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September 30, 2014 09:00 ET

Apprion Implements ION Commissioning Application With Proven Scheduling ROI at TPC Group, Houston Operations

TPC Group, Houston Partners With Leading Supplier of Industrial Application Systems to Implement ION Commissioning Application and Pervasive Wireless Infrastructure Within Newest TPC Unit

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) - Apprion, the leader of intelligent industrial applications and services for the process manufacturing industry, announced the completion of the ION Commissioning project and wireless infrastructure implementation at the TPC Group site in Houston, TX. TPC Group Houston Operations partnered with Apprion to help streamline and automate the commissioning process for their new Houston facility. TPC Group identified that they could get their facility up and running safely, in a much quicker and smoother manner with an automated commissioning solution that improves project scheduling and reduces loop commissioning time and equipment outage. 

"TPC Group has worked with our wireless partner Apprion to support the first ever wireless enabled field commissioning solution at a major chemical facility" said Paul Berwanger, TPC Group Process Control Manager. "By using Apprion's ION Commissioning application, we have been able to dramatically increase our loop check efficiency to keep us on track to deliver on a major capital project at our Houston plant."

The first phase of the wireless application strategy at TPC Group involves the Apprion ION Commissioning Application. ION Commissioning includes industrial hardened tablets with the ability to run TPC Group's Distributed Control Systems and asset management programs. Utilizing these industrial tablets, the commissioning and loop check teams can efficiently conduct loop checks and get instant verification of a successful loop deployment, without having to communicate back to the control room -- thus streamlining the control room process. In addition, ION Commissioning enables several teams to run in parallel, which was previously not possible. 

TPC Group has estimated a very near term payback on the investment as a result of its ability to use the wireless infrastructure to navigate through the commissioning process quicker.

ION Commissioning reduces the time of loop commissioning and equipment checkout and reduces the operation outage time during the commissioning phase. The end result is that the process is turned over to operations much more quickly than using traditional methods.

"Apprion's project team performed exceptionally well. They were tasked with a very aggressive schedule and delivered the product on time, under budget and with full functionality. Apprion's team went the extra mile to ensure the success of the project," added Paul Berwanger of TPC Group.

As part of the ION Commissioning deployment, Apprion worked with TPC Group Houston Operations to create a blueprint for their wireless deployment by conducting a wireless site application survey and plan. Apprion's team of wireless and industrial experts conducted the on-site survey and plan, which included comprehensive wireless spectrum analysis, various grid simulation output with signal power levels and a technical evaluation of the site's existing infrastructure and technology. Using the survey results, Apprion's team defined a clear strategy and plan for TPC Group's Houston facility wireless infrastructure implementation and future expansion of the wireless network and applications. TPC Group now has the ability to scale their applications beyond ION Commissioning to add other ION applications as needed. 

About TPC Group
TPC Group Inc. is a leading producer of value-added products derived from niche petrochemical raw materials such as C4 hydrocarbons. The Company sells its products into a wide range of performance, specialty and intermediate segments, including synthetic rubber, fuels, lubricant additives, plastics and surfactants. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, and with an operating history of more than 70 years, the Company has manufacturing facilities in the industrial corridor adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel, Port Neches and Baytown, Texas and operates a butadiene product terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana. For more information, visit the Company's website at http://www.tpcgrp.com.

About Apprion
Apprion delivers intelligent, industrial applications and services for the process manufacturing industry. Apprion extends and manages the Industrial Internet of Things with the only open, industrial application platform -- the ION System. The ION System includes multiple industrial applications that address all of your critical safety, security, compliance and performance needs for Communications, Condition Monitoring, Asset & Personnel Location, Video and Workforce Mobility. For more information, visit www.apprion.com.

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