertise in the area of intelligent pipes and to work with the selected companies to develop solutions adapted to fit Vallourec’s markets.
“Intelligent” pipes are those designed to record and transmit information during their lifecycle about the following:
- Fluids in contact with the pipes, including flow rate, pressure, or temperature
- Changes in the pipes themselves, including thickness or crack detection
Because of technological innovations such as high-performance sensors, low data transmission networks, big data, and energy harvesting, intelligent pipes continue to increase in popularity.
“Through its Open Innovation Challenge, Vallourec is demonstrating its commitment to developing win-win partnerships with agile, leading-edge companies on new technologies,” said Vallourec’s Director of Innovation, Sylvie Dubois Decool. “Our goal is to anticipate and take advantage of new technologies to offer differentiating solutions for our customers and consolidate Vallourec’s leadership over the long term.”
For more information and to submit an application, visit http://www.vallourec.com/EN/group/INNOVATION/Pages/Open-Innovation-Challenge.aspx.
All submissions must be received by Nov. 3, 2017.