Plant Shutdowns—Basic Steps Involved

Chemical plants and refineries are not meant to go on running every day for the rest of the year, unless you want to risk them breaking down or conking out altogether when you really need them. This is why seasonal plant shutdowns are required to give equipment time to cool and for your team to perform the required maintenance.

Staff Mobilization

One of the critical elements of the effort is to brief all personnel. The workflow may discuss parts that require gradual drawdowns in the run-up to the temporary closure. Take note of key personnel that must be on-call during certain aspects of the operation; they must leave their contact details for added insurance.

Full Assessment

The company’s inspection team will have to be assembled and put to work on all important plant systems as part of the pre-shutdown check. Any system with moving parts should be thoroughly inspected and tested, with the results as basis for possible parts replacement or ordering. This can be true for wheeled parts such as lubricated conveyor belt rollers, or gearboxes.

Winterization

Suppose your plant is in a location with inclement weather conditions in winter. This will warrant full protective solutions for the machinery for winter climates. Ask your industrial lubricant provider for a product that is highly resistant to cold.

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