Home Health Case Studies in Maintenance and Reliability: A Wealth of Best Practices
Good communication and coordination with relevant operations and process design staff helped fast track the change-control activities for the temporary solution. The process technologist and utilities manager supported the work at all stages, and took an active role in vetting the mechanical and structural design. We kept the management team informed at every stage, as this was a problem that had the potential to shut the whole refinery down for an extended period.
This required major engineering effort. Significant design changes were envisaged, based on the results of these trials. The plan was to redesign the overflow from the weir so that aeration was eliminated. By the time all this happened, I had already moved to a new location, so I could not keep track of subsequent actions.
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In solving difficult reliability problems, tap knowledge and skills wherever they reside. Innovation and creativity are available at every level in the organization. These talents can flower or be smothered, depending on how we deal with people.
Analyze risks and apply change control procedures before implementing temporary solutions. These need the same quality of design and engineering as permanent solutions.
Difficult challenges make a maintainer's life interesting.
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