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September 16, 2013 By Kevin Somers at Inspectorate

From time to time, I’m asked why some operating sites don’t seem to pay adequate attention to the need to protect and preserve pressure equipment integrity (PEI). Too often a few sites don’t seem to "get it" until they have a major process safety event associated with a failure of pressure equipment.

July/August 2013 Inspectioneering Journal
By John Reynolds at Intertek

I have written numerous technical articles addressing how to improve your fixed equipment mechanical integrity (FEMI) program. This time I will deviate from the FEMI technologies and methodologies to address a topic that may be equally important to improving your FEMI program – managing your manager(s).

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February 25, 2013

As a chemist and an inspection and materials specialist, I was truly blessed to have so many wonderful mentors early in my career. Some I picked; some were picked for me, intentionally. As a chemist, I will never forget Angelo Vangel and Dick Craig. For inspection and materials, I will never forget Otto Fenner, Tim Fowler, Joe Jeter, Wes Andrews, Ted Hoerr, John Reynolds, and a few others. These mentors regularly shared their experience, knowledge (which is much more than data), and expertise with me. At that time they all had more than 20-30 years of applying their growing knowledge, and...

The Role of Continuous Improvement in Achieving Excellence in Pressure Equipment Integrity and Reliability
July/August 2012 Inspectioneering Journal
By John Reynolds at Intertek

This is the last out of the ten articles in this series. Clearly, Continuous Improvement (CI) has a major role in achieving excellence in PEI&R. All the advances we’ve made over the years in achieving excellence in PEI&R stems from our continuous improvement programs to apply new and better techniques and methods by learning from what has already occurred.

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January/February 2010 Inspectioneering Journal
By John Reynolds at Intertek

Like all of the other 10 MSs in our filing cabinet, this MS on Management Leadership and Support of PEI (shown in Figure 2 below) is vital to success and linked inextricably to all the other PEI MSs.

November/December 2006 Inspectioneering Journal
By F. Walter Pinto at Lyondell Chemical Company

This series of articles describes the elements for a successful fixed equipment reliability program in a petrochemical facility. These articles will address management systems, engineering practices, preventive/predictive maintenance/inspection systems, performance metrics and resources. The fixed equipment reliability program at Lyondell Chemical Company and a number of best practices developed as part of the reliability program will serve as much of the basis. Some success stories and lessons learned are shared.

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Fixed Equipment Reliability Assuring Excellence
September/October 2006 Inspectioneering Journal
By F. Walter Pinto at Lyondell Chemical Company

This series of articles describes the elements for a successful fixed equipment reliability program in a petrochemical facility. These articles will address management systems, engineering practices, preventive/predictive maintenance/inspection systems, performance metrics and resources. The fixed equipment reliability program at Lyondell Chemical Company and a number of best practices developed as part of the reliability program will serve as much of the basis. Some success stories and lessons learned are shared.

July/August 2004 Inspectioneering Journal
By Greg Alvarado at Inspectioneering Journal

The "low hanging fruit" has been harvested in most places. Now comes the challenge of gathering the most bountiful harvest, that which is amongst the leaves and branches, without harming the tree. This will require practical expertise. This will require computational models that narrow the scatter band and are more accurate that are asking the right questions (which requires practical knowledge, technical knowledge and experience = expertise). In this editorial, I will point out some of the pitfalls I see in the inspection and reliability arenas and present some insight and solutions that will help "IJ" readers stay on track and emerge more successful as a result.

January/February 2003 Inspectioneering Journal
By Kelley Jones at Pro-Inspect Inc.

We have discussed most of the pre-turnaround planning details. We are ready for the next step. The cost for the Turnaround is normally the most important item right behind SAFETY. In many cases the salary, per diem and travel costs have been part of early discussions with the client. Now it is time to examine these inspector costs in-depth. What affects these costs? How can we increase our efficiency in this area?

July/August 1998 Inspectioneering Journal
By Roy Schuyler at DuPont DeNemours, Inc.

Regulatory, civic and competitive pressures require we change to a proactive, rather than a reactive culture or environment with a supportive infrastructure. The concurrent evolution of cultural and infrastructural change relies upon effective leadership, communication and commitment (both philosophically and financially) to create an environment which not only promotes but supports/facilitates (no mixed signals) “healthy” progress, that can be measured.

January/February 1996 Inspectioneering Journal
By John Reynolds at Intertek

There are a lot of vital roles in the success of any refinery or petrochemical process 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.