Unit 45 Plant Operations and Performance






Unit 45:

Plant Operations and Performance



Unit code:
D/601/1438

QCF level:
5



Credit value:
15








Aim

This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the installation, commissioning, performance and efficient functioning of engineering plant and equipment.

Unit abstract

This unit will examine the performance and efficient functioning of engineering plant and equipment. It covers the installation and commissioning of a component or section of engineering plant, the monitoring of plant performance and the evaluation of performance capability. This in turn should enable learners to recognise differences between the design and operational characteristics of engineering plant and equipment. On working through the unit the learner should be able to relate performance characteristics of particular engineering plant to basic thermodynamic and mechanical engineering principles covered in other units.

Through case studies learners will examine the performance of individual components and the system in a suite of air compressors providing compressed air to a factory complex; a packaged gas turbine unit generating power as part of a closed cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant; or an air conditioning plant used in an industrial or commercial complex. Learners may use tables, nomograms, file data etc, to establish component and system characteristics.

Learning outcome 1 introduces learners to planning and installation procedures and to heath and safety issues. Learning outcome 2 covers commissioning procedures, the acceptance and hand-over of plant. Learning outcome 3 will familiarise the learner with monitoring and recording procedures whilst the final learning outcome is concerned with the evaluation of performance data to ascertain plant efficiency and economy of operation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1       Understand how to plan the installation of engineering plant and equipment to meet identified specifications

2       Understand how to undertake commissioning procedures on engineering plant and equipment to achieve operational objectives

3       Be able to monitor the operational performance of engineering plant and equipment

4       Understand the performance capability of engineering plant and equipment.

Unit content



1      Understand how to plan the installation of engineering plant and equipment to meet identified specifications

Specifications: planning requirements; resources required; health and safety aspects Planning: new/existing plant; regulations; systems and services; procedures; schedules Resources: personnel; equipment; materials; costs; services

Health and safety: national regulations and standards; company procedures


2      Understand how to undertake commissioning procedures on engineering plant and equipment to achieve operational objectives

Planning: objectives; regulations; schedules; procedures; safety; hand-over

Operation: acceptance tests; component tests; start-up; shut-down; full load; part load; malfunction; failure; operator errors; objectives

Recording: performance characteristics; data analysis; evaluation; feedback; source data


3      Be able to monitor the operational performance of engineering plant and equipment

Planning: planning; manuals; regulations; safety

Monitoring of operation: normal/abnormal running; full/part/over load; operating costs; equipment performance characteristics; reliability

Recording: parameters, data sources; qualitative/quantitative data analysis; component and system characteristics; predicted efficiencies; performance data

4      Understand the performance capability of engineering plant and equipment

Planning: planning; manuals; regulations; safety

Operation: steady-state conditions; system and component characteristics performance; efficient and economical performance; quality control; reliability

Recording: relevant parameters, data sources; actual and rated performance characteristics; system and component efficiencies; system and plant performance optimisation

Proposals: remedial action; impact on system

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria




Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass


On successful completion of
The learner can:


this unit a learner will:










LO1 Understand how to plan the

1.1
assess specifications and schedules for the installation of


installation of engineering


engineering plant and equipment


plant and equipment to

1.2
justify the overall cost of installing engineering plant and


meet identified





equipment


specifications











1.3
describe necessary health and safety checks for the





installation of engineering plant and equipment








LO2 Understand how to

2.1
determine operational objectives in commissioning


undertake commissioning


engineering plant and equipment


procedures on engineering

2.2
explain the use of procedures and schedules for


plant and equipment to





commissioning


achieve operational









objectives

2.3
describe component and acceptance tests involved in





commissioning







LO3 Be able to monitor the

3.1
plan the procedures used to monitor engineering plant


operational performance of


and equipment parameters


engineering plant and

3.2
report on the relevance and reliability of parameters and


equipment





data sources









3.3
report on performance data in relation to operational





objectives







LO4 Understand the

4.1
justify when the operational performance of a system is


performance capability of


in steady state


engineering plant and

4.2
compare evaluated and rated performance


equipment





characteristics for relevant engineering plant and










equipment




4.3
propose remedial action to improve performance.








Guidance
Links

This unit links with Unit 43: Plant and Process Principles.

The unit can be linked to the SEMTA Level 4 National Occupational Standards in Engineering Management, particularly 4.21: Commission Engineering Products, Processes or Facilities.

Essential requirements

Centres will need to provide access to a range of relevant engineering plant, either directly or through local industrial organisations.

Employer engagement and vocational contexts

Centres should try to work closely with industrial organisations, especially where there may be limited resources. Visits to one or two relevant industrial or commercial organisations to review plant operations and performance will be of value to enhance and support learning.




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