Monday, April 20, 2015

Congratulations to Team DESCON for sincere effort in making RAK Project to a success!

Congratulations to Team DESCON for sincere effort in making the customer happy to take their first blend product yesterday 19th April 2015!


It is worth to mention few points at this moment.

This job was taken by DESCON with a reference from one of our Good Old customer Mr.Wajid Ali Risvi.  This has taken a lot of time (personnel time from me as
well as from Shyam) in building a rapport with this customer’s team. 

Job becomes really difficult when the customer does not know what he wants!  But here the customer wanted to build a plant to be “state of the art” kind within his budgetary limitations.  Since we had these input from the beginning, our team had acted accordingly.
There are a lot of combinations used by this customer.
-       Micromotion Coriolis meters
-       Siemens Ultrasonic Flow
-       Pumps / motors of various ratings
-       Motor Operated Valves from multiple manufacturers.
DESCON scope was stretched from design, engineering of PLC / HMI system to supervision of the whole task of Cables, Valves installation; testing of electric components and integrating to PLC system including supply of cable installation materials (trays, fixtures etc..).
-       Throughout this project, Shyam was involved in site surveys, process discussions and electrical interlocks and I really appreciate his patience with this customer.!  Well Done Shaym.
-       Our scientist Mr.Prashanth was in the main role of process design of this job.  His prompt advises and temper to withstand pressure from customer was a great support for me at various times.  Cheers Prashanth for mentoring this project and I really appreciate your readiness to change the programming sequences when the Emerson guys put some trouble across.

-       When we visited the  site, there was no trace of any documentation and it was first mission of our Fantin to make the physical layout of the plant and he went ahead creating the whole plant layout which is under the “AS BUILT” process now.  Keep it up Fantin!, we are going to keep you busy in TOLEDO project as well.
-       Prasad had always been a good negotiator with our suppliers.  In this job, we have done a very nice estimate and we can very well say the project is completed within the estimated costs!  Good Job Prasad!, your team mates Joe and Jai deserve a very good round of applauses.
-       I must mention the support from Francis for making timely action to keep our suppliers’ payments in time.  Many thanks Francis, to keep the spirit with your smile on every request (or roaring) from our team members.
-       Getting goods from our suppliers and to deliver those to the customer’s site is  heavy task when our team is all flooded in other projects.  But we had the strong logistics back bone like Rajpar who managed Jasim/ Mark / external transport to manage the crisis.  Cheers Rajpar… It’s always wonderful fighting for good results!
-       When it comes to panel assembly, we all depend on Bony who patiently assign the tasks between his available resources to make it happen.  Congrats Bony, in this Panel we had less mistakes observed at site.  Let’s Congratulates the Technician Crew (Syed, Nelson, Saravanan, Sakti, Oliver, Erjan and Razzack!)  You all have done a very good Job!

Having full faith on our team, I believe this job had brought our team to have confidence in taking up such process related projects in future.

Congratulations Once Again Team DESCON!...

Sunday, July 15, 2012


The first Tank Gauging System (TGS) Project within UAE was offered for factory inspection at DESCON facilities in Dubai.  Customers along with End User as well as Consultants were present to witness the physical and functional checks and verification tests.
With the support from Endress+Hauser (MESC) offices, DESCON secured the TGS project for UAE Customer.  Even though the team had a heavy task in achieving the delivery deadline including the third party deliverable, proper planning and team work had made it happen.
DESCON's team had demonstrated the functionality of the offered system by simulating all possible conditions for a typical tank.  The project is involving 7 tanks.

Arrangements were made with a real time situation of one tank by connecting the following equipment.

  • 1 No of NRF590 - Tank Side monitor,
  • 1No of FMR532 - RADAR Level Transmitter,
  • 1No of Prothermo - Temperature Transmitter,
  • 1No of PMP71 - Pressure Transmitter,
  • TGS System Panel with MultSCAN (redundant) and
  • Workstation Computer with LCD Monitor and Printer.

In continuation of the functional checks, the FAT inspectors had verified the project deliverable equipment with respect to Bill Of Materials. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Learn from FAT - Success of Disaster

With all difficulties & disabilities we have completed a FAT today!  Cheers to you all and the team.

Many thanks to Mr.Basu to drop in upon my request as the end user was really boiled up due to series of issues related to various projects.  We all could see his presence had softened the situation a bit.

However I would like to point out certain remarks which need to be followed strictly in every such occasion.
1)    Self check prior to the FAT – which we call as internal functions check.
a.    It’s not only to check but also to take corrective action if a discrepancy is noted.
b.    We had preliminary check (with all drawings and physical checks), but unfortunate that corrected drawings remained in the computer / laptop and inspector discovered a totally different set of drawings in the FAT file.
FAT File (folder) to be compiled with maximum care to avoid such instances in future.
2)    Communication between customer / consultant / contractor to be ready at the time of FAT.
a.    Mostly the FAT would be upon official approval.  Very rare instances we have been asked to follow a previous approval in case if the deliverable is an extension of previous / recent project.
b.    Always approvals / copies of reference project documentation to be available at the FAT facility.
c.    The documentation soft copies (native files – AutoCAD / Word / Excel) to be available with the FAT conductor (vendor – DESCON) at the time of FAT.
                                          i.    It was really tough time to have a native file send over internet and access from an assembly facility with limited internet access!
                                         ii.    I would recommend carrying the project laptop during such FAT / sessions even when it is not needed.
3)    As built drawings to be ready at the time of inspection.
a.    Ideal conditions (which never happens in projects) the submittal drawings and as built drawings will be matching.
b.    In case if some changes (due to improvement in design or as per comment compliance) those need to be marked in drawings and subsequent “change instructions” to be available during the FAT.
c.    Inspector (client / consultant / contractor) is expected to inspect the assembly against the approved (AS BUILT) drawings.  So vendor must be ready with all required data.
4)    Further to successful FAT a certificate along with punch points marked (if any) to be compiled upon conclusion of FAT.
a.    Without documentation, nothing is complete in any projects.
b.    Minute Of Meeting in the FAT (in case if a discussion / clarification meeting was held) to be formulated.  This can be an evidence to “dispatch release” of the inspected goods / equipment.
c.    A signature in a FAT document is a responsibility taken by the signatory.  Same applicable for punch points so as to correct the punch point and to close any open issues later on.
5)    Last point is to update the document schedule with relevant revision marks with respect to FAT.
a.    Always keep our internal document schedule updated with maximum information (reason for revisions – internal as well).
b.    Document release check list to be followed while forwarding a set of document is sent to customer.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Successfully completed the commissioning of TANKVISION

Great Achievement ! 
Satheesh (Asst. Service Manager - DESCON) with remote support from Jan Strohmeier (ProjectManager Endress+Hauser MESC) successfully completed the commissioning of TANKVISION in CCC Qatar, for Qatar Petroleum(QP).
This is definitely be a significant reference for all of us!

Congratulations on this successful achievement!...
Together a BiG round of applause to the whole team which worked in the background!...

Not to forget few guys in team without whose support, the realization would have been difficult!
-      Kishor did his role as the single point contact for customer on this project exceptionally well!  Knowing the customer and knowing their requirements are the most important issue in getting a job done.  Cheers Kishor, we did it!...
-      Michael Dias and his crew did a wonderful job in getting the equipment in time and handling the logistics very professionally!  Congrats man, we have more to do in the same line…
-      Vipin and Prasad were extremely good in getting the documentation with respect to Tests / Procedures as well as the drawings.  From CCC site, the team along with Satheesh were very pro active in putting up all the requirements together for the documentation which led us to get approvals very quickly!.  Well done Prasad & Vipin, we maintain our QMS standard throughout our actions!
-      Lukman from the procurement department had been always listening to any URGENT purchase requisitions and was keen on chasing the vendors & expediting the delivery from our suppliers in case of any minor item in this job!
-      Francis was supporting our team in case of any commercial needs!  Francis, Many thanks to you for saying “yes” to our requests!..


Monday, November 21, 2011

3D View | Isometric View for Sea Water Intake WQA Analyzer System

3D View | Isometric View for Sea Water Intake WQA Analyzer System
Part of the project Requirements were to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed Analyzer Solution to be installed at the site.  In order to visualize the complexity, an isometric view as well as the 3 Dimensional view would help the customer / end user.

Above view was generated in AutoCAD with "realistic" feature rendering!
Presentation slides being prepared by soft copy output.  Adobe PDF / image is being used.

Connection details from the about the suction lines to the Pumps (Main and Standby) and its discharge towards the Analyzer panel with appropriate Valves are shown in above image.

Suction line shows the guide tubing to the water sump.  
Discharge tubing shown towards the Analyzer Assembly inside the panel.

Another view to have a better understanding about the tubing.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Trip to Abu Dhabi : Internal Audit [ comic / intersting points observed]

Company ISO:9001-2008 internal Audit was scheduled for Abu Dhabi Office on 19th July 2011.
Salah (PRO) was keen to ensure he attends this one.
Accordingly messages were circulated and We started from Sharjah at about 6:50AM.
We (myself and sujith) took the Dubai Outer Bypass Road which lead until Shikh Zayed Road.
Even though it was early in the morning, we noticed a severe accident just before Jebel Ali area.

We stopped at a petrol station on the Sheikh Zayed Road for snacks / breakfast.  Sujith picked up fruit salad (BARAKAT fruits n vegetables) and fruit juices.  By that time we could notice the crowd towards Abu Dhabi on the road!!..

Before entering to Abu Dhabi city, at the biggest mosque area we contacted our colleagues for route to the office.

As per guidance we followed and reached a signal where we should take LEFT turn.  As the signal was common for U-turn and Left turn, there was a big line of cars.  Also a police vehicle was trying to enter in the line.  Due to the big que up, we tried changing the line and to join in the line closer to the signal, but behind was the police and we did not take the risk!..
Instead of taking left, we had to move forward and ended up in the next U-turn to come back to the same signal.  Later we found the landmarks near the Abu Dhabi offices and luckily we got a parking close to the office building.

PRO was in the office, but he left just before we enter in the office.  We started our scheduled activities.  Small meeting with the team mates and collecting evidences, finding out mismatches continued till 1:00pm.

Later finalized the Audit and gathered the documents in electronic format.  Called Salah and started for Dubai.

It was lunch time, but we did not try having lunch at the city, as we head towards Shahama, we found another petrol station where we had PIZZA for lunch!

After coming out of the lunch while getting into the lines in Shikh Zayed Road, there was a 4WD vehicle rushing to change the line just behind our vehcle.  Sooner it was noticed in the rear view mirror, we changed line to the right and an accident was avoided!!!  It was a crazy local driver in an FJ Cruiser!!!

Long drive took another one hour to reach Emirates Road where we saw another accident for a micro Van slipped aside the ROAD and hit to a Date tree!...

By that time there was a call from Emax door delivery guys for installation of TV at home and we dropped the plan of going to Dubai office and headed towards Sharjah.

Sujith got down at Emax for a taxi and I parked at Sharjah Co operative Centre and rushed to catch the Emax team.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Inspection of Office / Assembly Facilities >>>>

Inspection of Office / Assembly Facilities >>>>

As many of you might be aware, the delegates from ADWEA, TRANSCO and ADDC were visiting our office and assembly / manufacturing units.  This event has taken DESCON a step further in qualifying the registration process in ADWEA Group of organizations.

Let me take this opportunity to Congratulate all of you for making this event to satisfy the delegates.

I would like to mention few points which lead us to this stage!

Joy has been constantly following the registration procedure as many of the document submission instructions were received in short notices and he deserves a big round of applause.

Ayan has been alert all the time as the customer had pre determined various vendors in their mind, but every points raised where technically answered to the satisfaction of the delegates during these process.  Even though we received confirmations from the client about the Site Visits at later hours in the previous business day, Ayan managed to arrange chauffer service for customer delegates from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and handled the situation well!

Even though the facility inspection was expected the dates were announced with just few days notice.  We sincerely thank Mr.Basu who had to shorten his trip abroad and managed to be available during this inspection which showed his involvement in the business division and revived interpersonal relation between some of the delegates. 

When the visit was confirmed, Renu and our office team were positively contributed towards welcoming the delegates.  Jean and Jonna were actively involved during the welcome session and Jasim and Billal were ready for any assistance for this.  I should also mention Nijaz’s involvement in helping Renu organizing Arabic snacks as part of refreshments.  Renu has personally involved in choosing menu of refreshments and maintained a notable level in hospitality.  Sujith has designed the Welcome Banner which was displayed at our reception.

Ashis and Prasad were thoroughly confident about their role in the projects and those were presented very professionally during the conference sessions as well as the facility inspection.  Vipin and Mansoor supported the team with all documentation requested by the delegates during the inspection visits.  Shyam and his technician crew have maintained the assembly shop very nicely; which was very much appreciated by the inspectors.

Also the delegates had a visit to DESCON’s main stores and was impressed by the stores organization by Mike and his team.

Further the Inspection team proceeded for site visits where Noufal was very instrumental in demonstrating various scope of implementation works done by DESCON.  Seeing the HOT Standby Redundant PLC system with SCADA and Gateway RTU, the delegates were pleased and they were keen to understand the expertise of DESCON in terms of communication system and inter operability and all.

We have a lot more to go, but the level of confidence we observed in the faces of our customers will be our motivation to achieve the goal!

Many Thanks once again to all of you to make this happen ! . . .