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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…

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…

If your job involves work within, or you are considering a career related to, modern industrial facilities, the odds are that you have come across the term Instrument Control Loop. This term defines a common and important aspect of modern industrial facilities. For evidence of just how important knowledge of it is, drop the term “Instrument Control Loop” into LinkedIn’s job search engine and glance over the list of job titles that pops up. Some 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…

The operation of a PLC is very simple. The processor makes decisions based on a ladder logic program written by the user. In order to use the program properly, the PLC must communicate with the various field devices it is tasked with monitoring and controlling. It then compares the actual conditions of the field devices with what the program instructs them to do, and updates the output devices accordingly. Read more…

When Work Works Award

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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER SERVICES RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY WORKPLACE PRACTICES

Receives prestigious When Work Works Award

Tampa, FL (August 29, 2014) – Technology Transfer Services has been honored with the 2014 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. 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…

Electrical Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, regulates workplace safety by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. OSHA officially formed on April 28, 1971, the date that the OSH Act became operative. The Occupational Safety and Health Act allows OSHA to issue workplace health and safety regulations. These regulations include limits on chemical exposure, employee access to information, requirements for the use of personal protective equipment, and requirements for safety procedures. Read more…

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year. Electrical accidents are ranked 6th among all causes of work related deaths in the United States. Always work safely, wearing the proper PPE for your situation and know what is happening in your surroundings at all times!

Electrical Hazards

There are many safety hazards to be found in the electrical shop or in the field. The most obvious are electrical hazards and all the things you can see and hear. Other hazards that must be considered are confined spaces, oil and other fire hazards, and compressed gas and air systems. Read more…