ISA Technical Report Focuses on Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operation
A new ISA technical report addresses good practices regarding procedure automation in process operations and strategies for incorporating automated procedures into industrial automation and basic process control ystems (BPCS).
ISA–TR106.00.01-2013, Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operations – Models and Terminology, complements the concepts in key ISA standards that deal with the use of procedures in specific applications, including batch processing (ISA-88) and safety systems (ISA-84). Many such fundamental concepts are common to all procedures without regard to the context in which they are implemented, but there are needs specific to continuous processes. These needs are addressed in the new technical report in a procedure requirements model, procedure implementation model, and physical model as well as in sections concerning mapping of procedures to BPCS components.
The good practices documented in the technical report were developed to address many of the human performance limitations that can occur during procedural operations pertaining to continuous operations. Also described are the elements necessary to implement procedure automation. Such procedures are less prone to significant deviations in practice and may also improve response to disturbances.
Procedures represent the knowledge necessary to operate a system and are critical components of continuous operations. Historically, procedures have been executed by humans reading from a manual, checklist document, or a static display. The new technical report describes the concepts in which procedures are integrated into the BPCS.
The intended audience for the document includes technical and operations managers and engineering personnel who are responsible for the operation or automation of continuous process operations, members of engineering departments of owner/operators, and engineering personnel of engineering and procurement companies, automation vendors and system integrators and other process engineering practitioners.
The technical report was developed by ISA106, Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operations. The committee is now developing a second technical report on the work processes involved with automating procedures that monitor and control continuous processes. This second technical is intended to be applied to capital projects but could also be applied to operating expenditures activities to automate individual procedures.
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