I am currently working on a project where I need to develop an Equipment IQ Protocol Template for use on a manufacturing line, that has various pieces of equipment working together.
I thought it would be a good idea to open this up to discussion and get peoples experience’s to date on what they have included into their protocols.
At the end of this exercise we will generate “The Ultimate Equipment Installation Protocol”
We need your help with this guys so please add any comments of opinions to the list below.
• All relevant drawings are available including: Mechanical Drawings, Electrical Schematics, Process and Instrument Drawings;
• User Manual;
• Spare Parts Listing;
• Software Documentation (Ladder Logic, Version Control Documentation for Source Software) .
Equipment Design / Component Verification:
• All major Equipment/Components design verified via Design Qualification or equivalent (ex.
Approved Engineering Specifications and Design Review and/or IQ verification)
• Certification of Materials of Construction used, equipment finish;
• Main Components of Preventative Maintenance Program;
• Special Cleaning Intervals Established.
Verification of Critical Instrument Calibration:
• Primary Instruments Listed in the Calibration Program;
• Instrument Resolution and Accuracy are identified and adequate for Process Control Range;
• Traceable Standards Used.
• Compressed Air;
• All Connections to be Verified;
• Noise Level;
• Electrostatic Discharge Isolation.
• Electrical Wiring/Disconnects;
• Noise Level Standards.
• Software/PLC Configuration Control;
• Disaster Recovery;
• Cleaning Routines.
Adequate Acceptance Criteria:
• All Acceptance Criteria to be Supported by Engineering/Quality and any other Stakeholders.
• Validation instruments used in IQ are listed and within calibration due dates.
Good Documentation Practices
• Clear statement of Purpose, Results and Conclusions;
• Raw Data Available;
• Use of Permanent Ink;
• Non-Adulterated Records;
• Proper Correction of Data Entries.
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