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Turnarounds: Shorter, Safer, Simpler

By John Barth — Apprion, Inc. |

Today’s plant turnarounds bear little resemblance to those of the past: Last-minute preparations and procurements combined with hurried work plans penciled into a notebook often led to undisciplined procedures, incidents and equipment that still operated with defective parts. Those bygone practices have been cleaned up and replaced with clearer processes as turnarounds have become critical to a plant’s longterm sustainability and to a company’s compliance with increasingly strict government regulations. Indeed, in this age of litigiousness and first-class environmental expectations, the difference between a sloppy and a successful turnaround can impact the very reputation and viability of a company in the chemical process industries (CPI). Figure 1. This 802.11a wireless grid simulation output offers signal power levels as one reading of many in a live wireless site survey analysis Nonetheless, it’s common knowledge that the vast majority of turnarounds still don’t meet all performance standards. In fact, about 25% significantly underperform in more than one success criteria. It’s also no secret that labor costs, capital budgets and pre-planned time frames are…
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