By Ron Moore and Doug Plucknette
This discussion will center on the importance of fabrication/repairs, installation and startup practices. It’s difficult to overstate the essential nature of the standards, procedures and practices in this area for the reliability of a given plant.
Creating Installation Standards – What are the expectations between the equipment owner and those tasked with installing the equipment?
Why your maintenance organization must be actively involved in overseeing installation of new assets.
•Seeing equipment being installed, how it’s assembled greatly reduces the timeline the first time it needs to be disassembled for repair.
•Are flanged connections true?
•Are precision alignment techniques being used?
•Are maintainability issues being considered?
•Are torque wrenches being used?
•Are the proper materials being used?
•Is equipment being properly labeled?
•Accessibility for operations and LOTO
•Trip hazards and head knockers