July 17, 2012 | Mark Paradies

Damage to Motiva’s New Crude Unit Seems Like an Excellent Opportunity for Advanced Root Cause Analysis

Corrosion because a valved leaked caustic into a relatively new crude unit that was off line for some quick repairs will cause the unit to be down for perhaps a year. Here’s the story:


Human error? Equipment failure? Bad operating or maintenance practices? Unexpected corrosion? Non of these are root causes. To find the root causes you need a systematic process like Equifactor® and TapRooT® to troubleshoot equipment problems and dig down to the real, fixable root causes of the problems. 

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