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AC Motor

Introduction

Electric motors are literally the driving force behind many industrial and residential processes. They provide rotational force to a large span of equipment from a large 500 HP motor spinning a centrifugal compressor to the small fan cooling your laptop. Motor failure can cause a complete production unit shutdown and millions of dollars in lost revenue. There are many methods for analyzing electric motor faults to predict failures. Read more…

One of the single most frustrating and costly problems that befall companies is the unexpected failure of machinery. From pumps to conveyors, or any other type of machine used, there is never a shortage of maintenance required to keep things running smoothly. The only way to combat these seemingly random issues is with a robust and effective Predictive Maintenance (PdM) system. The ability to prevent unexpected losses of time, as Read more…

Elvis Presley

As a maintenance and reliability consultant, and as someone who is certified by the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals as a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, I often come under fire for being a little to pedantic when explaining the P-F Curve to a client. So let’s take a few minutes and back up to the 1950s.  Long before the Internet or even your humble author was born, way back to when Elvis was still Read more…

Distribution Center

With the demand of individual online orders accelerating, distribution centers are struggling to maintain their ability to service store fulfillment orders. This growth has distribution centers running 24/7 just to keep up, putting strain on the equipment and limiting time for repairs. Read more…

Trans-Alaska Pipeline System

There are many miles of pipeline in the process industry.  They provide transport of fluids from one point to another without much attention until they fail.

There are four main categories of pipeline failures:

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Automotive Robot

Clients have asked this question of TTS time and again, “If my facility has to run 24/7, how am I supposed to find time for PMs?” Read more…

Maintenance Manager

Are you are a Facility or Maintenance Manager? If so, then you have certainly faced the difficult choice between spending limited resources, maintaining equipment, or letting it “run-to-failure.” Applying preventive Read more…

Losses in West Central Africa

Through my work as a member of Technology Transfer Services (TTS), I was lucky enough to spend some time in West Central Africa over the past few years, helping to improve maintenance and operations at industrial facilities. One of the issues that my team and I frequently encountered involved warehouse managers and their attempts to deal with spare parts degradation brought on by the local environment. The local environment Read more…

Through my work as a member of Technology Transfer Services (TTS), I was lucky enough to spend some time in West Central Africa over the past few years, helping to improve maintenance and operations at industrial facilities. One of the issues that my team and I frequently encountered involved warehouse managers and their attempts to deal with spare parts degradation brought on by the local environment. The local environment Read more…

USAID Energy Program

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Energy Policy Program has completed  a capacity building program for engineers that provides training, facility assessments, maintenance and plant Read more…