What is a P&ID?
A piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) is a picture of the piping, instruments and controls for equipment in the process industry. It shows the control data, start-up and shutdown procedures, safety information, regulatory requirements, and operational details. The diagram illustrates how the branches, instrumentation, reducers and valves fit and work together to meet the needs of a particular process.
In addition, a process related to production may need to be altered in order to address production or capacity changes. The P&ID can help provide the information on how to build out or reduce that process to meet current needs.
Foundation for Future Audits
Many companies will be required to conduct a process safety management audit or a hazard review from time to time, which requires accurate and current data. The P&IDs, along with the tagging data, can serve as an important resource in which to conduct those periodic audits and evaluations.
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