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Availability Engineering and Management for Manufacturing Plant Performance by PE, CPA Richard G. Lamb

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Chapter 3 Availability Engineering and Management and the Conceptual Design Phase

Introduction

Traditionally, the conceptual design phase includes, in some form or approach, the following:

  • Needs analysis, feasibility studies, and the ultimate investment decision.
  • The evaluation and selection of a production process.
  • A detailed engineering description of an associated plant scheme.

The goal is a production process and plant scheme that can achieve specified production parameters such as rate, heat, pressure, etc. However, this is only part of the full plant design problem. This traditional scope does not take into account the need to design the plant for its physical availability to perform the production process.

The traditional design methods ...

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