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Gene R. Meyer: About the Author
The Dow Chemical Company


Gene is an Inspection and Reliability Leader in Michigan Operations of the Dow Chemical Company and is coordinating the RBI and risk based management effort. During 15 years with Dow Chemical responsibilities included mechanical equipment inspection, failure analysis, and corrosion testing with assignments in the Materials Engineering group, NDE group and also as a manager of the mechanical repair shops. Professional affiliations include professional engineering registration in Michigan, NACE, TMS, ASM International, API Inspection Subcommittee, and API RBI Sponsor Group. Gene holds a U.S. patent dealing with antifreeze fluids.

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Published Articles

January/February 2000 Inspectioneering Journal
By Gene R. Meyer at The Dow Chemical Company

Part 1 provided a review of RBI for pressure vessels and piping and an introduction to application of RBI to rotating equipment and the differences between approaching the two different types of equipment. As promised, Part 2 will delve more deeply into the details of rotating equipment RBI analysis, highlighting additional differences between this and fixed equipment analysis and cover: - RBI for Rotating Mechanical Equipment: Likelihood - Qualitative Risk Assignment - Forming the Risk Reduction Plan - Moving from RBI to Risk-CM

November/December 1999 Inspectioneering Journal
By Gene R. Meyer at The Dow Chemical Company

Risk based inspection, RBI, is a method currently changing how corporations view their maintenance programs. Application of a systematic analysis process that focuses on the likelihood of a given failure and the consequence of this failure happening provides a different philosophy in maintenance resource allocation. Maintenance planning will now focus on what has the greatest impact rather than what we think is the most important. This will allow formulation of a plan to have some equipment "run to failure" and other equipment to have a "no tolerance" maintenance plan.


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