January 2000

Maintenance and Retrofitting

Quality machinery installation doesn't have to cost more

Facilities design tips improve maintenance

Sela, U., Sequoia Engineering and Design Associates

Quality improvement programs require the participation of all plant members. When visiting a refinery or petrochemical plant, it is not unusual to find a substantial portion of maintenance or operating personnel involved in day-long team building sessions. This approach, though well-intentioned, often fails to result in substantial long-term improvements. Problems in areas such as labor relations, training or management commitment are well documented. The following comments show how design of plant facilities can affect motivation and performance of operators and maintenance personnel. Judicious engineering and attention to the details of mundane tasks can prevent costly mistakes. A hi

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