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Inspecting Plant Infrastructure
Or Gambling on Its Integrity?
Jane Alexander
Managing Editor

Not performing
regular plant
infrastructure
inspections gives
new meaning to
'run to failure.'

T

his month's MT Reader Panel topic is
based on some anecdotal information
we recently picked up. It involved an
unnamed process plant that-amazingly-
may have been running for many years without
ever inspecting the integrity of its infrastructure.
Never, ever. While there's no way for us to verify
the story, the possibility that this "run to failure"
situation might exist anywhere in industry piqued
our interest. We turned to our Panelists for a
reality check.
Specifically, we wanted them not to focus on
regular preventive- and predictive-maintenance
(PM and PdM) inspections related to mechanical,
electrical, and other types of process-equipment
systems, but to think in terms of HVAC infrastructure, piping, pressure vessels and other
storage tanks, as well as various other static/
stationary equipment inside and outside plant

building envelopes, including towers, platforms,
stacks, and bridgework, among other things too
numerous to list. Here's what we asked:

Q 

What types of inspections were their
(or their clients'/customers') facilities
performing to determine the integrity of
the sites' critical infrastructure, including
on which systems, how regularly, and by
whom or what?

As for what we learned, there's good news and
bad news. Edited for brevity and clarity, here is
some of the feedback. You'll find more in an
expanded version of this column on maintenancetechnology.com.

Industry Consultant, West. . .

Among my clients, only one site appears to
conduct scheduled infrastructure inspections-
a facility in the Deep South that inspects
connecting bolts for structural steel in all of the
buildings at the plant. These scheduled inspections are performed because of a near-miss event
resulting from bolt corrosion. Even though
no further incidents have occurred, and no
additional bolting issues have been found, this
inspection plan is deemed non-negotiable.

Plant Engineer, Institutional
Facilities, Mid-West. . .

We have building engineers who are the first line
of inspection. Every shift, each building has a
walk-through by its respective engineer, and any
unusual noises or problems that might be found
are reported. Each problem is entered as a work
order to the appropriate trade/department.

Engineer, Process Mfg, Southeast. . .

We have procedures in place to inspect all
pressure vessels and storage tanks (steel and FRP).
These inspections were developed from the ASME
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, API standard

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology August 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Reliable Security, Reliable Operations
Highly Charged Reliability
Drowning in Data? Look to the 'Stars'
Reliable Pumping Supplement
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Steam-Trap Inspections
Saving Tribal Knowledge
Seats for Butterfly Valves
IIoT
ISO 55000
Understand Lube ID Systems
Tomato Processor Boosts Steam Output, Cuts Emissions
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Cover1
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Cover2
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 1
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 2
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 3
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Editorial
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 5
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Uptime
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 7
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - On The Floor
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 9
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Reliable Security, Reliable Operations
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Highly Charged Reliability
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Drowning in Data? Look to the 'Stars'
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Reliable Pumping Supplement
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Steam-Trap Inspections
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Saving Tribal Knowledge
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Seats for Butterfly Valves
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - IIoT
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - ISO 55000
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Understand Lube ID Systems
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 39
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Tomato Processor Boosts Steam Output, Cuts Emissions
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - 42
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Products
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Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology August 2017 - Final Thought
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