September 2018

Maintenance and Reliability

Coupling maintenance strategies for critical equipment

Unplanned outages due to mechanical failures can cost millions of dollars of lost production time for oil and gas companies.

Del Campo, J., Regal Beloit

Unplanned outages due to mechanical failures can cost millions of dollars of lost production time for oil and gas companies. While it is difficult to quantify the cost of unplanned downtime, an outage of a single day may exceed $6.5 MM for the average US refinery.1 The shift from reactive maintenance to data-driven proactive maintenance strategies not only can reduce lost revenue from unplanned outages, but can also reduce the overall costs associated with operating and maintaining plant equipment by 60%.2 Disc and diaphragm couplings are not a “wear item”—such as seals in a turbine or compressor—that can cause a decrease in equipment performance and are typically replaced on a time-based s

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