With an overall goal of “maximizing company investment while protecting the environment and worker safety”; this paper takes a new look at taking care of critical FRP equipment.
There are two separate strategies for the maintenance of FRP: Some equipment can be run-out and replaced and others must be perpetually repaired with no option to replace it. These take two very different approaches.
Acting on these strategies requires being able determine both the Tactile and Technical condition of fiberglass. Tactile are changes that you can detect with the senses, with or without equipment: Surface damage, thickness and changes in the appearance that predict failure. Technical changes are things that known to occur within a laminate in industrial service that are not visible to the eye of an experienced observer. These changes weaken the laminate in tensile and flexural, and are often the underlying cause of the Tactile damage you see.
It is important to know the Tactile condition of equipment of course and effective the best current ways to do that are discussed. But understanding the Technical condition determines if a particular system should be continuously patched-up or removed and replaced. This paper looks at the tasks and the tools available to do this with an emphasis of doing it in-situ or while the equipment is running which is the most practical and we believe, the most effective way to do it.
[EXCERPT] : Two Strategies and Four Tasks with One Goal; Reliable Fiberglass (FRP) Equipment
Todd Bishop, Owner
BRER Technical, Inc.
TAPPI PEERS Conference
Jacksonville, FL September 2016
This paper will discuss the one goal of fiberglass reliability, two over-arching strategies and four distinct tasks required to achieve that goal. We will then discuss the tools available to complete the tasks and realize the goal.
Others are more qualified to talk about the reasons for conditions in the pulp market today including reduced use of paper, foreign competition, globalization of markets and increasing regulatory focus on environment and safety. The effect on those working in the day-to-day operation of a pulp plant is always doing more with less money and time and above all else, avoiding an in-service failure.