Improper bolting has the biggest impact on machine reliability and life cycle cost

Hi,

One would not come across such down to earth articles every day.

Simple examples on using the right fasteners at the right places and tightening them correctly has been covered in the article linked below:

Machinery | Improper bolting — Improper bolting has the biggest impact on machine reliability and life cycle cost | Plant Services.

Using the right tools to work on fasteners is also important. The tendency to use pipe wrenches as a one tool for all fasteners lead to rounded bolt heads and joints that cannot be opened easily. Same goes for adjustable jaw pump wrenches also.

Please read and be re-trained on fasteners tightening.

Kaycee

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Operations-driven reliability

Hi all,

In some of my earlier posts I have spoken about reliability, simple “Look, Listen, Feel” strategy in condition based maintenance strategy etc.

I came across an article in “Plant Services” web site covering a few of the areas and working towards “Operations – driven reliability.

I conducted a workshop on Reliability Centred Maintenance where I had covered the aspect of “Managing User / Client / Operator” expectations.

Please read this article following the link given below.

Operations-driven reliability.

Kaycee

Importance of Training the work force on Electrical Safety

Hi,

Electrical Power is used by all the staff members in a work force, at all levels.

To be safe, it is essential that every one understands the importance of basic electrical safety. For those who work on powered equipment, it is vital that they know more about electrical safety.

To achieve near zero electricity power related accidents in any organisation it is a must that layered, regular training and refresher sessions are conducted. Audit on how people comply to safety rules is also essential to measure the training effectiveness and attitudinal change brought about.

Here is a link to an article on the importance of training and audit on electrical safety.

http://www.plantservices.com/articles/2013/best-electrical-safety-practices-for-your-plant/?show=all

Regards

Kaycee

Reliability | Hillbilly RCM |

I have seen people getting jittery when confronted with the term Reliability Centred Maintenance or RCM. The management jargon related to RCM makes it virtually difficult for the layman to understand the concept to its practical applications.

While operating gas turbine propelled ships in the Indian Navy, we had a few simple methods to listen to running machinery through rudimentary mechanical stethoscope – a long thin rigid copper tube with a brass disc attached. This was in addition to the more sophisticated on-line vibration measurement equipment, recording the vibration signature continuously. This data used to be periodically analysed to get the vibration signature. At that time, the recording was being done on board, but the data analysis was done by specialists sitting in their labs and we used to get reports on the health of the equipment on a monthly basis.

In one of my earlier posts, I had mentioned a “Look, Listen, Feel” strategy which could be the basic condition monitoring technique. I strongly feel that If Looking, Listening and Feeling are made integral parts of regular visits to the equipment, it forms a practical method in improving reliability of equipment and systems.

Another management jargon that has caught on is “Autonomous Management”. This talks of the equipment and system operators joining hands with the maintenance personnel and getting cross trained with each other’s functions. The operators will be made responsible for the first line maintenance of the equipment or systems that they are in charge of and the maintainers will be trained in basic operations of the same equipment or system. This has the following advantages:

  • Improved feeling of ownership among both groups – operators and maintainers
  • Both the groups understand the equipment or system operations and the nuances of reliable operations
  • Flexibility in operations and maintenance – Who to do what, when, where?
  • Better operator – maintainer relationships. Lesser “We – They” conflict
  • Resulting increase in reliability and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

I came through an article in an old issue of Plant Services, covering a practical simple method to analyse reliability and achieve RCM. The link is given below:

Reliability | Hillbilly RCM | Plant Services.

Please read through to help you on the RCM path. No big statistical analysis, probability theory, mathematical modelling etc are involved.

Regards

Kaycee

Energy Audits in multiple Phases

Hi all,

Energy conservation and energy audits are two catch phrases that are flogged to death on many fora.

Is it possible to deny the need for us to adopt energy conservation measures? The answer is a big know.

So, how do we go about doing an audit and bringing in measures to achieve good results.

Today I went through the part 1 of a very well written article on the topic. The link is given below:

Break Energy Audits into Phases | Chemical Processing.

Please read and be enlightened.

Kaycee

CMMS/EAM Software Review: 9 trends spurring CMMS/EAM evolution

Hi,

Plants Services is one magazine that I subscribe to. It comes up with highly readable material, written by knowledgeable people.

The latest issue had an article on CMMS / EAM evolution. Please click on the link below to access and read the same.

CMMS/EAM Software Review: 9 trends spurring CMMS/EAM evolution.

Regards

KayCee