JWCI offer expert CIP/Process pipework and equipment mapping of your facility.
Why is CIP Mapping important?
As modifications to site services are made over time, the factory drawings are rarely updated if they exist at all. Such documentation can be of benefit for many reasons from future project planning, to an event where the emergency services are called to site to treat an incident, as they would be able to locate critical isolation valves for example which may reduce the potential for the incident to escalate.
Although at present the compilation of such documentation is not legally mandatory, the competent person in charge of pipework systems (often the Engineering Manager) has a duty of care to provide all persons working on their site with up to date and accurate information relating to the systems that they will be working on.
After completing a Risk Assessment which is a legal requirement by The Health and Safety at Work Regulations, it may be decided that providing members of staff or contractors with drawings of the systems they will be working on is not a requirement. However, in the event of a person sustaining an injury whilst working, the competent person may be required (possibly in a court of law) to explain why it was not seen as necessary to provide that person with drawings of the system or systems they were working on.
JWCI Ltd not only map and record the existing equipment locations and pipework routes, we also offer continuous improvement recommendations in the form of interim reports as we progress our surveys which highlight areas of concern before they become an issue. Examples of which could be:
- Advice on the correct positioning of conductivity or temperature probes to improve performance
- Damaged brackets which could lead to major leaks if left un-repaired
- Leaks in rarely populated locations
- Pipe chafing
- Poor or misleading labelling etc.
- Redundant pipework locations
- Uninsulated (sections of) pipework
We place the collated information onto CAD drawings c/w the following information:
- Conductivity probes
- Flow directions
- Flow meter information
- Flow rates
- Pipework sizes
- Product information
- Pump information
- Valve identification / numbering (where possible)
We have presented this information to senior decision makers at various sites allowing for cap-ex requests to be made for CIP and process pipework upgrades etc.
At one particular site where a CIP route passed through a “moth-balled” area of the site, we were able to demonstrate that with the installation of a by-pass system, for a very small sum, a saving of thousands of pounds could be achieved in terms of time, energy and resources, leading to increased production. The pipework through the unused area remained in place to be re-used in the future if required. Such recommendations can only be made during surveys of this kind and often only become obvious to a “fresh pair of eyes”.
If you would like to find out more about CIP Mapping for your Process Plant please contact us on 01889 507177