In this re.engineer feature we recognize Brant Smith for his continued success as a Process Safety, Instrumentation, and Reliability Leader.
Brant’s appetite for creating value has consistently grown over the years and he has recently partner with Automation + Controls Engineering (ACE) to create his own division which is focused on Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) and Field Services.
ACE is a wholly owned subsidiary of AWC, Inc. AWC has over 26 offices in 10 Southeastern states and has been in business since 1965. AWC/ACE is an employee owned company, inspiring all to work for the same goal. This structure creates a culture of dedication, innovation and stability for their employees and customers. They utilize proven methods that reduce cost, improve quality and increase overall safety.
Brant, how are you delivering reengineered value at ACE?
“Just recently a client called and was having trouble starting up. We dispatched two senior I/E technicians immediately. The client had several problems with pH probes and several levels not reading properly. The ACE team performed maintenance on the instrumentation and was able to get the system back in order. While there, the client asked the team to look at several other transmitters that were being troublesome. The team found that the technology being used was not adequate for the process. The customer explained that the process had changed from the time of when the instrumentation was originally installed. We are in the process of developing an instrument reliability program and working with the client to select a cost-effective technology for their process”.
As a result of their hard work, the client achieved $200,000 in production savings and prevented $100,000 in fines due to not being able to report waste.
Driving best in class technology and good old fashion maintenance principles is one of the foundations of being a reengineer.