23 Oct 2018, Blog

Five common sense commissioning fails to avoid


For centuries, a ship wasn’t deemed seaworthy unless it was “commissioned.” It had to pass a rigorous quality assurance process to be considered commissioned and ready for service. Today, we apply a commissioning process to the launch of industrial facilities, buildings, worksites and more. It’s a critical process that helps to ensure the asset is safe and running optimally.

As the service manager at Simark Controls, James Cox heads up the team providing the expert commissioning services that are part of Simark’s product packages. Over the years, he’s seen a number of common sense commissioning fails that have had a big impact on the success of the operation’s launch. Here are Cox’s top five avoidable commissioning blunders for operators.

1) Failing to notify commissioning personnel of your plans to begin operations and expecting commissioning to be done at the last minute.

If the commissioning personnel are already booked and aren’t available right away, this could result in a costly delay of the production launch. Good commissioning takes time and planning.

2) Failing to ensure subcontractors wire for the equipment to be commissioned.

Nothing delays operation like discovering during the commissioning phase that a piece of equipment requiring a series circuit was wired in parallel.

3) Failing to check the control settings on equipment that was designed for remote management (eg. wellsite automation equipment).

Equipment is often set to local/manual control for installation purposes. If your technician fails to change this after the installation is complete, none of the remote management capability will be accessible. This oversight is particularly inconvenient for remote locations

4) Failing to have the appropriate documentation (tech manuals, drawings, specs) assembled and organized before beginning the commissioning process.

The commissioning team will need access to critical setting and design information from these documents.

5) Failing to verify that the operating conditions identified by the equipment seller have been met.

These conditions can include temperature, humidity, pressures, dust and more.

Learn more about how Simark’s knowledgeable service team can help your operation.