Time-in-State® Management System

Limited insight into operational risk exposure within industrial production processes poses a threat to organizations’ financial performance. This is a particularly serious issue within the continuous process environment where most performance measurements lag behind the real-time process. The Time-in-State® solution provides an opportunity to manage these risks pro-actively and to deliver substantial financial gains.


What is Time-in-State®?


→ Time-in-State® is a process management system that implements operational excellence.

→ Time‑in‑State® implementations are guided by a MESA International endorsed methodology and supporting technology. 

→ It has a long, successful track record utilising ‘big data’ and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) principles.

→ Time-in-State® establishes a unified/common performance measurement tool for production, process, quality, and asset management. 

→ It secures the client’s human capital, facilitates change management and people development.


Time-in-State® in Practice


Time-in-State® is used to derive internal benchmarks by utilising process measurements, KPI and financial data. This assessment provides an accurate quantification of the operation’s 

- economic performance when operating within and outside benchmarks; and

- operational risk exposure where operational risk is defined as the potential loss incurred as a result of system or process failure, or incorrect decision-making. 


Time‑in‑State® translates operating and asset conditions into a measurement that correlates with the Return on Assets financial metric. This information provides an accurate assessment of asset and resource efficiency and effectiveness. Time-in-State® ensures a competitive advantage by extracting this information at (i) system1 level (can trace back problem to root cause) and (ii) in real‑time (resulting in pro-active management).

Overview of Time-in-State® application areas

Feasibility Study

Assess operational risk exposure to: 

1.  Determine the operation’s ability to operate within the Optimum Operating Envelope (OOE).

2. Quantify the proportion of time that the operation is operating within OOE.

3. Assess the project risk/probability of success in advance


Information presented by this assessment delivers insight into:

1. The operation’s economic performance under different market conditions (or seasonal constraints) e.g. high and low oil price conditions.

2. Appropriate operating target that maximise economic performance.

3. Time-in-State® is deployed to:

    (a) Monitor and report how well strategy is deployed at operational level. 

    (b) Provide real-time guidance to operational personnel regarding the target state to standardised decision making.

Model-based Root Cause Analysis (Investigative Analytics for processing plants)

Time-in-State® provides a platform to monitor systems (sub-processes) individually but in the context of the complete production process.  This solution delivers:

1. Early warning of deteriorating performance at system level.

2. Common action to adverse conditions (standardization).

3. Immediate feedback regarding the effectiveness of corrective actions.


Pro-active Management of KPIs

A Time-in-State® solution delivers:

1. An accurate definition of the inter-relationship between process/equipment operating states and (retrospectively) reported performance measurements.

2. Participation of all personnel in deriving the optimum operating envelope at system level which in turn facilitates:

- Common understanding of standards to be maintained within the process and functional units.

- Alignment between technical and process disciplines.

- Logical breakdown of the production process into system. 

- Pro-active management of performance.

- Change management.

3. Employee development – the Time-in-State® methodology facilitates training and development of people.

4. Asset management – sustaining various systems in their respective optimum operating envelopes result in lower equipment stress and consequently extend equipment life and lower maintenance cost.

5. Condition based equipment maintenance – Time-in-State® delivers early warning of deteriorating equipment performance by comparing process measurements with pre-defined baselines.


Energy Efficiency

Time-in-State® provides functionality to:

1. Quantify the energy variance under different operating conditions. This provides insight into:

- The percentage time that the operation is achieving optimal energy efficiency.

- The key influencing factors contributing toward variance.

2. Define baselines, at systems level, that deliver best energy efficiency practices.

3. Utilise baselines to pro-actively manage the process to attain high energy efficiency.

Securing Human Capital   

Time‑in‑State® offers a solution that: 

1. Captures best practices by integrating knowledge and understanding of all operational personnel (a library of knowledge is established).

2. Facilitate operational decision making by: 

- interpreting process and equipment conditions consistently; and 

- providing contextualised text-based feedback in real-time to operational personnel. 

1 System: In the context of Time-in-State®, a system consists of multiple elements fulfilling a specific purpose or function within the production process. A system is defined in the context of a process function or equipment functional unit. An element is described by a measurement of calculated value. The inter-relationship between the elements characterises behaviour and operating state of the system. Overall performance is a function of multiple systems – the desired or target performance will be realised by default if all systems operate within the optimum state.  Time-in-State® places the focus on managing systems in their optimum state – achieving the latter will result in peak performance.  

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