Modernizing Operations Process Management in the Nuclear Industry

Increased global demand for energy has suddenly boosted demand for nuclear reactors worldwide. The industry needs to modernize manufacturing processes to meet new productivity and regulatory demands. 

This paper is of interest to Engineering, Operations, Quality Assurance, Records Management and Integrated Safety Analysis departments with initiatives to achieve greater productivity through improved process control that meets the latest requirements from regulatory agencies. 

Improving efficiency and process control reduces risk on big manufacturing projects by controlling an important variable that can cause potential delays and cost overruns. Lessons learned from leading companies pave the way for the next generation of operations management systems that will enable the nuclear energy industry to meet the demand ahead. 

Best practices in reducing process variance are introduced in this paper around a methodology encompassing four functions: (1) Planning, (2) Guiding, (3) Monitoring, and (4) Correcting. These procedures encompass not only the requirements, but also the spirit of process and quality control behind the requirements found in standards from ISO, NRC and ASME.

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