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Desiccant Breathers: A Front Line Defense in the War on Contamination
Are you changing your oil too often or having machine failures? Most companies are now realizing that maintaining clean oil is one of the best investments it can make, with contamination at the core of premature machinery failure and diminished lubricant life.
Gain a better understanding how a desiccant breather can be used as a first line of defense in preventing contaminants from ruining your equipment and what the right metrics are to show a return on your investment.
Companies in asset-intensive industries intuitively know that enterprise asset management (EAM) is a cornerstone of operational excellence. Learn how an integrated approach to planning and scheduling that includes maintenance, production, and projects across the enterprise can help you progress from a reactive to a predictive organization, and ultimately achieve operational excellence.
Are Your New Hires Prepared to Avoid the Hazards of Electricity?
By Ron Spataro, Director of Marketing, AVO Training Institute
As your workforce continues to turn over, are your new hires prepared to avoid the hazards of electricity? As the older and experienced technicians leave the workforce, on the job training for new hires becomes a difficult proposition. This knowledge base is growing smaller, so how are you going to teach the newcomers what they need to know in order to stay safe while maintaining your equipment?
This article takes a look at the impact of having untrained technicians and the questions you should be asking when determining whether or not your apprentice program is up to par.
Is It Just Reliability?
By Richard E. Wood, AVO Training Institute, Senior Consultant
There is more to a reliability program than just Preventative Maintenance (PM), Predictive Maintenance (PdM), and Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA). The resource that is often ignored is the training of maintenance technicians and engineers. A good training program enables the technician to quickly identify the failure and return the equipment to the process, as well as keep technicians and other workers safe.
Where does safety come in? A safe environment can be accomplished through the combined effects of reliability and training. Training employees with the necessary skills to work safely will always equate to a substantial return on the investment.
Learn How to Clean Tanks Faster and Lower Operating Costs
Automated tank cleaning offers many benefits – cleaner tanks, less downtime and improved worker safety. But selecting the best equipment for your operation can be challenging because not all tank cleaning nozzles are created equal. A new white paper from Spraying Systems Co. will show you how to reduce cleaning time, minimize chemical/water consumption and improve cleaning effectiveness while avoiding common problems like clogging. You’ll also learn about key factors that will allow you to compare the cost of ownership for different types of tank cleaning equipment.
Analyzing Electrical Hazards in the Workplace
By: Timothy L. Gauthier, Project Manager/ Senior Training Instructor AVO Training Institute
Dennis K. Neitzel, CPE, Director Emeritus- AVO Training Institute
Mark Ackerson, Senior Consultant- AVO Training Institute
When it comes to risk assessment, educating leadership on all of their available options is critical.
The need for analyzing electrical hazards in the workplace has been recognized by a small segment of the industry for many years. The petrochemical industry and many government institutions have performed research on this subject for over thirty years. For the most part, however, the user level of the electrical industry has largely ignored the subject, essentially reacting to catastrophic accidents rather than proactively trying to predict and prevent them. The Arc-Flash incident that completely destroyed the front of the electricians’ shirt, along with severely burning the electrician could have been prevented if management and the worker completely understood the electrical maintenance hazards. This article will provide an overview of the three principle types of electrical maintenance hazards, along with a discussion of the standards and regulations pertaining to the subject.
New Oil Filtration
By: Harvard Corporation
As surprising as it may seem, most new oils purchased today are not filtered before being sold. Yes, the new oil is refined, looks translucent and visually appears clean, but when viewed at a microscopic level it contains unwanted particles. In many cases, the filtered oil in the equipment being replaced has less unwanted particles than the new unfiltered oil being added during an oil change.
Overall Vibration, Severity Levels and Crest Factor Plus
By: Fluke Corporation
Mechanical Vibration is a notoriously difficult subject matter to master. A quick glance at a textbook in the field shows that the advanced practitioner must master sophisticated concepts in mathematics and physics in order to accurately collect and interpret vibration data. This has caused a major problem for industrial plants—the benefits of a vibration testing program are well known, but far too many plants choose to avoid vibration testing because of the perceived complexity.
Fluke aims to solve this dilemma by developing easy to use vibration products that yield significant benefits without requiring advanced training by end-users. Fluke’s first vibration product, released in 2010, was the 810 Vibration Tester (see picture on next page). The 810 is a vibration spectrum analyzer that includes an automated diagnostic engine that identifies the four most common root causes of abnormal machinery vibration: misalignment, unbalance, looseness, and bearing faults. The 810 is dramatically easier to use than existing spectrum analyzers because the interpretation of frequency spectrum data is automated. The user simply sees a severity scale for each of the four faults listed above.
Checking Voltage Frequency Ratio on Variable Speed Drives
By: Fluke Corporation
With their unique triggering and measuring functions, Fluke ScopeMeter 190 Series II portable oscilloscopes are ideal for analyzing the voltage-frequency ratio of pulse-width-modulated variable speed drives.
Wireless Test Tools Can Cut Troubleshooting Time
By: Fluke Corporation
The automation of more and more processes and operations in today’s factories and commercial buildings is helping to reduce energy consumption and increase safety and productivity as never before. However, automation has also added a large dose of complexity for the technicians who maintain and troubleshoot the systems.