Process plants are coming under ever more commercial pressure to meet supplier demand. Saving costs wherever possible without compromising on productivity is a crucial part of the day-to-day running of a successful facility.
The number and volume of rupture discs purchased for an application or plant can cause considerable expense. This is especially true when there is a great deal of variation in the types of rupture discs used and held in stock.
Stock variation can increase when different departments or external contractors write specifications for new projects without examining existing stock. Variation can also increase over time due to discs being ordered for very small differences in process conditions. As a result, the plant may hold an unnecessarily large variation of rupture discs on site.
The higher inventory can be difficult to manage for even the most efficient purchasing departments. The complexity of stocking a large range of burst pressures and temperatures within disc specifications also increases the risk of human error.
How does the stock rationalization program work?
Our stock rationalization program follows on from our site survey service. We use the findings from our rupture disc site survey to recommend ways to rationalize stock. By grouping variations in burst temperature, pressure, construction material and other factors, we can identify opportunities for reducing the number and type of bursting discs used on-site. The survey analysis will also allow us to offer recommendations on how to reduce spend and standardize materials.
In many cases, a significant proportion of variation can be eliminated by upgrading to our industry-leading Opti-Gard rupture disc. This reverse acting disc offers a best-in-class 3% tolerance combined with a 97% operating ratio. Opti-Gard acts as a single-disc solution across a range of demanding process conditions. As the Opti-Gard can withstand full vacuum without additional support, it also eliminates the need to re-order discs with support, thereby further reducing costs.
Benefits of Stock Rationalization
Many process plants adopt a stock rationalization program as a means of increasing efficiency, reducing stock holdings and improving purchase costs. By reducing the number of rupture discs on site, you can benefit from reduced costs and reduced overall production downtime due to increased safety and a quicker installation process.
With rationalized and standardized stock holdings, you can:
- Improve stock levels
- Reduce long-term spend
- Utilize the latest technological advancements
- Benefit from an economic procurement procedure program
- Train staff through a technical training & maintenance program
- Standardize burst pressure and materials, including for further installations
- Reduce waste and obsolescence
- Reduce replacement cycles
OsecoElfab has over 15 years’ experience in supporting a global customer base with standardizing current stock holdings of rupture discs. We offer the stock rationalization program to companies of all sizes, from local manufacturers to global companies and blue-chip organizations around the world.
Contact our pressure safety engineers to discuss standardizing your stock with the latest rupture disc technology, achieving greater production efficiency and reducing overall spend.