Singapore, Singapore (PressExposure) July 14, 2009 -- Production facilities, refineries, petrochemical and power plants must be regularly closed down or taken out of service to make way for scheduled maintenance operations. To be able to minimize the duration of the shutdown and allow operations to resume more quickly is a laudable accomplishment.
An oil refinery in Malaysia usually schedules eight days of downtime for inspecting their splitter towers, which will be accessed by means of traditional scaffolding. However, no more than four days were available for the current assessment of the Splitter Tower 1. With the help of Industrial Rope Access, it took only two days to set up, carry out the Dye Penetrant Examination (PT) ([http://www.sgs.com/ndt-dye-penetrant-examination.htm]), also known as Liquefied Penetrant Examination, de-rig the ropes and prepare the inspection report.
To conduct the work a two-man SGS-IRATA certified Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) team was mobilized from Singapore.
Industrial rope access is a form of work positioning developed from techniques used in caving. It is an internationally-recognized alternative to traditional means of access such as scaffoldings, ladders, gondolas, boson chairs, mechanical lifts and staging. With industrial rope access, a worker uses two ropes - a working rope and a back-up, safety rope - and is permanently attached to both to prevent falls.
SGS holds numerous accreditations from all over the world, and we can carry out periodical statutory and voluntary inspections of industrial utilities and all kinds of equipment. With the worldwide network of SGS Industrial Services ([http://www.sgs.com/industrial]), we can develop the best suitable conformity assessment procedure for your equipment and your target markets, as industrial inspection procedures directly affect safety.