Asset Integrity Management Systems (AIMS) prove beneficial to nearly every organization with physical infrastructure. Aboveground storage tanks, marine structures, processing facilities, and all kinds of industrial facilities benefit from proactive maintenance practices.
Asset Integrity Management Systems have several goals. The first goal is to protect the health and safety of the workforce as well as the environment (HSE). The second goal is to improve plant reliability and efficiency. Programs aim to reduce unplanned downtime and minimize maintenance and repair costs. The third goal is to extend the lifespan of essential equipment or assets. Together, these goals maximize the value of your assets.
Asset integrity does not exist in isolation. It is a comprehensive approach to asset management that begins with the design of new facilities and continues through maintenance programs and finally through decommissioning. Inspections, auditing and quality assurance are just a few of the tools designed to assist with AIMS.
Within the operations phase of the life cycle, asset integrity can be broken down into a handful of categories based on equipment:
- Static equipment integrity
- Rotating equipment integrity
- Electrical equipment and components integrity
- Instrument and control systems/ equipment integrity
- Structural integrity
- Pipeline integrity
- Safety systems and equipment integrity
At Matrix PDM Engineering, we believe Asset Integrity Management Systems are an extension of our core values: safety, quality, integrity and stewardship. Assets typically require a substantial capital investment, so it is prudent to maximize the value of your assets throughout their lifecycle.
Additionally, regular maintenance within industrial facilities can help minimize risk as you strive for zero-incident operations. Many facilities have regulatory requirements that stipulate maintenance intervals. Some of these safeguards are outlined in the standards and regulations in design and construction. Others focus on operations. The American Petroleum Institute sets forth recommended practices for inspection and maintenance in API-580 and API-581 from.
Both small and large facilities benefit when they partner with a reputable contractor for integrity maintenance. These partnerships provide repair, maintenance and program management for their clients. At Matrix PDM Engineering, our team takes pride in our ability to improve asset safety and reliability through integrity maintenance.
Organizations that choose to manage their integrity maintenance through a single-source contractor can further enhance financial and time savings. A contractor like Matrix can streamline communications, evaluate maintenance practices and identify areas for facility improvement. These tools are especially important in our current operating environment. We know how important it is to stretch your OPEX dollar.
Matrix PDM provides inspection, evaluation and engineering services with an integrated approach. We adhere to API, ASME, AWWA, NBIC and all other relevant standards, codes and regulations. We also follow our own strict quality control policies and procedures.
Contact us today to learn more about integrity maintenance.