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MotorControlCenter_MCC

The Technician scratched his head and surveyed the scene. He then asked himself, “It’s dead, but what is it supposed to do?”

Methodically, like a detective, he breaks down the purpose of a Motor Control Center (MCC), and how it relates to the downed HVAC unit. An MCC is a group of one or more encased sections with a common power bus, which Read more…

The Technician, The Detective

The detective approached the scene like he always did, observing the behavior of the crowd as he stepped under the yellow tape surrounding the area. It is important to stay detached from the circumstances and evaluate all Read more…

In 1905, the Grover Shoe Factory boiler exploded, collapsing the building and engulfing it in flames. Fifty-eight people were killed and 150 more injured. This event led to the development of safety laws and a national code for the safe operation of steam boilers.

The CB-Hawk boiler management control system (”Figure 1”) combines the functions of a flame safeguard programmer with those of operating and firing rate controls. It also monitors the fuel pressure and temperature (if Read more…

Robots Manufacturing

Constant monitoring of the autonomous maintenance program is needed or it will deteriorate just as the machines will without the program. Autonomous maintenance has become self sufficient at this point and external Read more…

Autonomous Maintenance Standards

Conduct initial maintenance in accordance with standards; revise any that need to be revised at this point. Read more…

Transmission Cutaway

Step 2 in Autonomous Maintenance is to correct sources of dirt and grime; prevent spattering and improve accessibility of hard to clean areas, shortening the time it takes to clean and lubricate. Correct the sources  Read more…

Cleaning Inspection

Step one in the Autonomous Maintenance (AM) process is “Initial Cleaning.” Thoroughly clean equipment and its surroundings. Expose any hidden defects by removing contaminates. Correct any defective items on equipment, tighten bolts and lubricate, and, if needed, write a work order to correct defects requiring advanced mechanical skills. Identify sources of contamination, leaking hoses, gearboxes, worn bearings, and Read more…

If you work within an industrial setting then understanding the impact of vibration on motors and pumps is likely vital to making well informed decisions. Even if you don’t directly interact with them, there are any number of decisions which have a secondary effect on maintenance and operational practices. When making such decisions, it is important to have a well-rounded understanding of basic equipment’s operational parameters, Read more…

Wear

Bearing problems can result in costly downtime, equipment damage, and breakdowns. To attain reliable operation and low maintenance costs, it is essential to follow proper handling practices. This includes:

  • Bearing storage
  • Cleaning
  • Inspection

The life of any bearing depends on the care and maintenance it receives. This is especially true in industrial applications, where operating conditions tend to be harsh, loads are heavy, and contamination from dirt Read more…