March 2011

Turnaround and Maintenance 2011 Supplement

What are the ‘magnificent seven’ elements to successfully pick a contractor?

Valuable pointers help industrial plant managers minimize downtime, maintain quality and safety to improve operations

At some point in time, every industrial plant must bring in an outside contractor to do specialized work such as boiler blasting, concrete waterproofing and ceiling painting that in-house manpower cannot perform on a cost-effective basis. Such an option makes sense, in that many industrial operations do not enjoy the luxury of reassigning staff to do labor-intensive work that requires additional training. Nor does facility management have at their ready disposal the unique equipment required to perform major maintenance or upgrade projects. However, the greater challenge lies not in deciding whether or not to call in outside help, but rather, determining which contractor is best able to do

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