#707 - Audits of Existing Rotating Machinery Installations

Course Objective

Upon completion of this course, participants will gain a basic understanding of the main components and subsystems of audit procedures. They will learn to critique the advantages, applications, performance, and economics of different plant features and alternative features that audits may indicate need to be retrofitted. Participants will learn about the influence of various auxiliary systems including instrumentation and controls, process accessories, the process itself, and how this can contribute to an effective audit. They will also learn some basics about the role of operations personnel and training and how they can help maximize audit effectiveness. Participants will discover the basics required in minimizing operating cost and optimizing efficiency, reliability, and component longevity and will learn about the overall legislative limits the plant must operate within (including monitoring and control of environmental emissions) and any changes in same. They will gain insights into predictive and preventive maintenance, reliability and testing, and what that does for audit planning. Finally, they will discover some of the latest technology in all of the above and identify methods for self-improvement.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, technologists, and other operational personnel who currently or may in the future be involved with the technology or business of running a process plant, a refinery, a power plant, and/or an oil and gas facility. Personnel can be involved in:

While this course is of major benefit to newer people in the field, it is also valuable as a revision and technology update for more experienced personnel.

Course Description

This course on audits covers primarily:

Sometimes audits happen just because they are a good step towards operational optimization. However, the reality of operating plants may mean that audits happen after a major failure or near failure. Plants that have regularly scheduled shutdowns and do not run their machinery “on condition only” are an exception. In these cases, the audit action list will evolve as the aging plant educates its operators.

Course Outline

Course Text

“Process Engineering Equipment Handbook,” by course director Claire M. Soares, published by McGraw-Hill (included in the course fee)

Course Duration - 4 days