Process Heater Tube Temperature Monitoring Overview, Best Practices and Examples

High-temperature IR Thermography was pioneered several decades ago as a method for understanding tube temperatures inside fired equipment. While the equipment continues to improve, completing accurate analysis of the data remains very challenging.  It is a complex process to accurately measure tube wall temperatures due to the variable nature of surface scale, combustion characteristics, and […]

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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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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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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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Ammonia Plants

The nitrogen, ammonia, hydrogen, urea, and syngas industries are vital to the production of various petrochemical products for worldwide consumption. This industry is dependent on complex process plant and knowledgeable personnel to bring the final product to market. Critical equipment is subject to unique damage mechanisms. Performance of this equipment can be optimized through the […]

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Becht Hosts First Tank Summit

The storage of liquids is crucial in the current supply chain landscape, and in the framework of the current environmental and regulatory trends for storage tanks. This week (Jan 2022) Becht brought together tank owners/users, vendors, and Becht division leaders for a Tank Summit in Houston to discuss and learn from each other and our […]

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Bad Actor Elimination Through Cooperation, Collaboration and Trust

Recently published in the Inspectioneering Journal. Two heads are better than one, as the old saying goes. However, this adage only works if the two heads trust each other and are interested in working together to solve a problem. Elimination of chronic bad actors in hydrocarbon processing facilities is much more important than egos, silos, […]

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