July 2000

Plant Management

Producing product and change together

These two process plant mandates seem to be in opposition. Here are some strategies for confronting the challenges

Ahmed, M.M., Emerson Performance Solutions

Two business activities vital to the survival and prosperity of a hydrocarbon processing industry plant are producing product and modernizing the facility. When operating a given plant to produce product that meets customer requirements, there is a compelling need to generate revenue. This activity, therefore, emphasizes keeping the plant running. However, another compelling need is modernizing the plant to achieve superior financial performance relative to competition over the long term. This activity, therefore, emphasizes improving the facility. The organizational mode that people work in contributes to certain type

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