PERD FAQs

What is the value of the membership?
Is data available in the PERD Database?
How much effort is required of PERD participants?
What is the best way to implement PERD in my company?
What am I suppose to submit to PERD as a Participant?
What is the membership fee?

What is the value of the membership?

Participation that climbs the PERD ladder of success enables the following benefits:

  • Ability to quantify risks and measure the reliability and availability of plants, systems, and equipment
  • Ability to benchmark plant performance internally and externally
  • Enable improved maintenance optimization
  • Support of risk based maintenance planning insight for improvement in the design of new systems/equipment
  • Support optimization of life cycle costs
  • Provide a foundation for the improvement of existing data management systems

Participating companies will receive:

  • Membership on the Project Steering Committee, which discusses technical aspects of the database and its operation and which provides technical guidance to the project.
  • Guidelines for Improved Plant Reliability through Data Collection and Analysis, data collection protocols.
  • Access to PERD Database software, designed to house aggregated reliability data as well as other company reliability data.
  • Access to technical documentation as it is developed. This includes access to database application software updates as it evolves.
  • Participating companies that do not contribute data or do not have systems, which provide suitable quality data, will be able to request data on an a la carte basis for an additional fee.

Participants providing reliability data will receive:

  • Periodic distribution of aggregated data provided by participants to the database, if the participant has contributed the requisite amount of original data from its plant operations;
  • Access to failure rate and repair data for new equipment for which they lack experience; and
  • Access to failure rate and repair data for existing equipment that has been contributed by others with similar operations.

Participant Expectations

  • There are no minimum participant requirements beyond paying the initial registration and annual dues
  • The degree of benefit a company derives is a function of the degree of involvement, allowing the participant to climb the PERD ladder of success. PERD provides a fundamentally sound infrastructure, that a participant can leverage for increasing benefits
  • There are no minimum data requirements for participants. They choose what data fields they are willing to provide (as long as it is compatible with the PERD software) and when they are willing to provide the data.
  • Participants are offered the opportunity to get technically involved, but it is their choice as to the level of involvment.

To discuss or join PERD, contact Dave Belonger at (609) 654-4914 or by email at dbelonger@verizon.net.

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Is data available in the PERD Database?

CCPS has populated the database with spring operated relief valve proof test data. It contains in excess of 2,000 relief valve inventory records and over 5,000 proof test event records.

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How much effort is required of PERD participants?

The level of effort on the part of a participating company is governed by that company. It can be minimal to very extensive. When a participant first joins, there is a need for the company representative to become knowledgeable with respect to the PERD fundamental concepts and supporting procedures, as well as the tools that have been developed. Ideally this individual is someone who can visualize across multiple functional disciplines and equipment types. It does not require being an equipment expert. Initially, the learning curve is fairly steep, but the PERD technical documentation has been developed as reference material in a manner that once the organization of the material is understood, it is very easy to extrapolate to different equipment types.

Once this person has become knowledgeable, he/she can identify opportunities within their company to create value, leveraging the technical work that PERD has developed. A company can use as much or as little of the available PERD equipment data field information as they want. It is considered extremely unlikely that any company would use everything that has been developed. How quickly a company ramps up their level of effort and what aspects to pursue is always their decision.

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What is the best way to implement PERD in my company?

It is recommended that companies pursue low hanging fruit first as this helps reinforce understanding without a significant expenditure of effort. Some companies have used the technical information to engineer event forms for use in existing company IT systems so that in the future, quality of data captured will be more meaningful with respect to supporting equipment failure data. To reap the greatest benefits over time, the company representative will involve other functional disciplines as appropriate and start them on their learning curve, helping to build a critical mass of knowledge. This will include but is not necessarily limited to equipment experts, maintenance/mechanical integrity personnel, information technologists, and reliability engineers.

As the critical intelligence mass grows, work processes in operations and maintenance can be enhanced in a way to provide better engineered solutions for existing systems. Quality data designed to directly support proven in use analysis can then be captured leveraging existing systems. As value begins to become increasingly visible, additional efforts may be entertained as a company s knowledge and level of comfort grows.

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What am I suppose to submit to PERD as a Participant?

There is no requirement to contribute data, but it is encouraged. This allows a company to progress at whatever speed they choose. Aggregated data from the industry database is available to those manufacturing participants who contribute data, providing incentive.

Data is organized into three different tier levels and the software is designed to make it easy for a participant to start out with very minimal data. If they choose, additional data can be included at a pace they determine as they increasingly come to understand and implement the PERD ladder of success.

The first data tier includes bare bones population data and may only be able to indicate that a failure has occurred, but still provides value, helping a company to get started. The second tier allows for additional filtering of population data, as well as an improved ability to better classify failures. The 3rd tier provides fully rigorous population data for filtering and captures factual event data that allows specific failure modes to be inferred. In many cases level 3 event data is readily available within company maintenance systems when initially only looking to provide tier one data.

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What is the membership fee?

Standard membership includes an initial fee of $16,000 plus an additional $5,000 per year annual dues (i.e. operating fee). Payment can be stretched out so that the maximum payment in any single year does not exceed $9,500. There is a subscriber class of membership ($5,000/yr) that provides full access to technical information developed, but no software or data access.