When I say “reliable,” what do I really mean? A dictionary will define the word as “capable of being dependable.” Synonyms include terms like “trustworthy” and “responsible.” With this in mind, I ask the following question: “Are you reliable?” Or, better yet, “Are you reliable enough?” Your answer will tell how much you care about the […]
Explosion-Proof Linear Transducer Balluff’s Micropulse TA12 is a non-contact linear position sensor with a compact, explosion-proof housing. It is specifically designed for continuous feedback on hydraulically and pneumatically actuated valves for oil and gas refining, storage, transport and handling. The transducer now has a IECEx hazardous-area approval rating, in addition to existing ATEX and North American […]
Many companies struggle with the loss of experienced staff leaving the organization. Just as challenging—if not more so—is the loss of valuable plant-specific knowledge that these individuals carry with them when they go out the door.
Web-Based, Full-Featured SaaS CMMS Mapcon’s On-Demand™ uses SaaS (software-as-a-service) technology to provide comprehensive maintenance management, including work orders and preventive maintenance scheduling, at a lower cost than similar software applications. The product’s Java Swing™ technology delivers a fast, comprehensive CMMS directly over the Web, eliminating any slowdown associated with browsers. The system can be easily […]
Voltage unbalance and its most severe form—single phasing—cause up to 14% of motor failures . It’s important to understand that maximum current unbalance isn’t defined in standards for motors in the field. Voltage unbalance, which has direct impact on the operating life and characteristics of an electric motor, is defined. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association […]
This month’s edition of the Reliability Files includes information from Fluke Corp. and Petro-Canada.
GE’s Jack Welch is quoted as saying, “If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost don’t have to manage them.” Most would agree, in principle if not always in practice. This month, our Reader Panelists report on how […]
“Human error” is an often-cited cause or contributing factor in accidents and failures. We routinely see this with our plant equipment. Without a structured process for identifying and quantifying the underlying human factors associated with specific incidents, however, eliminating human error can be quite challenging. Let’s look into a couple of historical examples for some […]