Software tightens control of equipment tracking

Spartan Solutions will launch a new system for tracking and management of equipment offshore and onshore this Wednesday at Offshore Europe.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- Spartan Solutions will launch a new system for tracking and management of equipment offshore and onshore this Wednesday at Offshore Europe.

The Phalanx software is designed to control and manage the movement and servicing of equipment across a company’s operations, including depots and offshore locations. It harnesses Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology, barcodes, and wireless mobile computers to collect and process equipment information, removing the need for manual paper processing.

Swire Oilfield Services, Aker Well Service and Aggreko are already using the technology to reduce costs, improve safety, and increase process efficiency at their North Sea operations.

Swire Oilfield Services has deployed Phalanx for mobilization and demobilization of equipment to operations on various installations in the Norwegian North Sea. It is used for equipment tracking and search exercises, and for executing service and maintenance orders on individual pieces of equipment.

“The integrated offering is a key benefit,” says CEO Tor Helgeland. “We have been able to move the data capture to where the events are happening and reduce the risk for errors in input. The formal communication system now in place captures a complete picture of our equipment deployment and maintenance.

“We are now looking to roll out Phalanx internationally to comprehensively track the flow of equipment across various locations, including the UK, USA, and Australia, so we have a complete overview and can deliver more efficient services to our customers.”

Phalanx is fully integrated with Swire Oilfield Services’ main Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. “It significantly extends the system reach so that everyone who needs to source information on a project can do so quickly and easily,” adds Helgeland

9/8/2009

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