New App Digital Capture of Plant Conditions to Drive Faster Operations
Emerson recently released AMS Inspection Rounds, a new application for the AMS Trex Device Communicator that will make it easier for the operations teams to capture, report, and respond to abnormal plant conditions that pose risks to reliability, safety, and performance.
The new application allows personnel to accurately record field condition data and automatically deliver that data to other plant systems where decision makers can drive effective action.
Most plants rely on manual inspection rounds to detect abnormal plant conditions that are not identified by sensors. With AMS Inspection Rounds, operators on rounds can electronically record any abnormal or hazardous conditions immediately, such as unusual equipment noise, spills, smells, excessive corrosion or safety hazards, states the firm. Condition data can be entered on the ruggedised AMS Trex in real-time — timestamped for compliance and audit requirements.
AMS Inspection Rounds delivers condition data to other plant systems via a wired or secure wi-fi connection, eliminating the need for manual entry. It also provides automated workflows to operations and maintenance personnel while they are in the field, ensuring complete, consistent and repeatable collection of condition data, claims the company.
With clear dashboards of routes, status, alerts, and action items, users can identify, schedule and coordinate steps for resolving issues more quickly. According to the firm, electronic recording of route data saves hours of time typically lost in transcribing paper notes to electronic media and simplifies the generation of audit trails — freeing personnel to focus on more important tasks. Operations and maintenance teams can also access historical data to identify and eliminate root causes of recurring problems.