The answer for dealing with today’s complex operating environment goes beyond isolated solutions related to basic process automation, behavioral management policies, and operator training, respectively. Avoiding or mitigating the impact of abnormal situations involves interactions between man, methods, and machines. Closing the gaps between these three domains should mitigate systematic failure points that would otherwise be left unchecked in today’s largely non-integrated solutions.
Manual procedures in the process industries will surely persist into the future due to economic factors and/or cultural norms. To optimize operational performance, operating companies must strike a balance between the two different styles of procedural execution. Computer-augmented manual procedures represent such a compromise by combining SOPs with automated process control strategies.
NovaTech AMP accomplishes this in a platform-independent, mobile-enabled manner. AMP paperless procedures improve plant performance and safety by increasing the integration between field manual and automated procedures, enabling more consistent, reliable execution of procedures.
• Users should perform failure modes analyses on the most critical tasks to determine where integrated man-machine-methods solutions could be best applied.
• Users interested in improving operational performance should consider investigating augmented procedural management solutions to find cost effective alternatives for implementing higher levels of automation.
• Users should consider open solutions, such as NovaTech AMP, to improve levels of procedural automation and reduce the frequency of abnormal events and/or mitigate their impact.
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