RFID in Commissioning & Completions Management
Note: This is a guest post about RFID in Commissioning by Glenn Boyko from CDi
In today’s environment, companies maintain paper based systems to support commissioning/completions objectives and processes. These systems all use the same approach when creating test forms and are very thorough however create an unmanageable stack of paper both in the field and office.
Lack of system mobility and information accessibility is biggest barrier for companies to improve commissioning efficiencies. It inherently requires multiple persons to update common information in different systems.
When using a Mobil solution systems automatically propagate data between themselves, it eliminates the possibility of erroneous data entry from personnel, but most importantly it provides personnel consistent, accurate and complete information.
A web-based system, but not dependent on work location, organizations are able to operate from any location in the world with web access. Mobil handhelds to log, or queue, information changes in the field and synchronize with the master database when connectivity resumes.
Provide full functionality without any internet connection. When the user returns to an area with web access, the system automatically “pushes” those changes into the system. Therefore, you can be sure that information generated, entered or extracted from the system is current and accurate.
This provides management a tool-kit to oversee, in real time, any activities being performed in commissioning or remote locations and their completion status. You can track each task, including who, when and if any items were found non-compliant. This dramatically reduces time to perform inspections, identify non-compliance issues and access information, such as equipment datasheet information and documentation.
RFID technology used to provide an indexed location in the database “direct link to the asset” including associated documentation, required tasks and inspections.
Functional Use Case
By scanning the RFID tag a piece of the equipment that needs to be inspected or tested, communicates with the Enterprise Asset Management system and its core modules to extract data that may be relevant to that asset. Search is completed and information provided back to the hand held device such information as:
- Inspection test steps to be completed
- Outstanding punch list items
- Ability to generate non-compliance against asset
- Associated documentation PID/Loop Sheet/Data Sheet
- What isolations are required to work on the device safely
- Previous job safety analysis/safe work procedures,
- What equipment is required to complete the job (scaffold, crane etc),
- Isolation list
- Isolation procedure
- Resources list (required tooling, access/egress infrastructure, labour requirements)
- Job safety analysis and/or safe work procedures,
- Internal planning requirements
- Permit requirements including all relevant permits (permit to work, hot work, confined space etc)
- Relevant drawings and datasheets
- Re-commissioning procedure
- Applicable MSDS‟s
- PPE requirements
Therefore, by simply scanning the RFID, task or system boundaries we can extract all of the above information within seconds. Complete the task in real time or generate punch list items immediately removing paper from the commissioning & completions process.