Chemical manufacturing is one of the most challenging industrial environments. Combining volatile substances during the manufacturing process requires the highest level of safety, and these measures can 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 use the tablets to create “hot work” permit tickets that approve shutdowns in certain stages of production where explosive components are present. Carrying tablets allows personnel to carry digitized manuals for equipment, procedures and general company regulations. This allows movement of all maintenance information to a cloud environment, where every team member can access updated material daily. Personnel who participate in inspections but do not enter normally explosive areas could use aegex10TM IS tablets for enhanced safety. Even less 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 in hazardous environments. 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.