Intoware 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.

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

“Our developers 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 at Intoware. “While already available on Android and iOS, ‘WorkfloPlus-Web’ offers accessibility through your web browser, so frontline workers will be able to do everything they can on their mobile or handheld device, now through their desktop or device browser.

“WorkfloPlus is built with open APIs that connect the platform to third party systems such as ERP, PLM, CRM and Asset Management. As WorkfloPlus is unlikely to be the only digital “tool” within your business, the work in progress may require information held in existing systems, meaning they need to connect for data to flow easily . “WorkfloPlus-Web” further simplifies this process integration. »

This means that procedures such as asset inspections can be performed as a workflow, where completed data is transmitted in a format to satisfy a required system such as IBM Maximo and SAP, which in turn allows extract documents and convert them into complete tasks. This integration of workflow processes has led to the digitization of over 1,500 North Sea asset maintenance inspections, resulting in a 200% increase in productivity for Intoware’s customer, Petrofac.

If systems are not integrated through open APIs in this way, it means that these processes can become complicated by the number of different applications involved to perform a single procedure. Each time a worker, for example, switches to a different system, it wastes their time and interrupts their concentration on the work at hand.

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

  • User management – allowing external systems to create, modify or delete users as needed, especially useful when a workforce is traveling with a large number of temporary contractors.
  • External scheduling – if work schedules exist in an ERP or PLM tool, an integration layer can create a scheduled task in WorkfloPlus for each activity, potentially extracting files, drawings and metadata and attaching them to a task before scheduling it to be completed by the date and by the person specified in the external system.
  • Parts ordering automation – where WorkfloPlus collects data related to parts usage for repairs, this data could be fed into an ERP system to automate spare parts purchasing.

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