Blog Posts
    • 19 Jun 2015

    Integrating Reliability Practices for Top-Quartile Performance

    The reliability of your plant assets affects safety, unscheduled downtime, maintenance costs, quality and the overall efficiency of your operations. Solomon Associates in their Reliability and Maintenance Study quantify the significance of top quartile performance versus lower performers. In this 2:07 video, Achieving Top-Quartile Reliability Returns , Emerson’s Robert DiStefano describes some of the challenges...
    • 18 Jun 2015

    Continuous Monitoring Recommendations in Pump Seal Global Standard

    Last year around this time, the fourth edition of API Standard 682 – Pumps—Shaft Sealing Systems for Centrifugal and Rotary Pumps was released. This standard: …specifies requirements and gives recommendations for sealing systems for centrifugal and rotary pumps used in the petroleum, natural gas, and chemical industries. This standard has evolved alongside technology advancements since it was first introduced...
    • 2 Jun 2015

    Ways to Improve Pump Reliability

    A U.S. Department of Energy study on pump life cycle costs notes that maintenance and energy costs make up the vast majority of lifecycle costs. Pumps that are critical to the operation of the process typically are installed with online condition-based monitoring (CBM) systems to help prevent failures and provide early warning to allow repairs to be made before slowdowns or shutdowns occur. In complex processes such as...
    • 29 May 2015

    Reliability Programs and the Cloud

    The technology advancement of computer virtualization is having a tremendous impact on companies across the globe. And the consolidation of these servers into data centers “in the Cloud ” is fundamentally changing how IT, operations and maintenance organizations within these companies operate. In a Plant Services article, What impact is the cloud having on asset management and condition-based maintenance...
    • 21 May 2015

    Instrumenting for Increased Performance

    Yesteryear, energy and water were relatively inexpensive, waste disposal carried little cost, emissions did not incur fines and people willing to work in harsh manufacturing plant and production facility environments were abundant. Today, energy and water costs are high, waste disposal is expensive, emission fines are high, and people with the right skills to work in these facilities are more difficult to find and keep...
    • 11 May 2015

    Improving Pump Reliability and Availability

    Centrifugal and rotary pumps are used extensively in applications involving hydrocarbons. The American Petroleum Institute has an API Standard 682: Pumps—Shaft Sealing Systems for Centrifugal and Rotary Pumps . It: …specifies requirements and gives recommendations for sealing systems for centrifugal and rotary pumps used in the petroleum, natural gas, and chemical industries… It is the responsibility of the purchaser...
    • 8 May 2015

    Reliability–A Strategy for Power Generators

    Author: Douglas Morris Where it is installed, renewable generation is altering the operating landscape for power producers. Wind and solar assets are typically placed into the power grid whenever they are available, but since they are intermittent, formerly base loaded power plants are cycled in order to balance the grid. Unfortunately, many plants were not designed to operate like this and the increased amount...
    • 1 May 2015

    Avoiding Cooling Tower Unplanned Downtime

    Cooling tower technology used in many industrial processes dates its history back to the 19 th century : Cooling towers originated out of the development in the 19th century of condensers for use with the steam engine . [2] Condensers use relatively cool water, via various means, to condense the steam coming out of the pistons or turbines. This reduces the back pressure , which in turn reduces the steam consumption...
    • 2 Apr 2015

    Improving Reliability via Remote Vibration Analysis Expertise

    If you look through the annual reports of major process manufacturers and producers you don’t have to look very hard to find the word “reliability”. For example, on page 3 of the 2014 ExxonMobil annual report , Chairman and CEO Rex W. Tillerson wrote: Operational Excellence Ensuring the safety and reliability of our operations is fundamental to our business success and a critical challenge that ExxonMobil...
    • 6 Mar 2015

    Formula 1 Racing and Remote Reliability and Performance Monitoring

    The post Formula 1 Racing and Remote Reliability and Performance Monitoring appeared first on the Emerson Process Experts blog. So how exactly does Formula 1 (F1) racing compare with process manufacturing and production? Mike Boudreaux Director, Remote Asset Monitoring and Analytics It’s an interesting question that Emerson’s Mike Boudreaux explores in an Uptime magazine article, Chasing the Checkered...