August 2015

Maintenance and Reliability

Create an operator ownership culture to achieve continuous improvement in reliability—Part 1

Operators have a significant influence on a plant’s reliability. In spite of this, little attention is focused on improving operators’ capabilities or on developing an operator ownership cul..

Parris, M., Shell; Cameron, D., Tesoro Petroleum (retd.)

Operators have a significant influence on a plant’s reliability. In spite of this, little attention is focused on improving operators’ capabilities or on developing an operator ownership culture. Therefore, many plants could make a significant improvement in performance by creating an operator ownership culture (FIG. 1).     FIG. 1. The Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington is an   example of a plant that benefits from a strong operator   ownership culture. OPERATOR OWNERSHIP BENEFITS Operators live with their equipment 24/7/365; all other groups are, in essence, occasional visitors. Operators who are knowledgeable and meticulous, and who possess a

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