Inventory Management Software Software Increases Safety of Containment Storage Tanks for Liquefied Gas
Emerson has enhanced its Rosemount Tankmaster inventory management software package to help optimize tank usage and increase safety in full containment storage tanks for LNG and other liquefied gases. These tanks are large, complex structures with a typical capacity of up to 200,000 cubic meters, which place specific demands on tank gauging systems.
By providing both inventory management and roll-over prediction in a single software solution, Tankmaster reduces costs, increases ease-of-use and reduces the risk of a potential accident, states the company.
Roll-overs are dangerous releases of boil-off vapor that can occur when LNG stratification is left unchecked. The consequences can be severe – including extensive tank damage and the release of large quantities of LNG into the atmosphere. Organizations are therefore required to implement roll-over prediction measures. The firm’s inventory management software uses data from level, temperature and density measurement devices incorporated into the Rosemount Tank Gauging System, to detect layering and calculate when a roll-over might occur, enabling operators to take preventative action, adds the company.
Traditionally, organizations have kept their roll-over prediction and inventory management software installed separately on different PCs. The inventory management software offers both functions in a single solution, as well as stratification monitoring and alarms, cool-down and leak detection, temperature measurement overview and remote proof-testing support. According to the firm, this innovation creates various benefits for end users including lower costs, improved ease-of-use and minimal training needs, which help reduce the risk of an accident due to human error.
Many industrial accidents are traceable to human factors, so vendors are increasingly required to provide software and instrumentation that reduce the risk of human error by being easier to use, mentions the company. The fact that the software now provides a single software for inventory management and roll-over prediction, for use on a single PC, not only increases ease-of-use but also accelerates operator training and increases safety by reducing the potential for human error.
The inventory management software is a powerful and easy-to-use Windows-based software package that collects real-time data from the level, temperature, density and pressure measurement technology that forms a key part of the Rosemount Tank Gauging System. It gives organizations a complete overview of their full containment storage tanks, leading to increased operational efficiency and safety. Further supporting ease-of-use, the software provides simple, step-by-step configuration and set-up guidance for all measurement devices incorporated in the tank gauging system, concludes the firm.