Elango Narendran - Tapco Enpro
Mark Taylor - Tapco Enpro
In today’s ever-changing business environment, there are many challenges that refineries and their maintenance groups must face. These challenges often dictate decisions to remain cost-effective and efficient. Some of the challenges to the Maintenance Departments include:
- Experienced manpower has been leaving organizations through retirements, early-outs or opportunities in other departments or locations.
- Governmental policies and regulations provide a monumental challenge. ISO 45001 and OSHA health and safety work standard requirements are just one of the many things to be considered and implemented.
- Process and methods of production have become more complex. This often is required because of changes in process demands from quality or regulatory requirements.
The demand to increase plant performance is relentless. Management mandates the business end of maintenance be addressed by implementing some (or all) of the following goals:
- Reduce Downtime
- Reduce Manufacturing Costs
- Increase Revenues
- Widen Profit Margins
Over time, the performance of the valves and actuators will decrease due to degradation which leads to failure and there are shutdowns (planned or unplanned) in which improved performance must be addressed. There are several things that can be done throughout the Maintenance Department to achieve those goals listed above.
This presentation will address Slide Valves, Plug Valves, Butterfly Valves, and their actuators and control systems in and around the FCC Unit.