International Sugar Journal

Factory reliability improvement through downtime monitoring and defect elimination † [Full subscriber]

Research has shown that the major gains in the reduction of factory downtime come from reliability engineering rather than from just improving maintenance practices. In particular, a focus on defect elimination is essential in order to improve plant reliability and factory uptime. In 2004, Mackay Sugar implemented a Citect Ampla Downtime monitoring system in order to better record and analyse plant downtime. In conjunction with the Asset Management Group (AMG) from Transfield Services, Mackay Sugar also introduced a program of undertaking Root Cause Analysis (RCA) investigations on all major plant failures. The outcomes of the RCA investigations resulted in actions…

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