ESRF Consolidate Paper, Word Processor and Intranet Logs with the j5 Operations Logbook

ESRF Consolidate Paper, Word Processor and Intranet Logs with the j5 Operations Logbook

ESRF Consolidate Paper, Word Processor and Intranet Logs with the j5 Operations Logbook 380 293 j5 International (Part of Hexagon)
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j5 International, a leading provider of Operations Management Software, have written a Case Study with the Particle Acceleration company – ESRF – who are using the j5 Operations Logbook and j5 Shift Handover applications at their site in Grenoble, France.

Before ESRF implemented the j5 System in 2004, most of their procedures were written in a template format and classified in a file.  Another set of procedures were written on the Operators’ intranet system and another set was available via the Intranet on the web pages of different groups of specialists.  In the Control Room, all events on the accelerators were handwritten in paper logbooks (30 logbooks per year / 6,000 pages per year).  The main limitation of the hand written logbooks was the difficulty of retrieving old information when needed.  In 2004, ESRF drew the specifications for an ideal electronic logbook for their Control Room.

Several Particle Acceleration institutes had developed their own e-logbook and offered the possibility of sharing it with ESRF.  These e-logbooks fulfilled some of the ESRF specifications but none of them satisfied their requirements in term of flexibility.  At that time, ESRF discovered the j5 Operations Logbook and a study of its capabilities confirmed that it met most of their requirements, either natively or with minor enhancements.

We have been EXTREMELY pleased with this product for more than 10 years.  It offers the advantage of having a proven industrial solution whilst having the option to provide any complementary module that you would need for a specific requirement.  The cross-filtering capacity is also very powerful.  The advantage of this product is that you can also design an Operations Logbook to archive any document (control room procedure, commissioning documents, technical notes and so on).  We also greatly appreciate the ‘sub-logbook’ feature, i.e., a record that can be composed of sub-records.  Which is useful to follow the life of a individual pieces of equipment.

Laurent Hardy, Operations Manager, ESRF