In the oil and gas industry, success hinges on timely and error-free delivery of product through a complex, high value supply chain. In this capital intensive business, proper infrastructure maintenance as well as inventory and asset management are not just regulatory issues, they’re mission critical for business health—and employee safety. Inspections, routine maintenance, and repairs must be performed on time on oil rigs, pipelines and downstream facilities to not only prevent the disastrous ramifications of a failure—but also to maximize the efficiency and lifespan of key infrastructure investments. However, the typical paper-based processes that are typically utilized to track assets, workers, asset maintenance histories and even the production and distribution of product are labor-intensive, costly, present significant opportunity for error and often result in the very slow movement of information to key decision makers.
Where barcode data capture technology falls short in this industry, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) succeeds. RFID provides the automated end-to-end visibility needed to streamline every day tracking of all materials, equipment and personnel in the oil and gas industries. From the offshore oil rig to the plant, RFID gives companies a tool to maximize uptime, respond faster to day-to-day business needs, restore production more rapidly in the event of an incident, and better protect employees.
The Mobile Asset Management Solution provides a unique ID tag (utilizing RFID tags) for each asset coupled with a mobile computing device (such as an Intrinsically Safe ruggedized handheld or laptop) which will allow the inspectors to:
- Uniquely identify every asset to ensure work is being performed on the right asset
- 100% asset visibility (for tagged assets) with real-time updates of in-field assets and the status of their inspection
- Eliminate deficient and error prone manual written documents
- On-demand inspection, audit and compliance reports
- Provide Certifying Authority with a simplified means of performing remote or on-site audits and inspections
- Positive improvement reconciling actual inventory versus recorded inventory (target 100%) – data discrepancies exist from known human errors made during data collection (specifically, reading hand writing during manual input into system)
- Electronic inspection means instantaneous updates on relevant inspection categories – before, manual, paper-based hard copy reports were sorted through when having to demonstrate to inspectors – both internal and external – that inspections have been performed
- Reduce and redirect personnel required to complete and report-on inspections – before, up to two inspectors may be required per inspection. There is a significant decrease in labor spent locating assets, generating reports, workpacks and auditing inspections
- Effective means of addressing regulatory compliance requirements that exist in the industry – If certification by authority is not achieved, there is potential for a shut down in production operations. It is very important to demonstrate – both internally and to the CA – that the equipment inspection process is robust, effective and transparently compliant with regulatory requirements