July 2007

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HP Reliability: Reliable plants are never an afterthought—Part 2

      Last month's column explained that truly world-class petrochemical and refining companies invest roughly 5% of the cost of equipment in pre-purchase reviews and reliability audits..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

      Last month's column explained that truly world-class petrochemical and refining companies invest roughly 5% of the cost of equipment in pre-purchase reviews and reliability audits.1,2 Having full manufacturing drawings stored at a local authorized repair facility is another option that many best-of-class companies have exercised over the years. For instance, in the 1970s, a world-renowned overseas manufacturer of mechanical-drive steam turbines agreed to place the manufacturing drawings on microfiche and to store them near the purchaser's plant site in the US. All of this is usually pre-defined and pre-negotiated. As to accurate P&IDs, these should—of course

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