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Retrofit of Condition Based Monitoring (CBM) Technology into an Aging Facility

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Original date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019

Sherritt Fort Saskatchewan has been operating for more than 50 years and continues to use much of its original infrastructure and production equipment. Modern condition-based monitoring (CBM) technologies were not in the picture 50 years ago. So how do we cost-effectively implement CBM technology to address risk, provide advanced indication of failure, and improve the reliability of our operation? This presentation will introduce two case studies of applying CBM to aging assets: infrared thermography and continuous surface temperature monitoring for high-risk refractory lined furnace piping; and ultrasound technology to improve bearing lubrication practices for rotating equipment.

BoK Content Source: 
MainTrain 2019
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Asset Management Framework Subject: 
03 Lifecycle Delivery, 3.05 Maintenance Delivery
Maintenance Management Framework Subject: 
04 Tools and Tactics, 4.6 Condition Monitoring, 4.8 Predictive Maint. Techniques
Author Title: 
Reliability Superintendent
Author Employer: 
Sherritt International
Author Bio: 

Steve Ratchford is a 12-year Red Seal Interprovincial Millwright whose career has spanned the following industries: power production, mining, oil & gas, and, most recently, metals refining. His current role is on Sherritt’s Asset Management – Reliability team, where he works collaboratively to implement and perform condition-based monitoring analysis throughout the refinery operation. He is currently enrolled in the MMP Certification through Northern Lakes College.