A peer review is a process in which a design is reviewed and evaluated by a peer who is independent and an expert in the field. It is an invaluable tool a stakeholder uses to make decisions regarding the suitability of a process design. In a peer review, one examines soundness of presented ideas; it is not simply value engineering.
When designing a solids handling system or equipment that will play an important role in reliable and efficient plant operation, it is advisable to have the design reviewed by a peer. This ensures that there are no major engineering mistakes or issues overlooked and the appropriate effort has been made to develop both a safe and cost effective design.
A peer review is important when:
- Reliable performance is crucial and/or process design lacks redundancy
- Operation is related to public health and safety
- Using new technology, process or innovative design
- Working with new or unique powders or bulk materials
In a peer review, Jenike & Johanson evaluates the conceptual and technical soundness of equipment or process design for its likelihood of achieving the intended objectives. A peer review can be conducted on material handling components such as a silo/bin/hopper, transfer chute, processing vessel, feeder, stockpile, mixer/blender, or mechanical or pneumatic conveying system, etc.
Our peer review involves verification of:
- Assumptions, governing laws, and attainment of client’s needs and specifications
- Appropriate procedures and analyses
- Feasibility and practicality of the process design
- Solids handling effects on process or equipment
- Review of engineering designs for nickel laterite ore storage, feeding, processing
- Review of dry beverage formulation, blending, and high speed packaging system
- Review of receiving, feeding, and conveying system for lithium powder
- Review, engineering, and project management for advanced aerogel plant
Often, companies use peer review as an integral part of project milestones; a peer review is commonly requested after design completion. Insurance carriers and major equity stakeholders are usually willing to pay for a substantial part of the peer review service.
Identification of a probable costly flow problem is just the first step in ensuring manufacture of a quality product.
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