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PLANT MANAGEMENT


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Mike Priddle über die zunehmende Bedeutung eines geplanten


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Mike Priddle sur


l’importance croissante d’une approche planifiée de la gestion des ressources d’une usine


Mike Priddle on the increasing importance of a planned approach to plant asset management


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n human nature, we prefer to think of ourselves as proactive rather than reactive. To be reactive implies that there has been no initiative about the action,


and in terms of manufacturing plants, it is letting the equipment set the agenda. With regards to plant maintenance, many companies are still reacting to the condition of their plant rather than being a step ahead. In an environment where most


businesses are facing increasing cost, product quality and competitive pressures, there is an ongoing need for UK manufacturing operations to improve productivity and reliability. As a result, it is ever more important for companies to be ahead of the game by proactively managing the service and maintenance of plant and equipment. Not only this, there are also


additional pressures surrounding corporate goals to reduce costs and maximise ROA. The advantages of preventative maintenance are clear-


cut; by being ahead of the game, plant managers will see an overall improvement in their plant’s operating performance, a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) and a reduction in unscheduled downtime. So what are the key types of plant


risks and failure modes that can occur in manufacturing plants using chemical processes for surface finishing? There are three main types of plant and equipment associated with surface finishing: automated lines; manual lines; and fume extraction systems. Typical automated or manual process lines include: cleaning lines; chemical etching lines; electroless plating lines; electrolytic plating lines; hard anodising lines; chromic anodising lines; tartaric sulphuric anodising (TSA) lines and conversion coating lines such as alocrom and phosphating. Fume extraction would then be used to control pollution, emission and biological monitoring to fulfil specific requirements, and these tend to be bespoke. For each type of

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