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Plant maintenance and reliability study

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Solomon Associates has launched its ‘International Study of Plant Reliability and Maintenance Effectiveness’ (RAM Study) for the 2014 operating year. The study looks at refineries, chemical plants and other industrial facilities and provides comparative performance analysis between companies worldwide in order to identify and quantify areas for improved reliability and maintenance performance.


The study addresses the latest technologies and methodologies in reliability and maintenance including:

  • 20% reduction in data requirements from studies prior to 2011.
  • Simplified web based data input process, allowing multiple, simultaneous users.
  • Auto validation of data prior to submission.
  • A detailed opportunities report for each process unit with prioritisation of improvements and their values.
  • Comprehensive study files at the process unit and site level, showing all performance data analysis of study data.
  • Standard metric for analysing performance.
  • Gap analysis comparing performance to top performers.
  • Comparisons across geographic regions.
  • Absolute client confidentiality.
  • An onsite presentation of results for executives and senior managers as well as maintenance managers and reliability engineers.
  • An onsite, detailed review and workshop of the opportunities report, enabling participants to identify and prioritise their unique improvements.


Jeff Dudley, RAM Study Project Manager said, ‘today’s top performers are approaching 99% mechanical availability while spending only 1.4% of their plant replacement value. Plants not achieving these levels are losing opportunities and incurring unnecessary maintenance costs. Participating in the RAM Study allows you to gain valuable insight, including a comparison of what top industry performers are achieving. This insight will help identify organisational and asset areas where organisations are currently losing opportunities.’

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd

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