How to Make Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages Successful

The old saying, “time is money,” is never more true than with shutdowns, turnarounds and outages (STOs) requiring cranes and other specialized equipment.

Barnhart has extensive experience in this kind of work, so we’ve learned a thing or two and picked up some valuable tips that will make your next STO go a little smoother.

  1. Make up your mind                                                                                    

Much of outage rigging is on the critical path. The earlier the rigging contractor is chosen, the more consistent and efficient the delivery can be. In the case of specialized rigging and transport services, more preparation and planning time usually means safer, faster, and more elegant solutions.

  1. Vet the Vendor

Take the time to learn as much as you can about a vendor well in advance of any outage. Choose vendors that have a proven resume and a deep inventory of resources and equipment. Learn more about their protocols and procedures, particularly in the area of safety. Be sure your contractors have a deep pool of qualified personnel who are familiar with working within complex facilities.

  1. The Right Tools Matter  

Knowing you have the right tools and equipment in the hands of the right rigging contractor can reduce hours and mitigate risk. The best contractors may have innovative tools and techniques that could be unknown to plant personnel. Failure to learn about alternatives may cost the plant time, money and safety.

  1. Get in Synch

It is critical that the plant’s and contractors’ schedules align perfectly. For operations involving crane and rigging contractors it is important to hire a team that has a successful record of mobilizing teams and equipment within the schedule’s tight tolerances and performing the work, all within the critical path.

5. Check and Double Check

Simply said – have someone check your work.  A thorough review of your plan from a trusted partner will help ensure success and help you sleep better at night!

  1. Ask for Proof

Ask your crane and rigging contractor to show you their track record of adding value through innovative tools, methods and key personnel. Talk is cheap but proof is in performance.

About Meredith Portman

Meredith Portman is a freelance writer who specializes in heavy industry, healthcare and education.
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