MANAGING EQUIPMENT FATIGUE DURING CRITICAL PATH

Having a project equipment maintenance plan should be near the top of your execution strategy list if not at the very top

Turnarounds are intense, there are huge costs incurred for the owners, from loss of revenue to planning and scheduling in the early periods to ensuring everyone’s engaged and knows the scope and plan as it gets closer to the project start.

Upon start, the pressure begins and builds to a crescendo known widely in the industry as critical path.

During this part of the TAR the finish line is in sight, the craft has been working long days and nights, all working toward the finish line and most importantly all safely with a view to some recuperation time before the next one begins.

Having the best crews executing the work can become meaningless if the equipment fails them

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Equipment can get used to maximum capacity for long periods during turnaround (TAR) projects, without a plan to manage and maintain, the equipment can become fatigued and lead to heat cycle failures that have an adverse effect on the parts being heated and also your future customer relations.

It can affect technician moral for the remainder of the project and future revenue streams at other plants.

If you are reliant on vendors for some of your equipment needs its crucial equipment meets or exceeds requirements, that they have excess capacity readily available in there supply for a quick change out should an unfortunate occurrence happen.

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It’s also important the vendor(s) are versed on how important a part of the team they are, Using the most reliable as against the least expensive is not always advantageous to the project, engage them early, advise how crucial they are to the project success.

Have them ensure adequate staff trained with site access to do regular maintenance checks during equipment downtime. ( Assist them with this if needed )

These projects run 24/7, having maintenance technicians with their equipment is always the best course of action, especially during the critical path.

If the equipment is 100% owned the responsibility is owned 100% by the company, the upkeep and scheduled maintenance falls on the executive management, project management and supervision, if they don’t own it, get new leaders!!

Tips To Help You Along

1.     The equipment maintenance plan should be clear, concise, and close to the top of your execution plan.

2.     Ensure a plan that is flexible enough to manage between heat cycles.

3.     Vendor equipment – have technician(s) availability onsite at critical path time for additional support.

4.     Should not need saying – BUT !! Equipment in good working order before it arrives at job site.

5.     Include a good selection of spare parts and have them readily available at the job site.

6.     Make everyone aware of spare parts location and how to access them if they are under lock and key.

Aggreko Technician – Maintenance Can Be Key To Project Success

Repairing damage to your companies reputation due to failures during critical path can have a long healing period. Engage everyone early and often on the expectations of the plan and give your project a better chance of success

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Published by Gerry McWeeney CEO