September 1998

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HPIn Competitiveness: Measuring plant availability performance

I recently had an occasion to work with a plant availability performance simulation software called MIRIAM. The generated reports were impressive. Their depth and quality underlined to me how much som..

Lamb, R. G., Cost Control Systems, LLC

I recently had an occasion to work with a plant availability performance simulation software called MIRIAM. The generated reports were impressive. Their depth and quality underlined to me how much some firms are being misled by other simplistic computations and measures of plant availability performance. The penalties for being misled are substantial untapped latent revenues, cost competitiveness and income. Plant availability measures. Some firms are adopting simplistic techniques to compute onstream availability. The computation is used to justify and guide their reliability and maintenance improvement programs. Onstream availability is the percent of time that plan

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