Justifying Investment in a Safety Lifecycle Management (SLM) Platform Whitepaper

You have seen the SLM demonstration and are impressed.  Every process safety, safety engineering and operations challenge that you threw at the demonstration team has been answered.  The software has a well-designed and user-friendly solution for every problem except one:  How do you sell this to your management?  Your management has limited funds available.  The decision to purchase SLM competes with other priorities such as installing a new pump or replacing that corroded piping.  You know you need this software and that it would save a lot of time and money, but how do you communicate that?

This paper discusses how safety lifecycle software purchases may be effectively justified to your senior management through both business and safety case studies from actual customer experiences.  Your numbers will likely differ from the numbers used in these case studies, but this paper should help you understand where to look.

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Tracking Safety Instrumented System Performance with Process Data Whitepaper

Tracking SIS Performance with Data

By leveraging the power of real-world device event data and incorporating that data into a SIS Safety Lifecycle Management (SLM) software, plant operations and maintenance teams can gain powerful insights into the performance of their Safety Instrumented Systems (SISs) while responding quickly to maintenance issues. Integration between the systems automates the manual processes of gathering critical data surrounding SISs and simplifies the data exchange surrounding test frequencies, test results, spurious trips, automated event tracking, and overall plant safety. There are many means of accessing and reporting on this real-world and even real-time data. If the SLM software has integration capabilities with open interfaces and flexibility, users can quickly define and integrate this time-series data stream into Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), report views, test events, and notifications. This complete end-to-end integration of data allows you to gain a more complete picture of how to maintain and operate a safer and more efficient plant.

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The Business Case for Integrated Safety Lifecycle Management

Business Case for Safety Lifecycle

Safety Lifecycle Management roles and functions cross multiple organizational boundaries and require active and continual sharing of data that often does not occur in traditional process facilities. This paper discusses the business reasons for adoption of an integrated Safety Lifecycle Management program. Among the topics discussed are management perceptions relative to Safety Lifecycle Management, obstacles that exist in traditional approaches and how compliance with National and Industry Standards and efficient management of the Safety Lifecycle are good business practices.

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Safety Requirements Specifications – They don’t have to be hard (or expensive)

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IEC 61511 and ISA 84.00.01-2004, Clause 10, requires that a Safety Requirements Specification (SRS) be prepared for all Safety Instrumented Systems (SISs). The Clause presents a number of items to cover in the SRS, but provides little or no guidance on how a SRS should be developed, organized, or maintained. This lack of guidance results in Operating Companies, SIS Consultants, and Engineering Companies producing a variety of SRSs that vary widely in format, content, and quality. In practice, these SRSs have become extremely expensive to produce and maintain, and really do not meet the intended functionality and value.

This white paper reviews the purpose and usage of a SRS, identifies some issues observed in SRSs produced by various organizations, provides some practical suggestions for SRS preparation, and discusses the advantages of a Data-Driven SRS.

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Hydrocarbon Processing Magazine Cloud Computing: The Next Revolution in Process Safety

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Over the past 25 years, the process safety and functional safe- ty disciplines have evolved from the implementation of safety legislation and the creation of governing authorities, to the de- development of best practices and the adoption of applicable stan- dards. As the push for operational excellence and process safety spreads across multiple industries worldwide, organizations are continuously looking to technology to offer effective solutions.

Over that time, technological advances have provided new and effective software products that sought to answer this call; yet, emerging process safety methodologies and technical limi- tations of the 1990s and early 2000s reduced their scope and efficacy. Detailed here are the evolution of information-man- management technology, the benefits of software innovation over the last 25 years, and the limitations of tactical solutions that led to the search for new products.

Also demonstrated is the evolution from disparate application- cations and data-management systems to strategically linked, cloud-based solutions. This evolution is allowing thought lead- ers within the petrochemical industry to re-engineer how their plants implement and execute process and functional safety.

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Functional Safety Assessments Whitepaper

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The IEC and ISA standards for Safety Instrumented Systems (SISs) describe basic requirements for Functional Safety Assessments (FSAs) (FSAs), but do not provide specifications or guidance on how to execute or document an FSA. This commonly results in FSAs that are incomplete, hard to use or inconsistent from one application to the next. From an enterprise perspective, this challenge intensifies with multiple functional areas or sites that operate independently.

This paper discusses the requirements for FSAs of SISs and the advantages of using a Protective Systems Safety Lifecycle Manager, such as ProSys SLM, as the primary tool for standardizing and assessing.

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Leveraging Prior Use to Build an Actionable Instrumentation Reliability Database

MSS Prior Use Whitepaper

As increasing attention falls upon managing Safety Instrumented Systems (SISs), industry leaders are looking for more reliable device and equipment options when designing their safety instrumented functions – the goal being to achieve the highest possible Risk Reduction Factor (RRF) per instrumented function, while minimizing construction and maintenance costs.

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