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Intoware launches digital work-instruction platform for oil and gas workers

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Intoware has announced the launch of its next-generation SaaS digital work-instruction platform for web browsers, “WorkfloPlus-Web”, designed to connect the oil and gas frontline.

Intoware launches digital work-instruction platform for oil and gas workers

This new iteration enables oil and gas operators to transform paper-based procedures into smart digital workflows that are now accessible via a web browser, while opening up the platform to operating systems such as Microsoft Windows for seamless integrated working.

“Our developers have listened to customer feedback and found new ways for workers to create, access schedules and manage maintenance tasks using WorkfloPlus,” said Lee McDonald, Chief Technology Officer, Intoware. “While already available on Android and iOS, “WorkfloPlus-Web” gives accessibility via your web browser, so frontline workers will be able to do everything they can do on their mobile or wearable device, now via their desktop or device browser.

“WorkfloPlus is built with Open API’s that connect the platform with third-party systems such as ERP, PLM, CRM and asset management. As it’s unlikely that WorkfloPlus will be the only digital ‘tool’ within your business, as work being carried out may require information held in existing systems which means they need to connect so data can flow easily. “WorkfloPlus-Web” simplifies this process integration further still.”

This means procedures such as asset inspections can be carried out as a workflow, when completed data is passed in a formatted to satisfy a required system such as IBM Maximo and SAP, which in turns allows for documents to be extracted and converted to complete tasks. This workflow process integration led to digitalisation of more than 1500 North Sea asset maintenance inspections, driving a 200% increase in productivity for Intoware’s client, Petrofac.

If systems are not integrated via Open API’s in this way, it means these processes can become complicated by the number of different applications that are involved to complete a single procedure. Every time a worker, for example, switches to a different system it wastes time and interrupts their focus on the job in hand.

Some of the benefits of integrating WorkfloPlus with enterprise systems are as follows:

  • User management – allowing external systems to create, edit or remove users as needed, especially useful where a workforce is transient with a large number of temporary contractors.
  • External scheduling – if schedules for work exist in an ERP or PLM tool then an integration layer could create a scheduled job in WorkfloPlus for each activity, potentially pulling in files, drawings and metadata and attaching them to a job before scheduling it for completion by the date and by the person indicated in the external system.
  • Automating parts ordering - where WorkfloPlus collects data related to usage of parts for repairs, this data could be fed into an ERP system to automate purchase of replacement parts.

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