Maintenance and Reliability for Chemical Engineers—Part 2: Asset Care Principles

AIChE Webinar
Originally delivered Nov 2, 2011

To compete in the marketplace, manufacturers require a greater return on their assets by having them produce the most, for the longest time, and for the lowest cost. Asset management methods, tools, and practices are applied throughout an asset’s life in order to achieve availability and operating cost goals. The strategies employed to achieve these goals are based on our understanding of machine failure mechanisms. With its origins in the airline industry, the understanding of machine failure made significant advances. Reliability-centered maintenance has allowed us to design and to apply the appropriate maintenance care. We have also come to understand the important role operations plays in this “battle” to prevent failure.

“Maintenance and Reliability for Chemical Engineers, Part Two–Asset Care Principles” initially covers our current understanding of how machines fail, focusing on the “bathtub” curves and the randomness of failure. Based on this understanding, the webinar goes on to cover what preventative and predictive methods are applied for maintenance care. Operator care and the important role they play in assuring equipment performance are also discussed.

Please note that this is the second session of a four-part series. Each session requires separate registration, and is designed to function both as a standalone presentation and correlated material. Attending or viewing each of the four sessions is suggested, but not required, for attending or viewing the others.

The first session – explores the evolution of maintenance, its intended function, value of reliability, and the components of asset management. The third webinar describes and demonstrates the tools of Reliability – root cause, defect elimination, failure modes and effects analysis, reliability-centered maintenance, and bad actor management. Metrics is also covered to create balanced scorecards for your facility. Finally, the fourth webinar encompasses how to develop a business case for reliability including assessment, analysis, and implementation of a plan.

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