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    Guidelines and Procedures for Spark Testing Glass-Lined Equipment

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Aug 15, 2019 11:34:00 AM

    Spark_testing_performed_on_a_GL_vesselSpark testing is a standard procedure used for inspecting glass-lined equipment.  During testing, the entire glass-lined surface is examined, and any chips, cracks, pinholes and other defects are documented and marked for repair.

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    Topics: Maintenance, glass-lined equipment, field service

    Basic “DIY” Preventative Maintenance for Glass-Lined Equipment [Part 2]

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Dec 18, 2017 10:00:52 AM

    Glass-lined_reactor_maintenance_image.jpgIf you didn’t catch last week’s post, we talked about the importance of preventative maintenance with regards to glass-lined equipment and discussed some recommendations for inspecting the interior of your vessel. This week we’ll concentrate on the exterior of the vessel and the types of procedures you can do to ensure your equipment is in good shape and operating efficiently as well as look for potential issues.

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    Topics: Maintenance, process optimization, field service

    Basic “DIY” Preventative Maintenance for Glass-Lined Equipment – Part 1

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Dec 7, 2017 11:03:00 AM

    OptiMix_16000litres.jpgGlass-lined equipment in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries is the workhorse in the process. You would expect such a critical piece of equipment would receive the top level of care, but this is often not the case. In the past, preventative maintenance, or "PM", was virtually nonexistent; in fact, it was common practice for the equipment to run until failure (The horror! The horror!). Over the last ten years there have been an increase in Reliability Engineers coming onboard to take a more proactive approach to glass-lined equipment and help it run with less downtime (i.e. taking the time to service the ongoing maintenance needs of the equipment in an efficient way). Most companies can find themselves somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. While you may not have the budget to hire a reliability engineer who can focus specifically on managing the lifecycle of your equipment, most plant managers have enough sense to follow equipment guidelines and put best practices into place when operating and maintaining an expensive piece of equipment.

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    Topics: Maintenance, process optimization, field service

    What's the Best, Most Cost-Effective Service Option for your Equipment?

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    May 11, 2017 11:06:00 AM

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    Companies are constantly faced with budgets cuts and figuring out more cost-effective ways to operate.  In searching for new ways to spend less, it’s helpful to analyze all aspects of your equipment expenses throughout their lifecycles, from procurement to maintenance and repair.  You might find that there are a number of protocols that are in place not because they make the most economical sense but because that’s how they’ve always been done. 

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    Topics: service, field service