How to Achieve a Successful Shutdown in 7 Steps
Most plants will require a scheduled outage at some point during its operation, but the amount of time, money, and manpower dedicated to this standard practice can be astronomical. This is why plant teams must do everything in their power to prepare and properly execute a successful shutdown.
According to a recent article from Plant Engineering by Steve Hall, job plans for each asset is a prerequisite, and scheduled outages may:
- Be plant-wide
- Occur through different sections
- Be cold/running
Additionally, according to Shon Isenhour, a partner with Eruditio and a holistic reliability solutions expert, “Job plans decrease the time to complete a job by half. They also decrease costs versus emergency repairs by three to seven times.”
7 Simple Steps for Achieving a Successful Shutdown
Following the steps outlined in the Plant Engineering article — which was one of the publication’s top five articles for the month of February 2019 — will help ensure that a plant’s next outage will be successful. Here are those seven steps in a nutshell:
- A checklist with every piece of equipment involved in the outage should be available for review. It should be periodically updated to add equipment installed since the last shutdown.
- Check inventory and ensure that all replacement parts, accessories, and rebuilt equipment are in stock before the shutdown.
- Safety should be the top priority during any outage. A zero-tolerance LOTO and PPE policy should be enforced.
- Double check that all new and rebuilt equipment is within current operating parameter specifications. Different parts or different equipment may need to be used. An outage is an ideal time to make any replacements.
- Personnel should inspect all equipment before anything is installed; look for wear or damage.
- Ensure that the correct asset has been selected and that it has been installed precisely. If installed incorrectly, failure begins at startup and the necessary reliability cannot be achieved.
- The plant team should review everything before restarting the plant or process. After this, each asset should be restarted according to the proper procedures.
Read the full article on PlantEngineering.com to learn more about how to ensure a successful outage and restart at your plant.