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CP495  Developing best practice for instrumentation use in challenging applications Instrumentation
Project Appreciation and Objectives

Data from on-line instrumentation is increasingly being used for process optimisation and control and for monitoring compliance critical operations. Such instrumentation is therefore becoming fundamental for managing risk, maximising efficiency and providing the wider business with reliable and trusted information. It follows that proper installation, maintenance and operation is essential.

To contest this view, this project will gather evidence and develop new thinking to produce best practice guidance for instrumentation use in challenging applications. It will demonstrate the benefits from effective instrumentation, which can be gained across the wider business, and justify an alternative to a 'one solution fits all' instrumentation approach.

Business Benefits to Clients

Greater reliability and robustness of on-line instrumentation leading to improved data quality, process control, confidence in the data and justifiable operational costs through:

  • Improved selection and installation of instrumentation.
  • Optimisation of maintenance activities, moving from failure triggered to sensor validation /self-assessment and proactive, benefits based approaches.

Work Programme

  1. Identify and agree applications where instruments are known to be problematic and where improvement would deliver clear benefits.
  2. Detailed examination of current good practice in installation, sampling systems, maintenance and data analysis, drawing on practice across the UK, Europe, US and Australia.
  3. Review new technologies and approaches for improved sample preparation, instrument installation, instrument performance validation, soft sensors and condition based servicing, utilising experience from other process sectors.
  4. Produce best practice guidance for the selected applications and parameters.

Project Output and Implementation

The outputs will include an evidence-based, best practice guide and supporting documents, to be used by site operators, managers and policy makers and incorporated into procurement documentation, asset standards and operational practice to improve the quality and reliability of data and to justify on-going operational expenditure on maintenance.

Related WRc Work

  • CP473 Practical guidance to improve telemetry data quality (2012).
  • CP378 Instrument User Group (2009 on-going)
  • Audits of WTW and WwTW instrumentation for UK Water Utilities.
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