Time is money and process safety projects need to stop costing you
Time is money and process safety projects need to stop costing you.
Expense reports. Two words that make me cringe. Anyone who has filled out one of these reports understands the painstaking effort involved. The process starts by searching through piles of receipts, and then carefully entering the dollar totals into expense report software. Finally, I must gather, organize and attach all of those receipts into a booklet and pass that along as validation of my report. Sounds manageable, right? But what if I copy my airfare total as $341.07 when my documented receipt says $431.07? In the worst case scenario my report gets the unfortunate REJECTED stamp, forcing me to fix and repeat the submission process. The consequences may be negative but fortunately the stakes are low.
What do expense reports have to do with process safety or even the process industry for that matter? Well, a lot actually.
What if the same kind of transcription error that occurred with my expense report happened in pressure relief analysis work? Suddenly the consequences are severe and the stakes are high, as proper safety work protects the equipment that we design, the processes we optimize, and most importantly, protects the people who work at these facilities and live in surrounding areas.
I’ve been fortunate to talk to many customers from all company types, sizes and locations. When discussing safety work with them, I hear over and over how inefficient their safety work is. For many, pressure relief analysis is a pained process that slows the timeline of projects. It often requires using multiple, isolated tools, leading to a significant amount of manual data transfer.
It's time to make manual data transfer a thing of the past
Manual data transfer creates inefficiency, and companies can extract significant value by investing in integrated tools to streamline safety workflows to reduce this manual data transfer.
There are three main benefits to using an integrated platform for safety work:
The most obvious side effect of manual data transfer is the loss of valuable engineering hours associated with the menial task of copying and pasting values. Time is also lost when engineers have to learn different tools and interfaces, and when they have to keep complicated spreadsheets up to date. With AspenTech safety software, tools are integrated with one another as part of one software suite. With the , you can: automatically reference simulation values for your PSV calculations, calculate relief loads and size PSVs and then automatically import sized PSV data into Aspen Flare. Using this set of tools can save your company 50% of time spent across the pressure relief workflow.
It’s evident that time is money, and if you are spending an increasing amount of engineering hours on menial tasks, you’re likely sacrificing value somewhere else. With the removal of manual data transfer, you will be able to refocus your engineering hours on more important tasks. Additionally, leveraging to calculate relief loads can help to minimize potentially over conservative values that result from steady state simulation, thus reducing CAPEX up to 30%.
Manual data transfer also risks compromising the quality of your safety work. Unfortunately transcription errors happen to even the most detail-oriented people. AspenTech safety tools eliminate this possibility. Further, by using the PSV sizing tool within Aspen HYSYS, . This tool helps to automate documentation creations, ensuring compliance and speeding up work.
With the correct tools safety work no longer needs to be a time bottleneck on projects.
AspenTech provides a process safety solution that addresses each step of the safety workflow, including blowdown analysis through our newly released BLOWDOWN™ Technology. Our family of safety products aims to eliminate the menial and ineffective steps of your workflow. This goal of this is not to take the thinking out of safety work, but rather to remove tedious steps so that time can be refocused on what really matters – making good engineering decisions and creating time for more thoughtful consideration on your projects. To get a full picture of our safety solution, , today.