Downtime Reduction via Improved Instrument Reliability

Virtual Presentation: How Dow Chemicals' Deer Park facility implemented and maintains an instrument reliability program capable of delivering a 70 percent reduction in downtime.

The dramatic reduction in reactor trips as a result of Dow Chemicals' instrument reliability team resulted in millions of dollars in EBIT savings.
The dramatic reduction in reactor trips as a result of Dow Chemicals' instrument reliability team resulted in millions of dollars in EBIT savings.

Shadrach Stephens and Christopher Garcia served on the Instrument Reliability team at the Dow Chemical Deer Park facility that established a program delivering a 70 percent reduction in downtime. This program continues to be successful because it provides instrumentation professionals a formal structure to improve instrument reliability across the site. The framework for the program’s strategy focuses on two main categories: 1) short-term and long-term strategies; and 2) four maintenance improvement areas—reactive, proactive, reliability-centered, and instrument projects. In their presentation at The Automation Conference 2014, Stephens and Garcia explained the Instrument Reliability team's downtime-reducing program and how the strategy supporting it was developed and implemented. See their presentation from the conference below.

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