ABB maintains petrochemical plant in Argentina

  • August 10, 2009
  • ABB
  • Case Study
August 10, 2009 - ABB took over maintenance activities for the electrical, instrumentation, motor and pump equipment at the Solvay Indupa petrochemical site at Bahia Blanca in Argentina in November 2006. The site is one of the largest petrochemical facilities in the country, producing some 210,000 tons of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and 180,000 tons of sodium hydroxide a year. It is owned by the Belgium-based Solvay Group, one of the world’s leading producers of vinyl.The challenge facing ABB was to deliver higher levels of customer satisfaction while reducing the cost of maintaining the thousands of parts and components in the site’s huge installed base of pumps, motors, instrumentation and electrical equipment. An important part of the challenge was to demonstrate to Solvay Indupa that customer satisfaction does not have to be compromised when maintenance costs are reduced and operational procedures made more efficient.Working closely with Solvay colleagues to incorporate their deep knowledge of the site into the Full Service concept, tools and procedures, ABB quickly achieved remarkable results. Within two years the maintenance costs of the electrical, instrumentation, motor and pump equipment at the site were reduced by 19.9 percent, without impacting equipment availability, reliability and mean time to repair (MTTR) and without reducing spare parts inventory.Satisfied customersABB also succeeded in raising customer satisfaction to an all-time high – a clear example of achieving more with less and of not jeopardizing quality and productivity when cutting operating costs. The improvements were achieved by partnering with Solvay operatives in all key production areas of the site and applying Full Service techniques to identify bottlenecks, cycle times, excessive spare part consumption and disconnected or dysfunctional procedures.After cutting maintenance costs at Solvay Indupa, ABB has advanced the Full Service concept by applying a rigorous approach to failure analysis and reliability engineering in order to raise plant productivity.ABB currently holds Full Service contracts at more than 150 industrial sites worldwide, one of which is another Solvay Indupa petrochemical site in Brazil, where ABB Full Service has also achieved double-digit reductions in maintenance costs while improving plant availability. ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs more than 120,000 people. Learn More

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