January 1999

Special Report: Maintenance and Retrofitting

Economics of ‘world-class’ turnarounds

Understand the principles and substantially reduce costs

Roup, J. P., HSB Reliability Technologies

You've just completed your first big turnaround as maintenance manager and you're tired, frustrated and more than a little bit aggravated. Although you've put more resources than ever into your planning effort, you're 25% over budget, five days late, and frankly, there were times during the turnaround when it seemed like you would never get done. All of these things have, of course, caught the attention of your plant manager. After all, turnaround costs comprise over 30% of your maintenance budget and your lost operating profit exceeded the cost of the turnaround. The plant manager has given you great support, but it seemed at times during the turnaround that you were working to cro

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