Machinery Installation: Planning with Roman Megela
It’s a pleasure to have Roman Megela from Easy-Laser join us on this deep dive into Machinery Installation. He’s worked with rotating equipment for over 20 years, particularly in service, installation, assembly, and commissioning for gas compression, glass production, and stainless steel. So far, we’ve looked into how strategy and integrity fall into the Machinery Installation process. We’ll now get a look into the role Planning plays in Machinery Installation.
Roman will give us insights on:
- What is Planning?
- Are there technical specifications for planning?
- How does Planning impact installation?
… and so much more!
What is Planning?
It is a fundamental function which involves deciding beforehand:
- What is done? -Is it a maintenance job, an assembly job, a new building, etc.
- When it’s to be done? – it is a time scale of when the job gets done.
- How is it to be done? – defines the procedure going to be used
- Who is going to do it? – refers to the team or individual in-charge
Are there technical specifications for planning?
Planning is information that needs to be included in the job’s detail. It’s extremely important that the planning is adopted to the company’s standards. So, with the installation, these standards need to be in place.
How does Planning impact installation?
Timing is everything when considering planning. If your plan is lacking, you’ll not get the results you’re looking for. Planning requires you to be responsible for the decisions you make and don’t make.
What are the three elements of planning?
- Establishing the standard
- Training the teams
- Documenting the work
What type of standards do we need for planning?
There are standards, such as ANSI, ISO, and APIs. So, it’s up to the organization to find the most suitable standard for their needs. For instance, with the offshore industry, you need to follow the same standard as your customers. If you don’t, you won’t get accepted into the vendors’ list.
What type of training is required?
The team needs to be familiarized with existing planning procedures. After that, they’ll get introduced to other small crucial tasks. You can then increase the planning production slowly until they’re capable of taking on the entire process.
How can you improve your planning to become successful?
You must start by setting the standard then train hard to get the needed knowledge. From there, document each step you take.
What makes the biggest difference with the elements of Machinery Installation?
You can only make a difference by successfully combining the three elements. That’s because they’ll help you create safe and reliable teams. When you then transfer that to the time and the people, your team will more likely succeed in their work, since they’ll get to see properly installed and reliably operating machinery. This will make them proud of their job and create a culture that brings organizational wealth in the standard.
It would be best if you took responsibility for the decisions you make, and those you don’t make. So please do not assume that things will be as you expect them to be. Always measure and calculate to analyze. Without data, you can’t analyze anything.
Roman Megela Links:
- Easy Laser
- Roman Megela Linkedin
- API 686 Recommended Practice for Machinery Installation and Installation Design
- Knocking Bolts
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