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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Improving the Quality of Detailed Engineering for Construction Work

An Engineering Vendor’s Approach to Measuring and Improving the Quality of its Construction Deliverables The quality of detailed engineering deliverables for construction work can be confirmed using several methods, including checks and reviews by the client, in this case an operating manufacturing plant.  One engineering consultant committed to improving the quality of its work on […]

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Fired Heater Services 2021 Highlights

2021 was an interesting year for Becht Fired Heater Services.  Below are a few of our more interesting projects or findings. Shock tube coking discovery – Very localized coking in the shock tube section of a small crude heater. These coked locations, one shown below on Ar5, were running substantially hotter even than the lower […]

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Controlling Your Maintenance Turnaround Scope, from Kick-Off to Closeout

In the November 2021 online edition of “The Chemical Engineer” magazine, Gordon discusses the need to keep turnaround scope to a manageable size and avoid excessive scope growth. He points out that although many teams focus on the valuable activity of challenging the scope (i.e. challenging whether individual scope items need to be included) just prior to scope […]

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