Increasing Maintenance Efficiency with Handheld Instrumentation Communicators

by | Feb 15, 2017 | Asset Management

Jim Cahill

Chief Blogger, Editor

Those with smart instrumentation know that installation, configuration and maintenance activities often require the plant technicians to carry multiple tools such as external power supplies or loop simulators in addition to the handheld instrumentation communicator device. Properly functioning instrumentation helps the operations staff and automation system control strategies manage the process more safely, reliably and efficiently.

In this 3:29 YouTube video, AMS Trex: Improving Maintenance, Monsanto’s Joel Holmes describes how Power the Loop technology in the AMS Trex Device Communicator has had a positive impact on their organization’s maintenance practices.

AMS Trex Communicator Power the Loop WhitepaperIn a new whitepaper, Three Ways to Increase Efficiency with Power the Loop Technology, Joel is quoted:

The ability to power a hard loop off of the AMS Trex unit is huge. We no longer need to have an additional power supply or loop simulator on hand, whether it’s out in the field or back in our shop. It’s a huge advantage for the technician.

With Power the Loop technology, technicians can perform critical diagnosis and configuration tasks without the need for an external power supply or loop simulator. This technology advancement provides more flexibility and efficiency in daily operations.

The three ways that the AMS Trex Communicator helps improve efficiency includes:

  1. Reducing the tools required to perform device installation, configuration and maintenance activities
  2. Enabling fixes to be made in the field rather than bringing back to the workshop
  3. Not waiting until the control system I/O is connected to the device before installing and commissioning the device

Read the whitepaper for more on each of these three ways that project and maintenance tasks can be performed more efficiently with AMS Trex Communicators.

You can connect and interact with other reliability and maintenance experts in the Reliability & Maintenance group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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