Time is the first currency by which all maintenance activity is controlled, managed, and measured to ensure first time quality work, on time, every time. It’s also fleeting. Wise use of it is a must.
This article concludes a discussion based on the author’s many decades in the process industries. As he pointed out in Part 1, the cited problems are still found in too many of today’s operations.
The flip side of “availability” is “unavailability,” be it planned or unplanned. And there’s a variety of causes for the problem. Here, the author wraps up his discussion of the production-induced type.
U.S. manufacturing reshoring and foreign direct investment have been at all-time highs and are projected to increase. That translates as lots of new equipment and technologies to embrace.
Like everything else, solar-based step-up transformers have issues. And, as with other transformers, sizing matters. This article focuses on concerns with utility-scale solar units.
Even the most well-thought-through maintenance-improvement plan will falter if a site’s technicians don’t back it. As this article notes, though, some of the best ideas for change will come from them.
Blame it on COVID or whatever. “Live or die” business decisions are now being made everywhere. While there’s no single cure for manufacturing’s ills, a good pain reliever is available. Right under our noses.
The author sometimes thinks about the many consulting engineering engagements he’s had over time. Here, he highlights some issues that bothered him back then and still persist in industry today.
The loss of a single main transformer can shut down a business. But due to lead times of 12+ months, procuring replacements isn’t easy. Early detection of faults in these units is crucial.
All forms of unavailability are costly in terms of production, but the unplanned variety (the focus of this article) is especially troublesome. Its compounding effects can be devastating.