Examining Your Mechanical Integrity Program

By Nick Schmoyer, Vice President and Technical Director at Inspectioneering. May 6, 2016

A Tale of Two Operating Sites - The Difference in Quality of FEMI Programs,” was written by John Reynolds and published in the November/December 2015 issue of Inspectioneering Journal. In his article, Mr. Reynolds called upon the Inspectioneering community to rate their own facilities according to a fixed equipment mechanical integrity quality spectrum outlined in the article. In a short follow-up survey, we invited asset integrity professionals to rate various mechanical integrity performance characteristics in their own facilities.

Participants were asked to rate 18 different FEMI performance characteristics in their facilities on a scale of 0 (not very effective) to 10 (very effective). The figure below shows average participant scores for individual characteristics, ranked from lowest to highest.

The red, dashed line in the figure shows the average of all scores from all participants. It is fair to assume that anything to the left of the red line is considered an opportunity for improvement for participants, whereas anything to the right of the red line may be considered a strength.

So, the Inspectioneering community has spoken! We’ll continue to seek out and publish practical and technical information on IOWs, bolted joint programs, continuous improvement, and the myriad other equally important asset integrity management topics.

What areas of mechanical integrity do you think could use the most improvement in your facility? Send us your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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