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PAS has introduced Integrity Disaster Recovery, which accelerates the restoration of processing plants in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Automation systems are crucial to plant operations and delays in restarting these systems after a disaster are always costly, particularly in the refining and petrochemical industries.

For example, based upon typical operating margins, a 250,000 barrel-per-day oil refinery may lose as much as USD67,000 per hour downtime.

Recognising this threat, PAS has combined expert services with its Integrity Software to enable the fastest and most robust automation recovery possible.

Chris Lyden, president of PAS, said: ‘The Integrity Disaster Recovery solution is very different from conventional backup regimes in that we are able to provide a centralised recovery mechanism for all automation systems, including legacy systems that are not supported by standard IT tools.’ The Integrity Disaster Recovery solution from PAS includes a complete survey of all automation assets within the plant and creates a site-specific recovery plan.

This plan includes the details of the backup and restoration processes and a comprehensive restoration procedure for all of a plant’s automation systems.

Data collection and archiving is scheduled for each system based upon its individual need.

The new solution also puts in place essential measures to protect and validate recovery data.

A disaster-recovery change-management process, together with recurrent validations of the procedure, is established to ensure successful execution when the time comes.

The software enables the automatic capture and backup of each automation system’s configuration to enable a restart in the same state as before the emergency, the ability to store backup images both on site and at a secure remote facility, and the performance of regular health checks on the backup image to ensure its viability.

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