Maintaining heavy equipment is crucial for efficient operation and reducing downtime, and access to relevant data and documentation in the field is often not available. As the operator approaches a particular piece of equipment, relevant data is displayed on the mobile device, promoting compliance and reducing operator error. 3D models can be viewed to educate on disassembly methods and parts identification, and specific components can be ordered from the mobile device.
Expanding upon and adding to the features of SafeBeacon for Maintenance, the software provides context-aware, digital access to reference documents or even 3D models. It can include customized inspection checklists depending on the facility or equipment, and it adds record-keeping features, by taking notes, photographs, audio/video clips and more. All recorded files are automatically date-, time- and location-stamped to ensure accuracy, completeness and easy indexing. At the end of an inspection job, the recorded data is uploaded to the cloud and the various files combined to create inspection reports.
Plant facilities can be very large and operators are often asked to work alone in the field for extended periods of time, meaning potential injuries can go undetected. SafeBeacon for Operator Location and Man Down can locate an operator carrying a mobile device within range of the beacons installed in the facility. When the operator needs assistance, either because he calls for help or the man down feature found in his mobile device sends an alarm, controller room operators and coworkers are notified of his exact location within seconds. The platform can monitor all field operators' locations simultaneously, in real-time, providing a snapshot of activity in the facility, providing for a safer and more efficient environment.
Lockout-tagout (LOTO) is a safety procedure that ensures dangerous machines are properly shut off and not started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work. SafeBeacon technology helps enforce compliance and reduce human error with LOTO practices by placing beacons near critical equipment such as compressors, pumps, turbines, valves and switches. The software provides 1) real-time data as well as alerts when field personnel approach the beacons, including flows, temperatures and pressure readings, 2) relevant documentation, such as checklists, specific procedures and guidelines, and 3) 3D models of equipment with embedded documentation for specific procedures.
Permit Required Confined Spaces are hazardous areas in a facility that have to be entered by personnel but are not designed for extended occupancy. These spaces have restricted/limited means of entry or exit and there is potential for injury and death from hazardous gases and liquids. Confined spaces are a major concern in shipping, mining, construction and oil and gas. SafeBeacon technology enforces compliance with Confined Space regulations by placing beacons at the entrance ways to alert workers of potential risks. The software lists required and/or recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and requires confirmation of understanding and necessary paperwork. Workers can then log any confined space activity or send notifications to supervisors for confirmation, as well as send out alerts in case of accidents to ensure prompt and effective response.