#1615 - Maintenance Practices for Improved Plant Profits

Course Objective

In today’s environment, process plants are interested in increasing profitability by improving reliability and achieving maintenance excellence. To attain these ends, new approaches and tools are being used. The purpose of this course is to introduce a model for improving maintenance effectiveness and increasing plant reliability. In addition to a framework, a review of some maintenance techniques and tools will be included.

Who Should Attend

Supervisors and managers assigned responsibility for maintenance cost and unit reliability. Participants should have an understanding of their plant’s current performance and opportunities for improvement.

Course Description

This course is divided into three main sections, as described below.

Day 1

This session introduces the concepts of maintenance excellence and the perspective of what is happening in the maintenance world today. A framework for achieving World Class Maintenance will be presented, including a discussion of some of the best practices for achieving excellence in maintenance. The session will end with a discussion of how equipment fails and what impact maintenance has on failure.

Day 2

This session introduces a model for achieving excellence in maintenance with a review of each model component. Such areas as overall philosophy, risk-based decision-making, and work scope justification will be discussed. Metrics will be introduced for stewarding performance and activities needed for continuous improvement.

Day 3

This session introduces a number of techniques and tools for maintenance improvement. Specific tools that will be discussed are Reliability Centered Maintenance, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, and various monitoring techniques. Human reliability and its influence on plant operability will be reviewed.


Most of the modules will include discussion on what is happening at the participants’ plants and how their operations compare to the material presented. Also, some exercises will be included.

Course Duration – 3 days