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Tiwest Joint Venture Kwinana: Plant Shutdown Planning and Scheduling

Monday, 16 July 2012 11:04

Tiwest Joint Venture operates a Pigment plant in Kwinana Western Australia. The plant utilises a number of complex interconnected processes to produce Titanium Dioxide (TiO2).

Due to the nature of Tiwest’s production process, a number of highly volatile and corrosive substances are both utilised and produced. This makes it imperative that safety be at the forefront of the preparation process. This necessitates adherence to strict processes during the planning and scheduling of all shutdown related work.

To this end, Tiwest had made some significant improvements to their shutdown planning, scheduling and execution processes over a number of previous shutdowns. In the lead up to this shutdown, Tiwest wanted to ensure these improvements were leveraged, and further improvement opportunities were identified.

To assist in achieving their goals, Tiwest sought to engage the services of Assetivity.

 

Making The Most Of Your Consultant's Time

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:43

So you’ve made the decision to engage Assetivity to undertake a particular assignment within your organisation. Your reasons for engaging an Assetivity consultant(s) to perform the assignment could be due a lack of internal personnel resources to undertake the required tasks, or your area lacks the required skillsets to perform the required tasks, or a combination of both. Whatever your reasons, you want to make sure that in engaging a consultant for the assignment, that the assignment will be completed in an agreed timeframe, with specified deliverables to a defined quality, and overall achieved within the funding that has been sourced and allocated to the assignment.

 

The Do's and Don'ts of Effective Maintenance Planning

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:41

Most asset-intensive organisations recognise that efficient and effective maintenance Planning and Scheduling is one of those cornerstone processes that can help assure equipment reliability and assist with attaining excellence in operations.  The benefits of good Maintenance Planning and Scheduling are numerous, and include:

  • Increased productivity of tradespeople
  • Reduced equipment downtime
  • Lower spare parts holdings
  • Less Maintenance rework
  • and many more…
 

Skills for Your Position: Build vs. Buy vs. Hire

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:25

Most Australian companies need the skills of Maintenance Team Leaders, Reliability Engineers, Project Managers and/or Maintenance Planners.  In our current candidate constrained environment - particularly in the Mining, Oil & Gas and Power Industries - the challenge is where to find them.

Is it better to:

  • develop the skills in an individual already in your organisation,
  • take on individuals who can in a few years time step up to these roles,
  • acquire already skilled and experienced individuals from outside, or
  • use an external consultant to fill your requirement?
 

Operations and Maintenance Strategic Plan

Wednesday, 31 March 2010 13:58

At the time that this assignment was conducted, this gold mine was the fourth largest gold mine in Australia, and one of the lowest cost producers. However, forecasts showed that production volumes would drop, and costs would rise as reserves diminished. This called into doubt the long-term viability of the mine. There was an urgent need to identify strategic opportunities to simultaneously increase output and reduce costs.

 

Maintenance Improvement Program (Mining)

Wednesday, 31 March 2010 13:56

As part of a major cost reduction initiative, this large Iron Ore mine was seeking to reduce maintenance manning levels in their fixed plant operations by around 30%.

 

Asset Integrity Management Planning

Wednesday, 31 March 2010 13:56

Following a number of high profile failures, this mine and processing site had begun to focus greater attention on Asset Integrity Management.

 
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