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A New Way Forward

During the review of the location's problems, we had identified many issues. The corrosion management issue provided an opportunity to make inroads into three of these problem areas.

  • • Work groups were compartmentalized.
  • • Inspection group worked as policemen, rather than proactive business associates. We wanted to bring Inspection into the "business" (see Figures 10.1 and 10.2).
  • • It was difficult getting out a message that synergistic decisions were good for the business.

All parties agreed that our present approach was ineffective and led to an inadequate reliability performance. They also agreed that a much more integrated and proactive approach was needed if we were to manage degradation professionally (see Figure 10.3).

We initiated a pilot scheme in one area focusing on the management of a specific aspect of degradation, i.e., corrosion. If this was successful, we aimed to extend the corrosion management concept across the whole site. Once this

Monitoring compliance and symptoms with no business responsibility leads to many inspections and much downtime

Traditional Inspection Role

Figure 10.1 Traditional Inspection Role

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Widened Inspection Roles

Figure 10.2 Widened Inspection Roles

Figure 10.3

was bedded in, we aimed to translate these concepts and experiences from corrosion management into a more generalized management of degradation and reliability. This was our road-map.

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