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HP Reliability: More than procedures are needed to avoid incidents

Here is the typical scenario: An explosion rips through a refinery (and when an explosion happens, the heat is on). As usual, the organization reacts swiftly. The customary failed assets remediation t..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Here is the typical scenario: An explosion rips through a refinery (and when an explosion happens, the heat is on). As usual, the organization reacts swiftly. The customary failed assets remediation task force members (FARTFMs) rise up from their slumber and the search for data is started. A few thousand dollars are allocated to solve a $10 million problem and many thousands of e-mails are generated. Some of these only recite the obvious, i.e., "the earth moves around the sun"; others will caution not to put faith in that assertion "because it really depends on how one defines 'sun'." Much extra coffee will be consumed and a failure team coordinator or event investigator (a person willing to

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