MISTRAS’s reliability & maintenance engineering services help plants reduce downtime and maximize productivity through assessing existing process and aligning them with industry-best practices.
Refineries, manufacturing and petrochemical facilities, and other process plants must contend with high maintenance costs to repair unreliable equipment, along with the opportunity costs unexpected equipment failure leads to unplanned downtime.
MISTRAS offers reliability & maintenance engineering services and programs to help ensure not only that our clients’ equipment is reliably in-service, but also operating as efficiently as it can be. We work to help you make informed maintenance decisions.
MISTRAS’ Reliability & Maintenance engineering programs enable most cost-effective maintenance, as equipment stays in operation longer and with fewer mechanical issues. This allows for longer runtimes, more efficient turnarounds, and greater productivity.
Our programs can develop client-specific plans that result in:
MISTRAS Group helps your staff identify the vital decisions that most significantly impact reliability and plant maintenance costs, and we help you implement strategic changes that address the issues.
Our Maintenance Management programs are strategic initiatives to optimize maintenance spending. We can help you and your staff to assess overall maintenance effectiveness, incorporate industry-best-practices, and define and achieve specific improvement objectives for reliability and maintenance in both organizational design and procedures.
Maintenance Management engineering services focus on a handful of important areas:
Turnarounds are one of the most significant areas that lead to high maintenance costs, but plant management often times can reduce these costs through more effective turnaround planning.
A targeted slice of MISTRAS’ Maintenance Management programs, our turnaround planning services help you optimize your turnarounds through three steps: assessing current effectiveness, benchmarking the competition, and developing an implementation plan.
We help you define key performance measures for your upcoming turnaround, and identify any existing or potential barriers. We also conduct extensive reviews to pinpoint any major areas of opportunity that had been previously identified, and estimate the anticipated incentives for each area of improvement.
In this step, we identify procedures for screening, budgeting, and schedule turnaround work, and use this information to predict the estimated run length of the turnaround. We also compare existing processes against industry competition and best practices.
In the final planning step, we define action steps and assign responsibilities, along with identifying the training needs for turnaround execution personnel. We’ll establish turnaround milestones, and compile an implementation schedule that ensures turnaround work will be completed safely and effectively.
Hydroprocessing Unit Surveys are implemented to identify operational changes and low-cost, high-impact projects to achieve quality hydroprocessing unit performance. Hydroprocessing encompasses chemical engineering processes in a wide variety of units.
We have the capabilities and experience to deal with hydrocracking units and all other fixed-bed hydrotreating units, especially those treating:
A concise team of process and engineering technology specialists partner with the designated client personnel and conduct an on-site survey of the subject unit. The survey builds upon existing information obtained from equipment drawings, maintenance history records, operational and reliability issues, catalyst performance data, and hydrogen balances. The objectives of each survey are tailored to the requirements of management.
The focal points of the survey include:
Upon completion of a survey, our team meets with refinery management and presents the results, including recommendations that lead to improved unit process performance and mechanical reliability. Final survey documentation is submitted shortly thereafter, and typically includes specific action plans to implement items such as:
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