A brief look at the benefits of installing modern materials and design upgrades through retrofit projects in chemical plants
Modern chemical manufacturing plants depend on the reliable operation of numerous important assets to maintain productivity. Retaining legacy equipment is a cost-effective way to minimize capital expenditure, provided efficiency and reliability can be upheld. The implementation of retrofit projects allows modern materials and parts manufacturing techniques to update existing components extending the asset’s service life.
In many cases rotating equipment, such as steam turbines, generators, pumps, compressors and expanders, make up an important part of the production process. Through continued use, components wear and clearances increase, leading to reduced efficiency. At the same time, processes change and greater productivity may be expected from the legacy equipment. Tackling these challenges successfully can reduce operating costs and improve reliability.
The chemical manufacturing sector offers many challenges, not least of which is the operational environment — working with corrosive materials as well as steam can increase the pressure on the maintenance team. Working with…