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Do You Want World Class Reliability? Invest in Your Pressure Equipment Inspectors

By John Reynolds, Principal Consultant at Intertek. This article appears in the January/February 1996 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.
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There are a lot of vital roles in the success of any refinery or petrochemical plant. But none are more important to success than that filled by the pressure equipment inspector (PEI). Years back, we recognized that world class pressure equipment integrity and reliability was critical to our success. Engineering management knew that if we didn't have that, we could not succeed in our business strategy, no matter how good we were at all other necessary functions.

Our reliability metrics and tracking indicated that we (in inspection) could make multi-million dollar contributions to our company's bottom line by prevention of leaks and releases from our pressure vessels and piping. We knew what we had to do. Our information systems clearly revealed when and how leaks and releases from our pressure equipment were affecting throughput and safety.

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