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DPS Group revolutionises ATEX testing at Loch Lomond distillery

09 April 2019

DPS Group has completed a major piece of work with one of Scotland’s historic distilleries at Loch Lomond. The Fife-based electrical, instrumentation and control company set up a new digital ATEX inspection system. As well as meeting the requirements for IEC60079, the team at Loch Lomond wanted to set an example of best practice by going beyond the legislative requirements, or “beyond compliance”.

Loch Lomond Distillery
Loch Lomond Distillery

DPS Group has created a targeted, risk-based system, accessible by all relevant staff. In doing so, previous cumbersome approaches were removed.

The paperless ATEX system DPS Group used for Loch Lomond Distillery allows clients to streamline administration, with the potential to save up to 40% in costs.

As part of the set-up, a comprehensive site survey was conducted to build up a highly accurate asset register giving a clear picture of the equipment across the entire site.

In turn, a tailored inspection package was devised for management approval, after which the team at DPS Group were then able to begin inspections based on a clear understanding of the areas of high risk and priority.

Whilst this was being carried out each asset underwent an independent risk assessment resulting in a reinspection schedule based on condition, location and risk.

DPS Group commercial director Steve Turner comments:

“It is this bespoke schedule which allows cost reduction in future years without comprising safety.

“Using a completely digital asset register means that information is always up to date, and always available because it is updated in real-time. This is useful for identifying problems earlier, and better planning schedules for remedial works.

“Our system supports root cause analysis to determine common faults. We can then help clients plan in when issues could arise. Such an approach has an immediate benefit in terms of increased productivity.

“Managing 1000’s of ATEX rated devices and the ability to easily distinguish between intrinsically safe and other protection concepts was particularly important to the management team.

“Importantly, downtime was to be minimised. Ultimately the Loch Lomond Distillery management team were looking at a long-term solution which would minimise ongoing costs at a time when demands on compliance are continuing to rise.”

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