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

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.

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.

White Paper: Mechanical Integrity (MI) Capabilities – Minimizing Operational Risk and Maximizing Uptime
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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...

OSHA's Top Ten Safety and Health Violations for 2019
December 18, 2019 By Jeremiah Wooten at Inspectioneering, LLC.

At the end of every year, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases its annual list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. Although the list rarely sees...

Overcoming Challenges in High Temperature Thickness Measurement
December 9, 2019 By Calvin Jory at Olympus America

This article discusses two common challenges for inspectors taking thickness readings in high temperature environments and ways to overcome those challenges.

7 Things to Consider When Evaluating Mechanical Integrity Software Solutions
November 26, 2019 By Jared Hartness at GE Digital

This article presents seven considerations that should serve as a guideline for your next mechanical integrity or inspection software investment and help position you well as the Asset Performance Management software market continues to evolve.

Let’s Be Frank: Who is Responsible?
October 31, 2019 By Inspector Frank

Critical things often get missed in facilities but are these things being owned and fixed? We get good at reactively solving problems as they appear, but are we proactively working towards examining and fixing the potential larger issues?

4 Steps to Develop Effective Piping Management Strategies
October 17, 2019 By Pinnacle

Here is four-step process for developing effective and efficient piping management strategies that can help optimize costs, refocus resources, and reduce risk.

Risk Based Work Selection (RBWS) – An Essential Step for Turnaround Work Scope Optimization
October 3, 2019 By Arcot (Radha) Radhakrishnan at Becht

Developing a comprehensive turnaround (TA) work scope for process equipment is a critical step for achieving a facility's business goals. Risk Based Work Selection is a proven process for prioritizing and optimizing planned work for an impending TA.

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