The IK Group (now Izomax) – AOGV mechanical isolation system has been nominated for this years ONS Innovation Award. Chosen among 78 applicants from 11 different countries the AOGV was chosen due to its ability to provide a faster, more effective way to positively isolate process equipment whilst keeping the system live. Maximizing uptime and securing revenue stream is a key goal for operators, a major hurdle to achieve this is how to perform isolation and gas freeing without shutting down. Process equipment regularly need maintenance, and this often requires shutting down production. The AOGV mechanical isolation system has been developed to isolate live flanges and valves without draining and gas freeing inventory.