Chemical installations are sensitive operations. Thousands of moving pieces, highly volatile chemical processes, and many employees make protecting these investments a serious undertaking. However, though there are a wide variety of specific causes for malfunction, there are a relative few root causes and a similar number of solutions. As theoretically simple as these solutions may be, the implementation of these solutions is the difference between an average and exceptional installation.
The most fundamental means of ensuring equipment survival, is using the proper equipment. Whether that comes in the form of chemical tank liners for reservoirs, lined or clad pipe to move chemicals across your installation, or proper sensory equipment, proper primary and support equipment builds the foundation that your chemical plant needs for long-term success and stability. Make sure that you have the proper ratings for your specific applications.
Your personnel not only use the equipment, but they are also the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your assets (which includes your employees). Training is essential on multiple levels. First, and most importantly, it gives your employees the knowledge they need to avoid injury. Second, training provides education that employees need to properly protect and maintain equipment. Finally, training can help increase productivity by teaching employees how to most efficiently use your equipment.
The best equipment and the most highly trained workforce will not protect that equipment from even proper use, wear, and tear. Over time all equipment will eventually wear out. Hiring, training, and contracting expert technicians will help ensure that your equipment will live a long and fulfilling life.
Any facility that uses or processes chemical products has a plethora of sensitive and vital equipment. Protecting, maintaining, and purchasing the proper equipment can help to give you the tools you need to move towards a productive and stable installation for years to come.