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Sick instruments: Seeking great performances from your assets? Don't neglect instrument maintenance

Instruments are among the most technically challenging assets to maintain, but they have an outsized impact on plant safety and reliability.

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It seems like instrument maintenance (and maintenance in general) is a bit overlooked when people consider process safety.Even though mechanical integrity is a cornerstone of OSHA’s 1910.119 process safety management (PSM) regulations, maintenance in general does not always play a big part in process hazard analyses (PHA) such as hazard & operability (HAZOP) studies and risk assessments such as layer-of-protection analysis (LOPA), other than failure of process equipment and instrumentation being considered as hazard-initiating causes in the analysis. There may be a guideword or two, but HAZOP and LOPA are scenario-based, whereas maintenance, reliability, and…

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