Mechanical integrity refers to the management of all of the processing equipment of a business to ensure that it is sound and operating within the realms of safety. It involves regular maintenance checks to ensure that every element is fit for service. Procedures should be written and implemented to maintain the integrity of this process.
Mechanical integrity is critical in industries that rely on complex mechanical and / or chemical operations. Within the mining and chemical industries there have been a number of high profile disasters in recent years that have resulted from a lack of mechanical integrity. Mechanical integrity involves ensuring that a piece of processing equipment is manufactured from suitable materials, that it is adequately installed and that parts are regularly replaced. It covers the entire life cycle of a piece of processing equipment.