14 June 2017
SafeEx, from North Denmark has global ambitions for its mobile solution. The company is a participant in Scale-Up Offshore.
A small plastic tag with an embedded chip, along with a mobile tablet or smartphone, is starting to change inspection and maintenance of offshore installations.
SafeEx, from North Denmark, has developed an electronic inspection and maintenance tool that consigns paper forms, pencil, and notepad to the past. Instead, the technicians are equipped with a tablet or smartphone, which scans the plastic chip and connects directly to the maintenance database containing all relevant data on the device to be inspected.
The inspection is automatically logged in the tablet, and the technician can add photos or video clips of any critical observations, which are then synchronized with the maintenance database, either directly to the customer’s ERP system or to SafeEx as a stand-alone system.
“Typically, inspections and maintenance are a very heavy administrative burden,” says René Larsen, director of SafeEx:
“With SafeEx we have given management more security, removed workflows and made the technician’s time more efficient. At the same time, we wanted to increase the quality of inspections, so you get the most out of them,” says Larsen.
With SafeEx, all units covered by maintenance programs are equipped with a digital tag in the form of an RFID chip. The chip, along with the SafeEx software, brings digital benefits to devices that are not otherwise digital. This means that repeated errors, or a cycle which points to a crash at a given time, are recorded and 'flagged' by the system. “It exploits the volume of data for more accurate maintenance. It saves time, increases safety, and eliminates over-maintenance,” says René Larsen.
He believes that many industries may be interested in systems which help with just that.
“The potential is considerable. When we started in 2008, we were perhaps a bit too early, because oil prices were extremely high and there was not such a big focus on costs. Of course that has changed, and we are seeing the effects. There is a great interest in what we have to offer,” he says.
He estimates that only 5-10 percent of the oil and gas industry is working with solutions like SafeEx and that the market for mobile solutions will grow a lot.
“We believe in a global potential, so we also have a global network of service points such as Houston, Norway, the UK, and others. The mobility market can optimize documentation tasks and provide some data options that make a lot of sense,” says Larsen.
The potential will be the same in wind and other similar process segments – and that’s why they have chosen to link SafeEx to the Scale-Up program:
“There are many of the same requirements for reduced costs and increased up-time in the wind industry, for example, as there are in oil and gas. We believe we can use Scale-Up to further accelerate our growth in the wind sector,” says Larsen.