November 2020

Maintenance and Reliability

What went wrong with my furnace?

We should learn from our own mistakes and experiences, but it is wiser to keep track of and learn from all past mistakes and experiences, including those made by others.

Patel, R., Mahra, R. K., Engineers India Ltd.

We should learn from our own mistakes and experiences, but it is wiser to keep track of and learn from all past mistakes and experiences, including those made by others. This same philosophy is applicable, and rather useful, in the execution of engineering projects. One should always keep all feedback handy to accommodate all past experiences, decide preemptive actions, and eliminate cost and schedule impacts on similar projects. In refinery and petrochemical projects involving the execution of fired heaters, reformers and cracking furnaces, listing and sharing feedback are of paramount importance, since the actual cost of each feedback/learning is sizeable (e.g., even minimal impact is mag

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