Foreign Material Exclusion Program
All power generation stations should have a reliable FME program. The objective of the FME program is to prevent the introduction of foreign material into plant systems or components. All foreign material that is created shall be captured / contained. The approach of “Cleaning up Afterwards” is not acceptable.
Power generation stations are still using traditional methods of surface cleaning and de-coating. Wire brushing, grinding, scrapping, chemicals, and blasting making cleanup afterwards impossible. This labor intense practice is time consuming and extends critical outage duration. Days are spent vacuuming FME zones of paint chips, grinding particles, dirt, and debris that can damage equipment.