With the intent of saving money and increasing profits, many process facilities have begun the practice of operating assets beyond original designated design limits and lifespans. Rather than investing in advanced integrity and reliability programs to mitigate risk and optimize asset functionality and availability, facilities continue operating with degraded equipment. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that water process facilities will need to invest $334.8 billion over the next 20 years to address deteriorating infrastructures. To get a better idea of the problems of the oil and gas industries, consider this report from the EPA.
Although facilities aim to save money, these operating practices are not cost-effective over the long-term. Instead, facilities should implement programs that will optimize costs and ensure safety in the long-term through proper planning and risk mitigation. The decision to implement asset integrity management, risk based inspection, and RCM designs are critical to people’s lives, to the environment, and to the reputation, legality, and success of your business. Read on to examine the three cornerstones one should incorporate into any asset integrity review:
Effectiveness of the System
There are many relevant factors that go into running a business, site, or plant, and it is critical that all of these parts are highly integrated. This integration is different for every company, and takes into account things like the health, safety, and environmental impact of losses, plant upgrade plans, and production consequences. Creating a system in which all parts work efficiently to create a product, responsibly and profitably, is the key to a strong operation.
Quality of Operational Procedures and Policies
Most importantly, the quality of processual safety policy, covering everything from the identification of major hazards to the measures in place to eliminate, reduce, and mitigate them. Safe operating limits for equipment, identification of residual risks, and maintenance policies also must be outlined.
Competence on the Part of the Workforce
A competence policy is essential for all the parts of an RCM process to work. The policy will determine what the knowledge, skills and experiences are required for the key personnel at the plant or factory, and how that is to be developed in order to ensure efficient and effective organizational competence. This policy should be informed by feedback from incidents and audits. All mistakes should be used to strengthen the integrity management process.
In an IDC Energy Insights’ security survey, it was found that only around half of oil and gas companies have documented and approved information security strategies in place. Data also shows that by 2020, more than half of the assets in wastewater facilities may be past the midpoint of their useful lives, according to the EPA. In other words, many facilities are not only underprepared for contingencies, but that the facilities are fast approaching obsoletion.
The demand and necessity for RCM practices are about to skyrocket. Make sure that your company is safe, up-to-date, and properly applying risk management and asset reliability strategies.
When you think of Teflon, you probably think of non-stick cooking pans. Teflon coatings on pans do wonders at preventing food from sticking while cooking, and they also help protect the pans and extend their useful life. Pans with Teflon coatings last about seven times longer than pans without the coatings. That’s a good thing, considering Teflon coatings on cookware also are almost ubiquitous, with about 90% of all the cookware sold having a Teflon coating. Teflon has other uses as well. It and similar substances are used in many manufacturing and other industrial settings.
Teflon coatings, also known as ptfe coatings, are popular in industrial settings for a number of reason. One of the biggest is that industrial teflon coatings are very good at withstanding both heat and cold. Many industrial Teflon coatings can withstand temperatures as low as minus 454 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes them a good choice for certain kinds of products and materials. More importantly, industrial Teflon coatings can withstand high heat of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit without any loss of operation. That makes them ideal for steel tanks and other objects that can be exposed to high levels of heat.
One of the reasons Teflon coatings work so well in industrial settings is that they reduce friction. Not only does that help against high temperatures, but less friction also can mean less wear and tear on machinery used in industrial processes.
The Teflon coating process does add some time and money to the process of manufacturing, but it can be well worth it with the extra advantages that Teflon provides. It usually takes about two to three coats to cover whatever surface you are using, and you can use a process of PTFE spray coating or powder coating. With the powder coating option, you can do a dry lubricant variant that will offer even more protection against high heat and pressure in your industrial process.
With all of its advantages, it’s no wonder Teflon is becoming more and more popular as a coating in industrial settings. In 2017, it is expected that Teflon production will surpass 240,000 tons, which is a very high number.
It’s often been said that milk does the body good, but several nutritional and scientific studies have proven the exact opposite. In fact, pasteurized, homogenized, factory farm milk does far more harm than good to the body, and can contribute to a variety of health issues, some of which can be chronic. Surprisingly, beer can do the body a lot more good than genetically modified milk can, and the best part is that it won’t taste like unchecked animal cruelty, artificial ingredients, and other potentially harmful additives and things that make you go hmmm. But as you already know, or should already know, not all beer is created equal.
Some beers, especially those bought in the store, can be just as bad for you as milk. Have you ever heard the saying that if you want something done, you just need to do it yourself? Well, this exact sentiment can be applied to brewing your own beer. It might sound a bit scary at first, but imagine how great it would feel to turn up on a beverage that actually isn’t all that bad for you. Craft beers aren’t anything new, as people have been brewing their own beers for thousands of years. Recently however, a resurgence of interest in home brewing has taken the nation by storm, and it’s pretty easy to see why.
Not sure if home brewing is right for you? Check out a few of the benefits of home brewing.
It’s not as expensive as you might think
You might pay a lot for a craft beer at a bar or in a store — and it’s totally worth it — but making your own at home can save you a lot of money in the long run. For around $85, you can buy the basic equipment needed to start brewing your own favorite beer at home, such as chemical pumps and other beer pump accessories. You might be able to negotiate even better or lower prices on beer pumps by buying them directly from wholesale from magnetic drive pump manufacturers.
It makes a great gift
Everyone has trouble finding the right gift, but when you brew your own beer, you always have the perfect gift on hand all the time. No more racing around at the last minute before the get together to find the right gift. Just run down toy your basement or garage, grab a brew, and give the gift that keeps on giving.
You get to act like you’re Walter White…kind of
When you brew your own beer at home and have to order equipment from magnetic drive pump manufacturers, you’ll be surrounded by brew pots, tubes, buckets, and thermometers. After all, magnetic drive pump manufacturers make some pretty legit, professional grade stuff. Being around this equipment can make you feel like Walter White, only you’re doing something that’s legal and not hurting anyone.
You can control exactly what’s in your beer
Aside from not brimming with artificial ingredients, chemical additives, and preservatives, home brewed beer is actually good for because the yeast it contains is rich in vitamin B. Because of this, you’re less likely to get a hangover, as vitamin B is great for energizing the body. And since home brew beer isn’t pasteurized, it retains much of the vitamins, minerals, add nutrients found in the hops. Overall it tastes better and is better for you.
You’ll meet a lot of interesting people
From magnetic drive pump manufacturers, to other local brewers, to distributors, and fellow beer lovers, the craft beer industry is filled with a bunch of interesting and fun characters, all of which love beer. Bouncing techniques, ideas, ingredients, tips, and other things off of other home brewers can be a great way to learn more, find inspiration, and make some new friends.
As the years go on, trade shows are becoming more popular. There are hundreds of trade shows held each year and of the 200 largest, Las Vegas, Chicago and Orlando are home to just about half of them. Seeing as how the average visitor of a trade show exhibit spends 9 hours or more viewing exhibits, creating stimulating visuals is key. With these visuals come guidelines that trade show display companies must comply with in order to participate in these shows. Here are some factors you may not know that are needed to make successful exhibit graphics:
- Linear or standard booths are typically 10 foot by 10 foot and can also be taken down on one side to create commonly used corner booths. They are also often referred to as inline booths because their arrangement is typical to that of a line and with displays having neighbors on either side.
- Premier booths are also linear but do not have neighbors behind them as they are back against the wall of the venue. They follow the same guidelines as linear booths with the exception of the back, which is taller. It can be up to 12 feet in height.
- Island booths are different from linear and premier in that they are usually 20 feet by 20 feet or sometimes larger and are vulnerable to aisles on each of its sides. Trade show display companies have more freedom to create custom exhibit displays since island booths come in different sizes. Island booths have the option of using the entire allotted amount of space, which can sometimes reach up to 20 feet and be as low as 16. This includes visuals like signs.
- Graphics should have a suggested maximum of three different colors. The goal is to minimize confusion with lots of varying colors and allow the audience to comprehend the message faster.
- Long-range graphics should be displayed as tall as possible yet stay within guidelines.
- Medium-range graphics are recommended to be just above where the eye can easily catch it, which is about six to eight feet.
- Short-range graphics are only five to six feet high and cannot be raised any further.
- It is highly recommended to have graphics leave 40% of the exhibit space blank. This is to align with the idea that your message is most important and getting an audience to retain that says more than any added extras.
Simplicity is not overrated in the trade show industry. Not only is it important for trade show display companies to know this, but to create custom exhibit booths that get connect the audience with vendors in the easiest, yet calculated way possible. With the right company, any dream can become a reality.