j5 Applications are used across the Operations, Process Safety, Compliance and Reporting teams of our Petrochemical clients to improve communication and data collection across all levels of a refinery.  In the past a mix of paper, spreadsheets, scattered databases and poor verbal communication have been used to log events within the Petrochemicals Industry.  Process safety incidents such as the Esso Longford Gas Explosion in 1998 were partly due to inadequate Operations Logbook utilization. Inadequate Shift Handover was a root cause in the Esso Longford Gas Explosion because the poor communication between shifts meant that the pump shut-down was not communicated to the following shift.

The refining business is one of the most prone to accidents and injury.  The most effective way of minimizing these incidents is to fastidiously record all Near Misses, to analyze these incidents rigorously so as to mitigate and minimize the possibility of it happening and also minimize the severity of the consequences.

Regulatory authorities – such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) – require that refineries record and collect chemical, regulatory, toxicology, environmental, safety, and other related data. The j5 Compliance Management application enables the various operations personnel within a refinery to manage all of these compliance duties efficiently and consistently.  In this way, it helps ensure compliance with internal policies and the requirements of the relevant local and national regulatory authorities.

The Plan–Do–Check–Act (PDCA) cycle is often used in the refinery sector.  Some of our clients use the j5 Work Instructions module to provide a framework for the planning, creation, actioning and reporting of work instructions.  Using this system, the many diverse instructions at a refinery are handled efficiently across all the sites enabling them to strictly adhere to the PDCA cycle.

It is also important to interface refinery IT systems together to provide a central recording and reporting Operations Management System which can be accessed from the Control Room and Field Operators to the Refinery Managers to the Operations Managers.  The j5 framework reads and writes data to popular refinery systems such as the Wonderware and the OSIsoft PI System® historians, maintenance systems such as IBM Maximo, asset management systems such as SAP, Laboratory Information (LIMS) and so on.  This ensures that all the relevant data recorded at a refinery can be shared with the correct people in real-time.  Corporate Senior Management can also use j5 Dashboards and Reports to analyse the performance across their refineries.  They can compare and contrast asset performance to optimize costs and efficiency.

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White Paper: Addressing the Data Capture and Analysis Needs of a Petrochemical Site using j5

This document provides an indication of how the j5 system can be used in the Petrochemical Environment. The examples shown are for the shift reports and also a plant trip. j5 is an Enterprise Application Interface (EAN) that addresses the needs of Petrochemical Sites in the area of critical data capture and analysis. The j5 application is the market leader in Industrial Control Room Logbooks and is used by hundreds of companies worldwide.

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