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The Importance of Proprietary Plant and Equipment Maintenance and Repair

05 November 2021

On-site engineers are well-versed in their craft. They repair and maintain equipment and generally keep that machinery in fine operational form. That’s a lot of responsibility, even if we’re talking about a small-scale installation, not a massive chemical processing plant or an oil drilling rig. Still, aren’t their situations that demand the attention of a company-certified engineer? What about generators, for example?

Addressing Proprietary Plant and Equipment Maintenance and Repair

Essentially, that company technician or engineer is rated to work on a specific set of machinery. Imagine the branded chillers and air conditioners operating at a remote chemical processing facility, or maybe it’s a mining complex. At any rate, there’s equipment in there that’s not in use in any other conventional site. For instance, there may be a scaled-down version of an industrial drill, but there are no hydraulic crushers or oil drilling derricks there, not unless it’s a very unusual home. Company engineers, therefore, are professionally trained in operations that define unique equipment assemblages. They represent that company, are familiar with the equipment, and are trained to maintain the gear with specialised tools. If an on-site professional attempts this job, he brings his standard toolbox to the site. A manufacturer-trained engineer, he carries updated replacement parts and specialised testing and inspection tools, plus all of the housing access keys that quickly get him into the inner workings of that equipment.

Company-Regulated Plant Maintenance and Repair

Using our generator example, the on-site engineer runs daily maintenance checks. He replaces a start-up battery, changes a fuel filter, and troubleshoots some random tripped circuit breakers. What if the machinery fails? An oil rig is a dangerous place. That electrical power source is down for the count, and there’s only emergency lighting to stop the workers from blindly incurring a nasty injury. Plant and maintenance programs, as carried out by the generator company, predictably discover small system defects before the equipment fails. It’s because of this find-it-before-it-fails approach that potentially hazardous sites continue to function as they should.

Trained as a competent craftsman, as an engineer who is knowledgeable in the workings of a certain range of company-branded machines, the dispatched product engineer intimately knows the machine in question. He, or she, inspects that machinery on-site then controls any shutdown procedures on time. The plant and equipment maintenance work go deep, far deeper than a filter replacement or a faulty battery. Then, when the process is completed, the interrupted equipment returns to its full-functional peak.

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