RBI is a risk-based inspection methodology for fixed industrial processing equipment. This methodology provides the opportunity for predictive maintenance in industrial plants.
Risk-Based Inspection(RBI) addresses the need to develop an inspection scheme for industrial plant fixed equipment A scheme where equipment integrity is assessed in terms of its operational experience and ageing.
This methodology provides the opportunity to establish dates for upcoming inspections based on the equipment’s risk, and not only on its condition or the likelihood of failure. In other words. It is based on the consequences that failure can lead to due to itsoccurrence of failure.
The consequences for the organisation, for the environment, for the personnel who work in them or for those in the vicinity of the facilities. Changing established inspection frequencies by equipment type based on prescriptive codes and health and safety legislation only.
It provides the type of damage potentially occurring to fixed industrial processing equipment, and its potential location.
Keila V. Pérez. Reliability Consulting Engineer, RBI specialist.
Risk-based inspection provides the type of damagepotentially occurring to fixed industrial processing equipment, and its potential location. Similarly, it informs of the speed at which it occurs and how it evolves over time, or when the failure becomes an unacceptable risk to the organisation.
All these parameters are part of the information that can be obtained when the maintenance vision is risk-focused, and can be covered by recommended practices such as RP API 580 and API 581.
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The positive results obtained applying this methodology are encouraging more and more industry sectors, in particular the above-mentioned sectors, to increasingly implement this technique.
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What is the aim of RBI Methodology?
To provide basic tools to enable the optimal use and exploitation of the Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) methodology, adapting it to specific needs and facilitating fixed equipment inspection and maintenance plans.
Decision-making always goes hand in hand with a great dilemma, in the great majority of cases shrouded by a great uncertainty as to the activities or changes that these decisions may lead to in the future. . Large organisations, regardless of their activity, establish parameters and develop statistical models, with the purpose of forecasting the behaviour or impact of certain decisions on the activities of the industry in which they are involved.
In the same way the Oil and Gas and/or Petrochemical Industries, among others, have progressed and evolved over the last 30 years in uncertainty management and in the prediction of the future behaviour of their assets, oriented towards their maximum and optimal performance, generating high-quality products with a pre-estimated profit.
As industrial equipment ages due to continuous use, it may be approaching the end of its useful life. Therefore, it is vital to establish a planning that allows for changes in industrial equipment in operation, with the least impact on the goals set by the company or organisation.