April 2007

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HP Reliability: How reliability improvements save money

Equipment manufacturers and design contractors are often slow to adopt reliability upgrade and energy-conservation components in their standard offers. Fearful that buyers are making selections on low..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Equipment manufacturers and design contractors are often slow to adopt reliability upgrade and energy-conservation components in their standard offers. Fearful that buyers are making selections on lowest initial cost rather than least life cycle cost, they prefer keeping their equipment offers as cheap as possible. For their part, many purchasers claim not to have data that allow them to accurately determine life cycle cost and so it's "business as usual"—the lowest cost devices are bought and installed. But hydrocarbon processing plant operators and their principal suppliers can provide much practical reliability improvement and cost justification information. We selected just two exam

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