Why Plants and Refineries Perform TurnaroundsAugust 10, 2016
No industrial company looks forward to performing turnarounds, but a turnaround can actually benefit the plant’s operations. Scheduling a non-production period is not ea for any manufacturer, but it is essential for safe, efficient operations. Taking downtime from the regular operations shifts the focus to maintenance. Speed is essential, because when a turnaround lasts too long, it contributes to inefficiency and fiscal losses. However, when equipment is inspected and repaired on a routine basis, everyone is safer and the machines are more efficient.
Understanding the Phases of a Plant TurnaroundWhen undertaking a plant turnaround, utilize employees and contractors to get everything ready for the shift. As with any major undertaking, the plan is vital to the success. Rather than spend weeks in a turnaround that is extended because of unforeseen circumstances, take the time to plan. Follow these key phases:
- Strategic Planning - A rough overview of what needs to happen and how it is going to be done. During this phase, departments can be assigned different tasks to handle during the next phase.
- Detailed Planning - Specifics are worked out and plans are firmed up for the actual execution of the turnaround.
- Organizing - Now that the specifics are put into place, tasks are distributed to the right person.
- Execution - This is the actual business of the turnaround.
- Closeout - An analyzation of the turnaround with reports about the positives and negatives, to help with the next time it needs to be done.