Who we are...
F.A.I (Forsthoffer Associates Inc.) was founded in early 1990 by William E. Forsthoffer following his rewarding relationships with Mobil Research and Development Corp. (MRDC) as a Rotating Equipment Specialist and Siemens/Demag/DeLaval as a Rotating Equipment Designer. The vision of the organization was to direct our collective experience toward the needs of the End Users concerned with the Design, Purchase and Use of special purpose (critical, high revenue) Rotating Equipment.
The changes that have affected these industries in the last two years are unprecedented. Daily Product Revenue has doubled or tripled exposing plants to significant profit losses. Key Vendor Personnel have been victims of early retirement or have left for other industries. Contractors and End Users have dramatically reduced their technical staff and consequently have to cope with a significant technical learning curve. Coupled with these difficulties is the misconception that PC's with user friendly "Expert Programs" are a cure-all.
As a result, Vendors are finding that they are devoting unnecessary man hours to the explanation of basic principles that their clients should already have a firm understanding of. In addition, the lack of understanding on the Contractor's and User's part concerning the equipment characteristics and the operating system often results in a "Wrong Fit" and yet another costly Reliability Problem.
The stakes are high; special purpose (unspared) equipment downtime can result in daily revenue losses well in excess of $2,000,000 and as high as $10,000,000.00 U.S. Dollars.
It is in this environment that F.A.I has successfully operated since 1990. Our stated objective is:
"THE OPTIMIZATION OF ROTATING EQUIPMENT SAFETY AND RELIABILITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND VENDOR/USER COMMUNICATION"
Since 1990, we have met those goals by providing the following quality services to End Users, big & small globally:
•SITE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT RELIABILITY STUDIES.
•CRITICAL EQUIPMENT RELIABILITY ASSURANCE PROGRAMS (APPLICATION, SELECTION AND TECHNICAL PURCHASING, DESIGN AUDITS AND SHOP TEST ASSISTANCE.)
•EFFECTIVE EQUIPMENT PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS AND ROOT CAUSE FAILURE ANALYSIS.
•CUSTOMIZED SITE RELIABILITY WORKSHOPS STRESSING GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES.
Please select the appropriate link at the top of this page for a description of our services to meet your specific needs.
F.A.I. is a Consulting firm, but not in the traditional sense. We do not perform our services in isolation. That is, we totally involve our clients in all our rendered services to assure the learning experience is maximized, implemented and retained.
F.A.I. is uniquely qualified to understand and meet the needs of our clients. Please refer to the "Our Staff Experience" link to learn more about us. Our staff has an extensive experience base in both Design and Field Operation. Therefore, we "Bridge the Gap" between equipment design knowledge and operation requirements. This results in prompt, effective resolution of specification, selection, design and reliability issues and assurance that all recommendations are based on Global Best Practices that are benchmarked.
Our Global Client Base
Since 1990 our services have been provided to the Refining, Petrochemical, Utility and Oil and Gas Transmission Industries on a global basis. Our client base of over 100 Clients include: