Chemical manufacturing is one of the largest global industries and also one of the most challenging industrial environments. Combining volatile substances during the manufacturing process requires the highest level of safety and precaution, but these measures often cause inefficiencies in monitoring activities.
With Aegex solutions, chemical manufacturing and operations can be equipped to provide visibility into production facilities, including both the mechanical operations as well as the activities of personnel operating the equipment. Furthermore, with Aegex safe solutions, manual processes can be automated, which improves efficiency, productivity and overall performance.
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A European chemical company produces propylene, butadiene and benzene, among other chemicals in a manufacturing facility. The company is required by a government mandate to inspect 2,000 vessels of varying sizes every 5 years, which amounts to several inspections each day over the time period. Inspectors must take photographs to monitor corrosion.
Using aegex10TM IS tablets, inspectors could create a photographic timeline of the storage vessels to identify when and if corrosion begins to occur. They could also use the tablets to create “hot work” permit tickets that approve shut downs in certain stages of production where explosive components are present. Carrying tablets would allow personnel to carry digital, rather than paper, manuals for equipment, procedures and general company regulations. These digital files would replace hardcopy manuals and move all maintenance information to a cloud environment, where every team member could access updated material each day. Even personnel who participate in inspections but do not enter explosive areas could use aegex10TM IS tablets for enhanced safety. Even lesser hazardous zones become C1D1 or Zone 1 critical zones in the case of spills or leaks. Aegex tablets allow all personnel anywhere in an operation to remain safe on or off site. Providing every team member an aegex10TM IS Intrinsically Safe tablet is practical and feasible, since the price point of this highest-certified device is low enough to justify offsetting even a chance of explosion risk.