APM Integrity equips you to enable a closed loop mechanical integrity program across your enterprise. This inspection solution helps your operators to reduce risk, lower inspection costs, and manage regulatory compliance relative to your fixed assets. Using an integrated set of tools, APM Integrity enables you to calculate risk and the remaining useful life of assets to generate, implement, and execute optimized inspection strategies while streamlining auditability and compliance governance. The solution also facilitates compliance with various Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements such as process hazard analysis, mechanical integrity, and management of change.
Capabilities of APM Integrity
- Risk based inspection: Most inspection programs are mandated by regulatory agencies with the power to apply significant penalties for non-compliance. To improve cost-effectiveness, many organizations are turning to risk based inspection (RBI) as a preferred methodology. This RBI methodology is based on and has been certified as complying with American Petroleum Institute (API) standards 580 and 581. This provides the ability to assess the likelihood and consequences of failure to optimize inspection rigor based on overall risk. The visual surveillance and inspection of both fixed and linear assets is a critical element in assessing the current condition of the asset and avoiding equipment failures. RBI can be seamlessly integrated into inspection management and maintenance programs.
- Hazard Analysis: Based on international standards, such as the IEC 61882 Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP Studies) – Application Guide, the hazard analysis capability is both a regulatory requirement as well as an integral part of an overall risk-management process—focused on identifying and assessing risks and managing the reduction of those risks. Hazard analysis is fully integrated with capabilities in our Asset Strategy Optimization solution.
- Inspection Management: Inspection management provides the ability to drive large-scale inspection programs and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local requirements—including API standards. It allows asset owners and operators to manage inspection plans on a variety of asset classes, document the condition of the asset, and track inspection recommendations to closure.
- Thickness Monitoring: Effective thickness monitoring activities are an essential component of a Predix APM program, helping to eliminate equipment failures. This capability provides the ability to calculate remaining useful life and inspection priority based on corrosion rates or thickness measurements. Thickness monitoring can be integrated with a variety of data loggers, thereby streamlining the collection of thickness data. Tasks associated with thickness monitoring can also be integrated into EAM/CMMS systems and solutions.
- Management of Change: The management of change (MOC) capability follows a systematic approach to delivering a change, taking into consideration all aspects of operations which will or could be impacted because of the change. Using MOC, changes are undertaken as “change projects.” In a change project, changes are formally introduced, approved, and implemented as tasks. MOC provides a flexible solution for creating and managing change projects, communicating changes to team members, and enforcing an approval system to provide accountability for the change. With MOC, users are able to comply with change management requirements by relating records from other Predix APM solutions to ensure that all impacted areas of the organization are recorded as changed elements in the change project. This, in turn, provides organizations with a greater degree of auditability, which is essential in industries that require MOC as a regulatory compliance requirement.