Change management software platform

Honeywell launches intelligent MOC for industrial manufacturers to manage changes and approvals across plant control and safety systems.


Honeywell launches intelligent MOC for industrial manufacturers to manage changes and approvals across plant control and safety systems.Honeywell has announced the launch of the Intelligent Management of Change (iMOC) workflow process management application. iMOC is a new solution within the DOC4000 suite that provides a unified and efficient way to manage change, security, and compliance across plant control and safety systems while improving reliability through risk mitigation.

“The requirement for a formalized MOC process is a major trend in the process automation industry,” said Jon Lippin, vice president-general manager of lifecycle solutions and service for Honeywell Process Solutions. “Improper changes to automation systems can negatively impact a plant’s safety, availability, and compliance, and ultimately its business results.  iMOC meets this need by collecting relevant data within a process plant, giving it context, and presenting the information to personnel where and when they need it. It is thus a key loss prevention tool for any company seeking to avoid future losses resulting from configuration changes to a process automation system.”

iMOC is specifically designed for industrial automation. It provides help for supervisory personnel with access to modify critical plant systems, including distributed control systems, safety systems, programmable logic controllers, field instrumentation databases, and advanced solutions. It enables many key improvements that can affect business results, including:

• Increased safety and compliance. By effectively managing changes and approvals, it helps protect against threats of cyber attacks and safety hazards. It also enables improved handling of critical issues, including undocumented changes, enhanced regulatory compliance, reductions in error-prone manual MOC tasks, and unauthorized changes that increase risk.

• Efficient capture and protection of intellectual property. It is specifically designed to detect all automation changes automatically, reconcile MOC cases to changes in the automation system, and automatically generate reports of un-reconciled changes, all at 45% less cost than manual methods.

• Thorough documentation of all changes made to the system. This enables fast root-cause analysis to ensure business continuity, and can save days of investigation and reduce potentially significant financial impact on production.

• Reduction of project costs. Using automated documentation capabilities to create as-built configuration documentation can reduce project costs by as much as 15%.

MOC is an integrated add-in module that runs on top of powerful DOC4000 assessment software and leverages Web 2.0 technologies to facilitate information push and collaboration. With MOC added to DOC4000, Honeywell customers are able to manage proposed changes through an automated and highly organized approval process that is either specific to their control system environment or integrated with their enterprise-wide MOC infrastructure.

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