The Asset Integrity Intelligence Blog

A collection of articles, insights, and opinions authored by industry experts.

Thank You, Tyler
October 29, 2020

Tyler was a natural leader who made the people around him better. Inspectioneering would not be what it is today without his leadership, passion, and dedication to advancing the industry we’ve all grown to love.

Let’s Be Frank: Quit Wasting Precious Time!
October 29, 2020 By Inspector Frank

Tired of wasting precious time in meetings? Inspector Frank discusses the reasons why useless meetings occur while offering a military-inspired approach for determining when a meeting is needed and how to hold ones that are efficient and effective.

Let’s Be Frank: Who is Inspector Frank?
August 27, 2020 By Inspector Frank

Who is Inspector Frank? It is a valid question but I don’t want it answered specifically for some obvious reasons. I will share what I can though...

Let’s Be Frank: The Inspector Who Cried Wolf
June 25, 2020 By Inspector Frank

Trying too hard to bring attention to the myriad concerns of a robust equipment integrity program can end up backfiring on you. You don’t want to be the “inspector who cried wolf” with no one listening when you actually have a problem.

Reynolds Wrap Up: Highlights from the API Subcommittee on Inspection and Mechanical Integrity (SCIMI) at the Spring 2020 Standards Meeting
June 25, 2020 By John Reynolds at Intertek

A summary of some of the important topics that were discussed at the API Spring Refining and Equipment Standards Meeting that was held via virtual conferencing.

Digitize Your Work Process to Reduce Cost at Your Facility
May 4, 2020 By PinnacleART

Decision makers are being asked to reduce cost while maintaining reliable operations. While it can be difficult to easily identify areas to reduce budget and resources, there are a variety of cost reduction opportunities available.

Let’s Be Frank: Make “Future You” Happy
April 30, 2020 By Inspector Frank

Bad data is the bane of equipment integrity — and I don’t just mean test data that is questionable. As a quick exercise, consider some of the key data issues you have encountered. Do any of the following ring a bell?

Reynolds Wrap Up: Substantial Changes Coming in API 751 on HF Alkylation Unit Mechanical Integrity Requirements and Expectations
April 30, 2020 By John Reynolds at Intertek

There are some significant changes coming in the fifth edition of API RP 751 on Safe Operation of Hydrofluoric Acid Alkylation Units in the section on Mechanical Integrity, Damage Mechanisms and Maintenance Work Practices.

How to Develop a Successful Asset Management Strategy During the Coronavirus Downturn
April 3, 2020 By Frank-Uwe Hess at T.A. Cook Consultants

COVID-19 is disrupting all industries including asset management. Here are 6 recommendations to help you align your asset management according to new requirements and turn the challenges into opportunities.

Have you determined whether or not your equipment is subject to Brittle Fracture?
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Auto-refrigeration can impose low temperatures onto process vessels and piping causing them to be at risk of brittle fracture, the sudden break-before leak phenomena that can result in catastrophic rupture of the equipment.

Inspectioneering Journal Turns 25
February 27, 2020 By Greg Alvarado at Inspectioneering Journal

The Journal was launched in 1995 with the core mission of helping the fixed equipment reliability community perform their jobs more effectively by arming them with information to better understand and apply available technologies and methodologies.

Let’s Be Frank: Schwerpunkt!
February 27, 2020 By Inspector Frank

In a nutshell, Schwerpunkt means focusing your force in the area it will be the most effective. As a strategy, it means overall strategic intent has to be known and understood by everyone. All levels know their part in the plan.

Risk-Based Work Selection (RBWS) – Choosing the Right Software Tool
February 11, 2020 By Abby King at Becht

When paired with the right software, the RBWS process can lead to significant reductions in turnaround work scopes. However, some software tools have distinct advantages over others.

Announcing Inspectioneering and API’s Mechanical Integrity Professional Initiative
January 6, 2020

We’re excited to announce a new section of our website that is dedicated to equipping inspectors with greater knowledge and proficiency across various subject matter areas.

Reynolds Wrap Up: Highlights from the API Subcommittee on Inspection and Mechanical Integrity (SCIMI) Meetings at the Fall 2019 API Standards Meeting
December 26, 2019 By John Reynolds at Intertek

A summary of some of the important topics that were discussed at the API Fall Refining and Equipment Standards Meeting in Atlanta.

Let's Be Frank: Be the Leader You Would Follow
December 26, 2019 By Inspector Frank

I once worked with a chief inspector who refused to hire anyone who had any National Board inspection certifications. “Why?”, you might ask. I had the same question, and his response was “Because anyone with National Board is gunning for my...

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