The documentation of complex plants is not static but is subjected to constant change. This challenge can no longer be mastered today with paper documentation (Source: ©thodonal -

LiveDOK.Web, an operating-system independent, mobile documentation system from Rösberg Engineering, directly transmits documentation changes made on-site to a central online server. This means the latest information is immediately available to all users via a variety of different devices


very innovation brings new possibilities. For process plants, too,

improved sensor technology, more flexible actuator technology and Industry 4.0 concepts in general are opening up new opportunities. Products can be developed that were previously unthinkable, efficiency can be increased, cycle times speeded up, maintenance made easier – and much more. However, as a result plants become increasingly complex, shorter commissioning times are required and unscheduled downtimes have to be avoided as far as possible. These demands influence the whole of plant and project planning. Good documentation that reflects the as-built

state of the plant is essential – otherwise how can anyone keep an overview? With the advent of Industry 4.0, paper documentation can no longer keep pace with technology. Digital solutions are called for that can be used and processed directly in the plant, including on mobile devices. The documentation of a process plant

is not something static which is first drawn up and then remains the same forever. Rather, it is constantly subjected to change, from initial planning to commissioning, through operation to modernisation or dismantling. This applies particularly in situations where, in order to save time, processes take

Martin Dubovy, Dipl.-Ing. (BA), Head of Product Management Plant Solutions at Rösberg Engineering

place in parallel that were previously mainly performed in series. For instance, changes in the documentation have to be reliably exchanged between construction team and start-up team, if the documentation is to match the real as-delivered state of the plant, as is required from a legal viewpoint for its safe and trouble-free operation. And later during the operational phase, for example, maintenance crews have to be able to record with as little difficulty as possible when components have been replaced, parameters adapted or other changes made. For this purpose, simple tools are required that can also be used by non-specialists without intensive training – because no tool is good unless it gets used.

CONSISTENT DIGITAL DOCUMENTATION Thus simplicity of use was one of the main goals when developing LiveDOK NG, the documentation software from Rösberg that enables plant documentation to be kept up to date in real time (Fig. 1). Simplicity is the only effective approach to ensure maximum user acceptance. But in many cases – especially where commissioning or maintenance are concerned – fixed-site workstations contradict the idea of simple, flexible operation. Remarks that cannot be entered in the documentation on-the-spot are soon forgotten. With LiveDOK.Web, the company from

Fig. 1: LiveDOK NG helps to keep plant documentation up to date in real time (Source: Rösberg)


Karlsruhe has now created an operating-system-independent, web- based solution suitable for use on different devices and thus also for mobile use within the plant (Fig. 2), because digital documentation solutions need to be consistent, whether in or outside Ex areas, whether at fixed or mobile operating stations. With the web-based add-on for documentation tool LiveDOK NG, this is now a simple matter. LiveDOK.Web directly transmits documentation changes made on-site to a central online server. Then the latest information is immediately


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