Rex’s client has recently commissioned two high productivity and fast throughput polymer units with product being bagged and shipped to the buyer within hours of a campaign start. The functional requirement was to supply a system providing accurate and timely quality data for batches of polymer. This information was also to feed into systems supporting the Customer Supply Chain and finally be included on the Certificate of Analysis. Additionally the tool was also required to show when key quality parameters were out of specification to enable remedial action to be taken and minimise loss of revenue resulting from downgrading of product.
The decision to use Honeywell’s Uniformance platform to deliver plant information systems had already been taken and the Batch Tracking application was selected to provide the basic product tracking functionality. A Rex consultant performed a gap analysis and formulated additional requirements ensuring that customised functionality could be seamlessly incorporated within the Uniformance framework.
Speed of delivery and accuracy of results were of prime importance but traceability and ease of access to historical data were also paramount. Rex worked with the client’s key Business, Process Control and Information Systems contacts to ensure that a credible system design was reached and that implementation and testing phases were thorough. As both plants were newly commissioned the system design was kept as flexible as possible to accommodate future changes to plant layout and changes to operating procedures.
Security concerns were also analysed and addressed as data is of a proprietary nature. In addition an interface was also developed to link to the Lab Information Management System using a generic interface mechanism which had previously been developed by Rex for the client.
The implementation has become something of a best practice for the client in what is a challenging area in which to implement software solutions.