The Renaissance System®
For Instrument Engineering ...
Engineering goes down one path, and maintenance
goes down another," says Terry Wilford, President
of Renaissance "Theres a lot of duplication
of efforts, and duplication of data. Youre out
of synch, and you dont get updated." If this
sounds like your installation in operation and maintenance
mode, you are one of the people this software developer
had in mind while creating its ISO-9000 & Process
Safety Management Calibration System.
As the name suggests, the system is designed
to manage calibration information to simplify compliance
with ISO-9000 quality standards and OSHA Process Safety
Management requirements. To do this, it brings the information
from construction, engineering, and maintenance into
a single database. Centralizing information is the basis
of the system. "We had a company that was looking
for something on the market for ISO-9000 certification,
and they couldnt find it." Says Wilford.
"They were doing everything by hand, and its
very easy to lose a piece of paper. When you lose a
piece of paper, that becomes a violation, and you can
lose your certification." The system stores all
the information in the computer where its centrally
located and always available. The information includes
the calibration procedure, manufacturers specifications,
and related engineering documents as well as master
calibrator data, as-found instrument data, and maintenance
history from the maintenance department.
Statistical quality control charts can be produced
and analyzed to help diagnose problems. "The SQC
portion of the package will chart any group of tags,
pieces of equipment, or instrumentation," says
Wilford. "You can compare them side by side, and
you can narrow down to which actual component in a loop
is problem device." You can also determined statistically
the capability of the loop, as well as the piece of
equipment on which its installed. Stored data
can be statistically evaluated to determine when calibration
or other maintenance should be performed. The user can
then schedule maintenance and print scheduling reports
for all the instruments that are due for calibration.
The critical difference between this calibration system
and other approaches such as hand-held calibrators are
the ties to management and engineering. "Compared
to hand-held calibrators, this system includes maintenance
management, not just field data," says Wilford.
Written in C++ with proprietary databases, the
software runs on Windows and Windows NT. It works with
System for Instrument Engineering, which is
a tool that automatically generates CAD drawings, engineering
and maintenance reports, man-hour estimates, wiring
lists, and specification sheets. (For and end-user review
of the system for Instrument Engineering, see Eliminate
CADD) With the instrument engineering system,
"You can create drawings without ever drawing a
line," say Wilford. AutoCAD-type drawings are automatically
created based on what the user puts in the database.
"Were also storing all the piping and instrument
details, which are required by OSHA as well," Wilford
continues. "Were able to generate all the
wiring schedules, all the process data sheets, the whole
gamut of calibration reports, and statistical charting."
Using the ISO-9000 & Process Safety Management Calibration
system with the System for Instrument Engineering avoids
duplication of data and keeps construction, engineering,
and maintenance in synchronization. Wilford says, "Engineering,
construction, and maintenance all coexist under one
roof. We bring back those ties seamlessly between those
of different groups.
Reprint from Control Magazine