July 2011

Bonus Report: Maintenance and Reliability

Rethink lubrication and steam issues on emergency equipment

‘Best available technology’ is a must for backup systems

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The March 2011 earthquake and disastrous tsunami in Japan was termed a perfect storm meeting an imperfect design. As we all know, the nuclear power facility’s emergency backup generators did not perform as expected. This event serves as an urgent reminder that designing for reliability involves location, selection, configuration, testing, maintenance and adherence to procedures without compromising safety-consciousness—just about everything. Looking back, we may have to ponder and reconsider what it means to be reliability professionals. For a certainty, we will have to re-learn that details matter! Within a day of the radiation release from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, we rece

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