Preventive Maintenance

Boiler Water Chemistry Control: Preventive vs. Reactive Maintenance  

Any number of impurities can cause scaling and corrosion in boilers unless properly controlled. But even with properly-treated makeup, boilers require internal treatment to minimize corrosion and other problems. The high-temperatures and pressures in boilers magnify chemical reactions and corrosion mechanisms. This installment examines important boiler water treatment concepts.

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Back to Basics: Understanding Reliability Block Diagrams (RBD)

Reliability Block Diagrams have been around for a very long time, helping system engineers understand how the various elements, and their relationships, could impact the overall reliability and operation of the system. Taking the effort to diagram a system logically can provide great insight into where the weak links are. In some cases, an RBD can expose that your assumed redundancies are not actually as effective as you think they are. 

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What is the Value of Failure Prediction – Early Warnings?

We like to be warned about things well ahead of time: when to buy or sell a stock, when we can expect 3 to 6 inches of snow, etc. The same could be said about the equipment and systems that drive your processes every day. These critical and expensive assets are expected to produce the valuable products your company is known for with little or no interruption. We might have a reasonably clear picture of how things look today, but what about 30 days from now? Wouldn’t it be beneficial to have a picture of what our systems might look like that far into the future… and have confidence in that view?

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Preventive vs. Reactive Maintenance:  Don’t Neglect Makeup Water and Condensate Return Treatment – Part 2

Many impurities may transport to boilers via contaminated condensate return. Boiler tube and steam system failures are usually much more costly than preventive installation of treatment equipment and chemistry programs. This article touched upon only some of the important condensate return issues, but will hopefully galvanize readers to focus on these critical topics. 

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Preventive vs. Reactive Maintenance: Don’t Neglect Makeup Water and Condensate Return Treatment

Makeup water and condensate return treatment systems are often neglected until boiler failures occur, resulting in a reactive response by plant management. Such failures can cripple production and be enormously expensive. Much more importantly, some failures may jeopardize employee safety. This article examines the importance of proper operation and preventive maintenance of industrial makeup water treatment systems and the benefits that arise therefrom. 

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How to Turn the Right People into the Wrong People

When I am working with clients across multiple disciplines, I am sometimes surprised when they tell me they have the wrong people in some key positions and my task as the business coach or consultant will be to turn these wrong people into the right people. So, what went wrong? I believe there are two answers to this question. Either their hiring process was not up to the job, or in the time the employee had been with the company, the company had turned the right person into the wrong person.

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