IDCON Consultants for Reliablity and Maintenance at Chemicals Plants
Safety and equipment reliability are key in the chemical industry. IDCON INC enables our clients to improve the efficiencies of their operations and reduce costs.
We are specialists in reliability and maintenance work processes. These processes include work management planning and scheduling, asset management through preventive maintenance, operator care practices, root cause analysis, maintenance manager coaching, plant leadership, criticality of spare parts, BoMs, reliability and maintainability of equipment, and technical data.
Our reliability and maintenance consulting services focus on the people in your plant. Doing so ensures a successful adoption of reliability and maintenance best practices. IDCON coaches your team to create the sustained levels of awareness and buy-in required to produce the processes, action and change to transform your company’s organisation and garner bottom-line results.
When you engage with IDCON INC we have four key steps in working with you.
- Understand your situation
- Create a plan of action together
- Implement the plan together to achieve the greatest success
- Reach your goals
From business cases to on-the-job training, IDCON is your plant’s partner for sustainable improvements in reliability and maintenance work processes. Learn more about the services we provide on the products tab.
Maintenance audits for chemical facilities
When understanding the current gaps in your reliability and maintenance work processes, you focus on where your plant has the most opportunity for improvement.
IDCON’s Current Best Practices uses objective statements to review the nine key processes that have the most impact on reliability at the plant. We’ll provide you with solid recommendations based on the gaps we find and help you build the action plan to close the gaps.
Work management planning and scheduling
A key to ensuring reliable operations and the best use of your maintenance resources is through effective work management planning and scheduling. IDCON’s engages the entire organisation to improve awareness, practices and implementation. This approach combines seminars, formal classroom and on-the-job training. As a complement to training, we provide implementation support to your plant to ensure the absolute best outcomes.
Asset management or preventive maintenance strategies
Many plants set up their preventive maintenance (PM) strategies in isolation from one another. For example, the mechanical PM programme was set up, then another programme was created for E/I equipment, then another programme for automation and controls, and on top of this there could be any number of PdM programmes set up. All the while, maintenance and operations teams are scratching their heads as to what programme they are supposed to follow.
IDCON’s approach to asset management is to guide you through a review of the current preventive maintenance strategy and help you either optimise your current strategy or to develop one. We can help your team set up and document the preventive maintenance process. Our training and coaching in Preventive Maintenance and Essential Care and Condition Monitoring (inspections) is practical and answers the “Why” and “How” of keeping your equipment in peak performance.
A valuable asset many plants overlook is to engage their operations in the care and condition monitoring of the equipment. Operators are in the prime position to do care and basic inspections of equipment, but many do not know how to do it. IDCON’s Operator Essential Care and Condition Monitoring Training will give them the skills they need to perform tasks effectively and efficiently. You’ll find the quality and detail of work requests will also improve when operators have better knowledge of equipment.
A root-cause analysis process should complement the preventive maintenance strategy at your plant. While root-cause analysis is sufficient, at IDCON we go further by training and coaching your plant to not just to analyse but to remove the problems by finding the most effective solutions and a method to thoroughly document the process from failure to resolution. We call our process Root Cause Problem Elimination™.
Spare parts and technical data management
Improving your plant’s materials and spare parts frees up time for planners, supervisors and hourly maintenance personnel. On average 20-30% of these employees’ time is spent trying to find parts and materials.
Our support for your plant in this vital process includes coaching and training, materials and spare parts strategy creation, key performance indicators to measure, determining a stock/non-stock decision model, criticality analysis, and setting up delivery systems for your spare parts.
Leadership and organisation
Skilled leaders are imperative to the success and safety of any chemical plant. IDCON works to support the managers and supervisors at your organisation and to teach them the best current practices in personnel management in the chemical processing industry. ICDON strives for the end goal of a well-functioning and safe plant operating on the highest industry standard.
Products and Services
Maintenance Assessment and Audits
Knowing how effective your organisation is in reliability and maintenance helps to focus your energies on the right things at the right time. The first step is often assessing or auditing current practices to determine where gaps exist.
Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Training and Implementation
Maintenance planning and scheduling of work orders is the hub of a well functioning maintenance organisation. For maintenance planning and scheduling to function well other systems such as preventive maintenance, stores, work order history and backlog management must also work well.
Materials and Spare Parts Management Training and Implementation
Improving how clients manage the spare parts and materials in organisation provides huge benefits in the reduction of maintenance costs, time and parts inventory.
Preventive Maintenance and Condition Monitoring Training and Implementation
Preventive maintenance directly impacts equipment reliability. IDCON’s preventive maintenance (PM) training supports implementation of a PM programme that enables plants to both prevent and find equipment failures.
Root Cause Failure Analysis Training and Implementation
IDCON believes that root cause analysis doesn’t adequately describe the results that you want. The company has named its process Root Cause Problem Elimination™ because the ultimate outcome is to actually eliminate the problem.
Pre-Operational Checklists Reinvented
When was the last time we boarded an aircraft and thought about what occurs in the cockpit? The activity that occurs before takeoff is meant to ensure that all the steps necessary are accomplished to ensure a safe flight not only for all personnel, but also the equipment. One missed step can lead to serious implications.
Equipment Reliability Training Week
By the end of Equipment Reliability Training week, you will have a clear understanding of the Preventive Maintenance strategies that will work for your plant.
IDCON Corporate Brochure
Since 1972 we've been helping people improve reliability and maintenance at their organisations.
IDCON Reliability and Maintenance Training Brochure 2019
IDCON is committed to providing high-quality, common sense reliability and maintenance training programmes with a philosophy that emphasises people.
US-based maintenance and reliability specialist IDCON will be a sponsor of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals’ (SMRP) Carolinas Chapter Meeting on 23 August 2018.Read more
The lifespan of a bearing is seemingly random, ultimately being determined by a wide-ranging and complex set of factors that are difficult to calculate accurately.Read more
US-based consultancy company IDCON is pleased to announce it will be running a series of best practice seminars over the coming months in Raleigh, North Carolina.Read more
IDCON founder and CEO Christer Idhammar will be featured at the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) two-day Symposium, which is set to take place on 7-8 June in Atlanta, Georgia.Read more