7 Years Injury-Free: Achieving A Zero TRIR

Reaching seven years injury-free is no easy feat. It’s especially impressive for a company with a team of cross-trained professionals who perform such a variety of on-site services in areas where risks are present. However, for the experts at Innovator, seven years injury-free, or having a zero total recordable incident rate (TRIR) is a reality. But, getting every Innovator crew …

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One Source for Online Inspection and Repair

Online services are becoming more and more valuable for facility owners, and at Innovator, we understand why. “Everyone is trying to run their plants harder for longer periods of time and still provide high levels of safety and quality,” explained Innovator Service Development Coordinator Ray Bradley. “Because of that, a lot of people are turning to online services as opposed …

Cenovus Foster Creek: An Innovator Weldless Flange Success Story

Like those at all plants in the oil sands and elsewhere, Cenovus Foster Creek employees rely on their shutdown periods to make vital repairs like replacing system flanges. This typically means relying on the industry hot work standard — even in the tightest, most confined vessels. However, Cenovus professionals are used to turning to Innovator when they find themselves in tight …

The Act of Giving Is the Best Gift of All

The giving feeling seems contagious during the holiday season — even infectious. With an attitude of gratitude, nine members of the INNOVATOR crew went out into the community to do just that: give! We traveled to the Bissel Centre in Edmonton the morning of Dec. 22, 2016, which gave us a chance to give back to our community just in …

What You Need to Know About the Injection of Valve Bonnets

“On the 19th of November 2013, 3pm, a steam explosion occurred at the Antwerp Refinery, Belgium.  The accident involved the boiler feed water system (operating pressure 70 bar (1015 psi), operating temperature 280 °C (536°F)) of unit 72 (continuous catalytic reforming, CCR).  Two contractors were re-injecting sealant on a leak box on the bonnet‐to‐body flange of a 16 inch motorized …

Consider Developing Site Bolting Specifications and Programs

Bolting specifications and flange management have come and long way in 20 years, and sound leak presentation has evolved through better bolting practices. A historical perspective I remember working a local shutdown in 1994 for what is now Canada’s largest energy company, and there were 58 critical connections to manage. These were hydraulically tensioned reactor goosenecks or hydraulically torqued high-pressure …

The Hidden Costs of Compressed Air/Gas Leaks

Most of the companies we perform audits for do their best to conserve energy.  Most energy engineers realize the high cost of energy drain due  to how much  extra  horsepower air compressors waste while trying to maintain pre-set air pressures.  Likewise, they realize how costly leaks in their Nitrogen, Utility Air and  steam can  be. The focus of this article …

Why do Steam Traps Fail?

Properly functioning steam traps open to release condensate and automatically close when steam is present. Failed traps waste fuel, reduce efficiency, increase production costs and compromise the overall integrity of the steam and condensate systems. Traps should be tested on a regular basis — or the neglect may be quite costly. Failed Steam Traps Negatively Impact the Entire Steam System …

Audit Your Safety Management System

The world of safety is ever changing, and company leaders need to stay ahead of the game by keeping their safety programs updated — rather than outdated. Yes, you must complete an audit and send it to the Alberta Construction Safety Administration (ACSA) to receive your Certificate of Recognition (COR) every year. But once that time of year comes, it …