(6a) A Holistic Approach to Asset Risk Management: The Benefits of Combining Mechanical Integrity and Reliability Programs
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 13, 2023 - 10:30am to 11:00am
When the first process safety regulation was promulgated 30 years ago, it was understandable that many MI programs were developed as stand-alone systems. In addition, with the asset reliability improvement efforts over the past 10 to 15 years, there was reluctance to include MI activities and systems in the asset reliability programs. However, with the release of ISO 55000 Asset Management Standards and the increased implementation of ISO 55000 programs (especially within international organizations), there is now an industry-wide movement toward holistic asset risk management. This paper discusses how MI and reliability programs address a broad spectrum of asset risks, including operational, environmental and regulatory risks.
In addition, we discuss the similarities between MI and reliability programs and how to effectively combine key activities such as (1) the identification of safety-critical equipment and asset criticality; (2) MI management systems and reliability business practices; and (3) asset data and data management systems.
Finally, the paper closes with the expected benefits of combining these programs and a vision for the future of combined MI and reliability in the digital world.
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