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New age logbooks for enhanced operations management

Monday, 28 November 2016 10:12 Written by 

The most prevalent method for logging shift information in control rooms remains the venerable physical logbook. Some logbooks are mere notebooks. The better ones have a pre-printed structure, which help the operator know which data it is necessary to record when an event happens. The disadvantages of paper are well known but the principal disadvantage is the difficulty in searching through the history.

Microsoft Excel or alternative spreadsheet software can be configured to provide helpful templates for the operators to some extent but then, theydo not allow to share a common spreadsheet across users from various departments and it is also difficult to implement the flow of data to the people who need it, such as engineers, so they are aware if there are reliability problems which need to be addressed.

It always makes sense to bring context to process time-series data by storing data along with unstructured annotations and comments that operators make during and at the end of a shift. This helps enable “Prescriptive Analytics” and improve response time when similar incidents occur. New age Electronic Logbooks come up with these features to enhance operations management.

Objective of Electronic Operator logbook:

  • To provide consolidated information from different sources pertaining to key process and lab data, operating issues, operating instructions and the shift log.
  • Improve asset reliability and reduce the number and severity of incidents

Basic functionalities:

  • Provides structured shift-handover summary
  • Acts as an organizer to create scheduled and ad hoc tasks
  • Provides a means to audit alarm performance
  • Minimize administration costs through a web-based application interface

Vital outcomes:

  • Effective shift handover with reduced number and severity of undesired incidents
  • Increased asset reliability through reduced Operating and maintenance costs
  • Automates data exchange with other systems, such as production accounting, ERP, etc.
  • Better safety and environmental compliance
  • Improved performance based on learnings from past incidents
  • Operator knowledge and experience gets registered within the system and not lost when able resources get transferred or move out of the organization
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