It all started with a letter we received from a major
multinational petrochemical company: A reliability
manager related that he had recently asked each maintenance
department within the corporations businesses to submit
the top 10 production-loss sources over the past few years.
When his staff analyzed the various replies, it was discovered
that most of the corporations problems related to
equipment that had been recently commissioned as part of major
projects. Having discovered this
common thread, the reliability staff asked the maintenance departments how much
influence they had in equipment design and selection during the
early stages of the project.