April 2003

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Proven turnaround practices

Follow these guidelines to reduce costs and shorten downtime

Motylenski, R. J., ReliMaint Engineering

Plant and process unit turnarounds are major undertakings and can have significant impact on the plant's annual maintenance budget and future operating and maintenance performance metrics. A successful turnaround is one where safety, environmental compliance, cost and duration are within expectations, and benchmark performance is achieved. To be successful, turnarounds require careful planning and scheduling. These duties are typically performed by skilled and experienced personnel utilizing proven practices that integrate and minimize the work scope. However, since the interval between turnarounds is generally lo

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