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  • aeSolutions Announces Appointment of Ken Whittle as Senior Director for Process Safety

    Industry Veteran to Lead Division Dedicated to Providing Top Tier Process Safety and Risk Management Solutions Greenville, SC –January 24, 2023 – aeSolutions, a consulting, engineering, and systems integration company, today announced the appointment of Ken Whittle to the position of senior director for Process Safety. Whittle will lead the company’s Process Safety business in value creation and business growth and will report directly to the company’s president. “Ken comes to us as a past client of aeSolutions with a strong track record of more than 30 years of process safety experience in an operating chemical company,” said Ken O’Malley, president of aeSolutions. “I am very excited for the impact Ken’s experience and passion for process safety will have on our business and in expanding our ability to better serve our clients.” As senior director, Whittle will have top, overall accountability for the performance of the company’s process safety business and will be a member of the company’s senior leadership team. He will work directly with the company’s Plant Protection Systems business leader to guide clients in protecting their employees, their communities, and the environment. Whittle’s 30-plus years of leadership roles in environment, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S)/operations comprise experience with mechanical integrity, maintenance excellence, mergers and acquisitions, and leadership coaching and mentoring. Additionally, he has held increasingly senior and complex roles at the corporate and business levels, at both large and small upstream and downstream petrochemical facilities. “As a past client, I was already well aware of aeSolutions and its capabilities,” said Whittle. “I am excited to bring my process safety and chemical manufacturing experience to a firm so committed to process safety and critical safety systems.” About aeSolutions In business since 1998, aeSolutions is a consulting, engineering, and systems integration company that provides industrial process safety and automation products and services. They specialize in helping industrial clients achieve their risk management and operational excellence goals through expertise in process safety, combustion control and safeguarding, safety instrumented systems, control system design and integration, alarm management, and related operations and integrity management systems. For more information, visit www.aesolutions.com. Media Contact RedIron PR for aeSolutions Kari Ritacco kari@redironpr.com

  • Webinar: Top Five Mistakes Made in Machinery Safety Risk Assessments

    aeSolutions to Present Webinar on the Top Five Mistakes Made in Machinery Safety Risk Assessments Webinar to Identify Common Errors Made During Risk Assessments and the Resulting Major Consequences Greenville, SC – January 17, 2023 – aeSolutions, a consulting, engineering and systems integration company, today announced that it will be presenting a webinar titled, “Top 5 Mistakes – Machinery Safety Risk Assessments”, on January 31st, 2023. Led by the company’s Client Success Manager for Machinery Safety and Certified Machinery Safety Expert (CMSE), Catie Hillard, the webinar will demonstrate how to avoid the most common errors made while performing machine safety risk assessments. As the foundation of the machinery safety lifecycle, the risk assessment facilitates the achievement of safe machine operation through discovering hazards, classifying risk, and identifying safeguarding objectives, concurrently reducing exposure to liabilities that can lead to unmanageable costs. Throughout the webinar, participants will gain an understanding of each mistake and the specific actions that can be taken to avoid them: Improper format: Proper risk assessment format for application Improper interpretation: How to read and understand a risk assessment, and apply the learnings appropriately Improper timing: When to conduct a risk assessment in the machinery lifecycle Improper team: How to include the right personnel to ensure an effective risk assessment Improper hazard identification and risk quantification: How to ensure that you have identified all hazards and appropriately quantified risk. WHAT: Webinar: Top 5 Mistakes – Machinery Safety Risk Assessments WHEN: Tuesday, January 31 at 10:00 AM EST WHO: Catie Hillard, CMSE – aeSolutions’ Client Success Manager for Machinery Safety, and host of the Machinery Safety Weekly podcast REGISTRATION: https://www.aesolutions.com/machine-safety-webinar Participants that register now can post questions for the extended live Q&A session at the end of the webinar. About aeSolutions In business since 1998, aeSolutions is a consulting, engineering and systems integration company that provides industrial process safety and automation products and services. They specialize in helping industrial clients achieve their risk management and operational excellence goals through expertise in process safety, combustion control and safeguarding, safety instrumented systems, control system design and integration, alarm management, and related operations and integrity management systems. For more information, visit www.aesolutions.com. Kari Walker for aeSolutions Kari@redironpr.com @KariWalkerPR

  • Robotic Systems Risk Assessments

    by Catie Hillard - Machinery Safety Client Success Manager According to the World Robotics 20211 reports, published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Germany, and Sweden are the most automated countries in the world. While the U.S. lags behind, it is rapidly picking up pace as technology advances and organizations search for solutions to labor shortages. We live in a time where automated manufacturing is gaining momentum and robot integration is becoming more popular in the sector, with new robot applications invented daily. However, just as robotics exhibit a tremendous potential for applications, they also represent a tremendous potential for risk of injury. As part of the machinery safety lifecycle, a robotics system Risk Assessment (RA) identifies the proper risk-reduction safeguards to reduce the high level risks (e.g., crushing, shearing, trapping, striking) that are associated with certain robotic operational scenarios. The robot user – which is typically the employer – is responsible for the safety of the plant; therefore, it is of utmost importance that an application-specific and site-specific RA is carried out by the robot user. One of the horrific examples of past robot accidents has been published in the OSHA Technical Manual Section IV: Chapter 4, where a worker accidentally tripped the power switch while another worker was servicing an assembly robot. As a result, the robot manipulator struck the maintenance worker’s hand, resulting in a severe injury. This would have been prevented if a RA had been conducted through identifying the need for proper lockout/tagout to prevent repowering the assembly robot, relocating the power switch since it was easy to inadvertently change its power state, or ensuring the application met electrical safety standards. An effective RA starts with including knowledgeable employees with expertise in the operations, specific robotic application, RA methodology, and any specialized experience. The assessment team identifies all of the tasks to be performed as part of the robot operations and maintenance, with special attention given to any tasks that may be particularly hazardous or complicated. RAs are completed for hazardous situations associated with each stage of the robot development (i.e., assembly, integration, operation, and maintenance). The potential for harm and likelihood of occurrence of each hazardous situation is identified along with the most appropriate risk reduction technique. The documented RA is distributed to and accepted by the team and all affected employees, ensuring that all personnel involved with the robot operations and maintenance understand the associated hazards and safeguarding. Furthermore, similar applications within the same plant should each have their own individual robotic system RAs, analyzed on an application-specific and site-specific level. Although the equipment may be of the same make and model, the robot applications may work on different parts or processes, be integrated into different upstream and downstream equipment, or perform unique automated functions that expose workers to particular hazards. Additionally, a robot’s end-effector, programming, or physical placement in the facility may be different from another robot with otherwise identical characteristics, which must be properly and individually analyzed for the potential for serious injury and risk mitigation. Safeguards must be tailored specifically to protect against each hazardous situation, meeting the organization’s safety requirements and those dictated by industry consensus standards. Preferred safeguards may change based on the application and on the robot user’s risk tolerance. For example, the access frequency, orientation of the robot within a facility, and organizational disposition may dictate whether the preferred safeguard for access to the robotic cell is an interlocking gate or presence-sensing device, and whether or not the robot is designed and programmed to reset automatically. The RA defines the required safety functions and safety requirements specifications, both of which depend on the application. The RA team develops the safety system design requirements and selects the safeguards to perform each safety function. ANSI/RIA R15.06 Safety Requirements for Industrial Robots and Robot Systems provides detailed steps for conducting a task-based RA to conform with the industry consensus standards and includes examples that apply to many common robot applications. The IFR estimates that there were more than 2 million robots in the worldwide workforce at the end of 2018, which continues to increase yearly as robotic systems appear in even more industries. As more workers become exposed to robots, assuring compliance with industry consensus safety standards is of paramount importance as a means of reducing the risk of injury associated with robot interaction. An application-specific, site-specific RA identifies the hazards, risks, controls, and safeguards that apply towards the proper safety system design. The robot user is responsible for plant safety, which is why it is imperative that the user ensures that the RA is properly performed. aeSolutions offers robotic risk assessments and can provide expert guidance and training to help you effectively perform an application-specific, site-specific RA for your robotic systems. 1. The International Federation of Robotics. Executive Summary World Robotics 2021 Industrial Robots. 2021, ifr.org/img/worldrobotics/Executive_Summary_WR_Industrial_Robots_2021.pdf

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  • Specialty Chemical Site’s Increasingly Complicated Cutover

    Specialty Chemical Site’s Increasingly Complicated Cutover When a project that began with standard safety system upgrades quickly expanded to a much broader scope of engineering with tight deadlines, aeSolutions responded with an experienced engineering workforce to deliver above-quality expectations while meeting key deadlines. Challenge The initial project scope included providing the client with instrumentation specifications and wiring and cutover plans to facilitate the cutover to a new system. Due to incomplete and outdated instrument lists, a significant and unexpected change in scope became required to include instrument specification services, which nearly doubled the time and manpower needed to reach the goal by the client’s deadline. Solution aeSolutions efficiently identified and conveyed the necessary adjustments to the project with clear and concise communication, enabling the client to swiftly make informed decisions, modify the scope, and adjust staffing accordingly. Our team quickly deployed resources to provide the following deliverables within the original schedule: • Instrument Specifications • Instrument Field Wiring • Cutover Mapping • Cutover Wiring In addition, aeSolutions designed custom cabinets for the cutover at the request of the client once it became apparent that the field loops would be doubled. During construction, aeSolutions assisted the client with locating and providing quality drawings for cutover installation and commissioning. Results Upon completion, the clients informed aeSolutions that the provided support was indispensable for a smooth start-up, and the subcontractors confirmed that aeSolutions specifically contributed to one of the most efficient cutovers they’ve ever commissioned. The client had large projects going on, and aeSolutions was able to save them costs by hitting their shutdown dates and not requiring additional shutdown time. Learn more about how aeSolutions could help you with a similar a Systems Integration / Migration & Upgrade project. Industry: Specialty Chemical Geography: Southeast Unit Operation: Safety System Upgrade Governing: ISA/IEC 61511 Take a look at our Success Stories page for more ways aeSolutions has helped our clients. Previous Story Next Story

  • Pigging : Terms and Acronyms

    Acronyms & Terms Glossary <- More Definitions Pigging A mechanical device that is pushed through the pipeline by the oil to perform various operations on the pipeline without stopping the flow of oil. Cleaning pigs sweep the pipeline of built up wax, water, or other solids that precipitate out of the oil stream. Our Services aeSolutions Announces Appointment of Ken Whittle as Senior Director for Process Safety Industry Veteran to Lead Division Dedicated to Providing Top Tier Process Safety and Risk Management Solutions Greenville, SC –January... Webinar: Top Five Mistakes Made in Machinery Safety Risk Assessments aeSolutions to Present Webinar on the Top Five Mistakes Made in Machinery Safety Risk Assessments Webinar to Identify Common Errors Made... Robotic Systems Risk Assessments An effective RA starts with including knowledgeable employees with expertise in the operations, specific robotic application, RA methodology

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