May 2020

Special Focus: Maintenance and Reliability

Highlights from a maintenance and reliability audit

Staffers in many plants in modern industry are assigned to job functions related to reliability assessment and implementation.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Staffers in many plants in modern industry are assigned to job functions related to reliability assessment and implementation. How these reliability-related job functions are carried out varies greatly from plant to plant. Accordingly, the effectiveness or completeness of implementation deserves to be monitored; it should be periodically assessed by an audit. In this condensed article, the author recalls his work with a highly experienced colleague and shares examples from a two-day sequence of one-hour audit interviews. We audited and later summarized our in-depth communications with managerial, operations and maintenance/reliability technical personnel at plant “ABC” in the U.S. Our recol

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