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By Glenn Schulz Shipped NGL producer improves commissioning, troubleshooting, and safety FDT technology for smart instrumentation information monitoring and asset management D evice configuration and commission- ing tasks are traditionally time con- suming, tedious, manual, and prone to errors. Yet, they are vital for the reliability and safety of an industrial facility. Canadian compa- ny Inter Pipeline Ltd. streamlined plant startup and safety procedures with smart instrumenta - tion information monitoring and asset manage - ment solutions. Having open access to device intelligence is essential to enhanced reliability, reduced failures, and faster startup times. The following article describes how Inter Pipeline recently commissioned a new liquids extraction plant with smart HART devices, and how it used field device tool (FDT) technology to access information to effectively streamline precommissioning, configuration, and trouble- shooting of field instruments. Inter Pipeline is a major petroleum transpor- tation, storage, and natural gas liquids (NGL) processing company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It owns and operates facilities through- out western Canada and Europe. In 2016, Inter Pipeline acquired a Canadian midstream business. The company now oper- ates the Pioneer 1 and Pioneer 2 liquids extrac- tion plants near Fort McMurray, Alberta, a frac- tionator near Redwater, Alberta, and a pipeline system that connects these facilities. The Pioneer 1 extraction plant, which began operations in 2002, processes off gas from oil sands upgraders. The Pioneer 2 plant began production in February 2016 and is committed to boosting domestic NGL production while reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) and sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ). Challenges with field devices The "connected plant," with its promises of smart equipment sharing data and allowing manufac- turers to make informed business decisions, can only be a reality if instruments are properly set up 38 INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG

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