ICL’s core business in the UK is manufacturing chemicals for water treatment, and the supply of commodity chemicals to the steel, manufacturing, food and paper making industries.
ICL wanted a solution to improve the process of inspecting their tanks, which store chemicals and raw materials.
In order for ICL to comply with COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards), health and safety guidelines and maintenance best practise its tanks need to go through a rigorous inspection process, ensuring they are maintained correctly.
The tank inspections are conducted quarterly and are also inspected by a third party every 5 years.
ICL chose to work with CoreRFID by introducing RFID tagging to easily identify each tank and using its Tank Inspection System, CheckedOK. This widely used system helps improve safety management in construction, engineering, manufacturing and chemical industries by enabling customers to easily collect and access inspection data using handheld computers; Android and Windows tablet devices or mobile phones.
The main aim was to provide ICL with increased accountability and reassure themselves and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) that the tanks are being inspected as required, third part inspections are accounted for and that any works orders generated are prioritised and closed off.
Implementing RFID System
ICL already had an existing Access database used to log the historical data of the inspections.
CoreRFID’s proposal implemented Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID technology as an extension to the IBC RFID project already being rolled out with ICL.
An RFID tag was installed on each tank to uniquely identify each vessel. This now allows inspectors to use a handheld RFID scanner to interrogate the tag.
This has provided ICL with a whole host of benefits:
• Eliminated paperwork or double handling of information
• Bespoke pre-set questions were designed specifically for ICL requirements
• Photographs can now be taken to append additional information
• RFID proves ICL with visit and inspection route
• KPI’s are automatically and easily interrogated
CoreRFID’s technical director Munzi Ali comments: “We’re delighted to have worked with ICL on this successful project. ICL is now able to conduct its inspections with greater efficiency, whilst also improving the health and safety of the inspection process.’
CoreRFID is continuing to provide additional support to ICL.