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included in the scope, break-in work must pass a business challenge to
assure that the job must be included. In short, we must determine whether the job is important enough; if it must be done during an STO versus
run-time maintenance; and if it must be included in the current STO
event. The reliability engineer must be involved in this process.
Additionally, another variation of the FMEA can be used to rank jobs
in terms of priority. In this case, however, we add the elements of time
and cost to ensure the jobs included in the final scope mitigate the greatest amount of operational risk, relative to the allocated time and money.

PLANNING, PREPARING
During the planning and preparing stage, reliability engineers can provide a wide range of services, including, but not limited to:
 supporting sustaining and expansive capital-projects teams to ensure that design for reliability, maintainability, and operability elements
are prioritized, incorporated in the design, and will deliver the desired
results
 working with planners to incorporate enhancements that will
improve, among other things, reliability, maintainability, operability,
and inspectability, where possible
 performing data analysis to improve projections about discovery
work personnel might expect to find (what, where, why, how much), so

as to reduce the number of surprises and better prepare for such work
 conducting condition monitoring of parts and materials in the
storeroom to assure that they haven't "shelf-degraded" to a point where
they're unsuitable for use.

AFTER THE STO
Once the STO is over, the reliability engineer must perform a formal
post-event RCA to identify lessons learned. This closes the loop from
the previously discussed pre-STO PFMEA. Because the STO is not a
routine activity, a post-STO RCA serves as the corporate memory. Again,
evaluating the lessons learned from each completed STO should be the
first step when planning the next one.
There are too many instances in which reliability is on the sidelines
when it comes to managing an STO. Reliability engineers have
skills and training that enable them to analyze and mitigate risks
that threaten the success of these labor-intensive, disruptive events.
Plan to get this part of your team off the sidelines and into the game
to ensure that the STO comes in safe, on budget, on schedule, and
delivers the reliability required during the next operating cycle. EP
Contributing editor Drew Troyer is a senior manager with T.A. Cook
Consultants Inc. , The Woodlands, TX. Email d.troyer@tacook.com.

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