The Application of Computerized Maintenance in Fertilizer Facilities
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-18
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THE APPLICATION OF COMPUTERIZED MAINTENANCE
IN FERTILIZER FACILITIES
D. M. BAILEY
Recent developments in. computer software and micro-computer hardware networks make it attractive for fertilizer complexes to implement on-line interactive maintenance management and inventory~control programs. Specific programs for ,turnaround planning and predictive .failure analysis are also available.
Kellogg Plant Services has implemented all of ~these programs and is encouraged with results and the potential for future applications.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Criteria for Selection of Hardware and. Software
Computerized Maintenance Programs
B. Condition Monitoring
C. Turnaround Planning and Management
Other Useful optional computer Programs
Conclusions and Recommendations Page
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The micro-computer first entered the industry in 1975. .As a result of much competition and advances in technology, sophisticated micro-computer systems and software programs are now available for low capital, expenditures. For example, M.W. Kellogg has just installed for a client a micro-computer system composed of: three IBM PCs, -60 Mb of hard disk storage, three printers, 200 Mb tape backup, auxiliary equipment and an omninet network that permits on-line interaction between all users at a hardware cost less than $35,000. This system, with the selection of available software, will permit the plant to manage and perform routine maintenance, inventory control functions, turnaround maintenance, condition-monitoring programs, and various administrative programs more efficiently than can be-achieved using manual programs. A few years ago a computer with this capability would have required a major capital investment.
Over the past few years, M.W. Kellogg has been
successfully using micro-computers for routine
maintenance, inventory control, turnaround planning, condition monitoring and various administrative activities. Of particular interest is more than two years of experience with the use of micro-computers in a 1000 TPD fertilizer ammonia complex. Even though these computer systems are installed at remote locations, the on-stream time has been excellent and all of the computer software programs have been implemented without a requirement for computer engineers or computer
programmers. Experienced maintenance planners or maintenance technicians have introduced the programs to the. clients' organization for their operation.
The micro-computer, when used as a management tool, can. provide management, and supervisors with the reports and data that permit~ a rapid performance evaluation and scheduling of priority work through tracking of backlog activities. Maintenance management has become a technology and is not just a nuts and bolts repair service. More and more plant facilities are taking advantage of this available technology with resulting improvemen...