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How to Select the Right Maintenance Metrics to Measure

A common phrase is “What’s measured is managed”.  What’s also true is that measuring the wrong things can drive unintended behaviors.  We want to be deliberate in choosing the metrics that we track for maintenance.  We want to communicate what our objectives are, such as increasing efficiency, schedule attainment or improving repair quality.  It is […]

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Pride Comes Before The Fall…

This is the second (and hopefully last) in a personal series on slips trips and falls. Many of you may remember a few years ago I sent out a Safety Focus on a slip and fall incident that happened to me that resulted in a broken left arm. I spoke about the importance of using […]

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Breakthroughs in Predictive HTHA Life Assessment: Time Dependent Nelson Curves and Inspection Planning Enhancements

Published in the Inspectioneering Journal, January/February 2022 Introduction Nearly two years ago, in an Inspectioneering Journal article, Practical HTHA Experience and Time-Based Nelson Curves for Improved Equipment Life Management, we described how to incorporate well-established void growth modeling (see Figure 1) into a high temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA) assessment approach [1]. Since then, we have […]

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Hurricane Harvey Recovery – Methodical Steps to Restart Your Plant

I personally went through Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike during my career living in the Gulf Coast. Restarting our plants after these storms was challenging, home life was miserable without power for three weeks and traveling over 100 miles north to find gasoline, food and water for family and neighbors was time consuming and hazardous. […]

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Recent Advances in Becht’s HTHA Damage Modeling Approach Part 6: Nucleation Effects and Cutoff Pressure Prediction

Overview We presented a comprehensive five part series on our HTHA modeling approach in the fall of 2020.  This series extended the initial work presented in [1] in several significant ways, including: Inclusion of vessel pressure and weld residual stresses Treatment of C-0.5Mo material Direct relation of the damage and life fractions the model predicts […]

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A Step in the Right Direction

Most of us have heard of the benefits of walking at least 10,000 steps a day. Weight loss and heart health are just a few of the benefits of daily walking. Unfortunately, if you have a sedentary office job, spend a lot of time behind the wheel of a vehicle or have a full schedule, […]

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Assessing Actual vs. Planned Work Hours of a Maintenance Outage

Using a Simple Methodology to Determine the Best Estimate of the True Productivity Performance Can Lead to Further Improvements Abstract For maintenance outages, job plans are created based on certain labor productivity assumptions.  While there are a variety of methods for assessing actual productivity during the course of work, there is a simple methodology for […]

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Improving Energy Efficiency – Addressing Scope 1 and 2 Emission Reduction Targets

With contributing authors: Grant Jacobson, Roberto Tomotaki, Greg Zoll and Fred Lea Recently published in Decarbonization Technology  As the energy industry continues to embrace the energy transition and rationalize the impacts on their operations and viability, the major focus has been on examining and investing in diversification investments, such as renewable processing, sustainable aviation fuel […]

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The Best Path To Maintenance Cost Reduction

While most organizations acknowledge a link between maintenance and reliability, the maintenance and reliability departments are often held within separate organizations at both site and corporate levels.  They typically have separate goals and work separately to achieve these goals.  One of the key measurements of the maintenance department is the maintenance budget while a key […]

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Becht + RPS Partnership = World Class Training Expertise

Becht is proud to announce the integration of RPS Training into our Becht catalog of training courses. Bob Campagna and his company, RPS, have a strong reputation for delivering technical, process-focused, training content to the refining industry for close to 37 years. “The industry will continue to have access to the same great technical content […]

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