Important Notice: Limited Web Access Dec 16 to 18, 2016

AIChE will undertake a routine upgrade of our digital infrastructure over the weekend of December 16-18, 2016. During this period access to certain areas of the website will be limited. Learn more about how access will be affected.

Strategies & Tactics for Mechanical Integrity Budget Battles

  • Type:
    Conference Presentation
  • Conference Type:
    AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
  • Presentation Date:
    March 22, 2010
  • Skill Level:
  • PDHs:

Share This Post:

You will be able to download and print a certificate for PDH credits once the content has been viewed. If you have already viewed this content, please click here to login.
Effective mechanical integrity programs are essential to assure safe operation of plant facilities. The current economic downturn is difficult and most manufacturing companies have experienced headcount reductions, early retirement programs and budget reductions. Companies are concerned with short term viability rather long term optimization. How should professionals responsible for the mechanical integrity (MI) programs respond?

Effective communication with management is essential. MI professionals must clearly and concisely present the causes and effects of reducing or eliminating inspections, preventative maintenance, repairs, and replacements. MI experts must put recommendations in terms management can easily understand focusing on safety risks, legal compliance, production impact, and budget/cost implications.

This paper will encourage MI professionals to: 1. Make reasonable requests with sound knowledge of business positions and budget restraints. 2. Forecast repairs and replacements two to three years in advance to avoid economic surprises to management, 3. Support increased business risk and reliability risk, not safety risks. 4. Challenge recommendations within the MI group before taking the recommendation to management. Are there any lower cost options to extend the life of the equipment while assuring safe operation? 5. Dialogue with management about the consequences of not doing MI recommendations. Make communication clear, not dramatic, not watered down or converted to politically correct gibberish that is not clear.



Do you already own this?

Log In for instructions on accessing this content.


AIChE Member Credits 0.5
AIChE Members $15.00
AIChE Undergraduate Student Members Free
AIChE Graduate Student Members Free
Non-Members $25.00