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SPECIAL SECTION believes FDT technology will be an ef- fective, long-term maintenance and operations solution for the Pioneer 2 facility. He said, "Our site maintenance teams now use DTMs as a day-to-day tool to tune a wide range of process and safety instruments—ensuring the plant runs without downtime, and, most im - portantly, stays safe. Personnel can re- motely monitor the health of installed assets from a laptop in the control room without having to endure harsh condi - tions in the field." Rakesh Keezhuveetil, DCS engineer at the Pioneer 2 site, stated, "The com- bination of measured values and device diagnostics helps in identifying specific deviations in operation and instrument performance, and has substantially re- duced troubleshooting time. This capa- bility also allows the rapid segregation of the team that must act to address is- sues involving maintenance, operation, or processes. When an adverse situation arises, online information is crucial to mitigate the source of the problem." Advancing innovation Inter Pipeline has continued to advance the innovation of the Pioneer 2 plant by achieving a flexible device configu- ration and commissioning capability, as well as a higher level of efficiency across its maintenance and trouble- shooting work practices. Key to these improvements was the implementa- tion of FDT technology to make certain all installed assets are used to the best of their ability. The facility has signifi- cantly reduced device commissioning cycle times and improved the quality of configuration. Operators, engineers, and technicians can now be confident in the reliability of their plant's safety system and instrumentation loops. n ABOUT THE AUTHOR Glenn Schulz joined the FDT Group as managing director in July 2009. Most recently, Schulz was the managing direc- tor and vice president of engineering at Dorner. Schulz was instrumental in es- tablishing the legal, nonprofit structure of the FDT Group that culminated with incorporation in Belgium as an AISBL. He has international patents and patents pending in the area of industrial asset management and industrial network se- curity, while also holding CISSP and ISSAP certifications with a focus in cryptogra- phy. Contact maggie.carlson@fdtgroup. org with questions and comments. View the online version at INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 41 Figure 4. Monitoring and troubleshooting multivendor instruments at the Pioneer 2 facility was performed using PACTware software. Your Global Automation Partner Reduce Costs – One Sensor Detects all Metals Detect all metals at the same range with inductive sensors from Turck – no position adjustment required. These non-contact, durable inductive sensors help you reduce the number of sensors needed for detecting the position or presence of metal parts. Plus, our IP68-rated versions stand up to challenging washdown environments. 1-800-544-7769

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