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Understanding Gasoline Quality Giveaway

At a refinery, gasoline is produced to regulatory or customer demanded specifications, and exceeding these specifications is considered gasoline quality giveaway, costing individual refineries millions of dollars a year. What is gasoline quality giveaway?  Let’s say a gas station selling premium gasoline as 91 octane – this is a specification.  If a refinery produces a… read more →




Sustaining Process Improvement

Previous articles in this series dealt with the challenges of identifying outdated and inefficient processes, the effects that suboptimal processes have on the profitability and competitive position of a company, as well as some of the tools that can be used to identify and improve those processes.  But what happens once you implement those improvements? … read more →




Inventory as a Tool – A Healthcare Perspective

For healthcare organizations, inventory can be an important and powerful tool for controlling effective equipment management programs and providing better access to, quality of, and utilization of medical devices.    Accurately managed inventory can also be used for forecasting, developing budgets, performing risk analysis, risk management and mitigation, developing replacement and disposal practices, maximizing optimal… read more →




Planning for Success: How a Structured Approach to Active Management Drives Sustainable Improvements

Implementing improvement is necessary, but can be a difficult, costly, and grueling process.  Companies pay consultants to assist them in improving critical processes but forget to focus on what happens after the consultants leave.  They neglect to teach managers the essential skills to drive sustained profitability from changes that were implemented.   Why does this… read more →




Refinery Maintenance: Planning for Success

As processors and storage become cheaper and more efficient, more and more companies want to analyze increasing amounts of data and use artificial intelligence to support Risk Based Decision Making; and refineries are no different. Predictive Maintenance offers refineries an opportunity to determine the current condition of equipment to predict when a failure will occur…. read more →




Productivity and the Interruption Disruption

In today’s digital age, the real estate that businesses pursue is not property, but attention.  We live in an era of information and distraction, with myriad points of stimuli constantly competing for our attention.  Nowhere does this have more impact than in the workplace where its effect on productivity can be significant.    Not All… read more →




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