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Compressors: How to Achieve High Reliability & Availability by Fred K. Geitner, Heinz P. Bloch

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CHAPTER 10
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Machinery Quality Assessment
Machinery quality assessment (MQA) is a multifaceted work effort aimed at uncovering risks and vulnerabilities that exist in low-cost or prototype-like compressor offers.1 It has been estimated that MQA efforts require an up-front prestartup investment of 5% of the cost of equipment and will ultimately yield a 10-fold return on this incremental investment. Only experienced staff can make these assessments, and even they may need assistance from qualified third-party machinery specialists. Together, the purchaser’s MQA staff and the outside contractors reach consensus and report their findings to the project ...

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