May 2020

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery

Doing more with less: Extending critical fluid system resources

Fluid system operators are tasked with maximizing value from their systems to enhance plant and refinery operations.

Menz, B., Swagelok

Fluid system operators are tasked with maximizing value from their systems to enhance plant and refinery operations. However, many common inefficiencies threaten that mission. Maintaining efficiencies can be more challenging than ever before, as highly tenured employees enter retirement and leave a growing skills gap behind. Meanwhile, in-house technical staffs—particularly maintenance and instrumentation technicians—are dwindling, as organizations cut costs to maximize profitability. From a plant resource perspective, the math does not add up. How can plants overcome these challenges of a shrinking labor pool and smaller in-house technical teams? One way is by partnering with a reliable su

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